I&M Canal Boat Rides
Board the I&M Canal Boat and enjoy the scenery, history, and relaxation of a mule-pulled ride on the historic Illinois & Michigan Canal. Group tours & day trips are available by calling (815)220-1848.
The Lock 16 Center, Vintage Room, and I&M Canal Boat are three distinct venues to create the perfect setting for your next event.
Lock 16 Cafe & Visitor Center
Linger, learn, dine and shop in the restored vintage building which is now a hub for boat rides, visitor info, lectures, and cultural programs. Free Wifi. Full breakfast & lunch menu, open daily.
Welcome to the Lock 16 Cafe & Visitor Center & the I&M Canal Boat!
The I&M Canal Boat is a mule-pulled, full-size replica of the 19th Century canal boats that once carried passengers on the I&M Canal, the hand-dug waterway that opened in 1848, extending from Chicago to LaSalle-Peru. The 76-by-15-foot boat is docked in downtown LaSalle, only five miles from Starved Rock State Park.
A short distance from the I&M Canal Boat is the Lock 16 Center’s Café & Visitor Center. The restored vintage building was once home to a horse buggy maker and is now a hub for activities, visitor information, I&M Canal exhibits, lectures, afternoon teas and cultural programs. The Lock 16 Cafe & Visitor Center is also a place to linger and learn, dine and shop, or have your next special event.
All proceeds generated from café, gift shop and ticket sales are used to support the operations, mission and preservation of the I&M National Heritage Area.