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 Visitor 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 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.
Lock 16 Cafe & the I&M Canal Boat are owned and managed by the Canal Corridor Association (CCA). The CCA, a 501(c)3 non profit, preserves history, protects nature and open space, and creates destinations where people can learn and have fun in the I&M Canal National Heritage Area from Chicago to LaSalle-Peru.
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.