Plan Your Event

Three distinct venues perfect for your next function.

Memorable events are made up of multiple parts – the location, the food, the facility, the people and, most of all, the experience. The Lock 16 Visitor Center Center and I&M Canal Boat offer one-of-a-kind experiences – and fun – to make your next event or outing one your group won’t soon forget!

The Lock 16 Visitor Center, Vintage Room and I&M Canal Boat are three distinct venues to create the perfect setting for your next function or special occasion. Your guests will be impressed by the Center’s unique charm and warmth and pleasantly surprised with the wide variety of amenities.

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Weddings & Showers

From the engagement party and showers to the rehearsal, ceremony and reception, planning your “destination” wedding has never been easier!


Meetings & Retreats

Take a different approach for your next meeting. Discover just how creative you can be when your group disconnects from electronic leashes.

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Parties & Reunions

Capture the moment during a casual party. Our venues offer a combination of history, natural beauty and hospitality in an intimate and inviting space.


We are pleased to offer a wide variety of catering menus, ranging from a simple coffee break to a formal dinner. No matter the group, we have one goal: to help you plan and host an extraordinary event!

Lock 16 Cafe caters all of our food; we offer fresh, healthy, and delicious options. We are flexible. Catering menus, including appetizers, brunch, lunch, teas, and dinner are a starting point to choose the menu right for you and your guests. Beer, wine, mimosas, and champagne are available.

Every event is treated with attention to detail and uncompromising service. We pride ourselves on great food, great fun and great service. We are focused on surpassing the expectations of our guests.

Menu options and costs vary. Click here to submit a request for more information and pricing.

We offer customized special event packages tailored to fit your every wish.
Call  or email Sarah Skubic (815)220-1848 or at

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