I &M Canal Mule-Pulled Boat Rides

April - October

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Step Back in Time on the Illinois & Michigan Canal!

Take a journey back in time aboard the “Volunteer,” a 70-passenger, mule-pulled 1840’s replica canal boat, as it coasts gently up and down the I&M Canal.


Bring your camera, grab a snack and something to drink at the Lock 16 Cafe & Visitor Center, and climb aboard for an hour of peaceful, historical fun! Every trip begins with “Mule Tending 101” as our period dressed guides introduce the passengers to their intrepid canal mules,  Moe & Joe. The tour guide regales everyone with tales of the canal while the deck hands guide the boat a mile up the canal to the Little Vermillion aqueduct and back. Mary Todd Lincoln has been known to ride the boat, knitting in the corner and telling fantastic stories of her time in the Nation’s capital with Mr. Lincoln.


 Families of all ages, historians, photographers and nature lovers will love this historic journey into Illinois’ scenic past!

Seating on open-air deck and in enclosed cabin. Plenty of seating for inclement weather – boat runs rain and shine. Handicapped Accessible except motorized wheelchairs. Parking is free.


Adults: $15
Seniors: $13
Youth 16 and under: $8
Children Under 3: free
Family Pack: 2 adults and 2 youth $38.

Customized group tours & lunches also available! Call 815-220-1848 for tour information.

Advanced purchase is recommended!
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Check-in at the Lock 16 Visitor Center to pick up your tickets. Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before scheduled departure.



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