Group Boat Rides - Day Tours

For groups of 20 or more

Captain’s I & M Canal Tour

Step back into 1848 with our period-clothed “salty” boat crew and two friendly mules guiding you along the historic Illinois & Michigan Canal for a hour-long ride from Lock 14 to the Little Vermillion Aqueduct. After all that fresh air and scenic beauty, enjoy a hearty hot meal (lunch, brunch, or breakfast) prepared by the Lock 16 Café in the Vintage Room at the I&M Canal Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is housed in a historic building and features additional information about the I&M Canal and a gift shop. In addition historic downtown LaSalle is right outside the door. The boat and facility are accessible to all. Vegetarian and Gluten-free meals available.

To book your group, call us at (815) 220-1848×1848 or email us at lock16@iandmcanal.org!

  • 2.5 hours

  • $35 per person

  • Available May-Oct.

  • Suitable for 20 to 70 guests.

  • Moderate walking.

A Day with Mrs. Lincoln

Pair the I&M Canal Boat tour with a tea where you will meet our Mrs. Lincoln. Over tea she will regale you with stories of her courtship and marriage to Mr. Lincoln as well as their trip down the I&M Canal in 1848. The Lock 16 Signature Tea will include classic scones with jam and Devonshire Cream, savory tea sandwiches, sweets, and a variety of teas from The Republic of Tea. (The tea will replace the hearty hot meal.)

To book your group, call us at (815) 220-1848×1848 or email us at lock16@iandmcanal.org!

  • 3.5 hours

  • $42 per person

  • Available May-Oct.

  • Suitable for 20 to 70 guests

  • Minimal walking

Now & Then

Compare water travel in 1848 with the I&M Canal Boat tour described above and a trip to see the Starved Rock locks along the Illinois Waterway which accommodates the barges of today. A guide will join you on your15-min- ute trip between the two sites. The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center offers a look at 20th and 21st century water travel and is a great place to view Starved Rock without all the traffic. Meals options are the same as above.

To book your group, call us at (815) 220-1848×1848 or email us at lock16@iandmcanal.org!

    • 4 hours

    • $39 per person

    • Available May-Oct.

    • Suitable for 20 to 70 guests

    • Moderate Walking

Add any of the following options to extend your stay in the nation’s first national heritage area.

  • Storytelling

  • Museum/Mural Tour

  • Gardens/Mansion Tour

  • Wine/Whiskey Tasting

  • Ice Cream Social

  • Afternoon Tea

  • Guided or on your own shopping

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