Group Boat Rides - Day Tours

For groups of 20 or more

Discover the I & M Canal

Discover the canal that built Chicago as you visit locations along the Illinois & Michigan Canal to view locks, a locktender’s house, aqueducts, a tollhouse and to ride a mule-pulled boat on the canal as if the year were 1848.

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

  • 5-6 hours
  • $46.95 per person
  • Available May-Oct.
  • Suitable for 20 to 70 guests.
  • Moderate walking.

 

Meet the Lincolns

 See our nation’s 16th president and his family as you never have before! This tour focuses on the places and sites made famous by Abraham Lincoln during his time on the I&M Canal. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch at Lock 16, the I&M Canal National Heritage Area’s visitor center.

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

  • 4-5 hours
  • $46.95 per person
  • Available May-Oct.
  • Suitable for 20 to 70 guests
  • Moderate walking

 

From Mules to Mansions

Mule Pulled Boat Rides

Spend the day experiencing three distinctive venues – Hegeler Carus Mansion, Weber House and Gardens, and the LaSalle Canal Boat. None is like the other or like any other place – all feature unique, interesting stories and guides.

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

  • 6.5 hours
  • $56.95 per person
  • Available May-Oct.
  • Suitable for 20 to 70 guests
  • Moderate walking

 

Irish Canal Digger’s Tour

See the I&M Canal through the eyes of the Irish immigrants that settled the area and dug the canal. Tour the famous cemetery at St. James at Sag Bridge where many canal workers are buried. Eat lunch at the nearby Irish Legend, then it’s off to Aux Sable to view the locktender’s house and Ottawa’s Reddick Mansion. Finally, ride the mule pulled La Salle Canal Boat up the canal, listening to interesting stories and learning about the lives of the canal workers in the 1800’s. Finish the night with a delicious meal at Duffy’s Tavern in nearby Utica.

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

  • 10-11 Hours
  • $69.95 per person (includes 2 full meals)
  • Available May-Oct
  • Suitable for 30 to 70 guests
  • Moderate walking

 

Water, Water, Everywhere

Explore the I&M Canal and the Illinois River Waterway and see how water transport has been important to northern Illinois since the glaciers formed this valley. Tour includes viewing both 19th and 20th century locks and, of course, a ride on a mule-pulled canal boat.

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

  • 4 hours
  • $39.95 per person
  • Available May-Oct.
  • Suitable for 20 to 70 guests
  • Moderate walking

Boat Captain’s Tour

Step back into 1848 with a narrated, mule-pulled boat ride and enjoy a delicious Lock 16 breakfast or lunch.

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

  • 2.5 hours
  • $31.95 per person
  • Available May-Oct.
  • Suitable for 20 to 70 guests
  • Moderate walking
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