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Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail

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Address: IL 351 and I&M Canal (Canal Street), LaSalle, IL 60450
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Hiking sections of the Illinois and Michigan Canal trail

I have spent several days hiking sections of the trail (built on the old tow-path). The trail is without hills, typical of Midwest - but the tow path was also built to be close... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Robert W
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Park Ridge, Illinois
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Park Ridge, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have spent several days hiking sections of the trail (built on the old tow-path). The trail is without hills, typical of Midwest - but the tow path was also built to be close to level. Some sections are paved, but most of the trail is packed gravel. There are lots of wildflowers in Spring and Summer. Fall color is... More 

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Joliet, Illinois
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Reviewed November 1, 2016

I have been to several points along the I&M Canal Trail and lock 14 in LaSalle, IL is very nice if you like to walk, bike and fish. You can fish right near lock 14 (IDNR stock it with trout in the fall-you need a basic IL fishing license plus an inland trout stamp) and also have tours of the... More 

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Mokena, Illinois
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Reviewed September 4, 2016

There is an attraction where mules pull a boat down the canal. It's a really easy ride and they narrate the history of the canal. Nice and laid back trip'.

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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Reviewed August 28, 2016

The western end of the trail is at LaSalle, and it's interesting because of the canal boat rides that are available here. You can ride a bike east only a little beyond Utica before running into a washout, and the trail up to that point is not as well maintained as the eastern sections, at least in budget-strapped 2016. However,... More 

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LaSalle, Illinois
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Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Still one of my all time favorite traditions to do with the kids. The organizers and volunteers who put it all together do an excellent job. The canal is a great place to visit, walk, bike or fish all year long.

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New Douglas, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed April 21, 2016

We rode the trail from Utica to Lock 14 near Peru. There was a nice large parking lot to begin at in Utica. The grain bins of the local company across the street were just the beginning of the simple pleasures we would find along the trail. And a very nice, sturdy bring connects you to the trail on the... More 

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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Reviewed October 28, 2015

Our hike began on a cloudy, cool day. Four adults & 5 kids. Easy, wide trail that took us through the woods and along the old canal on the Tow Trail. The history of this trail is interesting. Just off the trail we discovered Osage Oranges lying on the ground. Then we found a painted turtle. The leaves were changing... More 

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Illinois
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Reviewed October 12, 2015

Because of some areas of washouts on the west side of the I & M Canal trail, we decided to bike from Channahon to the Aux Sable Aqueduct and Locks. The ride from Channahon to the Dresden Lock and Dam was very scenic with the river on one side of the path and the canal on the other. Both the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed August 18, 2015

Well paved path right beside the canal. We saw some people walking and jogging by the trail. The same path is taken by the mule as he pulls the boat on the canal ride. should be an easy, entertaining walk for the family especially when the boat pulls alongside the trail.

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LaSalle, Illinois
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Reviewed June 30, 2015

This location has been around around for over a hundred years plus and the history is wonderful. They're are some signs at the beginning that let you know about some of the history. Start in La Salle and end in Utica Illinois or do the opposite. La Salle has plenty of restaurants up the block to choose from.

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