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2017 Boat Season
Dates: Apr. 29, 2017 - Oct. 29, 2017
In 1848, Illinois was a very different place! Prairies covered much of the state, settlers used wagons and stagecoaches for transportation and to ship goods, and LaSalle, IL was bigger than Chicago!
Come 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, 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, Larry & Moe. The Captain regales everyone with tales of the canal while his deck hands guide the boat a mile up the canal to the Little Vermillion aqueduct and back.
Families of all ages, historians, photographers and nature lovers will love this historic journey into Illinois' scenic past! Group tours also available! Call 815-220-1848 for tour information.