Of the 15 original locks installed to maneuver boat traffic up and down the 140-foot elevational grade between Chicago and LaSalle-Peru, only one survives: I&M Canal Lock 14, in LaSalle, IL. Like all the other I&M locks, Lock 14 was built with local limestone, and possesses massive white oak gates and swing arms. This site also provides visitors with an idea of the scale of canal boat operation.
Lock 16 Visitor Center and I&M Canal Boat Ride are located at the corner of First Street and Route 351 (Joliet Street) at the I&M Canal in Downtown LaSalle. Come enjoy a one-hour 1848 canal boat ride with guides from the era. Rides run daily Mon-Sat 10a.m to 3:30p.m. and Sun 11:15a.m.-2:15p.m. The Lock 16 Visitor Center with gift shop and café is open year round. Visitor Center hours are Mon, Wed, Thurs 7am-7pm; Tues 7am-8:30pm; Fri 7am-5pm; Sat & Sun 8am-5pm. Special events are held every month. Please visit www.lasallecanalboat.org or call 815-223-1851 for more information or to make a reservation. Reservations are recommended.