Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor

Illinois And Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor
Illinois And Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor (Source: Wikimedia)

Illinois and Michigan Canal

Park Information

The Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor was completed in 1848 connected the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River watershed along a longstanding Indian portage route.

The 97-mile canal extended from the Chicago River near Lake Michigan to the Illinois River at Peru, Illinois. It rapidly transformed Chicago from a small settlement to a critical transportation hub between the East and the developing Midwest.

The towpath trail along the canal is a State park that runs through a rural and wooded landscape linking a number of towns laid out by the original canal commission.

Agency Name:

National Park Service


Plane – Both of Chicago’s major airports (O’Hare and Midway) are served by numerous airlines.

Car – Five interstates (39, 55, 80, 355, and 294) run through or bisect the Corridor.

Public Transportation – Pace Suburban Bus Service (847) 364-7223 operates between Midway Airport and Joliet, and the Chicago metropolitan region. METRA (Metropolitan Rail) (312) 322-6777 operates two lines between Chicago and Joliet: the Heritage Corridor and the Rock Island. Amtrak (1-800-USA-RAIL) has stops in Chicago (Union Station), Summit and Joliet.

Geographic Location

Contact Info

201 W. Tenth St., #1-SE

Lockport, IL


Additional Info

  • “I & M Canal National Heritage Area – 100 miles filled with Simple Pleasures and National Treasures”. Accessed May 17, 2020. Link.

Near By Parks

Near By Campgrounds

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  • Castle Rock State Park
  • Chain O Lakes State Park
  • Franklin Creek State Natural Area
  • Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
  • Illini State Park
  • Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area
  • Kankakee River State Park
  • Kankakee South KOA
  • Lowden State Park
  • Marshall State Fish And Wildlife Area
  • Moraine Hills State Park
  • Moraine View State Recreation Area
  • Oconnells Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Camp Resort
  • Pine Country
  • Prophetstown State Park
  • Rock Cut State Park
  • Shabbona Lake State Park
  • Starved Rock State Park
  • White Pines Forest State Park
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Indiana Beach Yogi
  • Indiana Dunes
  • Lakeside Rv Resort
  • Nascar Rv Resort At Indiana Beach
  • Potato Creek
  • Prophetstown
  • South Bend Granger KOA
  • Tippecanoe
  • Coloma St. Joseph KOA
  • Bear Cave
  • Big Foot Beach State Park
  • Kettle Moraine Sf Southern Unit
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area


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