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I&M Canal Ottawa Access  


Lock Operation

The access area located on W.D. Boyce Memorial Dr. provides parking for eight vehicles. Water and restroom facilities are not available at this site.


From Rte. 6 turn south on W.D. Boyce Memorial Dr. Proceed south on Boyce Memorial for two blocks, the access area is located on the right.

I&M Canal Locks 11 & 12

Canal locks 11 & 12 are located between the access area on W.D. Boyce Memorial Dr. and Buffalo Rock State Park on the Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail. These historic locks raised and lowered boats to the appropriate water level on their journey between LaSalle/Peru and Chicago. The locks were built of solid limestone and hydraulic cement found in the area was used as mortar.

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