HENNEPIN CANAL ~ 100 YEARS AND STILL FLOWING
Date: Saturday, October 21
Come with us for a tour of the Hennepin Canal, a corridor built at the turn of the 20th century by the Corps of Engineers to carry commercial traffic from the Illinois River to the Mississippi River. Closed to traffic in 1951, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources began managing the Canal in 1970 as a recreational corridor.
Our trip will begin at the Visitors Center where we will see a variety of displays on the original construction, a model of an aqueduct and various animals found along the corridor.
The park superintendent will lead a tour where you will see water run both east and west, look at a 100-year old manually-operated lift bridge, a floating lock gate, as well as a number of other things unique to an era gone by.
Come see how history and necessity have evolved into one of Illinois'
premier trails offering more than 100 miles of hiking, biking, snowmobile
and equestrian trails.
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