Update: May 1st, the following areas of the park are OPEN:
- 61 miles of trails along the Canal are open for walking, running and biking; walking, biking and running are permitted throughout the state parks along the trail.
- Boat ramps are open for access to the Illinois River for boaters and fishermen; limit of two people per boat regardless of the relationship of the people in the boat.
- Bank fishing is open where accessible; pond fishing is permitted at Gebhard Woods.
- Pit toilets are open along the canal; flush toilets and handwashing facilities are available at Buffalo Rock.
- Roads are open to walking or biking along the tow path and at any of the state parks along the canal.
- Picnicking available at various locations along the canal; picnic with members of your household.
The following areas of the park are CLOSED:
- Lock #14 Access to the trail is closed due to flooding.
- Park office is closed to the public, but office personnel are available to answer informational phone calls.
- All concession operations are closed.
- All campgrounds are closed to camping but are open for walking or biking.
- All playgrounds and shelters are closed.
- Showers in shower buildings are closed.
- All group activities, events and interpretive programs are canceled or postponed.
History buffs, nature lovers and sportsmen will thrill to the sights and sounds of the 96-mile route of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Along its banks are numerous state parks, restored historical sites, and abundance of wildlife and distinctive landscapes, ranging from bluffs to rolling hills. Visitors can follow the I&M Canal State Trail along the old towpath at Rockdale to LaSalle, experiencing 61.5 miles of scenic views and the Des Plaines and Illinois rivers. At every turn, trail users will find something of interest. One can spend an afternoon or several days exploring the wonders along this picturesque and unique area.