Chicago: I&M Canal State Trail

Hike 5.9 miles along the most scenic section of the Illinois and Michigan Canal to the convergence of the Illinois and Kankakee Rivers. Heron, egrets and turtles are common.
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Hike 5.9 miles along the most scenic section of the Illinois and Michigan Canal to the convergence of the Illinois and Kankakee Rivers. Heron, egrets and turtles are common.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.6

Waypoints

CST001

Location: 41.4236640930176, -88.2278366088867

Camp and information center; head SW .1 mi. and cross bridge over Dupage River to access trail

CST002

Location: 41.4230880737305, -88.2288436889648

Canal Lock #6 and locktender's house; see remnants of lock gates; proceed L on trail

CST003

Location: 41.4218902587891, -88.2286071777344

Spillway bridge crossing

CST004

Location: 41.4201431274414, -88.2284774780274

Go under bridge to short paved portion of trail

CST005

Location: 41.412181854248, -88.2241363525391

Begin groomed trail flanked by canal and river; Moose Island on L

CST006

Location: 41.3985443115234, -88.2310104370117

First of many heron and egret fishing spots; watch for snapping turtles

CST007

Location: 41.3872184753418, -88.234977722168

R across bridge gives access to 473-acre McKinley Woods, water, camp and picnic spot; L to scenic river overlook; straight to continue

CST008

Location: 41.3858337402344, -88.2447280883789

River outlook and picnic spot on L

CST009

Location: 41.3934669494629, -88.2551193237305

Kankakee River joins the Illinois River; Kankakee Bluffs on R

CST010

Location: 41.4015655517578, -88.2812347412109

Dresden Island; return to trailhead or head W for an extra 50 mi. of trail