Seatonville to East Ottawa

Section 15:

Ride beside the Illinois River; the largest river within the borders of Illinois, some 270 miles in length. Begin your travel up the Illinois & Michigan Canal (I&M). You will ride along the actual canal towpath where mules tended by local boys towed the 150-ton canal boats.

Go Direction On Distance (mi)
Start: Rte 6 & unmarked road through Seatonville
S unmarked road through Seatonville–At 1 mile, don’t turn left at 3100 E Rd. Stay to the right; at 3.5 miles cross Rte 6, continue straight on 1350 N to intersection with 3450 E at 5.2 mi. Stay to right, cross Spring Creek and go under railroad bridge. Restart mileage. 5.3
SE Continue on same road (now Old North Rd to its intersection with Rte 6). 1.0
L E Rte 6 1.8
L N short entry road (unnamed) to 5th St, it parallels Rte 6 but one block north 0.0
R E 5th St, past local restaurants and through neighborhood 0.5
R S Herbert St 0.2
L E Main St 0.2
R S Pike St, down steep hill to bottom 0.1
L E unmarked street along Illinois River (This street is variously known as Water St, Brunner St, & Canal St). Go under the Rte 251 bridge at 0.7 mi. At 1.7 mi, the street veers left over railroad tracks in front of Monari’s 101 Club and begins to climb hill into the commercial downtown of La Salle. You are now on First St. 2.1
R S Joliet St (Rte 351) over the I & M Canal 0.2
R W Trail access off Rte 351 to lock 14 and the I & M Canal State Trail. 0.1
R E From the I & M Canal State Trail head in La Salle, go east:
0.6 mi to the Little Vermillion River aqueduct
4.4 mi to Utica
10.1 mi to Buffalo Rock State Park
11.1 mi to Lock 12
12.7 mi to Lock 11
14.5 mi to the Canal Toll House in Ottawa
15.2 mi to the Fox River aqueduct 16.7
16.7 mi to end of this section, east of Ottawa
TOTAL DISTANCE 28.2