Running the width of the state bearing its name, the Illinois Waterway is a system of channels with its beginnings just off Lake Michigan. It consists of eight locks and ends 336 miles to the southwest when it joins with the Mississippi River at Grafton, Ill.
America’s Great Loop is truly one of the most unique travel experiences in the World. Covering over 5,000 miles, 11 different waterways and two countries, boaters have a chance to explore the different cultural and geographical landscapes that this region of North America has to offer. And the inland section—comprised of the Illinois River, Mississippi […] Read More
Let’s face it, 2020 was not the best of years for nearly everything — including events. Luckily, with the official 2021 boating season just around the corner, events are back — and that means the sound of boats on the water and people on the banks of river festivals around the Heartland. Take a look […] Read More
The city of Grafton, Illinois is continuing to expand upon its all-inclusive nature with a new SkyTour just minutes from the river. Launched in late October, the new cable lift starts at the town center near Mainstreet and climbs 300ft above the river bluffs for one of the best views of the Mississippi, Missouri, and […] Read More
The Inland Waterways are full of historic markers and scenic beauty. One aspect that distinctly sets one mile apart from another is the myriad bridges that span from one bank to the next. A highlight of any thru-boating trip is getting to see these various structures and the communities that they serve. Take a look […] Read More
A brief guide to eating your way along the inland waterways By Brad Kovach Part of the fun of cruising on the inland waterways is discovering new places, new people and, for some, new restaurants. To help you reach the highest levels of gastronomic boating bliss during your travels, we’ve compiled a list of spots […] Read More
Scientists were worried in 2013 when they found what seemed to be Asian carp eggs and late-stage embryos in the Upper Mississippi River near Lynxville, Wis.—250 miles north of the last known reproducing populations of the invasive plankton eaters they’d been battling for 20 years. Their worries, reported to National Geographic’s worldwide audience in 2014, […] Read More
Captain Gareth Stamm, a recreational boat-towing captain and business owner, opened his second TowBoatUS location on the Illinois River last year. Now Stamm is seeing growth potential on Lake Michigan with the opening of TowBoatUS Racine and TowBoatUS Waukegan. The two new locations, which span the Illinois-Wisconsin border, replace TowBoatUS Kenosha, essentially doubling the company’s […] Read More