Exploring old canals in Illinois, Hennepin Canal

18 Oct

During a trip to Illinois to visit with relatives I stopped at the Hennepin Canal Parkway state park in  western Illinois. Much like the better know Erie Canal, this canal was built to help haul goods during the early pioneer days but wasn’t completed before competing enterprises were improved rendering the Hennepin Canal obsolete before officially opening. As a recreational area though it is very nice and worth a visit. Even better after talking with a young man who said he uses he kayak to traverse the waterway and enjoy the solitude and wildlife seen while making his way up or down the canal route.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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