Step back in awe and look forward with wonder as you view canyons and bluffs, aqueducts and architecture, natural lands and natural resources, landscapes and townscapes, history and progress, all because of the waterways.

LaSalle County, both in the past and today, made its connection to the world by its waterways. Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette explored LaSalle County in the early 17th century and realized the importance of connecting the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. Since then, LaSalle County and the Midwest have grown in commerce and industry because of their connection with the waters. From Native Americans to modern day farmers and industrialists, the history of LaSalle County continues to be written by the waterways.

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On the Water


Boat & Canoe Rentals

C&M Canoe Rental

3401 E. 2062nd Road
(815) 434-6690

The friendly people at C & M Canoe Rental can supply you with everything you need for your 2-3 hour or 2-day canoe outing. Open 7 days a week, Spring – Fall. Reservations required.

Canoe the Vermilion

1903 E. 1251st Road
(815) 673-3218

We provide all the canoe equipment instruction and transportation to let you experience and enjoy the beauty of the Vermilion River. Spend the day swimming, picnicking or taking in the sights and sounds of Mother Nature or camp overnight along the river.

Quest Watersports (view ad)

1851 Old Chicago Raod
(815) 433-2200

Rent a Pau Hana Malibu paddleboard or Hobie Kaya. You’ll be amazed how easy and FUN paddleboading and pedaled kayaking can be…call us today to reserve.

Starved Rock Adventures

1 Dee Bennett Road
(815) 434-9200

Put some adventure in your vacations…Starved Rock Adventure. We offer jet ski, speed boat, pontoon boat and houseboat rentals. Training Provided. No special license needed.

VermiLlion River Rafting

779 N. 2249th Road
(815) 667-5242

Experience White water rafting and kayaking on the Big Vermilion in North Central Illinois. May 1 – mid July. Average trip time: 3-4 hours


Anchor In Marina (view ad)

1 East Dupont Road
(815) 357-1285

Heritage Harbor Marina (view ad)

100 Heritage Harbor Drive
(815) 433-5000

Hiddencove Marina

219 River Drive
(815) 357-6869

Spring Brook Marina

623 West River Road
(815) 357-8666

Starved Rock Marina

1130 North 27th Road
(815) 433-4218


Boat Tours

There’s no better way to explore the Illinois River than on an authentic paddlewheel boat. This narrated excursion is approximately one hour and leaves from Starved Rock State Park. Spring to early Fall.

Illinois Waterway Visitor Center (view ad)

950 N 27th Road
(815) 667-4054

Located at Starved Rock Lock & Dam, the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center is owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The center provides history of the water transportation in Illinois with close up views or river barges and other watercraft as they “lock through” the Starved Rock Lock and Dam. In the winter, the observation deck offers FREE eagle watching.

Land and Water Cruise

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
(815) 667-4211 Ext. 386

Tour includes a historical trolley ride, hot lunch buffet at Starved Rock Lodge and a leisurely cruise on the “Belle of the Rock”, an authentic paddle wheel boat.

LaSalle Canal Boat (view ad)

I & M Canal Boat Dock
754 First Street
(815) 220-1848

Climb aboard a replica 19th century mule-pulled canal boat and ride the route Lincoln traveled! Your guides, dressed as Canal era crew, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois prairie.