With summer fast approaching, time for an update on the conditions of the Hennepin Canal trail and the I&M Canal trail. As always, for the most current update, contact the respective offices of the the Illinois DNR (see the links page).
Not too much has yet changed from last year's update.
For the Hennepin, work on the two sections that were closed last season is progressing. On the west end, a little east of Colona to about Lock 26, is impassable and closed while on the east end, from approximately Bridge 4 to Lock 3, is closed.
For the I&M, two of the three washouts have been fixed, but there is still a closure just east of Utica. There is also another issue with the trail, and this is a no trespassing zone (no "cyclocrossing"!), and so users will need to exit the trail at Utica and use surface streets and rejoin the trail at Buffalo Rock park (or vice versa if heading west).
Editor - Jim
This blog weighs in on topics such as long-distance skating, the Illinois canals, cycling, and a variety of related (and occasionally not-so-related) topics. I'd like to correspond with others interested in skating the Hennepin and I&M canals.