Hike the Canal

You need not be a member of the Friends to join us in any of the hikes. There is no fee for the hikes. We ask that you dress weather appropriately. For more information, contact Ed Herrmann at:  hikes@friends-hennepin-canal.org (email) or 815-664-2403 (home). Our hike schedule is posted below, along with links to recaps and photos of our previous hikes. 2017 Hike Schedule

Date Hike Route Length Meet/Park @ Hike Name
Jan. 15 Lock 3 to Lock 6  4.5 miles Lock 3  (Il. Rt. 29) Great Blue Heron
Feb. 19 Lock 32 to Lock 30  4.6 miles Lock 30 (Steel Dam) Bald Eagle
March 19 Br. 59 to Br. 62  4.2 miles IL Rt. 92 (Bridge 56) Barred Owl
April 23 Lock 21 to Bridge 15 5.4 miles Br. 15 (West Parking Lot, Visitor’s Ctr.) Raccoon
May 21 Lock 33 to Br. 47 4.9 miles Br.45 IL. Rt. 40 (Rock Falls, W. of Days Inn)  Indigo Bunting
June 11 Lock 17 to Lock 11  (Br. 6)  3.2 miles Lock 17 Wood Duck
July 16 Br. 59 to Br. 56 3.8 miles Br. 56 (IL. Rt. 92) Red Tail Hawk
Aug. 20 Br. 34 to Br. 37  3.5 miles IL. Rt. 82 (Geneseo Campground) Woodcock
Sep. 17 Br. 50 to Br. 52 4.1 miles Bridge 50 (IL. Rt. 172) Cottonwood 
Oct. 15 Br. 15 to Br. 17A 4.8 miles Br. 15 (West Parking Lot, Visitor’s Ctr.) Water Snake
Nov. 19 Br. 62 to Lock 22 4.7 miles Lock 22 Red Winged Blackbird
December No Hike – Happy Holidays      

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