Group ‘Hike the Canal’ outing planned


BUREAU COUNTY - The Friends of the Canal will hold their monthly Hike the Canal outing on Sunday, Feb. 21. This hike, which is 3.2 miles in length, has been named the “Kingfisher” and goes from Lock 17 to Lock 21.

Hikers will meet at Lock 21 (lift bridge) at 1: 30 p.m. and be shuttled to Lock 17 to begin the hike. Lock 21 is located approximately three miles west of Wyanet on Routes 6 and 34. There is no fee for the hikes. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun and bring a friend, but please dress weather appropriately.

The monthly hikes were developed by the Friends of the Hennepin Canal as an opportunity for everyone to get to know the Canal personally by hiking it from the Illinois River to the Mississippi (including the Feeder Canal) in small legs. Participants need not be members of the Friends to join any of the hikes.

For more information, contact Ed Herrmann by e-mail at, call him at (815) 664-2403 or log on to their website at www.

The next hike is planned for March 21.