Group ‘Hike the Canal’ outing planned Sept. 19


BUREAU COUNTY - The Friends of the Canal will hold their monthly Hike the Canal outing on Sunday, Sept. 19. This hike, which is 4.1 miles in length, has been named “Cottonwood” and goes from Bridge 50 to Bridge 52 on the feeder canal.

Hikers will meet at Bridge 50 on the northwest side at 1:30 p.m. and be shuttled to Bridge 52 to begin the hike. To get to Bridge 50, take Route 40 north from Route 6 (or 180) to Route 172, then west on Route 172 to where it crosses the feeder canal.

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 Oct. 17.