Port of Channahon
Cruising and Travel

The Village of Channahon combines great schools, a thriving business community, and strong local government that make its 12 thousand residents proud to live there. Offering a positive family and business environment, the Port of Channahon strives to continuously expand and improve its economy, public services, high-quality education, and parks and recreation spaces.

The Port of Channahon has a humid continental climate that experiences big temperature differences from season to season. The Port of Channahon has humid warm to hot summers and sometimes severely cold winters. Precipitation is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year, although winter droughts are not uncommon. Temperatures range from an average high of 29°C (85°F) in July to an average low of -10°C (13°F) in January.

Located where the DuPage, Des Plaines, and Kankakee Rivers meet, Channahon State Park is the official trailhead of the Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail. This popular Port of Channahon park offers visitors a look into the past when the I&M Canal was a major transportation route. It contains Locks 6 and 7 as well as the first lock-tenders' house. Visitors enjoy canoeing the 24 kilometers (15 miles) between the Port of Channahon and Morris, Illinois, to the southwest. The I&M Canal State Trail, following the old canal towpath, offers wonderful historic sites and scenery that includes Great Blue Heron, wildlife, and springtime wildflowers.

Channahon State Park offers mature trees that provide shade for picnics, and tables and grills a scattered throughout the park. A horseshoe pit and playground are available near the picnic area, and there is a large shelter with tables and grills. Primitive tent camping is allowed in this Port of Channahon park by permit. Anglers can fish in the DuPage River or the I&M Canal where they will catch bass, catfish, bluegill, and bullhead.

The Chief Shabbona Trail passes through the Channahon State Park. Popular with hikers, bikers, and canoers, the Shabbona Trail is part of the 98 kilometer (61 mile) I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. The trail is open throughout the year.

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