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Has anyone gone North from the Mississippi to Lake Michigan on the I & M canal? Just wondering what it was like. Any pitfalls? Good spots for breaks? Amount of time it took?

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Hello, I traveled down from Lake Michigan to MS river in St. Louis,Mo. Sorry to tell you this but you cannot travel on the I & M canal unless you had a canoe or other small boat. Nowdays it is not a navigable river.
You have to go on a list of rivers and canals with locks. Many times you have to just pull to the side of the river/canal for the night. You have to stay out of the way of the 100 ft tankers/barges/tow boats!
If you have a power boat you are more likely to speed to a marina before nightfall. There are very,very,very few marinas to stop at. The Mississippi has 3 to 7 knots of current heading south, so if you can start above the Miss you will be doing better.
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Hello, I traveled down from Lake Michigan to MS river in St. Louis,Mo. Sorry to tell you this but you cannot travel on the I & M canal unless you had a canoe or other small boat. Nowdays it is not a navigable river.
You have to go on a list of rivers and canals with locks. Many times you have to just pull to the side of the river/canal for the night. You have to stay out of the way of the 100 ft tankers/barges/tow boats!
If you have a power boat you are more likely to speed to a marina before nightfall. There are very,very,very few marinas to stop at. The Mississippi has 3 to 7 knots of current heading south, so if you can start above the Miss you will be doing better.
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