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2015 Canal Congress - Illinois Waterway
2015 Canal Congress - Illinois Waterway
Published: 2015/03/30
Channel: I&M Canal National Heritage Area
Illinois Adventure #1407 "Illinois Waterway Visitor Center"
Illinois Adventure #1407 "Illinois Waterway Visitor Center"
Published: 2014/03/06
Channel: WTVP
Illinois Waterway Cleanup Week
Illinois Waterway Cleanup Week
Published: 2017/08/14
Channel: Illinois Global Scholar
Illinois Waterway Top # 8 Facts
Illinois Waterway Top # 8 Facts
Published: 2015/10/28
Channel: Mahesh Gignesh
PSA: Illinois Waterway Cleanup
PSA: Illinois Waterway Cleanup
Published: 2017/08/29
Channel: Illinois Global Scholar
Watershed Literacy Video: Illinois Waterway Cleanup Week
Watershed Literacy Video: Illinois Waterway Cleanup Week
Published: 2017/08/28
Channel: Illinois Global Scholar
Upper Mississippi Illinois Waterway, Lock 25, Constructuction Sequence Thermal + Heat of Hydration
Upper Mississippi Illinois Waterway, Lock 25, Constructuction Sequence Thermal + Heat of Hydration
Published: 2015/06/17
Channel: Structural Integrity Associates, Inc.
Da Ole Mississip AKA Illinois Waterway
Da Ole Mississip AKA Illinois Waterway
Published: 2013/10/25
Channel: Alysha Coffman
Illinois Adventure #1507 "Illinois and Michigan Canal"
Illinois Adventure #1507 "Illinois and Michigan Canal"
Published: 2013/09/20
Channel: WTVP
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sealand illinois
Published: 2009/10/27
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The Des Plaines River in Lake County, Illinois is about to flood
The Des Plaines River in Lake County, Illinois is about to flood
Published: 2018/02/23
Channel: Peter von Panda
December 23, 2017
December 23, 2017
Published: 2017/12/23
Channel: Illinois Global Scholar
How a Lock Works
How a Lock Works
Published: 2017/01/20
Channel: Waterways Council, Inc.
Waterways Deliver
Waterways Deliver
Published: 2017/01/10
Channel: Waterways Council, Inc.
A Waterway Bounces Back following the Passage of the Clean Water Act
A Waterway Bounces Back following the Passage of the Clean Water Act
Published: 2017/11/08
Channel: AIBSvideos
Invasive Asian carp found in waterway beyond Great Lakes barriers
Invasive Asian carp found in waterway beyond Great Lakes barriers
Published: 2017/06/24
Channel: Crawlerblink
Channahon Illinois | I&M Canal | Drone Footage | 2017
Channahon Illinois | I&M Canal | Drone Footage | 2017
Published: 2017/06/04
Channel: Kyle Ditch
Starved Rock Lock and Dam LaSalle County, Utica, Illinois, USA
Starved Rock Lock and Dam LaSalle County, Utica, Illinois, USA
Published: 2013/09/03
Channel: Cogent24
The M/V Brad Bennink
The M/V Brad Bennink
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: Bowzer
Illinois Barge Tour | Virtual Experience
Illinois Barge Tour | Virtual Experience
Published: 2017/09/20
Channel: Illinois Soybean Association
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Water show Chicago River walk Illinois
Published: 2013/06/27
Channel: goVevue
Two Towboats on the Illinois River
Two Towboats on the Illinois River
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: Bowzer
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Video of Evansville, Illinois on 01-01-16
Published: 2016/01/02
Channel: apiel
Pasolini - Jean-Pierre Mas & Cesarius Alvim (Waterway In Chicago, Illinois)
Pasolini - Jean-Pierre Mas & Cesarius Alvim (Waterway In Chicago, Illinois)
Published: 2013/06/29
Channel: Gruuv9
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Barges Passing the Henry Bridge
Published: 2017/01/19
Channel: Upper Images
Inland Waterways Are Critical to Agriculture!
Inland Waterways Are Critical to Agriculture!
Published: 2015/08/03
Channel: Waterways Council, Inc.
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Illinois Tourist Attractions, Chicago, Illinois Travel Guide | Top 43 Places To Visit in Illinois
Published: 2018/01/10
Channel: Goonap
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The M/V J Andrew Eckstein
Published: 2016/11/16
Channel: Bowzer
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Joliet IL Bridge operations 2min12sec
Published: 2016/10/21
Channel: Scott Sigman
Small pond in Illinois
Small pond in Illinois
Published: 2017/11/06
Channel: JM Drones
Amazing River in Illinois
Amazing River in Illinois
Published: 2013/08/04
Channel: TheSPEDCoach
Heritage Harbor:  The Marina
Heritage Harbor: The Marina
Published: 2011/04/16
Channel: Heritage Harbor
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Raw Video: Bald Eagles at Starved Rock
Published: 2015/01/26
Channel: heraldandreview
Illinois side
Illinois side
Published: 2015/01/17
Channel: J Davis
At Issue #2914 - Army Corps of Engineers
At Issue #2914 - Army Corps of Engineers
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: WTVP
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Published: 2017/01/28
Channel: NewsTribune La Salle, IL
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January 8, 2016
Published: 2016/01/08
Channel: suetill
What Is a Waterway?
What Is a Waterway?
Published: 2010/02/02
Channel: IL Farm Bureau
Fox River Cliff Jump
Fox River Cliff Jump
Published: 2013/07/30
Channel: YourCruiseController
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Published: 2016/07/29
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episode 5: getting to the mississippi!
Published: 2017/10/09
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View of Locking Through on the MV Mississippi
View of Locking Through on the MV Mississippi
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District
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Published: 2016/05/06
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Published: 2011/09/11
Channel: NewsTribune La Salle, IL
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Published: 2009/07/17
Channel: SierraSentinels
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Published: 2011/06/15
Channel: neromatic
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WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE

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The Illinois Waterway at Starved Rock Lock and Dam
Starved Rock Lock and Dam on the Illinois Waterway
T. J. O’Brien Lock and Dam on the Calumet River, which is part of the Illinois Waterway. The dam is located in Chicago.

The Illinois Waterway system consists of 336 miles (541 km) of water from the mouth of the Calumet River to the mouth of the Illinois River at Grafton, Illinois. It is a system of rivers, lakes, and canals which provide a shipping connection from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico via the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. The Illinois and Michigan Canal opened in 1849. In 1900, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal replaced it and reversed the flow of the Chicago River so it no longer flowed into Lake Michigan. The United States Army Corps of Engineers maintains a 9-foot-deep (2.7 m) navigation channel in the waterway.[1] The waterway's complex northern section is referred to in various contexts for study and management as the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS).

A series of eight locks, managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, control water flow from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River system. The upper lock, T.J. O'Brien, is 7 miles from Lake Michigan on the Calumet River and the last lock is 90 miles (140 km) upstream from the Mississippi River at the LaGrange lock and dam. The amount of water released into the Illinois often is a sore point among lake and river interests. When Lake Michigan water levels are high, lake interests want to increase the flow, and when lake levels are low, they want to restrict the flow. That is why an international treaty regulates the flow, as Canada also has an interest in Lake Michigan levels which eventually flow into the Lakes Erie, Huron, and Ontario.

Primary cargoes are coal to powerplants, chemicals and petroleum upstream and corn and soybeans downstream primarily for export through New Orleans.

Some winters ice floes, especially around the locks and dams, occasionally prevent towboats and barges from navigating the Illinois.

The current U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Operations Project Manager for the Illinois Waterway is Mark Burton.

Locks and dams[edit]

Lock/Dam Name Location River Miles
Above Mississippi
Pool Level
(above sea level)
Geo Coordinates
T.J. O’Brien L&D Chicago 326 577 feet (176 m) 41°39′7.45″N 87°34′1.24″W / 41.6520694°N 87.5670111°W / 41.6520694; -87.5670111 (T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam)
Lockport L&D Lockport 291 577 feet (176 m) 41°34′8.61″N 88°4′39.29″W / 41.5690583°N 88.0775806°W / 41.5690583; -88.0775806 (Lockport Lock and Dam)
Brandon Road L&D Joliet 286 539 feet (164 m) 41°30′12.12″N 88°6′11.04″W / 41.5033667°N 88.1030667°W / 41.5033667; -88.1030667 (Brandon Road Lock and Dam)
Dresden Island L&D Morris 271 505 feet (154 m) 41°23′52.66″N 88°16′56.42″W / 41.3979611°N 88.2823389°W / 41.3979611; -88.2823389 (Dresden Island Lock and Dam)
Marseilles L&D Marseilles 245 483 feet (147 m) 41°19′39.77″N 88°45′4.5″W / 41.3277139°N 88.751250°W / 41.3277139; -88.751250 (Marseille Lock and Dam)
Starved Rock L&D North Utica 231 458 feet (140 m) 41°19′27.93″N 88°59′10.82″W / 41.3244250°N 88.9863389°W / 41.3244250; -88.9863389 (Starved Rock Lock and Dam)
Peoria L&D Peoria 157 440 feet (134 m) 40°37′54.84″N 89°37′29.52″W / 40.6319000°N 89.6248667°W / 40.6319000; -89.6248667 (Peoria Lock and Dam)
La Grange L&D Beardstown 80 430 feet (131 m) 39°56′21.21″N 90°32′0.69″W / 39.9392250°N 90.5335250°W / 39.9392250; -90.5335250 (La Grange Lock and Dam)

Schematic[edit]

Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap · Google Maps
Download coordinates as: KML · GPX

The schematic below illustrates the drop of the Illinois Waterway from 578 feet (176 m) (mean) above sea level at Lake Michigan to 419 feet (128 m) (mean) at the Mississippi River at Grafton, Illinois. The eight locks and dams (L&D) on the waterway provide the lift for traffic along the waterway.

Schematic of the Illinois Waterway from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Army Corps of Engineers. "Chapter 6. The Illinois Waterway Archived 2011-07-09 at the Wayback Machine.". page 3. June 3, 2005. (Dead link)

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