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Published: 2017/08/14
Channel: Seth Brady
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Published: 2014/03/06
Channel: WTVP
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2015 Canal Congress - Illinois Waterway
Published: 2015/03/30
Channel: I&M Canal National Heritage Area
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Illinois Waterway Top # 8 Facts
Published: 2015/10/28
Channel: Mahesh Gignesh
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Watershed Literacy Video: Illinois Waterway Cleanup Week
Published: 2017/08/28
Channel: Seth Brady
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PSA: Illinois Waterway Cleanup
Published: 2017/08/29
Channel: Seth Brady
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Da Ole Mississip AKA Illinois Waterway
Published: 2013/10/25
Channel: Alysha Coffman
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.
Illinois Barge Tour | Virtual Experience
Illinois Barge Tour | Virtual Experience
Published: 2017/09/20
Channel: Illinois Soybean Association
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Carpentersville Illinois Dam
Published: 2016/12/10
Channel: SweigertTV1
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South to Menard Correctional Center Mississippi River
Published: 2016/01/04
Channel: ReadyIllinois
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Lake Storey, Galesburg, IL
Published: 2016/07/05
Channel: Ryan Henry
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Fishing the Illinois River
Published: 2014/12/14
Channel: Gordon Holman
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Pre-Fish Illinois River Spring Valley
Published: 2013/03/20
Channel: deniskreze
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Catching White Bass on the Mackinaw river in Pekin, Illinois
Published: 2016/04/20
Channel: BRANDON WILLIAMS
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Published: 2016/07/16
Channel: leadfeet31
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Published: 2015/10/01
Channel: Eric Ripley
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Published: 2013/09/03
Channel: Cogent24
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Published: 2013/08/16
Channel: Luke Stoner
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Peoria riverfront under water - Midwest flood Illinois
Published: 2013/04/22
Channel: Richard Casper
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Published: 2015/06/29
Channel: D Heine
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Published: 2010/07/28
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Published: 2017/01/10
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Published: 2016/01/05
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Published: 2015/06/24
Channel: Seth Crotchett
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Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: Delay In Block Productions
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Michigan DNR Asian Carp Training - Illinois River 2015
Published: 2015/08/06
Channel: Lake St. Clair Fisheries Research Station
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Published: 2014/05/25
Channel: marimikpei
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Published: 2010/02/03
Channel: travisanderson21
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Published: 2016/11/22
Channel: Laura Feezel
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Published: 2017/08/12
Channel: Ray Macke
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Liberty Belle Ferry Illinois River Grafton Brussels pt2
Published: 2015/11/05
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Illinois river towards Ottawa
Published: 2016/05/30
Channel: Brent Fritzler
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Published: 2016/10/21
Channel: Scott Sigman
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Published: 2010/05/14
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Published: 2016/06/29
Channel: Bumble Bee Productions
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Published: 2013/06/29
Channel: Gruuv9
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Published: 2011/10/18
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Published: 2010/07/28
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Published: 2016/07/18
Channel: Baylor Sports
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Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: John C
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Published: 2013/05/02
Channel: Raj Altee
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Published: 2014/05/04
Channel: OffshoreDrilling
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Published: 2016/07/07
Channel: Bowzer
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Published: 2013/04/18
Channel: rjherman1000
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Published: 2016/10/12
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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.

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]

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

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