Best Illinois Canal State Trail Snowmobiling

The MOST popular snowmobile trail in Illinois.


  August 11, 2016

On the Illinois Canal State Trail, snowmobilers may use 61 miles of groomed trails following the canal towpath which is open 24 hours a day after a 4 inch accumulated packed base. The snowmobiling access points with parking for the Illinois Canal State Trail are located at Buffalo Rock, Gebhard Woods and Channahon state parks. Access may also be achieved in the communities of LaSalle, Utica, Ottawa and Marseilles. Historic stone aqueducts, canal locks and panoramic views of the Illinois River are located along the canal.

To reach the Channahon State Park Trailhead from US55, take the SR6 / Channahon exit. Turn west on Rte. #6 and continue into Channahon to Canal St. Take a left on Canal and proceed to Story St. Turn right on Story into the park. If the parking area is full, continue on Canal St. one more block to the Jessup Street parking area.

While snowmobiling the Illinois Canal State Trail, all snowmobiles must display a valid State of Illinois snowmobile registration sticker. This is required by both residents and non-residents.

Overall, Illinois Canal State Trail is the 1st most popular snowmobile trail of all 18 snowmobiling rides in Illinois.

Local Contacts:  State Trail Office (815) 942-0796; Illinois Tourism (800) 223-0121; Illinois Association Of Snowmobile Clubs (815) 795-2021.

Best Season:  Dec. - Feb.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

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GPS:  41.3271, -88.7088

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  8/11/2016

ID:  12413

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