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Aux Sable Access  


Slide show of Lock #8

Historical Picture

The Aux Sable access contains three pieces of history right in the same area. Lock #8 of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, the locktender's house, and the rebuilt Aux Sable Creek aqueduct that was constructed to carry the canal over Aux Sable Creek. This access area provides a very historic and scenic starting point for any recreational endeavor along the Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail. A new parking area and restrooms were added recently to make it more convenient for visiting guests. A drinking fountain is also available along with park benches to allow visitors to sit and enjoy the beauty and history that surrounds them.


The Aux Sable access is a peaceful area, perfect for casting a line in the water. Anglers are able to fish for bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill and bullhead.


Canoeing is available for 15 miles between Channahon and Gebhard Woods. Aux Sable is the perfect half way point to either put in, take out, or just stop for lunch.

Trail Access

Located along the Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail, hikers, bicyclists, and nature lovers alike, access the trail at Aux Sable. Once a four inch snow base has been established, snowmobilers also use this area to unload their snowmobile and enjoy miles of snowmobiling on the trail. Cross country skiers also take advantage of this quiet and serene access.


Primitive camping only: gear must be walked to site, no vehicular access. This site is limited to approximately five tents. Water and restroom facilities are located within walking distance. A camping permit must be obtained prior to camping at either Channahon State Park or Gebhard Woods State Park.


From Rte. 6, turn south on S. Tabler Rd. (located between Morris & Channahon). Follow S. Tabler Rd. to Dellos Rd. and turn right. Proceed on Dellos 1/4 mile to the parking access area. Parking is also available on the south side of the canal by continuing on S. Tabler over the canal to Cemetery Rd. turn right on Cemetery Rd. and proceed 1/4 mile to the parking access.

For More Information

Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail
P.O. Box 272
Morris, IL 60450

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