Friends of Hennepin Canal hike is Sunday, June 11

The Friends of the Hennepin Canal host monthly hikes to walk short distances of the canal trail, with a goal of cumulatively covering the entire length of both the canal and feeder canal. The next hike is scheduled Sunday, June 11.

The Friends of the Hennepin Canal will hold its monthly “Hike the Canal” outing Sunday, June 11. The hike will be from Bridge 41 to Lock 29. This portion of the “Hike the Hennepin” is 3.7 miles in length and has been named the “Woodchuck.”

Participants should meet at Lock 29 in Colona at 1:30 p.m. They will be shuttled to Bridge 41 to begin the hike. To reach the site, take Route 6 to Route 84, and then take Route 84 north into Colona. In Colona, turn west onto Third Avenue to Fifth Street, then take Fifth Street south to Fifth Avenue. After that, follow the road on the north side of the canal all the way down to the junction of the canal and the Rock River (Lock 29).

These monthly hikes were developed by the Friends of the Hennepin Canal as an opportunity for everyone to get to know the canal personally by hiking it from the Illinois River to the Mississippi (including the Feeder Canal) in small legs.

You need not be a member of the organization to join any of the hikes. There is no cost.

For information, contact Ed Herrmann at or 815-664-2403, or log on to the group’s website at

The next hike will be July 16 from Bridge 34 to Bridge 37, a 3.5-mile hike named Woodcock. Participants will meet at Route 82 at the Geneseo Campground.