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Post Posted: 07:58am - Aug 23,17 
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Hey everyone,

Question for you. If I put in at Alsip and go towards Joliet & through those locks, is there a place to tie off to, to grab a bite to eat and then head back? Just curious.

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Post Posted: 09:13am - Aug 24,17 
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Nothing? Was hoping for some info. Bump

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Post Posted: 09:24am - Aug 24,17 
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I'm assuming you want to make the boat ride basically from Alsip to Joliet by the locks to the Des Plaines, and then come back from Joliet? For one, there's a boat launch in Worth. You can save gas in the boat by trailering to there to launch instead of Alsip, as you'll go right past it on the boat if you launch in Alsip and head that way.
If you're headed to the locks that take the canal into the Des Plaines, there's really nothing between Alsip/Worth and Joliet from what I remember. Once you lock through into the Des Plaines, in Joliet, there may be some stuff, but I don't know honestly. Never went down that far in that direction via the canal. I usually just trailer directly to the Illinois and launch in Ottawa, Peru, Starved Rock, Hennepin, or Spring Valley if I'm headed down that way. Or I run the canal northeast up towards the lake via either route, one which takes you out just north of the 95th St. launch, or the other which takes you out of the Chicago River just south of Navy Pier.

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Post Posted: 10:49am - Aug 24,17 
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As far as I know, you would have to go through the brand rd. lock and head past the casino towards big basin. The stretch between Joliet and worth or Alsip is pretty bare and also pretty industrial. I launch out of big basin quite often when i'm just looking to pleasure boat. There is horns and halos at big basin to tie up at and have a bite to eat. or you can lock through the Dresden lock and go towards boondocks in Seneca, last time I radio called the lock operator I was told a 90 - 120 minute wait time at that lock, and there is always barge traffic there screwing things up. You can go towards 95th street and stop for a bite to eat at waterfront pub but don't expect 5 star service or clientele. I'd recommend launching further down the river towards Joliet and heading towards the Channahon/Seneca area if you want to boat and eat/drink. Horns and halos at big basin is a pretty good bar/restaurant.

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Post Posted: 11:06am - Aug 24,17 
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Yep, locking through anywhere will almost always provide an hour+ wait. It's just the nature of it. Particularly if there's a lot of barge traffic, as they have precedence. Pleasure boaters are actually last on the list behind every other type of river traffic. So if you can't fit, you wait again, whether you've been sitting there waiting 2 hours, or 2 minutes. Sucks, but it's the way it goes.

Sturgeon offers some good info. I never put in near Big Basin, or on the Des Plaines, myself, so I'm unfamiliar with it, but do remember always seeing the marina right there when going over the Des Plaines on the highway. And had a friend that was always taking his boat down to Channahon to pleasure boat.

He confirmed what I remember, though, in that there's nothing between Alsip/Worth and Big Basin/Joliet. Farthest I've taken that route from Worth since I was probably 8 or 10 years old is actually the three way where it turns up towards the big pond around Lemont, or continues down towards the DPR. Basically because there's nothing along there. Just a long, quiet, boat ride.

Like I said, if I'm going pleasure boating, it's always trailering to the Illinois and goofing around down there as there's plenty to do with party coves, sand bars/beaches, marinas, etc. I'd suggest either sturgeon's recommendation of launching at Big Basin, or going straight down to the Illinois and launching at Ottawa or something like that.

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Post Posted: 10:51am - Aug 28,17 
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thanks everyone!

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