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Illinois Waterway Locks & Dams.
This connects the Mississippi with the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway in Chicago. It forms the Illinois River and runs to just north of St. Louis and is navigable through locks from Lake Michigan. Here is a rundown of some of the features along the river through the locks and dams. (309) 788-6361 Ext. 6446.
Lakes of the Illinois River include (north to south):

Information based on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers brochures and boaters information.
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