We got an early start and went through the Chicago Lock that separates Lake Michigan from the Chicago River before 7 a.m. The Chicago River was not dyed green today. The challenge is that one must navigate your boat under some VERY low bridges that do not open. We made it under the shortest of them with just 2 feet to spare.
The Chicago River quickly turned very commercial. The trains that made Chicago famous were everywhere.
This vertical railroad bridge had to open for us.
Soon we were in the Illinois River. The tows are everywhere. In many places, they can seem to take up the whole river.
Asian Carp Fish infected the rivers. These non-native fish have no natural predators and eat all the fish and food of the area, severely affecting the fishing industry. To keep the Asian Carp from swimming into Lake Michigan, they have created an electric fence on the river. It is a couple of thousand feet long and electrocutes the fish if they try to swim up to the lake.
The tows are moving huge amounts of goods. We saw tows with scrap metal, coal, sand and gravel.
Tonight, we are docked at the wall of the river in Joliet, Illinois. The wall is free with free Wi-Fi and electricity. There is a Harrah's Casino on the other side of the river, but I have had enough excitement for today.
Lat 41 degrees 31.25 North
Long 88 degrees 5.23 West.