Left Chicago 0800, headed south for the Calumet River. You can take 2 routs out of Lake Michigan. One you need to be able to clear 17′ which is through downtown Chicago on the Chicago river. The other is 12 miles south on the Calumet river max height 19′. Pura Vida is 18′ so I took the Cal Sag route. This is a 25 mile heavy industrial area. Chemical plants, refineries, recycling plants, any industry you could name they probably did it along this river. It shows, the water is highly toxic and the land looks like its been stripped of all its natural resources. After the Calumet river joined the Illinois river we had another lock and arrived in Joliet. from the cal sag entrance to Joliet you will have 2 locks to go through and a dozen bridges to go under. I only had around 5 bridges that needed to open. Joliet has a great free wall to tie up for a night or two. The coordinates are N 41 31.670′ W 88 05.180′ The canal is plenty deep and well-marked, AIS is a must when traveling the rivers.
Water is still blueish in the begining of the canal
Where the Calumet meets the Illinois
lowest bridge on the whole great loop 19.1′
They have a electronic barriers in the waters here to try and keep the evasive species of carp and other fish from getting into the Great Lakes
If anyone knows what these colored piles of sand are let me know!
nice sand box