Rollin down the River
10 September 2012 | Joliet, Illinois
We were up just after 6 am and left Hammond Marina at 7 am for the start of this next leg. We entered the Calumet River behind a tow and followed him for about 6 miles before overtaking him. Our first lock was a teaser, down 2 feet! You don't even need to tie up! We continued on for several hours before we met our next tow, and had to pull over and wait for him to pass because of all the barges tied up on both sides. Our next lock, the Lockport Lock takes you down 39 feet. The lockmasters are very helpful and it was actually quite easy. Traffic is very light on the river...perhaps because it is Sunday. We carried on to Joliet and tied to the wall just south of the Jefferson Street Bridge. There are two other boat here. We also had a visit from the Great Loop Harbour Hosts to make sure we have everything we need.