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The Channahon Access became a state park in 1932, known as the Channahon State Parkway. The I & M Canal officially closed in 1933 with the opening of the Illinois Waterway. The canal and its environs were in desperate need of cleanup and repairs. The Civilian Conservation Corps employed by the U.S. Department of the Interior were assigned clean-up and repair duty along the canal. The C.C.C. restored Locks 6 & 7 in Channahon, along with the locktender's house at Lock 6. In the park, they built a large shelter of hand-hewn beams and flagstone flooring that stands today as a testimony to the young men who constructed it.

Channahon also is home to The Forgotten Warrior Memorial. It is a tribute to all veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and have been afflicted with PTSD and sacrificed their lives beyond the limits of active duty


From I-55: take the Rte. #6 Channahon exit. Turn west on Rte. #6 and continue into Channahon to Canal St. Take a left on Canal and proceed to Story St. Turn right on Story into the park. If the parking area is full, continue on Canal St. one more block to the Jessup St. parking area.

Channahon Forgotten Warrior Memorial