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Hennepin Canal staff lists events including cleanup, run, hikes

SHEFFIELD — Hennepin Canal State Park has created a yearly event flier to be shared in local communities and businesses.

They will be on-hand for the visitors who come into the visitor center and Sheffield or are available by mail to anyone who calls (815) 454-2328 or sends a request to Hennepin Canal State Park, 16006 875 East St., Sheffield, IL 61361.

This flier only includes events that are happening on canal property, but the flier creator also may share other events’ information on the canal Facebook page.

Upcoming events revealed so far include:

Hike the Hennepin guided hikes, 1:30 p.m. every third Sunday of the month: Friends of the Hennepin Canal lead 3- to 5-mile guided hikes.

For details, watch the NewsTribune; call Ed Herrmann at (815) 663-2403 or visit

The Sunday, Sept. 15 hike will be from Bridge 50 to Bridge 52 on the feeder canal. The group meet at Bridge 50 on the northwest side at 1:30 p.m., and be shuttled to Bridge 52. From Interstate 80, take Route 40 north to Route 172, then go west on Route172 to where it crosses the Feeder Canal.

Hennepin Hundred Ultra-Marathon, Oct. 5-6, starting at Sinissippi Park, Sterling, with the 50-mile finish at Lock 17, Wyanet, and the 100-mile finish at Timbrook Field, Colona. More details are at

Spectators are welcome to come to see the runners; more than 400 entered last year in the growing event. Start time, 7 a.m.

Rock River cleanup, Oppold Marina, Sterling. For details, find RRDA on Facebook or call the state park office at (815) 454-2328.

Ham and bean supper, 4-7 p.m. Sept. 7, Izaak Walton League, Geneseo.

Mini-triathlon, Annawan Canal Ambush, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28 at bridge 23 (Route 78) north of Annawan. For details, call Amara Specht at (309) 502-1065.

XStream Cleanup, 9-11 a.m. Oct. 10, Lock 31 picnic shelter, big island, Milan. Details at

Fall cleanup 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 26, Izaak Walton League, Geneseo.

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