North Shore Channel
A sluice gate usually prevents the canal from draining out to Lake Michigan in Wilmette, although the gate must be opened occasionally to prevent downstream flooding. The north end is near the Bahá'í House of Worship, and connects to the North Branch at the junction of several North Side community areas, such as Wilmette, Evanston, Skokie, Lincolnwood, and Chicago. In 1999, the system of which the canal is a part was named a Civil Engineering Monument of the Millennium (as part of the Chicago wastewater system) by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Canoeing and kayaking are allowed, with several put-in points along the length. In addition to water navigation, both walking and biking paths follow along nearly the entire length of the canal. The Evanston-Wilmette Community Golf Course ("Canal Shores") plays along a stretch of the canal of about 1 mile (1.6 km), and two par-3 holes play across it.
Surrounded by parks and steep, wooded banks, the canal provides a corridor for local wildlife. Chicago's only waterfall within the city limits, which looks like a concrete spillway, is just south of Foster Avenue, in Chicago's River Park, where the North Branch drops about 4 feet (1.2 m) through a dam into the canal.
- Hill, Libby (2000). The Chicago River, A Natural and Unnatural History. Chicago: Lake Claremont Press. pp. 139–151. ISBN 1-893121-02-X.
- American Society of Civil Engineers. "Chicago Wastewater System". Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- Author unknown (date unknown). North Shore Channel put-ins. Retrieved from http://www.paddleaway.com/put_ins?river_id_param=61.
- Raz, Katherine (2010). "Best Alternative to the Lakefront Path". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
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