As they walk along, participants will learn the history of the canal including why it was built and why it was abandoned. They will see a section of the canal as it is today, and walk through and understand a canal town. Preston will also help participants locate other sections of the canal on Refuge property and beyond.
The program will begin at 9:00 AM (Central time) at the McCandless Tract on the Refuge. The walk, approximately 1/2 to one mile in length, is expected to last one to 1.5 hours. It will pass through wooded areas and a power line right-of-way that has briars and other undergrowth on it. Participants should dress appropriately for weather and hiking conditions. Lowland areas might be flooded.
From the Oakland City Junction of SR 57/SR 64, drive north on 57. Turn left onto CR 150N, which is the last road before the Patoka River bridge. The Dongola Kiosk is on the right side of the road.
From Petersburg, drive south on SR 57, crossing the Patoka River Bridge, entering Gibson County. Turn right onto CR 150N, the first road after crossing the Patoka River bridge. The Dongola Kiosk is on the right side of the road.