The Tows are large freight hauling boats that push barges. The picture is at the Dresden Street Lock with a 3 wide by 3 long. On the Illinois River they can be as 3 wide x 5 long because with the push boat they take up the whole lock.
We did not travel as far as we wanted to go because as we were passing Ottowa IL we came up behind a Tow and I asked the Tow if he was on his way to Starved Rock Lock to lock thru. He answered that he was and we decided that would be at least an hour delay if not longer becasue he has precedence in the locking priorities.
We decided to stop at Starved Rock Marina just southwest of Ottawa IL. Nice quite marina so it looks like another quite night.
Also posted a picture of some of the “waterside residential” we saw and Lenore saw a convention of snowy egrets.