Paddling News

Headed to Bears training camp? Here are 10 ways to cool down, from snorkeling to shakes and wine slushies
Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:00:00

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Illinois' Hahne Wins TH Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Mississippi River in La Crosse
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 18:34:39

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Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:37:42

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R. Kelly's girlfriends deny eviction reports
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 07:00:00

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New 'Get Outside' Map Features 350 Places to Enjoy Nature in Chicago
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 07:00:00

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Canoe Float Scheduled
Sun, 07 Jul 2019 07:00:00

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Try These 10 Summer Outdoor Adventures Without Leaving Illinois
Fri, 28 Jun 2019 07:00:00

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New Paddling Articles/Links

Wetsuit vs. Drysuit for Paddling

Excellent article covering how to dress and layer for cold water along with some startling facts.

Waiting to Inhale: Breath-Holding Drills for Kayakers

Sea Kayaker magazine article discussing techniques to help you relax and hold your breath longer with the goal of attempting a second or third roll should your first attempt(s) fail.

Sweep, Roll, and Bracing

Learn how to perform proper sweep strokes, rolls, low and high braces. This article has annotated photos showing both good technique and bad.

Bombproofing Your Roll member discusses rolling exercises to be performed in flatwater that can help prepare you for unplanned/combat rolls in rougher conditions.

More paddling resources here


No advisories in the last 14 days.
For a list of previous advisories head over to the Advisory page.

New Paddling Reports

More reports coming soon here

River left blank trip - put in at put-in left blank on 05/11/2014
By: Aleksandra Jaworska
"I had a nice trip on Sugar River in Winebago County. I choose We choose as a put-in and take-out place on Yale Bridge Road. I was paddling with my father and 8 year-old nephew. It was a great trip. We were heading upstream toward Brodhead. While paddling across the Colored Sands Forest Preserve we appreciated pretty country side and serenity. It was the first river where we didn't heat any sounds of cars or flying airpplanes. However, we had to be careful because this river has a lot of fallen trees and we were stucked on one of them. The underwater branches cought us, so we couldn't wiggle out for few minutes. When we did my father lost his paddle, but later we were able to retrieve it back. After this "Gentle" lesson we camped on small beach where my nephew had a chance to play. After two hours we returned back, happy and exicted."

Kishwaukee River trip - put in at County Line Road on 04/26/2014
By: Scott
"I had a nice trip down the Kishwaukee River on Saturday. I launched at County Line Road from the McHenry County Conservation District site (a bit of a haul to the river with the kayak, but not bad). I think there will be an actual launch here sometime soon.

I'd never done this trip before. It was really nice and I'd do it again.

There were two downed trees across the water in spots. Both could have been avoided if I would have chosen right instead of left around two of the islands.

The dam that's marked on the map here just after Epworth Road by the Holiday Acres Camping Resort doesn't need to be portaged. The concrete pillars are there still, but there isn't a dam as long as you stay to the left.

I took out at Red Horse Bend just outside of Belvidere. I'll do this trip again sometime soon. There was a decent amount of birds out and about and it was a nice, comfortable paddle.

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New put-ins!

eaton - plainfild, IL     (View on map)
DuPage River     
by brett on 07/27/2018

kayaking dupage river from eaton to hammel woods

wilmington dam - wilmington, IL     (View on map)
Kankakee River     
by brett on 07/12/2018

wilmington dam to channahon mckinley woods sheriden grove

Lusk creek - Eddyville, IL     (View on map)
Lusk Creek     
by  on 08/22/2016


DuPage River at 135 St - Plainfield, IL     (View on map)
DuPage River, West Branch     
by  on 09/26/2015

Kayak from 135th St

View all 469 put-ins here!

New Paddling Videos!

Lusk Creek Summer 2011 Highlights    
Author: ghedger

"Highlights from floating Lusk Creek this summer. Labeled the rapids and some of the sweet spots found along this stretch."

Kayaking Lusk Creek - Southern Illinois    
Author: ghedger

3000 C.F.S. on Lusk Creek in Eddyville, IL

Head over to the videos section to view these and more great videos! News!

Help put in the put-ins!

Your help is needed in locating put-ins. If you know of some terrific put-ins, try out the new Google map interface to add in your favorite put-ins. Don't keep them secret, let us all enjoy them.

Click the image below to find some amazing put-ins!

With the new mapping interface you can view all put-ins in Google Maps! Mapped by GPS location through Google's mapping interface allowing you to see exactly where you are putting in and taking out. You can even get driving directions to the put-in -just enter your address in the start address field and click on a put-in and you'll instantly have directions to your put-in.

Tons of put-ins on the Kish, Nippersink, Des Plaines and Fox rivers as well as many others. Feel free to add your own put-in or email me the details and I'll be sure to add it in.


Welcome to

A site dedicated to kayakers and canoeists. This site was developed to help paddlers find the information they need to get them out on the water. Illinois has numerous places to paddle and relax. Hopefully this site will help both veteran and novice paddlers alike find great places to paddle.


What can you do here?

Besides the put-ins list and mapping interface, we have a link to paddling clubs in Illinois, rental links, as well as links to video footage of some local waterways.

Most paddlers will likely be interested in the Put-Ins section which has links to info on the put-in, weather for the specific put-in as well as a link to USGS water data for up-to-date flow and depth levels.


Upcoming Site Enhancements

(these may take a while ;))
  • To see what fellow paddlers are interested in, a list of top visited put-ins sorted by popularity
  • Distance between put-ins -on rivers and especially along Lake Michigan lakeshore .
  • Allow data to be added and modified from the web by members
  • Completed:
  • Trip Reports
  • Add overlays to google maps easily identifying popular paddling destinations
  • Link USGS data with geographical coordinates to Google Maps markers
  • Add a video and photo gallery linked to a particular stretch/section of rivers/lakes
  • Ability to track your trips by creating and saving routes on map
  • Boat and gear review section
  • Canoe/kayak rentals in close proximity to put-in sites.
  • Calendar of upcoming paddling trips and events