Dams:



Below is a list of dams that have been compiled on PaddleAway.com

Description Portage Instructions Portage distance from dam Owner Map
Cable Dams
Des Plaines River - Lake County, IL

From Paul Klonowski:

"Time has taken its toll on these. The first (actually a set of 2 or 3, the first being the biggest) is easily runnable with enough water. The second set, just above Gurnee Woods Pond, is nearly destroyed; if you can see any part of it, the water's so low you that should have chosen a different stretch of river anyway, as many portages await downstream. Portage either side of these dams, if you need to, though there is no marked trail at either dam."
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Portage river right. - Map it
Hollister Dam
Des Plaines River - Vernon Hills, IL

There is a canoe chute/groove in the middle of this dam that can be used to run this dam.

From Paul Klonowski:
"There's no actual "groove," but there is a small spot where the dam line jogs upstream a bit. The elevation of the dam line is not different here
than the rest of the dam, so there's no more depth here than anywhere else across the dam. If you can run over the "groove," you can run it anywhere else."
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During low water you can get out of your boat in the shallow area on the left of the dam and step over the dam -during high water portaging river right is probably a better option. - Map it
Wright Forest Preserve Dam
Des Plaines River - Vernon Hills, IL

From Paul Klonowski:

"There is an actual "groove" in this dam (more left of center), where the top surface of the dam is lower than the rest of it, creating a small chute. If it's not blocked by a log, it's a nice little class 1 drop."
http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/...
The better portage is on river right, though river left will work, too. - Map it
Ryerson Dam
Des Plaines River - Deerfield, IL

- - Map it
Dam #1
Des Plaines River - Wheeling, IL

- - Map it
Dam #2
Des Plaines River - Mount Prospect, IL

- - Map it
Touhy Dam
Des Plaines River - Park Ridge, IL

- - Map it
Dam #4
Des Plaines River - Park Ridge, IL

- - Map it
North Avenue Dam
Des Plaines River - River Forest, IL

- - Map it
Hoffman Dam
Des Plaines River - Lyons, IL

- - Map it
Weir Dam
Des Plaines River - Lyons, IL

- - Map it
Beartrap Dam
Des Plaines River - Romeoville, IL

- - Map it
Brandon Lock & Dam
Des Plaines River - Rockdale, IL

- - Map it
Big Bend Spillway
Des Plaines River - Des Plaines, IL


http://www.fpdcc.com/tier3.php?...
- - Map it
Dempster Street Dam
Des Plaines River - Park Ridge, IL

- - Map it
Rock Tiers
Des Plaines River - Gurnee?, IL

Two sets of rock tiers.
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River Left 15.0 (feet) IDNR Map it
Fishnet Rapids
Des Plaines River - Lockport, IL

One of only two rated rapids in IL.

http://pages.ripco.net/~jwn/fishnet.html
http://pages.ripco.net/~jwn/fis...
None, Hold On - WCFP Map it
Denise Jacob
Des Plaines River - Wadsworth, IL

new beaver-built dam about 1.5 miles south of Route 173 on DesPlaines River, Lake County
River has somewhat steep sides here need to portage about 50 feet through high grass 50.0 (feet) Map it