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Des Plaines River photos(25), rentals, videos, dams

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McKinley Woods Access
Channahon, IL

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Added by: rich

From the Will County FP District:

"McKinley Woods is the only place in Will County where you will find a combination of bluffs, deep ravines, and forest. These picturesque features were formed by a moraine - an accumulation of boulders, stones, and other debris carried and deposited by a glacier.

Among the preserve's natural wonders are brilliant spring wildflowers and redbud trees, which throughout Will County are found growing naturally only in McKinley Woods.

After an afternoon of hiking, biking, or canoeing, visitors to this preserve can tent camp in the family camping area, complete with fire rings and picnic tables."

More info:
http://www.fpdwc.org/mckinley.cfm
Des Plaines River Conservation Area Access
Channahon, IL

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Added by: rich

On east side of river just off the circle drive on Des Plaines River Rd in the Des Plaines Conservation Area. Located west of I-55.

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W. Division St.
Lockport, IL

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Added by: Mark L.

Take out for trip starting at W. 9th St bridge.

Just south of the Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve.

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Isla A La Cache Museum
Romeoville, IL

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This put-in will take you through one of the few rapids in Illinois -Fishnet Rapids.

More info:
http://www.fpdwc.org/isle2.cfm
W 9th St Bridge
Lockport, IL

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Added by: Mark L.

Put in:
Frontage road (W 9th St) on the west side of the Des Plaines River off of the Route 7 bridge (aka 9th St bridge). There are signs saying this is private property of the Metro Water Reclamation Service, but the first time I was walking my yak back to the put-in, a police car pulled up and the officer was very friendly and said that I am fine as long as the MWRS people don't catch me. I don't think there is any good parking here I generally do a self shuttle w/ my car and bike.

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W Division St about a mile or so down river, just south of the Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve.

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Lemont
Lemont, IL

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Small dirt boatramp. Paddle up stream from here.

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Independence Grove Canoe Launch
Libertyville, IL

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Located in the northwest corner of Independence Grove Forest Preserve, on Buckley Road (Route 137) east of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21) near Libertyville. Follow signs to the Canoe Launch parking area. The next canoe launch is at Oak Spring Road, 2.7 miles downstream.

More info:
http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.view&object_id=1103&type=P
Route 60 Canoe Launch
Vernon Hills, IL

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On south side of Rt 60 on west side of river. Offshore Marine is located adjacent to the river and offers canoe and kayak rentals.

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http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.view&object_id=211&type=P
Riverside Park
Libertyville, IL

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Added by: Andy Cocallas

Rockland road west past the river to Riverside road. Turn south to parking lot. Park in the lot by the swing sets and carry along the north end by the homes. Lot open till 9:00pm.

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Oak Spring Road Canoe Launch
Libertyville, IL

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Starting point for the annual Des Plaines River Canoe Marathon. Located on south side of Oak Spring Road west of St. Mary's Road. Parking lot for 16 cars.

For the Des Plaines River Canoe Marathon, Oak Spring Rd. is made one way only going westbound so you must enter from the east from St. Mary's Rd. You can temporarily park on the road and unload your boat into the grass field next to the put-in.

More info:
http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.view&object_id=206&type=P
Jeans Rd.
Burr Ridge, IL

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Added by: Niel/Luxlogs

I used this put in as a kid some 30 years ago. Now the Burr Ridge Park District was kind enough to build me a Real Boat Ramp. Not that any powerboat captain with a lick of sence would use this shallow strech of river.

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Wadsworth Road Canoe Launch
Wadsworth, IL

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Located on Wadsworth Road east of Route 41 near Wadsworth. Next canoe launch is at Independence Grove 11.6 miles downstream.

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http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.view&object_id=216&type=P
Van Patten Woods Russell Road Canoe Launch
Wadsworth, IL

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On the south side of Russel Rd on east side of river. Has parking lot with 16 spaces.

The next canoe launch is at Wadsworth Rd. 6.25 miles downstream from this put-in.

More info:
http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.view&object_id=212&type=P
Gowe Memorial Park Canoe Launch
Gurnee, IL

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At the end of Mclure Ave past Warren High School, on east side of the river.

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Rivershire Park Canoe Launch
Lincolnshire, IL

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Nature Center @ Rivershire Park at 45 Londonderry Ln, on east side of river.

Map of Village of Lincolnshire Parks and Paths Systesm

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