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Mack Road
Warrenville, IL

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From DuPage FPD: "The canoe launch is on the south side of Mack Road (1/4 mile east of Route 59 and two miles west of Winfield Road. Launching from this area is into the West Branch of the DuPage River."

Click Here for a forest preseve map.

More info:
http://www.dupageforest.com/preserves/blackwell.html#boating
Pioneer Park
Naperville, IL

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Brand spanking new put-in from the Naperville Park District (Oct. 2007).

1212 S. Washington Street
Naperville, IL

Update from Mike Link:
"The facilities were very nice with flush toilets. It's a good place to access the land trail, but I don't think it will be a popular canoe launch.

I measured the distance from the parking lot to the launch to be 170 yards. It is a paved path, but vehicles are not allowed."

He therefore recommends parking in the lot just south of the official launch where you can put-in at the trail bridge with a much shorter carry. Note that the put-in marker is located at this point rather than the official launch area.

More info:
http://www.dupageforest.com/preserves/pioneerpark.html
Weigand Riverfront Park
Naperville, IL

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This is a nice little park above Knoch Knolls park, if you want to extend your trip by about 15 minutes. There's ample parking and nice gradual dirt put-in pad. The reach from here to Knoch Knolls takes you through a very luxurious housing tract.

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Knoch Knolls Park
Naperville, IL

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Added by: rich

See bottom of page at openlands.org for a detailed description of a trip ending here.

More info:
http://www.openlands.org/watertrails.asp?pgid=261
DuPage @ 135th
Plainfield, IL

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Access with parking and ramp.

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Electric Park
Plainfield, IL

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Added by: Vic

This is a hidden little park just south of Hwy 30/126 in downtown Plainfield. It's small with a quaint little gazebo. The bank is a tad steep, but manageable. The park is well hidden so I've never seen it crowded.

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Caton Farm Rd. & Lily Cache Rd.
Plainfield, IL

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spot to pull in and load or unload. no boat ramp. easy-on/off.

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Riverside Parkway
Plainfield, IL

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Added by: rich

Launch located in Riverside Parkway just west of I-55.

Take out for trip starting at 135th.

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Hammel Woods
Shorewood, IL

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East of 59 and just north of 52. Put-in is just below the dam. This stretch of river contains some riffles and rapids and an s-curve under a railroad bridge with a fairly fast current that you can play in.

More info:
http://www.fpdwc.org/canoeing.cfm
W. Seil Road Road Access Point
Channahon, IL

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Added by: Mark L.

East of River Rd and west of the Seil Rd bridge over the river. It is right before the river forks around a large island. There is good parking on the road and a 50yd grassy walk down to the river. From here to the Shepley Rd takeout is about an hour to hour and a half paddle, depending how long you play around the railroad bridge riffle section.

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W. Mound Rd Bridge
Shorewood, IL

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Paddled 10/7/09 around 6p from Mound Rd to W Canal. The water levels were moderately low (220cfs, 2.3' @ Shorewood gage). The ride was slow and pleasant for roughly the first mile until about 1/2mi upstream from the railroad bridge.

Here the river picked up pace and there were a few bends and several defined sharp drops of about a 1'+ in the gradient. These drops, less defined in higher water, produced some fun surfing areas that spanned the river and 6"-8" haystacks after said drops. There are few if any eddies in these bends.

As you approach the railroad overpass, the current picks up as the river bends right. There are multiple surfing waves on the left side of the bend with 8"-1" haystacks around them, eddies on both sides of the bend. At this level, some of the rocks creating the holes are not completely submerged so be wary about trying to catch them all. When finished enjoying this section, I recommend passing under the bridge on the right side as the current cuts deeper - there is a shallow rock shelf beneath the water on the left side.

From here until the bend at Shepley Rd is a fun stretch with plenty of eddies and swift current and waves. Just upstream from the bend and the last set of riffles is a section with a long surfing wave that is about 10' wide with eddies on both sides and lots of possibilities - it was very defined and surfable at this water level - maybe not with less depth as the rock ledge was only about 6-8" deep.

Next its easy-going around the swift bend (Shelpley Rd access - eddy left) and into the final fast stretch past the Shepley Rd Bridge. Saw 2 deer in the dry section between the two channels and they sat and watched me for about 5 min or so eating away at something delicious before I decided to take the bend. It was fast with 1'-18" haystacks and swift current.
I discovered that the waves previously described after the riffle section are actually three distinct waves. But at this level only the far left one is fun. The middle wave is actually two submerged rocks right next to each other and you can get between them and give it a go but cant really move back and forth when wedged between. The far right wave was not submerged enough to surf.

Note: Mound road is definitely a usable access point but I am pretty sure it is private land and don't recommend a lot of traffic which may disturb the residents. There is a good 1/4 mile of property behind the houses before the river front, but a lot of traffic people or cars may raise some flags for these residents - and there is not much for parking besides just on the side of the road. The access itself is a little muddy or rocky depending where you put in, and the access has somewhat of a steep grade to get to the water.

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Shepley Road
Channahon, IL

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Added by: rich

Just off of W. Shepley Rd and upstream of the Shepley Rd. bridge.

Update from Mark L.:
There IS a takeout/put-in spot about 200yds upstream of the Shepley Rd bridge where the river turns away from Shepley Rd. But this spot is not nearly as convenient and easy to find as the takeout/put-in about a 1/4 mi downstream from the Shepley Rd bridge. I use the upstream spot as a put-in for short solo mid-week paddles, using the downstream point as the takeout.

The upstream entry point is somewhat hard to spot and you have to bushwack a bit and it is close to private property with no-trespassing signs. On the other hand once you get to the water level, this upstream point has a very convenient put-in with a pretty large and defined eddy where the vertical rock ledge ends and the gentle sloping dirt hill begins.

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I went paddling on Friday evening (10/2/09, 6pm, 400cfs/2.55' @ Shorewood), and the water levels were high enough to bring out a nice set of 2 minor surfing waves right next to each other about 20-50 yards downstream of the fast riffle bend past the Shepley Rd bridge. On the right side of the river there are 3 boulders directly right of the surfing waves that provide a nice eddy spot for access to the waves.

With water levels a little higher than this (400cfs/2.55' @ Shorewood), I think it may be possible to shoot through the left channel of the riffles, usually too shallow to pass, but the right side is much more fun! Around the surfing waves point on W Canal Rd, there is a little path up the river bank to the road where you can take your boat up to the road and carry it back up to another access point just south of (almost under) the Shepley Rd bridge to run the riffle section again.

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W. Canal Road
Channahon, IL

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Added by: Mark L.

"Convenient and easy to find... nice little dirt ramp and defined fishing spot with roadside parking on the east side of the road. The access is about 1/4 mile south on the road just west of the Shepley Rd bridge. You can scope out a nice bending fast riffle section of the river going over the [Shepley] bridge - in higher water this is a fun play spot with some minor surfing waves and fun haystacks to shoot through."

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McEvilly rd
Channahon, IL

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Newer parking lot/put-it built by the city

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minooka road
minooka, IL

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parking lot

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