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Log # 45 - Submitted on 05/12/2014 by Aleksandra Jaworska
Trip Date: 05/11/2014 11:00 AM
Location: Chicago, IL
Put-in: River left blank, put-in left blank
Take-Out: River left blank, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 3
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 9
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
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.

Weather:
Temperature 78, wind 5-10miles/hour, but later it changed. The storm was in its way, but it started to rain when we were half way home in a car.

Hazards:
UNDERWATER WOOD LOGS. Pay attention to any water wrinkles. Do not confuse those coming from log with those created by wind.

Cleanliness:
Water was nice and clean. I saw even a water serpent.


Log # 44 - Submitted on 04/28/2014 by Scott
Trip Date: 04/26/2014 11:58 AM
Location: , IL
Put-in: Kishwaukee River, County Line Road
Take-Out: Kishwaukee River, Red Horse Bend

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
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.

Weather:


Hazards:
Two downed trees across the water

Cleanliness:



Log # 43 - Submitted on 02/04/2014 by Kurt Nitschke
Trip Date: 01/18/2014 11:00 AM
Location: Elmhurst, IL
Put-in: DuPage River, West Branch, Warrenville Dam
Take-Out: DuPage River, West Branch, McDowell Forest Preserve

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 8
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
It was a brisk January morning which made loading up the yaks a little more difficult. Definitely had to take some breaks to unthaw the hands in between strapping each boat on top of the SUV. Took a bit longer but once the boats were loaded we piled on the warm clothing, grabbed the spray skirts and hit the road. On the way to the drop it began snowing heavily. We live about 30 minutes from the West Dupage and the closer we got the harder it came down. The weather conditions certainly made things interesting but have never been something to stop us before. We got our boats unloaded quickly and all of our supplies and extra dry gear loaded onto our boats to depart around 11:00. Our plan had been to paddle through the river walk in Naperville and portage at Pioneer Park. We got off to a nice smooth start as the snow made it easy to slide right into the river from the bank. The heavy snowfall made for an exciting atmosphere to paddle in. It created a beautiful crystal glow on the landscape surrounding us. The river was partially frozen causing it to move nice and slow which made for very little paddling to control. The water itself was like a very thin slush with both banks having some solid ice protruding out towards the center of the stream. As soon as we were on the water we saw some ducks and geese floating/fishing upstream from us which was pretty standard. I know they are birds but it was crazy to me to think that they can stand swimming and walking around in that frozen water, I mean they aren't penguins. Around the first bend a large bird happened to catch my eye but was to far downstream to be able to identify. When we got closer to that spot on the river the Owl took flapped its large wings and took flight. It was majestic to watch it fly over the river and out of our sight line. Pretty cool seeing my first paddling Owl ever and having it be this time of year in those conditions. We continued downstream taking our time and enjoying how beautiful the snow and ice made the foliage and river look. We paddled off and on with ease until we got near the McDowell Grove forest preserve. By that time between the recent cold and the snow falling as hard as it was we ran into a section of the river that was almost completely frozen over. We portaged and hiked a ways to find and open patch of water which we did. We dropped back in and only made it about a half mile before running into the same problem however this time there was no open water in sight. My guess is that the river had frozen solid west McDowell dam and it was just to far of a hike on shore with our kayaks in those conditions to get to the other side. We decided it best to call our emergency ride to come get us and paddle back up stream. The extra mile of paddling however proved to be worthwhile as when we were paddling back upstream we blessed again by the great outdoors and got to see two very large coyotes running along shore. One was quite a bit bigger than the other which lead us to think they were either Mother/ Offspring or Male/female. They were really cool to watch and from a distance almost looked like two German Shepherds running through the woods. In all we paddled for about three hours. We befriended the conditions and were accepted by the outdoors that day. As a whole we had an awesome paddle! Like we'd said to one another when we started the paddle, some people are sitting inside complaining about the cold and snow well not us! Life is to short to spend inside, get out and enjoy mother nature!

Weather:
20 with Heavy Snow

Hazards:
Slush and Ice

Cleanliness:



Log # 42 - Submitted on 08/05/2013 by
Trip Date: 08/04/2013 01:30 PM
Location: St Charles, IL
Put-in: Fox River (IL), put-in left blank
Take-Out: Fox River (IL), put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 8
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Our first trip on the Fox River. Started in South Elgin - water level was low but river was peaceful and really beautiful. Further down, a lot of boat traffic made going more difficult. Over-all a wonderful trip - about 2 1/2 hours on the water.

Weather:
Near Perfect - mid 70's, sunny

Hazards:


Cleanliness:



Log # 41 - Submitted on 05/28/2013 by cakfp in the LA Kayak
Trip Date: 05/26/2013 12:26 PM
Location: Rockford, IL
Put-in: Rock River, Riverside Park
Take-Out: Rock River, YMCA Boat House

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 6
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $0.0
Trip Report:
This is a 13 mile paddle from Roscoe to Rockford. It is best done in the early morning close to shore to avoid boat traffic. It took about 3 hours of steady paddling to complete.

Weather:
Light Wind, and Partly Sunny

Hazards:
Logs and Motorboat wakes

Cleanliness:
Very Clean for an urban river


Log # 40 - Submitted on 05/22/2013 by KFP in the LA Kayak
Trip Date: 05/19/2013 02:29 AM
Location: Rockford, IL
Put-in: Pecatonica River, Trask Bridge Forest Preserve
Take-Out: Pecatonica River, Two Rivers Forest Preserve

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 5
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $0.0
Trip Report:
Windy day with a mild current. Very relaxing 12 mile paddle. Very few boaters on the river.

Weather:
Windy and warm.

Hazards:
None.

Cleanliness:
Very clean


Log # 39 - Submitted on 05/15/2013 by KFP
Trip Date: 05/11/2013 08:28 AM
Location: , IL
Put-in: Kishwaukee River, Hickory Bill's Island Canoe Launch
Take-Out: Kishwaukee River, Espenscheid Memorial Forest Preserve

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 8
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $0.0
Trip Report:
Very chilly and windy day. Put in at Hickory Bill's was at the bottom of a ramp downhill about 20 ft. Fairly easy to walk down. The river was high and very fast. Completely blocked by trees at about 5 miles from HB's launch point. Beware the construction passing under I-90 bridge. If you paddle to the left you will be shunted into a hazardous box culvert. Fun, but dangerous! Espenschied take-out was a bit challenging on a severe bend in the river with a swift current.

Weather:
Chilly and very, very windy. Heavy gusts.

Hazards:
Portages and a box culvert

Cleanliness:
Fairly clean for spring time


Log # 38 - Submitted on 09/06/2012 by Carolyn
Trip Date: 09/05/2012 09:30 AM
Location: , IL
Put-in: Kishwaukee River, Hickory Bill's Island Canoe Launch
Take-Out: Kishwaukee River, Baumann Park

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $0.0
Trip Report:
Spent a lovely late summer day floating. Took us 4:25 to go on this float. Had to walk across several shallow spots. Also several areas of downed trees. It was still a gorgeous paddle. Saw blue and green herons, deer, turkey, cedar wax wings, woodpeckers, 1 1/2 ft carp, many smaller fish, turtles and lots more. Any of the areas we had to carry were easy to walk on with water shoes.

Weather:
clear, 80, 10-14 knot winds

Hazards:
downed trees, shallow areas

Cleanliness:
needed about a grocery size bag for the pick ups


Log # 37 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Stan Popelar
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Kishwaukee River, Distillery Road Conservation Area
Take-Out: Kishwaukee River, Espenscheid Memorial Forest Preserve

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
This stretch is appropriate for beginners and families with children. The distance of this trip is approximately 5.4 miles. Observed Blue Heron, Mallard Ducks, Swifts, American Goldfinch, turtles, and abundant mollusk shells. Quiet Beauty, wildlife and not much urban development. This trip was fun and relaxing.

Weather:
Warm (70 degrees) and slightly breezy; the water temperature was very cool to cold.

Hazards:


Cleanliness:
Trash on sandbars.


Log # 35 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Melinda Tury
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Pecatonica River, put-in left blank
Take-Out: Pecatonica River, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 10
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 8
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Paddled along the Sugar River, a tributary of the Pecatonica, from Nelson Road to Two Rivers Park. Nice gravel boat launch at the Nelson Road site. There is a good place for lunch at the 6 mile point, which puts you at Yale Bridge where there is a cement boat launch and washroom facilities. Take out is at Two Rivers Park where the Sugar flows into the Pecatonica. Cement boat launch about one half mile upstream on the Pecatonicia. This stretch is appropriate for beginners and families with small children. The distance of this trip is approximately fifteen miles. Keep left at the head of a large island. The right channel has strainers about every hundred feet or so which would have to be portaged at lower water levels. We observed yellow and blackburnian warblers, goldfinches, cedar waxwings, kingfishers, red wing blackbirds, orioles, muscovy ducks, vultures, hawks, downy and hairy woodpeckers, fox snakes, turtles, bull frogs, carp, catfish, deer, turkey, and other more common song birds. Wildflowers seen were violets, phlox, geraniums, field daisy, goats beard, mustard, poppies, clover, etc. This is a beautiful tree-lined river course with no houses or traffic noises along the way and abundant bird life. Absolutely beautiful!

Weather:
Sunny and clear, light variable wind, temps in the low 80's.

Hazards:


Cleanliness:



Log # 34 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Dan Leigh
Trip Date: 05/31/2008 02:01 PM
Location: , IL
Put-in: Kishwaukee River, Espenscheid Memorial Forest Preserve
Take-Out: Kishwaukee River, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 9
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Take-out at Atwood Park. Railroad ties are used to make steps down to the river edge with the boat launch area set into the side of the river. This launch site is well maintained and disabled accessible. When the river is high, it covers the railroad ties and they are coated with silt which makes them slippery. This stretch is appropriate for all levels of paddling experience. This is a remodeled landing site with about 30 feet of river edge lined with gravel as well as a corregated matt placed at the end of the access ramp that goes right down into the river. The river is close to Rockford, IL with all of its amenities. The distance of this trip is approximately six miles. This river has a sand and gravel base with several limestone ledges that the water flows over on the way to the Rock River. Each small drop-off produces riffles in some places and small standing waves after the larger drops. Learning to read the water is easily done on this stretch of the river. Where the current picks up in these places, boaters can practice eddy turns, peelouts, and ferries with little chance of being dumped. All of the deadfall encountered was along the river's edge. Although newly downed trees occurred in several locations, none reached all the way across the river so that paddlers had plenty of room to paddle around these trees. We saw many Cedar Waxwings along the way along with Great blue heron, red-tailed hawks, several species of swallows, mallard ducks and Canadian geese, fish jumping out of the water but not identified, and several soft-shelled turtles sunning on logs and muddy banks. This part of the Kishwaukee is so delightful, I can't say that I disliked any of it. This stretch of the river for beginners to learn about current because it's so gentle yet is felt at each of the dropoffs. Boaters can learn to read the water as these places and can learn to catch eddies and peelouts, and do ferries. Wildlife is variable and generally plentiful. People can use canoes, sea kayaks, whitewater kayaks, recreational kayaks, and inner tubes on this stretch.

Weather:
Sunny and about 65 degrees with a west wind at 10-15 knots

Hazards:


Cleanliness:



Log # 33 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Tom Richardson
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Salt Creek, put-in left blank
Take-Out: Salt Creek, Eldridge Park

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Put-in at Cricket Creek. This trip is appropriate for intermediate paddlers. There are bike route passages adjacent to the take-out. The distance of this trip is approximately six miles. Much of the paddle is through parks and forest preserves. There is a small sheet metal dam that must be portaged a half-mile above Eldridge Park. The portage route around the dam has large rocks and high vegetation, making portaging difficult. The best part of the trip is winding through the wooded stretches. This is a pleasant urban paddle winding through several forest preserves and parks. It always has enough water to paddle, but you may scrape a bit below 110 cfs. Above 500 cfs would pose some problems with a low bridge which does not have an easy portage.

Weather:
Partly sunny, 85 F. Winds from SW at 10 - 15 mph.

Hazards:


Cleanliness:
Trash in some sections.


Log # 32 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Steve Sinderson
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Salt Creek, put-in left blank
Take-Out: Salt Creek, Eldridge Park

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 9
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Put-in at Cricket Creek Forest Preserve. Cricket Creek is located at the western end of Fullerton Avenue that is west of Route 83. Parking is located at the north end of the Cricket Creek Forest Preserve that is north of Fullerton. The distance of this trip is approximately five miles. We found a couple of narrow areas where there was deadfall on one or both sides of the creek, however there was always a passable path for your boat. We saw several turtles sunning themselves along the way. A couple of these were in the 20-30 lb range. We had a great blue heron lead us downriver for the entire length of our trip. We also observed several families of ducks along the way. Many times the mother would act wounded and lead us downriver and away from her young. Many sections of this stretch flow by tree-lined banks and give you the appearance that you are in the north woods. This is a very nice trip that is nestled into the western suburbs. The Salt Creek provide a glimpse into a suburban greenway that is seen by few people. Wildlife is always seen and no two trips are ever the same.

Weather:
Partly sunny skies with temperatures in the low 80's and very high humidity.

Hazards:


Cleanliness:
Several large pieces of garbage.


Log # 31 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Barb Glyda
Trip Date: 08/16/2008 01:21 AM
Location: , IL
Put-in: DuPage River, West Branch, put-in left blank
Take-Out: DuPage River, West Branch, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 8
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Put-in at Riverside Parkway and take-out at Hammel Woods. This stretch is appropriate for all experience levels, and families with small children. Nice easy float trip, ample opportunities to view wildlife. Observed mallards, geese, black ducks, turtles, fish, owl, two deer (one was a baby), two raccoon (one was a baby), oriole, and woodpeckers. Arrive at Black Road over pass about 1 hour into the trip, further ahead a set of islands to paddle around in either direction. Three warning signs before the dam at Hammel Woods. This is a great stretch for the beginner to gain experience. The rate of streamflow was enjoyable and easy to paddle. It was exciting to see all the wildlife that we did on that particular trip.

Weather:
Beautiful clear day, 74 degrees.

Hazards:


Cleanliness:



Log # 30 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Jack Snarr
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Chicago River, put-in left blank
Take-Out: Chicago River, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 8
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Paddled along the north branch, put-in at Hartz Rd. and take-out at Central Ave. Put-in necessitated carrying canoe about 100 feet through the woods adjoining Hartz Rd. This stretch is appropriate for all levels of paddling experience. There is a forest preserve parking lot a couple hundred yards from the take-out. The distance of this trip is approximately 3.6 miles. Observed a large turtle and four deer. Beautifully wooded section of narrow, winding stream in the middle of the city. It is a very nice section of the north branch!

Weather:
Beautiful day.

Hazards:


Cleanliness:



Log # 29 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Tom Lindblade
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Kishwaukee River, Red Horse Bend
Take-Out: Kishwaukee River, Distillery Road Conservation Area

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 8
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Access is excellent at Red Horse Bend. This stretch is appropriate for intermediate paddlers. The distance of this trip was approximately 7.87 miles. Observed herons, geese, and ducks. There was a great contrast of urban and wild views along this stretch. This is an advanced beginner trip because of need to maneuver around distillery strainer.

Weather:
Excellent, partly cloudy.

Hazards:
Strainer .2 miles above the distillery.

Cleanliness:



Log # 28 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Tom Eckels
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Des Plaines River, Independence Grove Canoe Launch
Take-Out: Des Plaines River, Oak Spring Road Canoe Launch

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 10
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Lots of parking at Independence Grove; aproximately 15+ adjacent to canoe launch; much more throughout the park; charge for non-lake-county-residents. This stretch is appropriate for beginners. We had a fun time following easy routes through typical obstacles on the river. The distance of this trip is approximately two miles.

Weather:
Sunny and warm.

Hazards:


Cleanliness:



Log # 27 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Dan Leigh
Trip Date: 08/07/2008 01:12 PM
Location: , IL
Put-in: Kishwaukee River, Espenscheid Memorial Forest Preserve
Take-Out: Kishwaukee River, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 10
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Take out at Atwood Park in New Milford. The put-in was easy with stairs down to the river level and a cutout into the the river bank long enough for a boat to sit on the quiet water. The distance of this trip was approximately six miles. A couple paddle strokes puts the bow of the boat out into the current and we were swept downstream quickly as the gradient lowers about a foot in that area. The USGS Perryville gauge registered 6.5' and at that level the current helped us to get to Atwood in about 1.5 hours. As usual, we passed numerous downed trees along the river banks, but none of them posed much of a strainer hazard as long as we were vigilant to avoid each one. We saw many cedar waxwings along the way darting out from the tree branches, catching an insect of some sort, and flying back to the tree. They were along the entire stretch that we paddled. Just north of the Blackhawk Rd/Mulford Rd. bridge, a pair of raptors flew ahead of us. As we passed Blackhawk Valley Campground there was a tall dead tree on river left loaded with roosting turkey vultures. There must have been about 20 birds all in one tree. The takeout at Atwood is very nice with its beach-like gravel river bank. Since I have a camper parked at BHVCG, Michelle and I paddled the half mile back to the campground and got off the river there where the cars were parked. There's a small, sandy "beach" area to use as a take-out. It's a private campground and this little beach area is usable as a take-out only for campground guests. We had a beautiful trip on a beautiful stretch of river.

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Log # 26 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Tom Eckels
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Des Plaines River, Gowe Memorial Park Canoe Launch
Take-Out: Des Plaines River, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 3
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Take-out at Route 120. On the way down we saw a lot of sign of beaver activity. The wildlife highlight was a Blue Heron who was at rest on top of a large strainer; she let us sit and watch her for quite some time before we had to head down the river. They are amazing and beautiful creatures.

Weather:


Hazards:


Cleanliness:
Some trash in river.


Log # 25 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Bobby
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: DuPage River, West Branch, put-in left blank
Take-Out: DuPage River, West Branch, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 3
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 8
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Put-in at Weigand River Front Park, Naperville Park District, take-out at Eaton Preserve, Plainfield Park District. There is lots of parking and a large grassy picnic area at the put-in site. This stretch is appropriate for beginning paddlers and families with children. The distance of this trip was approximately 7.5 miles. Observed snakes, ducks, blue herons. This is a great stretch if water levels are ideal, and it is also a great site for fishing. Pack a cooler, pack the canoe with some friends and have fun.

Weather:
Nice breeze, shaded.

Hazards:


Cleanliness:



Log # 24 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Tom Parkinson
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Des Plaines River, Independence Grove Canoe Launch
Take-Out: Des Plaines River, Independence Grove Canoe Launch

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 8
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
This trip is appropriate for beginners and families with small children. Variety of outdoor activities at Independence Grove - gardens, biking, swimming/boating, visitor center. This route is good for up-and-back, not so good for access from Rt 120 (s. side, dirt track). The distance of this trip is approximately 5.6 miles. Observed blue heron and egret. This stretch had a clean bottom, not typical Des Plaines sludge. Pleasant flora any season. Pleasant afternoon among high wooded banks - maples, irises, dog rose. Decent current with some maneuvering. Low hazards and very little congestion.

Weather:
Sunny - wind S. 10-14 mph.

Hazards:


Cleanliness:



Log # 23 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Lenore Beyer-Clow
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Fox River (IL), Chain'O Lakes State Park
Take-Out: Fox River (IL), Chain'O Lakes State Park

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 3
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
This stretch is appropriate for all levels of paddling experience. We were caught in a thunderstorm that came up very quickly. Our canoe was pushed to the side of the channel of the Fox and it was very difficult to regain control and bring the canoe back. The water was shallow and we had to wait for the state park to bring out a rescue boat to get us. Once out of the bay by put it the wind was so strong it was difficult to maneuver the canoe. Under different weather conditions I believe it would have been quite pleasant. Observed blue herons.

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Log # 22 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by John Elliott
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: DuPage River East Branch, put-in left blank
Take-Out: DuPage River East Branch, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 8
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Put-in and take-out at East Dupage Greenway. This stretch is appropriate for intermediate paddlers. Paddled about five miles roundtrip. It is a nice short journey with lots of birds, muskrat, snapping & soft shell turtles, etc. The trip was pretty quiet with a couple of nice little riffles in the Greene Valley Forest Preserve. Pretty typical urban waterway, very pleasant.

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Cleanliness:
Lots of trash, water looked clean - I collected 7 good softballs & 1 baseball.


Log # 21 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Paul Klonowski
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Des Plaines River, Wadsworth Road Canoe Launch
Take-Out: Des Plaines River, Gowe Memorial Park Canoe Launch

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
This stretch is appropriate for intermediate paddlers. The distance of this trip was approximately 5.5 miles. Observed a pair of sandhill cranes in the marsh just south of Wadsworth Road; many great blue herons, and a green heron.

Weather:
Low 80's, overcast.

Hazards:
Poison ivy on the portage trails. The wooded sections of this stretch are susceptible to deadfall.

Cleanliness:



Log # 20 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Eric Meyers
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Chicago River, put-in left blank
Take-Out: Chicago River, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Put-in at Whelan Pool, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, and take-out at Labagh Woods, Forest Preserve District of Cook County. This stretch is appropriate for beginners and families with small children. Wear shoes that can get wet and have good traction for steep muddy portages that might require a bit of climbing in and out of the boat. This trip was approximately 4.5 miles. It's a gritty urban adventure and a relaxing change of scenery from the surrounding city. The logjams are numerous but some can be paddled around or pushed through (though we opted to portage all). Observed beaver, raccoon, Canada Geese, White-Tail Deer, Mallards, Wood Duck, Bullfrog, Snapping Turtles, Belted Kingfisher, Barn Swallows, Green Heron, and Carp.

Weather:


Hazards:
Some logjams.

Cleanliness:
There was a significant amount of trash in the water.


Log # 18 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Angela Wolff
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Des Plaines River, Independence Grove Canoe Launch
Take-Out: Des Plaines River, Route 60 Canoe Launch

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 8
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
This stretch is appropriate for intermediate paddlers. We passed the Oak Spring Road Canoe launch that would make a nice launching point for a shorter river trip with free parking. Good Parking, good access to launch. Independence Grove is a very nice place to launch from with lots of amenities. We also stopped at the shopping mall near Route 60 for beverages. There is a trail map kiosk with maps and benches at the take-out site. The distance of this trip was approximately 6.6 miles. I had never been that far north along the Des Plaines River Trail and I was impressed by how well it had been developed for use by outdoor enthusiasts while maintaining the natural beauty of the area. We combined bicycling with our paddling adventure by dropping off our bikes at the takeout prior to kayaking and we enjoyed both parts of this day trip. We saw fish jumping from the water, deer fawns, snapping turtles, herons, raccoons, a muskrat and signs of beaver activity besides the usual squirrels, ducks and geese. It was a fun, yet slightly challenging trip that provided a good amount of time on the river.

Weather:
Warm and partly cloudy.

Hazards:
We encountered 3 dams and only the Hollister Dam was listed on either the map from NE Illinois Water Trails or the Lake County Forest Preserve map. Only the Hollister Dam had portage routes or warning signs. The dams are problematic, they are not clearly marked and only 1 had a portage route available but again, it was not clearly marked. There was a lot of debris between Route 137 and Old Rockland Road.

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Log # 17 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Cathy Geraghty
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Chicago River, Clark Park
Take-Out: Chicago River, Clark Park

# of Paddlers: 4
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Plentiful parking but get there early - loads of soccer players on weekends. There are rentals available at the put-in. Saw the new warning signs regarding the river rated a secondary contact water-body. This stretch is appropriate for beginners. Very fun trip, easy to navigate and paddle. Observed muskrat, painted turtle, ducks (mallards and domestic), and great blue heron.

Weather:


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Cleanliness:
Water seemed very unsanitary, there was oil slick on the surface.


Log # 16 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Carolyn Selke
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Des Plaines River, Route 60 Canoe Launch
Take-Out: Des Plaines River, Dam #1 Wheeling

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 8
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Don't let the put-in deter you. The river is beautiful past the pond. Portage left around the dams. Trails and access was fairly easy to spot. Signs are posted before dams. This is an appropriate stretch for all levels of paddling experience. The distance of this trip was approximately ten miles, a long trip but the paddling was fairly easy throughout. Observed deer, turtles, hawks, herons, egrets, chipmunks, squirrels, and evidence of beavers. The stretch was quite rural, with only a few homes on the river and a few businesses. I felt as though I was in a rural area.

Weather:
Partly cloudy with S/SW winds 10-20mph. 85 and pleasant with the wind.

Hazards:
The dams are marked. There are many strainers to avoid but easily spotted.

Cleanliness:



Log # 15 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by John D. Moore
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Des Plaines River, Dam #1 Wheeling
Take-Out: Des Plaines River, Dam #1 Wheeling

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
People can canoe by themselves along this stretch and have a great time, I paddled upstream and back approximately four miles in total. This stretch is great for beginning paddlers and families with small children, it is also handicapped accessible. Observed muskrat, blue heron, swallows, belted kingfishers, mallards, Canada geese and evidence of beavers.

Weather:
Hot, sunny, slight breeze.

Hazards:
While paddling north private property river left, forest preserve river right. Fishermen sometimes have long lines on the river right that you need to watch out for. There is a dangerous strainer covering 3/4 of river left (going north) behind Kolssak funeral home on Milwaukee ave. Debris is already being held there and the strainer's leaves are in the middle of the river giving the impression only that part is blocked which is incorrect.

Cleanliness:
There is some garbage deposited by fishermen.


Log # 14 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by John D. Moore
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Salt Creek, put-in left blank
Take-Out: Salt Creek, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Put-in at Busse Lake. The lake has numerous access points including a boat rental/launch. Busse is best paddled before overuse affects it in late summer. This is an appropriate stretch for beginners and families with children. Knowing how to handle wind while paddling is a plus along this stretch. The lake is the perfect size, with islands and channels, motorboats are prohibited. Observed beaver lodges, muskrat homes, egrets, blue herons, swallows, red wing blackbirds and many cormorants. Busse Lake has islands, channels, bays, a great canoe/kayak lake with no car shift.

Weather:
Sunny, hot wind from south caused waves up to 5-6 inches.

Hazards:
Keep away from main dam on real danger.

Cleanliness:
Fisherman tend to leave trash along the lakeshore.


Log # 13 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Terry McGuan
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Fox River (IL), put-in left blank
Take-Out: Fox River (IL), put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 8
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Put-in and take-out at the Silver Springs State Park. This is a great stretch for families with children. There were a couple rapid current areas over shallows, but should be safe for most. Spotted many herons, turtles, and a few fish jump. This is a nice scenic section of river that is mostly wooded with a few homes along the shore. It is challenging to paddle upstream but a relaxing quiet paddle downstream. There are lots of kayaks and canoes that paddle along this stretch but no motor crafts are permitted.

Weather:
Sunny, 94 degrees. Fairly strong wind from south by southwest.

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Cleanliness:



Log # 12 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by John D. Moore
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Des Plaines River, Rivershire Park Canoe Launch
Take-Out: Des Plaines River, Rivershire Park Canoe Launch

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 8
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Great put-in with excellent parking. This is a good stretch for beginners and families with children. It is heavily wooded above half day, with private property on both sides below it. Observed mallards, Kingfisher, blue heron, and canada geese. Beautiful river north of Half Day road is heavily wooded. River is shallow below Half Day road (good for poling). Additionally, there is a small riffle above the road.

Weather:
74, cloudy, slight drizzle.

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Log # 11 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Jack Snarr
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Chicago River, put-in left blank
Take-Out: Chicago River, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Paddled along the north branch, put-in at Hartz Road and take-out at Central Ave. Take-out was a Muddy shoreline, steep climb though tall grass and short carry through woods to car. This is not a designated launch/take-out site. While it works fine for me, it is "primitive". The trip was approximately 3 miles long. This section is best suited to intermediate and expert paddlers looking for urban adventure trips and challenge trips (long trips, industrial traffic, technical paddling, etc.) Good portaging practice! I observed many ducks, deer, and an indigo bunting. Beautiful section of the North Branch. Heavily wooded.

Weather:
Beautiful day.

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Log # 10 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Marilyn Ziegler
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: DuPage River, Hammel Woods
Take-Out: DuPage River, Channahon Parkway State Park - Bridge Street Access Point

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Good stretch for beginning and intermediate paddlers. Be prepared to carry the canoe a fair distance from the car to put in and the take out to the car.Distance of the trip was a little over nine miles. There were some riffles and wave trains. Observed egrets, herons, ducks, geese, hawks, woodpeckers, and turtles.

Weather:
Cloudy, sprinkles, 78 degrees

Hazards:
Put in below one dam and take out immediately before the next dam. Have to be able to watch for drops and rocks, and be able to recognize the takeout and get to it without going over the dam.

Cleanliness:



Log # 9 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Doug Van Dyke
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Des Plaines River, put-in left blank
Take-Out: Des Plaines River, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
This stretch is a good area for intermediate paddlers interested in challenge trips (long trips, industrial traffic, technical paddling, etc.)Paddled a distance of 6.5 miles. Lots of dead fall and one logjam hiding direction of river had to watch current to stay down river. Observed a jumping carp.

Weather:
July weather was good.

Hazards:
1 mile passage of swamp that is hard to follow.

Cleanliness:



Log # 8 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Tom Eckels
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Des Plaines River, Independence Grove Canoe Launch
Take-Out: Des Plaines River, Oak Spring Road Canoe Launch

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Lots of parking at Independence Grove; approximately 15+ spots adjacent to canoe launch; much more throughout the park; charge for non-lake-county-residents. This stretch is a good trip for beginners and intermediate paddlers. There are plenty of easy routes through typical obstacles on the river. The distance of this trip is approximately two miles. This was an enjoyable trip with small obstacles along the way that were easy and fun to work around.

Weather:
Sunny and warm.

Hazards:


Cleanliness:



Log # 7 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Don Mueggenborg
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Des Plaines River, Isla A La Cache Museum
Take-Out: Des Plaines River, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 6
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
There is both a sandy shoreline and dock at the launch site. The Isle a la Cache voyageur museum is also located at this put-in site. This stretch would be best suited to intermediate paddlers looking for urban adventure trips, challenge trips (long trips, industrial traffic, technical paddling, etc.), and heritage trips (historical or cultural attractions). This is the best stretch of the lower Des Plaines - long stretches without highways-some fast water, the route taken by Joliet and Marquette, wildlife and birds. The water can often be low along this stretch. If you go downstream to the takeout at Lockport Prairie it should be noted that there is a steep hill with fast water just before the takeout. We paddled around the island, then downstream and returned. There was some fast water and we had to maneuver especially going up-stream. Water on 135th St. bridge was fast, water under industrial bridge had some log jams. Observed deer, beaver signs, muskrats, hawks, turkey vultures, Blue Heron, kingfishers, and an egret. This stretch was challenging to paddle, particularly while travelling upstream.

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Log # 6 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Tom Richardson
Trip Date: 06/18/2008 10:40 AM
Location: , IL
Put-in: Salt Creek, put-in left blank
Take-Out: Salt Creek, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 2
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
This trip is appropriate for intermediate paddlers. There are bike route passages adjacent to the take-out. Much of the paddle is through parks and forest preserves. There is a small sheet metal dam that must be portaged located about a half mile above Eldridge Park. The Portage route around the dam has large rocks and high vegetation, making portaging difficult. The best part of the trip is winding through the wooded stretches. This is a pleasant urban paddle winding through several forest preserves and parks. It always has enough water to paddle, but you may scrape a bit below 110 cfs. Above 500 cfs would pose some problems with a low bridge which does not have an easy portage.

Weather:
Partly sunny, 85 F. Winds from SW at 10 - 15 mph.

Hazards:


Cleanliness:
Trash in some sections.


Log # 4 - Submitted on 06/18/2012 by Melinda Tury
Trip Date: -
Location: , IL
Put-in: Pecatonica River, put-in left blank
Take-Out: Pecatonica River, put-in left blank

# of Paddlers: 10
Club Affiliation: None
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
The take-out is at Two Rivers Park where the Sugar River flows into the Pecatonica. This stretch is appropriate for beginners and families with small children. Keep left at the head of the large island. The right channel has strainers about every hundred feet or so which would have to be portaged at lower water levels. We observed yellow and blackburnian warblers, goldfinches, cedar waxwings, kingfishers, red wing blackbirds, orioles, muscovy ducks, vultures, hawks, downy and hairy woodpeckers, fox snakes, turtles, bull frogs, carp, catfish, deer, turkey, and other more common songbirds. Wildflowers seen were violets, phlox, geraniums, field daisy, goats beard, mustard, poppies, clover, etc. This is a beautiful tree-lined river course with no houses or traffic noises along the way and abundant bird life. Absolutely beautiful!

Weather:
sunny, clear, light variable wind, temperature in the low 80's.

Hazards:


Cleanliness:



Log # 3 - Submitted on 07/31/2011 by Tom Eckels
Trip Date: 07/31/2011 05:16 PM
Location: Lake Villa, IL
Put-in: Des Plaines River, Van Patten Woods Russell Road Canoe Launch
Take-Out: Des Plaines River, Wadsworth Road Canoe Launch

# of Paddlers: 7
Club Affiliation: Prairie State Canoeists
Enjoyment: 7
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
Water Level at 130 cfs or so. Plenty of new down-fall from recent storms, but all were passable at this water level. All had a good time!

Weather:
Sunny and Warm

Hazards:
Some Down Fall, but all passalbe

Cleanliness:
very clean


Log # 2 - Submitted on 07/26/2011 by Brian Maki
Trip Date: 06/18/2011 02:00 PM
Location: Wood Dale, IL
Put-in: Salt Creek, Salt Creek Park
Take-Out: Salt Creek, Salt Creek Park

# of Paddlers: 1
Club Affiliation: Illinois Water TrailKeepers
Enjoyment: 5
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $0.0
Trip Report:
I put in at the Salt Creek Park launch and paddled north. The first hazard to be aware of is a lot of debris under the first pedestrian bridge just north of the put in. The bridge is only passable on the far left (going downstream). Also, there is a strong current in the bend just north of the railroad bridge, north of Irving. Proceeding north, there are numerous downed trees blocking a portion of the creek, but they are still passable. I continued paddling north until a downed tree just south of Thorndale Ave completely blocked my progress. I was unable to portage around it and the water level was also quite low at that point, so I turned around. I paddled south, past the put in, to the dam at Maple Meadows golf course. There were no major issues between the put in and the dam, other than golf balls (One landed in the creek, 20' from me). I then turned around and paddled back to the Salt Creek Park launch. Overall, the creek was fairly clean. I saw several deer, great blue herons and red tailed hawks.

Weather:
Hot and humid

Hazards:
See report

Cleanliness:
Good


Log # 1 - Submitted on 06/21/2011 by Tom Eckels
Trip Date: 06/19/2011 09:12 AM
Location: , IL
Put-in: Des Plaines River, Van Patten Woods Russell Road Canoe Launch
Take-Out: Des Plaines River, Wadsworth Road Canoe Launch

# of Paddlers: 5
Club Affiliation: Illinois Water TrailKeepers
Enjoyment: 5
Additional Info:
Money Spent: $
Trip Report:
5 volunteers set out for a cleanup. Very little trash was found so we just paddled a lot. Cool Problem to have...

Weather:
cloudy and warm

Hazards:
some down trees, none blocking the river

Cleanliness:
very clean