The Kishwaukee is a beautiful river that offers some of the highest quality aquatic habitat in northeast Illinois. The river is home to over 1,000 species of plants, 59 species of fish, and 28 endangered species.
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Welcome to the only guidebook for the water trails of Northeastern Illinois!
The Northeastern Illinois water trails system encompasses 10 waterways. These water trails offer a variety of experiences, ranging from creeks that flow through densely wooded forest preserves to the skyscrapers of downtown Chicago as seen from Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. The water trails of northeastern Illinois present paddling experiences found few other places in the world.
The water trails on this site are not patrolled or managed for passage, you are solely responsible for your personal safety. Paddle trails appropriate to your skills, and do not paddle when water levels are high, currents are fast and/or rivers are in flood stage; if in doubt, do not go on the water.
Please be aware of the following safety considerations as you plan your trip: