Paddle the Water Trails in our Region!

Little Calumet River Day

Saturday, June 1
Kickapoo Woods Forest Preserve (14498 S. Halsted Street)
Riverdale, IL

Explore the Little Calumet River while cleaning it up from a canoe or enjoy a free kayak lesson.

Bring your own canoe or kayak or use one provided. The canoe based clean-up is free and open to people 5 years old and up. The kayak lessons are free and open to people approximately 10 years old and up (smaller children do not fit in the kayaks)

Participants must register in advance by emailing

Bring your family to connect with nature and the river!

Volunteer with Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Community Paddling Program

The Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Cook County Department of Public Health have started an innovative, ground breaking program to make paddling accessible to beginners, groups, and those who do not own their own boats through a community paddling initiative, the Greater Maywood Paddling Program and Kayak Gear Library.  The program provides opportunities for organized groups within the Maywood community to connect to nature and water through kayaking experiences. Group leaders of participating community partners will be trained on kayaking, use and care of kayaking gear and how to lead groups on kayaking trips. Once certified, trained leaders will have access to the use of the Kayak Gear Library which has the supplies for an organized group paddling trip.

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