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Bemis Woods to Brookfield Canoe Launch - Paddle Illinois Water Trails

Bemis Woods to Brookfield Canoe Launch

  • Skill Level:Beginner to Intermediate
  • Trail Length:6 miles
  • Waterway Trail:Salt Creek Water Trails
Intermediate, Medium Trips, Salt Creek Water Trails

Bemis Woods to Brookfield Canoe Launch

Directions: Bemis Woods, owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, is located on the west side of Wolf Road, approximately 0.4 miles south of 31st Street, in Westchester. Brookfield canoe launch, owned by the Village of Brookfield, is located just north of Brookfield Avenue and east of Forest Avenue, behind the Brookfield Village Hall.

Notes: This trip is a shorter version of the Dean Nature Sanctuary to Plank Road Meadow. It follows one of the oldest greenways in the country, passing through forest preserves, parks, and the Brookfield Zoo, although there is no public access to the zoo from the creek. Approximately 0.4 mile downstream of the 31st Street Bridge is the Possum Hollow Dam. This low dam is visible only in low water conditions. Paddle through the canoe chute on the river right side of the dam.

Please respect the privacy of riparian landowners—no landing on private property.

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