Directions: Buffalo Park Forest Preserve is located just east of Route 31 at the end of South Street in Algonquin, and is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. Voyageur’s Landing Forest Preserve, also owned by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, is located one mile east of Route 31, just north of I-90 at the east end of Airport Road in Elgin.
Notes: There are at least four landings or access areas with picnic facilities, camping, and nearby hotels and restaurants in Algonquin, Carpentersville, West Dundee, East Dundee, and Elgin. This scenic trip also provides good wildlife viewing in several areas. The portage at Carpentersville Dam is a good place to rest and enjoy exhibits detailing the history of the Fox River. Just downstream of the dam, the water is often shallow and turbulent. Be sure to stay to the left of the island to avoid some unforeseen obstacles. Elgin’s Trout Park also has an accessibility-friendly canoe launch.
There is an alternative take-out located a short distance downstream on the east side of the river. Both of these sites are within view of I-90. The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is largely responsible for maintenance of this stretch of the water trail.
Always check United States Geological Survey (USGS) water data before your trip.