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Columbia Woods to Lemont - Paddle Illinois Water Trails

Columbia Woods to Lemont

  • Skill Level:Beginner
  • Trail Length:6.85 miles
  • Waterway Trail:Des Plaines River Trails
Beginner, Des Plaines River Trails, Medium Trips

Columbia Woods to Lemont

Directions: Enter Columbia Woods Forest Preserve on the west side of Willow Springs Road just north of the Des Plaines River in Willow Springs.

A shorter trip can be had by taking out or putting in 2.7 miles downstream at the Knollwood Boat Ramp

The take-out is on river left at the Lemont Road Bridge.

Note: Approximately one mile upstream of Lemont Road on river right is the Old Borrow Pit. Now a haven for water fowl, the riverside quarry was used to mine the landfill that was then barged up the river and out into the lake to create Lincoln Park.

Use caution when approaching and passing the railroad bridge just past the Old Borrow Pit. Debris piled up between the broken abutments of the old railroad bridge and rebar in the channels between the abutments make passing through hazardous in low and/or fast water.

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