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Cricket Creek Forest Preserve to Hunter Drive - Paddle Illinois Water Trails

Cricket Creek Forest Preserve to Hunter Drive

  • Skill Level:Beginner
  • Trail Length:7 miles
  • Waterway Trail:Salt Creek Water Trails
Beginner, Medium Trips, Salt Creek Water Trails

Cricket Creek Forest Preserve to Hunter Drive

Directions: Enter Cricket Creek Forest Preserve on the north side of Fullerton Avenue just east of Salt Creek in Addison. The put-in is directly west of the parking lot.

A shorter trip can be had by taking out at the Eldridge Park Canoe Landing (pictured).

The take-out at Hunter Drive is on river-left 0.4 mile downstream of the I-88 bridge at the west end of Hunter Drive, just before the Cermak Road bridge.

Notes: Do not continue downstream of Hunter Drive.  The owners of the Butler Golf Course object to paddlers passing through the golf course or portaging the Oak Brook Dam which is 1,000 feet downstream of the 31st Street bridge.

1 Comment

Susannah Ball
August 16, 2022

Paddled this trail in late June of 2022. Water was pretty low but still passable. Took me about 3 hours. No major logjams or obstacles to report. Launch sites were all in great shape and as described in this guide. Easy paddle passing through a lot of different scenery making for a very enjoyable trip. Saw a lot of different birds. I left my bike at the take out site and biked back to my vehicle along the salt creek trail. Worked great. Thank you to everyone who made these guides, they are fantastic resources!!

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