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Fabyan Forest Preserve to Illinois Avenue Boat Launch - Paddle Illinois Water Trails

Fabyan Forest Preserve to Illinois Avenue Boat Launch

  • Skill Level:Intermediate or Beginner with an experienced guide
  • Trail Length:7.1 miles
  • Waterway Trail:Fox River Trails
Fox River Trails, Intermediate, Medium Trips

Fabyan Forest Preserve to Illinois Avenue Boat Launch

Directions: Fabyan Forest Preserve, owned by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, is located just east of Route 31 and just north of Fabyan Parkway in Geneva. The Illinois Avenue boat launch, owned by the Fox Valley Park District, is located in Illinois Avenue Island Park in Aurora.

Notes: This trip has 27 islands to explore and three moderately difficult portages. To improve recreational paddling and restore this stretch of the river to better health, the South Batavia dam has been removed and plans for removal of the north Batavia are under consideration. A continuous bike path follows along the water trail, passing through properties of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Batavia, and the Fox Valley Park District.

Between the two access sites, there are at least 11 landings or access areas with picnic facilities, hiking and biking trails, ball fields, a riverwalk, nearby hotels and restaurants, in Batavia, North Aurora, and Aurora.

Always check United States Geological Survey (USGS) water data before your trip.

  • Notes: This trip has 27 islands to explore and three moderately difficult portages. To improve recreational paddling and restore this stretch of the river to better health, the South Batavia dam has been removed and plans for removal of the north Batavia are under consideration. A continuous bike path follows along the water trail, passing through properties of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Batavia, and the Fox Valley Park District.
  • Between the two access sites, there are at least 11 landings or access areas with picnic facilities, hiking and biking trails, ball fields, a riverwalk, nearby hotels and restaurants, in Batavia, North Aurora, and Aurora.

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