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Gowe Park to Independence Grove - Paddle Illinois Water Trails

Gowe Park to Independence Grove

  • Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Trail Length:5.1 miles
  • Waterway Trail:Des Plaines River Trails
Beginner, Des Plaines River Trails, Medium Trips

Gowe Park to Independence Grove

Directions: The Gowe Park canoe launch, located at the west end of McClure Road and on the east bank of the river, can be accessed from the west side of O’Plaine Road, approximately 1/2 block south of Grand Avenue, in Gurnee. The trip ends at Independence Grove Forest Preserve, located just north of Buckley Road, about 1/2 mile east of Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville.

Notes: This trip features one of Lake County’s newer forest preserves.

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

  • Directions: The Gowe Park canoe launch, located at the west end of McClure Road and on the east bank of the river, can be accessed from the west side of O’Plaine Road, approximately 1/2 block south of Grand Avenue, in Gurnee. The trip ends at Independence Grove Forest Preserve, located just north of Buckley Road, about 1/2 mile east of Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville.
  • Notes: This trip features one of Lake County’s newer forest preserves.

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