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Independence Grove to Route 60 - Paddle Illinois Water Trails

Independence Grove to Route 60

  • Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Trail Length:6.6 miles
  • Waterway Trail:Des Plaines River Trails
Des Plaines River Trails, Intermediate, Medium Trips

Independence Grove to Route 60

Directions: Independence Grove Forest Preserve, located just north of Buckley Road, roughly 1/2 mile east of Milwaukee Avenue, in Libertyvillle. Take-out at the Route 60 Canoe Launch, located just south of Route 60 (Townline Road), approximately 0.2 miles east of Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills. 

Notes: This trip passes forest preserves, parks, a golf course, and other open areas that make up the Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway. If you like to bike, this trip offers a nice land trail that loops you back to your vehicle: park your bike(s) at the take-out at Route 60 before starting from Independence Grove. Temporary boat storage at Route 60 canoe launch can be tricky, but not impossible—be prepared to secure your paddles and PFDs to your boat with a lock and cable.

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

  • Directions: Independence Grove Forest Preserve, located just north of Buckley Road, roughly 1/2 mile east of Milwaukee Avenue, in Libertyvillle. Take-out at the Route 60 Canoe Launch, located just south of Route 60 (Townline Road), approximately 0.2 miles east of Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills. 

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