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Irving Park Road to Chicago Avenue - Paddle Illinois Water Trails

Irving Park Road to Chicago Avenue

  • Skill Level:Beginner
  • Trail Length:5.5 miles
  • Waterway Trail:Des Plaines River Trails
Beginner, Des Plaines River Trails, Medium Trips

Irving Park Road to Chicago Avenue

Directions: Enter the Irving Park Road Canoe Launch on the east side of River Road just north of Irving Park Road in Schiller Park.

Just past the Chicago Avenue Bridge, stay to the left (east side) to enter the north channel around an island in the river.  The take-out is approximately 300 feet east from the beginning of the channel on river left (the north bank).

As an alternate, take out 1/5 of a mile further south, at the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Maywood Grove launch (installed in 2018), river-right and just above of the Lake Street Bridge. The Forest Preserves of Cook County have installed take out signage that you can see from the river.

This access site is approximately 300 feet south of the Maywood Grove parking lot, which is located at Ohio Street and Des Plaines Avenue. You should park in the Maywood Grove Lot, but you can park temporarily along Des Plaines Ave, north of Lake St. as you load your canoes/kayaks.

  • Directions: Enter the Irving Park Road Canoe Launch on the east side of River Road just north of Irving Park Road in Schiller Park.
  • Just past the Chicago Avenue Bridge, stay to the left (east side) to enter the north channel around an island in the river. The take-out is approximately 300 feet east from the beginning of the channel on river left (the north bank).
  • As an alternate, take out 1/5 of a mile further south, at the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Maywood Grove launch (installed in 2018), river-right and just above of the Lake Street Bridge. The Forest Preserves of Cook County have installed take out signage that you can see from the river.
  • This access site is approximately 300 feet south of the Maywood Grove parking lot, which is located at Ohio Street and Des Plaines Avenue. You should park in the Maywood Grove Lot, but you can park temporarily along Des Plaines Ave, north of Lake St. as you load your canoes/kayaks.

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