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Knoch Knolls Park to Eaton Preserve - Paddle Illinois Water Trails

Knoch Knolls Park to Eaton Preserve

  • Skill Level:Beginner to Intermediate
  • Trail Length:6.7 miles
  • Waterway Trail:
DuPage River Trails, Intermediate, Medium Trips

Knoch Knolls Park to Eaton Preserve

Directions: Take I-55 to Weber Road. Exit north to Naperville Road (left), cross the river and turn left at Ring Road, left again at Knoch Knolls Road, and go less than a mile to the park entrance and the canoe launch. Eaton Preserve is located at 135th Street (Pilchen Road) and just west of Route 59, in Plainfield.

Notes: This trip was made possible in 2003 when the Plainfield Park District completed the public access at 135th Street. This scenic trip is a popular destination for great blue herons, feeding and relaxing from their nesting activities at nearby Lake Renwick.

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

2 Comments

Susannah Ball
August 16, 2022

Paddled this water trail in mid-August 2022. All launches and distances were as described. No major obstacles or logjams. Water level was right around average. The first little section of the West Branch was a little shallow in spots, but once you come out onto the mainstem the river is wide and deep. Since it was August there was quite a bit of river grass choking up the river in a few sections but generally easy to paddle around or through. Took me about 2 hours 20 minutes steady paddling. I have paddled the west branch many times but this was my first paddle on the mainstem. The river is wide, relatively deep and fairly straight. Would be a great trip for families or tubing (which seems very popular) or just lazy floating. Personally I find the narrower stretches of the west branch to be a bit more fun than this, but it is still a beautiful stretch of river with lots of birds. Left my bike at Eaton and biked back following the google maps biking directions. Not a specially scenic bike ride, mostly through suburban housing developments, but very safe and easy. I have added the Knoch Knolls Launch site to google maps to make things easier for paddlers. Huge thanks to everyone who makes these guides, they are a phenomenal resource!!

Openlands
August 17, 2022

Many thanks for the descriptions and helpful information!

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