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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.


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!!

August 17, 2022

Many thanks for the descriptions and helpful information!

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