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Leone Beach to Diversey Harbor - Paddle Illinois Water Trails

Leone Beach to Diversey Harbor

  • Skill Level:Expert
  • Trail Length:6.35 miles
  • Waterway Trail:
Expert, Lake Michigan Water Trails, Medium Trips

Leone Beach to Diversey Harbor

Directions: Leone Beach is located at the east end of Touhy Avenue in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Park in the meter parking lot on the east side of Sheridan Road at Touhy Avenue. The launch site is on the small beach on the north side of the parking lot.

Montrose Beach is located 3.5 miles south of Leone Beach. Launching is allowed at the south end of the beach near the fishing pier. However, if using Montrose Point as an access site, the carry from parking along the road near the beach house to the beach can be more than 1,000 feet. If you take out at Montrose Point, consider taking a walk through the Magic Hedge – widely recognized as one of the best birding locations in the Great Lakes region!

Diversey Harbor is accessible from the water only when the traffic light on the bridge over the harbor entrance is green.  There are two access sites in the harbor: the low wall at the north end of the harbor can be an easy or difficult landing depending on the water level. The Boat Ramp on the west side of the harbor is an alternative landing.

  • Directions: Leone Beach is located at the east end of Touhy Avenue in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Park in the meter parking lot on the east side of Sheridan Road at Touhy Avenue. The launch site is on the small beach on the north side of the parking lot.
  • Montrose Beach is located 3.5 miles south of Leone Beach. Launching is allowed at the south end of the beach near the fishing pier. However, if using Montrose Point as an access site, the carry from parking along the road near the beach house to the beach can be more than 1,000 feet. If you take out at Montrose Point, consider taking a walk through the Magic Hedge – widely recognized as one of the best birding locations in the Great Lakes region!
  • Diversey Harbor is accessible from the water only when the traffic light on the bridge over the harbor entrance is green. There are two access sites in the harbor: the low wall at the north end of the harbor can be an easy or difficult landing depending on the water level. The Boat Ramp on the west side of the harbor is an alternative landing.

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