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Silver Spring State Park to Shuh Shuh Gah Canoe Launch - Paddle Illinois Water Trails

Silver Spring State Park to Shuh Shuh Gah Canoe Launch

  • Skill Level:Beginner
  • Trail Length:2 miles
  • Waterway Trail:Fox River Trails
Beginner, Fox River Trails, Short Trips

Silver Spring State Park to Shuh Shuh Gah Canoe Launch

Directions: Silver Springs State Park can be accessed by traveling from Yorkville on Route 47, and turning South. The park entrance will be visible in about five miles. Access Shuh Shuh Gah canoe launch by taking Route 34 to Plano and turning south on Ben Street. Before reaching the Fox River, turn west onto Millhurst Road and take it to Whitfield Road. Then turn south on Whitfield Road and follow it to the intersection with Rogers Road. Turn east at this intersection (toward the river).

Notes: This is a great trip for beginners and families with children. Youth groups can spend the night at Silver Springs State Park (contact the park for information). This is a shallower stretch of the Fox River with several islands to paddle around and explore, and this is also a good trip for bird watching. Freeman’s Sports rents canoes and kayaks, and offers transportation between Yorkville and Silver Springs State Park. Combine this trip with the Yorkville to Silver Springs State Park water trail for a longer journey.

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

  • Directions: Silver Springs State Park can be accessed by traveling from Yorkville on Route 47, and turning South. The park entrance will be visible in about five miles. Access Shuh Shuh Gah canoe launch by taking Route 34 to Plano and turning south on Ben Street. Before reaching the Fox River, turn west onto Millhurst Road and take it to Whitfield Road. Then turn south on Whitfield Road and follow it to the intersection with Rogers Road. Turn east at this intersection (toward the river).

1 Comment

Zack Nauth
June 21, 2021

It is closed as of June 2021. Should be temporary, but no information on when it will be reopened. There are other launches further downstream in the towns of Millington, Sheridan and Wedron that are private but allow launching for a small fee.

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