FAQs and Rental Information

Can I get hard copies of water trail maps?

Openlands does not have hard copy maps.  You can use the interactive mapping function to create a custom map on screen and then print it.

How can I report a problem on a water trail?

To report a problem on a water trail in Illinois, please visit Illinois Paddling Council.

Illinois Water TrailKeepers will then attempt to work with local authorities to resolve it.

Where can I rent a boat for a paddling trip?

Openlands is not an outfitter, so we do not rent any equipment.

Linked below are outfitters that rent canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and equipment, as well as organizations that offer guided trips on many Northeastern Illinois Water Trails. Please note this is not a comprehensive list of local outfitters. If there is a local outfitter or guide you’ve rented from, let us know in the comments below!


Water Trail

Local Outfitter(s)

Calumet Area REI (Saganashgkee Slough Boathouse)

Hammond Port Authority, Hammond, IN

Chicago River and Skokie Lagoons Kayak Chicago

Urban Kayaks


Chicago Paddle Company (Stand Up Paddling)

Chicago River Canoe & Kayak

REI (Ping Tom Boathouse)

Friends of the Chicago River

Des Plaines River Lake County Forest Preserves

Forest Preserves of Cook County

Forest Preserve District of Will County

DuPage River Naperville Kayak

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Fox River Fox River Canoe & Kayak

Rocktown Adventures, Aurora, IL and Rockford, IL

Yak Shack

Kayak Myak Rentals, Elgin, IL

South Elgin Canoe

Kankakee River Reed’s Canoe Trips, Kankakee, IL
Kishwaukee River Kishwaukee Canoe

Larsen’s Landing Outfitters, Rockford, IL

Lake Michigan Kayak Chicago

Chicago Paddle Company (Stand Up Paddling)

Northwest Passage, Wilmette, IL

Nippersink Creek Scull and Oars, Wonder Lake, IL

TipACanoe, Burlington, WI

Salt Creek and Busse Woods Chicago River Canoe & Kayak

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County