The water trails of Northeastern Illinois are maintained through the support of many partners from local municipalities to forest preserve districts to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Included below is further information on those organizations and their websites include resources on upcoming paddling events and river cleanups!

Event Calendars:

Checks these calendars regularly for updated event information.

Illinois Paddling Council Events

Forest Preserves of Cook County Events

Forest Preserves of Lake County Events

Forest Preserves of DuPage County Events

McHenry County Conservation District Events

Boone County Conservation District Events

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County Events

Forest Preserve District of Will County Events

Calumet Stewardship Initiative Events

American Canoe Association Events

Other Water Trails In and Around Illinois

If you live in another part of Illinois or are traveling and curious to discover the local water trails, the following resources are available:

Lincoln Heritage Water Trail

Pecatonica River Water Trail

Yellow Creek Water Trail

Spoon River Water Trail

Macinaw River Water Trail

Banner Marsh Sate Fish and Wildlife Area

Rock River Water Trail

Illinois Water TrailKeepers

TK-logo-FINALIllinois Water TrailKeepers is a volunteer stewardship program of Openlands and Illinois Paddling Council. Volunteers adopt a stretch of water trail and paddle it regularly, reporting on conditions and in some cases organizing clean ups to keep the water trails passable and enjoyable by the public.


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