Notes on Intermediate Level Trips: The trip may include portaging dams, or portaging and avoiding other obstacles, including obstacles below the water level or low bridges. There may be currents that qualify as rapids under some non-flood conditions. The trip may take place on a waterway where changing weather conditions can quickly and dramatically alter trail conditions for the worse. The waterway may be prone to fallen trees that block passage and need to be portaged or that require skill to maneuver around. It may be difficult to get to shore in case of emergency because of very high walls or banks or because of distance from shore.
Never paddle in fast water or in flooded waterways and never paddle over dams. Lowhead dams, found throughout northeastern Illinois, create dangerous currents that are deadly to those caught in them. To understand these currents and become more familiar with paddling safety, see these websites:
Please always keep in mind that rivers and lakes are dynamic features and will vary over time. Conditions can change quickly. Paddling may have inherent risks and hazardous conditions can occur anywhere along the trails. You are solely responsible for your own safety.