Dams:



Below is a list of dams that have been compiled on PaddleAway.com

Description Portage Instructions Portage distance from dam Owner Map
Crescent Falls Dam
Apple River - Hanover, IL

No major hydraulics were present the day we put in downstream of this dam (6/19/2009). The drop is around 5-9 ft and it does not appear to be very deep so one should definitely not run this as it would likely result in injury.
http://www.hanover-il.com/about...
Not sure, we put in just below the dam on the east side of the river. Can probably portage on the east/river left side of the river. - Map it
Willow Road Dam
Chicago River - Skokie, IL


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Winnetka Dam
Chicago River - Winnetka, IL


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Chick Evans Golf Course Dam
Chicago River - Morton Grove, IL


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Tam O'Shanter Country Club Dam
Chicago River - Niles, IL

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North Branch Spillway
Chicago River - Chicago, IL

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Centennial Fountain
Chicago River - Chicago, IL

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Chicago Harbor Lock
Chicago River - Chicago, IL

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Devon Ave Aerator
Chicago River - Chicago, IL

Just south of Devon. This is not a dam but is just as dangerous as the aerated water makes anything floating in the water heavier than the aerated water causing the object to sink. Sign states that the equipment runs intermittently and to stay clear of bubbling/turbulent water.

North Branch - Chicago River - Devon Avenue Aeration Station - Sign2

North Branch - Chicago River - Devon Avenue Aeration Station
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Webster St. Aeration Station
Chicago River - Chicago, IL

The following description is given from the Illinois paddling council:

"Webster St. Aeration Station
Pollution control facility produces hazardous aerated water on river left upstream of the Webster St. bridge and on river right on downstream side of the bridge. Avoid paddling through bubbling water."
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Beartrap Dam
Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal - Romeoville , IL

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Cable Dams
Des Plaines River - Lake County, IL

From Paul Klonowski:

"Time has taken its toll on these. The first (actually a set of 2 or 3, the first being the biggest) is easily runnable with enough water. The second set, just above Gurnee Woods Pond, is nearly destroyed; if you can see any part of it, the water's so low you that should have chosen a different stretch of river anyway, as many portages await downstream. Portage either side of these dams, if you need to, though there is no marked trail at either dam."
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Portage river right. - Map it
Hollister Dam
Des Plaines River - Vernon Hills, IL

There is a canoe chute/groove in the middle of this dam that can be used to run this dam.

From Paul Klonowski:
"There's no actual "groove," but there is a small spot where the dam line jogs upstream a bit. The elevation of the dam line is not different here
than the rest of the dam, so there's no more depth here than anywhere else across the dam. If you can run over the "groove," you can run it anywhere else."
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During low water you can get out of your boat in the shallow area on the left of the dam and step over the dam -during high water portaging river right is probably a better option. - Map it
Wright Forest Preserve Dam
Des Plaines River - Vernon Hills, IL

From Paul Klonowski:

"There is an actual "groove" in this dam (more left of center), where the top surface of the dam is lower than the rest of it, creating a small chute. If it's not blocked by a log, it's a nice little class 1 drop."
http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/...
The better portage is on river right, though river left will work, too. - Map it
Ryerson Dam
Des Plaines River - Deerfield, IL

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Dam #1
Des Plaines River - Wheeling, IL

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Dam #2
Des Plaines River - Mount Prospect, IL

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Touhy Dam
Des Plaines River - Park Ridge, IL

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Dam #4
Des Plaines River - Park Ridge, IL

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North Avenue Dam
Des Plaines River - River Forest, IL

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Hoffman Dam
Des Plaines River - Lyons, IL

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Weir Dam
Des Plaines River - Lyons, IL

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Beartrap Dam
Des Plaines River - Romeoville, IL

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Brandon Lock & Dam
Des Plaines River - Rockdale, IL

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Big Bend Spillway
Des Plaines River - Des Plaines, IL


http://www.fpdcc.com/tier3.php?...
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Dempster Street Dam
Des Plaines River - Park Ridge, IL

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Rock Tiers
Des Plaines River - Gurnee?, IL

Two sets of rock tiers.
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River Left 15.0 (feet) IDNR Map it
Fishnet Rapids
Des Plaines River - Lockport, IL

One of only two rated rapids in IL.

http://pages.ripco.net/~jwn/fishnet.html
http://pages.ripco.net/~jwn/fis...
None, Hold On - WCFP Map it
Denise Jacob
Des Plaines River - Wadsworth, IL

new beaver-built dam about 1.5 miles south of Route 173 on DesPlaines River, Lake County
River has somewhat steep sides here need to portage about 50 feet through high grass 50.0 (feet) Map it
Hammel Woods
DuPage River - Shorewood, IL

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Channahon Dam
DuPage River - Channahon, IL


http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/la...
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Stratton (McHenry) Lock
Fox River (IL) - McHenry, IL


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mc...
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Algonquin Dam
Fox River (IL) - Algonquin, IL


None...
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Carpentersville Dam
Fox River (IL) - Carpentersville, IL


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Easy portage river right with bathrooms available. - Map it
Elgin Dam
Fox River (IL) - Elgin, IL

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South Elgin Dam
Fox River (IL) - South Elgin, IL

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North of IL 64
Fox River (IL) - St Charles, IL


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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North of IL 38
Fox River (IL) - Geneva, IL

Portage on ramp on river left and follow bike path (ramp is located adjacent to Geneva Kayak).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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North Batavia - North of Wilson Street
Fox River (IL) - Batavia, IL


http://www.bataviansforahealthy...
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REMOVED IN 2006: Railroad Pier Dam South Batavia
Fox River (IL) - Batavia, IL


http://vtchl.uiuc.edu/applied-r...
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North of Butterfield Road
Fox River (IL) - North Aurora, IL

Portage river right up bank, can put back in just past the dam or at bridge.
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Casino Boat Dam East
Fox River (IL) - Aurora, IL

Portage on river right at west dam -go west/right before you get to the casino boat, there is no portage here and this and west dam are very dangerous!






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Portage on river right (west side of river) along cement walkway and river overlook. There is also a series of canoe chutes for the more experienced paddler. You can take out just before the chutes when portaging. DO NOT attempt to run this or the west dam, recirculating currents and difficult access make these dams EXTREMELY dangerous! - Map it
Casino Boat Dam West
Fox River (IL) - Aurora, IL

Possible site of new Aurora whitewater park as part of riverside greening project. There are canoe chutes on west side of river adjacent to the bank (chutes were open in Oct 2007). You can also takeout on rocks just before the first chute and portage on cement walkway past the dam to just past the last canoe chute.
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North Ave Dam
Fox River (IL) - Aurora, IL


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Montgomery
Fox River (IL) - Montgomery, IL

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Glen Palmer Dam
Fox River (IL) - Yorkville, IL

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Dayton
Fox River (IL) - Dayton, IL

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Stratton (McHenry) Dam
Fox River (IL) - McHenry, IL


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mc...
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Dayton Dam
Fox River (IL) - Wedron, IL

Hydro Electric
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Fox River At Dundee
Fox River (IL) - East Dundee, IL

This is a spillway at main st. east dundee on the fox river. Rt 72
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St Charles, Main street
Fox River (IL) - St. Charles, IL

Short dam
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Pilcher Park Dam
Hickory Creek - Joliet, IL

Dam located downstream of Pilcher Park just before railroad bridge.
http://chicagowildernessmag.org...
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Dresden Lock & Dam - Will County
Illinois River - Divine, IL

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Marseilles Dam
Illinois River - Marseilles, IL

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Marseilles Lock
Illinois River - Marseilles, IL

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Starved Rock Lock & Dam
Illinois River - Utica, IL


http://jove.geol.niu.edu/facult...
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Peoria Lock & Dam
Illinois River - Peoria, IL


http://members.aol.com/americac...
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La Grange Lock & Dam
Illinois River - La Grange, IL

South of Beardstown, IL
http://www.umesc.usgs.gov/river...
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Lockport Lock & Dam
Illinois River - Lockport , IL

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T.J. O Brien L&D
Illinois River - Burnham, IL


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il...
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Lockport L&D
Illinois River - Joliet, IL


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il...
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Brandon Road L&D
Illinois River - Joliet, IL


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il...
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Dresden Island L&D
Illinois River - Morris, IL


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il...
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Marseille L&D
Illinois River - Marseilles, IL


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il...
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Starved Rock L&D
Illinois River - North Utica, IL


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il...
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Peoria L&D
Illinois River - Peoria, IL


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il...
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La Grange L&D
Illinois River - Beardstown, IL


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il...
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Indian Creek Dam
Indian Creek - Prairie View, IL

Just east of N. Prairie Rd.
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Wilmington Dam
Kankakee River - Wilmington, IL


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Kankakee Dam
Kankakee River - Kankakee, IL

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Aroma Park Dam Breach
Kankakee River - Aroma Park, IL

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Momence Dam
Kankakee River - Momence, IL

niagara falls or momence dam?
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Belivdere Park Dam
Kishwaukee River - Belvidere, IL

Good sized dam with lots of sharp rocks. Do not attempt to shoot this dam. Portage to the left/south side.










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During low water I was able to portage on river left. Be sure to stay river left as you approach since the dam is fairly close to the portage path. 25.0 (feet) Map it
Camp Epworth
Kishwaukee River - Garden Prairie (Epworth Rd), IL

Downstream (west) of Garden Prairie Road bridge.

Low Head dam with 3 upright concrete pillars (old bridge supports?)
Approach river left, hug bank past dam, portage through adjacent campground. Short, easy portage. 1.0 (feet) Map it
Melvin Price Locks and Dam
Mississippi River - East Alton, IL

Replaced Lock and Dam #26 which was 2 miles upstream which was demolished in 1990.
http://www.greatriverroad.com/C...
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Mississippi River Pool #18
Mississippi River - Gladstone, IL

See link for info
http://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/n...
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Wonder Lake Dam
Nippersink Creek - Wonder Lake, IL


http://user.mc.net/~dwonder/...
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Sluice Gate/Old Lock
North Shore Channel - Wilmette, IL

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North Branch Spillway
North Shore Channel - Chicago, IL

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Sumner Park Dam
Pecatonica River - Pecatonica , IL

Small, broken down dam, portage on the north/left side of river.
http://www.paddlethepec.com/tri...
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Brown's Mill Dam
Pecatonica River - Freeport, IL

There is a small broken dam at Brown's Mill, about 10 miles downstream from Freeport that you 'might' have to portage around.

The LEFT side of this broken dam is lower.
http://www.paddlethepec.com/tri...
If the Freeport river gage is below 5.5, portage on river left might be necessary. Freeport River Gage - http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?cb_all_00060_00065=on&cb_00060=on&cb_00065=on&format=gif_default&period=7&site_no=05435500 - Map it
North American Hydro Diversion Channel
Rock River - Rockton, IL

Diversion channel that supplies water to North American Hydro, Rockton, Hydro Plant. It has a dam on the north end and a power plant on the south end. Boats are prohibited on the diversion channel.


Info courtesy of Don B!
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Boats are not allowed in this channel. Portage before the the Rockton dam. - North American Hyrdoelectric Map it
Fordham Dam
Rock River - Rockford, IL

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Oregon Dam
Rock River - Oregon, IL

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Dixon Dam
Rock River - Dixon, IL

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Upper Sterling Dam
Rock River - Sterling/Rock Falls, IL


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Lower Sterling Dam
Rock River - Sterling/Rock Falls, IL

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Milan Steel Dam
Rock River - Milan, IL

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Sears Dam
Rock River - Rock Island, IL

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Dixon Dam
Rock River - Dixon, IL

Lowhead hydro electric just north of SR 2 / SR 26 bridge. Good walleye fishing in tailwaters, generates power daily. NO LIFE BOUY LINE ABOVE THIS DAM!!!!!
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Not sure, haven't paddled that close. Take out at Lowell Park if you have a vehicle but that is 1 mile + above the dam. There are private steps and a tiny, hidden public boat ramp above the dam on right side. 1000.0 (feet) Private Power Company Map it
Rockton Dam
Rock River - Rockton, IL


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There is a heavy cable across the Rock River just upstream of the Rockton Dam. There are orange floats on it to make it visible and warning signs. The portage is on the right side which prevents boaters from approaching the dam at the head of the diversion channel. Thanks to Don B. for this info! - Map it
Sinnissippi Dam
Rock River - Sterling/Rock Falls, IL

TBD
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Lower Sterling Dam
Rock River - Sterling/Rock Falls, IL

TBD
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North American Hydro Power Plant
Rock River - Rockton, IL

Power plant is located at the south end of this hydro diversion channel.

Info courtesy of Don B!
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Boats are not allowed in this channel. - North American Hyrdoelectric Map it
Mud Dam/Drop
Salt Creek - , IL

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Sheet Piling Dam
Salt Creek - Villa Park, IL

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Old Oak Brook Dam
Salt Creek - Hinsdale, IL

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Graue Mill Dam at Fullersburg Woods
Salt Creek - Oakbrook, IL


http://www.saltcreekeastbranch....
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Possum Hollow
Salt Creek - Westchester, IL

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Oak Meadows Golf Course Dam
Salt Creek - Wood Dale, IL

On south side of Oak Meadows Golf Course a few hundred feet upstream of 290
http://www.saltcreekeastbranch....
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