Paddling News

by rich on 2012-08-02 19:01:00

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Distance: 17 River Miles

Location: Start at Henry Waterworks Park with a light snack to get started, on to the Lacon Riverfront for lunch and end in Chillicothe, with a meal hot off the grill at Shore Acres Park Club House (100 Park Blvd-off 2nd Street/River Beach Rd-South side of town)
Please Note: Drop off your canoes/kayaks in Henry and drive to Chillicothe and park at Shore Acres Park on the North side of the club house. Buses will depart from the clubhouse at 7:15 to take participants to the start of the jaunt in Henry. PLEASE: You may take coolers with, but NO Alcohol.

Registration and Check In -Henry: 9:45 to 8:45 a.m.
Jaunt Start: 9:00 a.m.
Entry Fee: $25 per person for early registration until August 3, 2012 Early registration guarantees a t-shirt.

$35 per person for registrations after August 5-No guarantee of shirt.

Checks Payable To:
Chillicothe Park District

Mail Checks and Form To:
Chillicothe Chamber,
Attn: HLC, 1028 N 2nds St,
Chillicothe, IL 61523

Call the Chamber Office for more event details. 309-274-4556

by rich on 2011-09-04 12:02:00

Just had some correspondence with Kayakman who sent me some put-in photos. Turns out he has a great blog with plenty of DuPage River trips. He adds a touch of humor to his kayaking stories! I highly recommend you check it out.

Also of note, he and his paddling group are on a consecutive 68 month kayaking streak. Impressive!

by rich on 2011-02-17 22:08:00

Geneva kayak has moved and will be having a grand re-opening and open house at their new location in Yorkville on April 1 & 3.

They will be also be pre-opening their store March 5th with a "Barn Sale" with huge discounts on boats and equipment up until March 31.

"We're re-opening the store with style! Our Grand Opening weekend is sure to be fun, so stop on by. We'll be raffling off prizes all weekend, including one of our amazing Adventure Paddling trips. Stop on by and see what all the excitement is about!"

Check out the rest of what they have planned at:

by rich on 2011-01-04 00:08:00

For anyone interested in paddling the Rock River, check out the newly redesigned website for the Rock River Trail. Lots of information there including maps of the entire Rock River WI-IL trail and more.

by rich on 2010-12-24 00:08:00

For those of you with a GPS unit, I have just released GPX files for all put-ins. Likewise with KML files. If you use Google Earth, you can now download and open the KML files in Google Earth.

Just head on over to the put-in section of any river or lake and you'll find the GPX and KML files for the river/lake available for download.

Thanks to TonyK for the suggestion to add this feature.

If anyone has any problems let me know.

Merry Christmas,

by rich on 2010-10-22 15:57:00

From Tom Lindblade:
Saturday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 61. South southwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Reminder that the Pumpkin Paddle is on Saturday October 23.

See the calendar for more details.

by rich on 2010-10-14 15:57:00

Some great news and video from Tom Lindblade:

"Yesterday was the final day of testing for the Yorkville Whitewater Park. This is the last of three testing videos, and contains some final thoughts about the facility, which, with a few minor adjustments, will now be prepared for opening to the public sometime around Thanksgiving. "

by rich on 2010-10-08 15:57:00

See some of the first footage of the Yorkville Whitewater park in action. Video was taken by Tom Lindblade during initial testing.

Part 1 (same as above)

Part 2

by rich on 2010-06-29 13:02:00

Solo paddlers welcome - The Oregon Trail Days Canoe and Kayak Race sponsored by the Lions is July 18th starting at 8:00 AM on the Rock River in Oregon, IL.

The race features two different take out points for paddlers to choose from, 5 miles to Castle Rock State Park and 9 miles to Grand Detour. Starting at Park East the race includes a breakfast, a canoe patch and shuttle service so solo paddlers are welcome..

Visit for details, maps and registration forms.

Ken Williams
Oregon Trail Days

And you won't want to miss this, Friday night (July 16) they will be having a Johnny Cash impersonator!!!


by rich on 2010-04-18 20:34:00

!CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER! - The event will probably not be rescheduled but there may be a tour of the whitewater park before the official opening in July. Stay tuned.

Until then, here is the video from a tour given to Tom Lindblade.

Get your boats ready! The IPC 2010 Kick Off Paddle is coming up on Sunday, April 25th.

The paddle will be held on the Fox River (6.5 miles from Oswego to Yorkville) and paddlers will be given a foot tour of the new whitewater park opening on June 30th!!!

For more details see the paddling calendar.