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Stony Ford Put-in #1
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Des Plaines River photos(25), rentals, videos, dams

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Description
Van Patten Woods Russell Road Canoe Launch
Wadsworth, IL

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On the south side of Russel Rd on east side of river. Has parking lot with 16 spaces.

The next canoe launch is at Wadsworth Rd. 6.25 miles downstream from this put-in.

More info:
http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.view&object_id=212&type=P
Wadsworth Road Canoe Launch
Wadsworth, IL

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Located on Wadsworth Road east of Route 41 near Wadsworth. Next canoe launch is at Independence Grove 11.6 miles downstream.

More info:
http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.view&object_id=216&type=P
Gowe Memorial Park Canoe Launch
Gurnee, IL

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At the end of Mclure Ave past Warren High School, on east side of the river.

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Independence Grove Canoe Launch
Libertyville, IL

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Located in the northwest corner of Independence Grove Forest Preserve, on Buckley Road (Route 137) east of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21) near Libertyville. Follow signs to the Canoe Launch parking area. The next canoe launch is at Oak Spring Road, 2.7 miles downstream.

More info:
http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.view&object_id=1103&type=P
Oak Spring Road Canoe Launch
Libertyville, IL

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Starting point for the annual Des Plaines River Canoe Marathon. Located on south side of Oak Spring Road west of St. Mary's Road. Parking lot for 16 cars.

For the Des Plaines River Canoe Marathon, Oak Spring Rd. is made one way only going westbound so you must enter from the east from St. Mary's Rd. You can temporarily park on the road and unload your boat into the grass field next to the put-in.

More info:
http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.view&object_id=206&type=P
Riverside Park
Libertyville, IL

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Added by: Andy Cocallas

Rockland road west past the river to Riverside road. Turn south to parking lot. Park in the lot by the swing sets and carry along the north end by the homes. Lot open till 9:00pm.

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Route 60 Canoe Launch
Vernon Hills, IL

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On south side of Rt 60 on west side of river. Offshore Marine is located adjacent to the river and offers canoe and kayak rentals.

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http://www.lcfpd.org/preserves/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.view&object_id=211&type=P
Rivershire Park Canoe Launch
Lincolnshire, IL

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Nature Center @ Rivershire Park at 45 Londonderry Ln, on east side of river.

Map of Village of Lincolnshire Parks and Paths Systesm

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Dam #1 Wheeling
Wheeling, IL

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Forest preserve entrance is just east of river on south side of Dundee. Follow the road about 1 mile south until you hit the parking lot past the dam. There is plenty of parking. You can drive your car down the road that ends at the dam for unloading.

American Whitewater Assoc. also has the area just below the dam listed as "Bill's Hole" where 2-3 holes develop as well as a wave train and deep eddylines. Here are some pics of kayakers playing in the waves.

Parking is also available in the forest preserve lot on the west side of river at the intersection of Milwaukee and Hintz Rd.

More info:
http://www.fpdcc.com/tier3.php?content_id=38
Allison Woods
Prospect Heights, IL

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Added by: rich

Located in Allison Woods Forest Preserve off of Milwaukee(21) and just south of Willow/Palatine Rd.

More info:
http://www.fpdcc.com/tier3.php?content_id=38
Dam #2
Mt. Prospect, IL

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Added by: rich

Ending point for the 18.5 mile Des Plaines River Canoe marathon. Located on river right just before Dam #2.

More info:
http://www.canoemarathon.com/Course.cfm
spillway to river
des plaines, IL

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spillway to river. ribbed cement ramp

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E Algonquin Rd
Des Plaines, IL

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Added by: anonymous

South of E. Algonquin Rd on the East Bank of the Des Plaines River. Enter on Joseph J Schwab Rd going South to the end.
Easy Paddle to Belmont.
Side streams fun and the Mariot Res is a hoot.

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Schiller Woods North
Chicago, IL

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Put-in is just north of Irving Park Rd and off of River Rd, parking lot is available.

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Schiller Woods South
Schiller Park, IL

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Put-in is on southeast side of the river. With a fairly large parking lot you should have no problem finding parking.

More info:
http://www.fpdcc.com/downloads/dps_trailmap.pdf
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