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Lusk Creek
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Lusk Creek

Saltpeter Cave Crossing to Eddyville Blacktop Road: A true destination trip in every sense, Lusk Creek is an obscure stream set in a glorious wilderness environment featuring steep-walled canyons, cliffs, caves, boulders as big as school buses, waterfalls, jade…

Piscasaw Creek
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Piscasaw Creek Video: Streit Road to Denny Road

On this return trip to the Piscasaw, (only a few days after our first-ever visit) we were treated to a more interesting run than upstream due to three runnable farm dams, and a very swift and riffly current. With…

Piscasaw Creek
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Piscasaw Creek Video: Maxon Road to Streit Road

The Piscasaw, located near Chemung in Illinois, is a great little prairie creek best caught in Spring when the water is up. This section has very mild riffles so beginners shouldn’t find it too challenging but do expect to…

Pecatonica River
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Pecatonica River V

Pecatonica River Nature Preserve to Trask Bridge Forest Preserve: A simple paddle that’s as pleasant as it is dull, where merely being on the water is more important than the surrounding landscape or fun rapids. This short jog on…

Chicago River
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Chicago River

Touring Downtown Chicago: This was a very unique experience for us (and would be for anyone) because paddling through the middle of a lively downtown in the third biggest city in the United States, surrounded by the sights and…

Piscasaw Creek
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Piscasaw Creek III

Denny Road to Squaw Prairie Road: An almost great trip with pretty scenery, fabulous wildlife, engaging riffles and light rapids, alas, it comes with some serious caveats: it’s usually too shallow to paddle, it’s dangerous and it may be illegal.…

Piscasaw Creek
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Piscasaw Creek II

Streit Road to Denny Road: This section of Piscasaw Creek had everything I liked about the upper section and then some. Here I found beautiful prairie surroundings, farm dams that were fun and easy to run, and it was all topped off…

Piscasaw Creek
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Piscasaw Creek I

Maxon Road to Streit Road: A rarely paddled but really pleasant trip that travels through prairie and farmland in Northern Illinois, Piscasaw Creek, a tributary of the Kishwaukee River, is a wonderful option for beginners or Southern Wisconsin paddlers looking for…

Covel Creek
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Covel Creek Video

Covel is an absolutely beautiful Illinois creek full of stunning scenery and continuous rapids – neither of which are evident from the put-in or take-out. This hidden gem is a thirsty creek, but paddlers who like small streams will…

Big Bureau Creek
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Big Bureau Creek Video

Big Bureau is the kind of creek you have to hit at just the right levels, and one that we’ve wanted to paddle from the moment we laid eyes on it in videos from Tom Lindblade and Morrall River…

Covel Creek
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Covel Creek

East 18th Road to Highway 71: A trip as breathtaking for its continuous rapids as for its stunning scenery, Covel Creek is simply, paddling bliss. Even if it’s out of the way (from Madison) and offers less than ideal access at…

Big Bureau Creek
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Big Bureau Creek

Red Covered Bridge Park to County Road 1150: After years of waiting for the right levels, we finally got a taste of Big Bureau Creek. Wider than expected, this run was riffly, swift and altogether interesting. It was a…

Pecatonica River
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Pecatonica River III

Brownton to Winslow: A lazy-loaf float trip down the slow muddy waters of the Pecatonica River in its last stretch in Wisconsin before dipping down into Illinois. There are no outstanding rock outcrops or riffles on this trip but…

Carroll Creek
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Carroll Creek

Point Rock Park to Jacobstown Road: In terms of the most mind-blowing bang for your paddling buck, this is probably the best creek I’ve ever been on, anywhere. Seriously. Constant riffles, a fun Class II ledge in the beginning,…

Yellow Creek
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Yellow Creek Video

The Yellow Creek in Northern Illinois wasn't our intended destination this day but man it was a great little find. With clear water, good flow, pretty hillsides, ridges, a number of quite attractive rock outcrops and an absolutely fascinating…

Apple River
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Apple River

East Canyon Road to South Apple River Road: Quite possibly the most beautiful stretch of river in all of Illinois (and definitely one of the best in the entire Midwest) the Apple River is rich with clear water, (or…

Yellow Creek
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Yellow Creek

Bolton Road to Krape Park: A very satisfying creek with clear water, good flow, pretty hillsides, ridges, a number of quite attractive rock outcrops and an absolutely fascinating public park at the end complete with Art Deco bridges, matching…

Nippersink Creek
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Nippersink Creek

Richmond to Spring Grove: An attractive creek in northeastern Illinois, admirably maintained by volunteers that effectively begins in a glacial moraine and concludes in a woodsy area before feeding one of the chain of lakes, with countless riffles along…

Sugar River
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Sugar River V

Colored Sands Forest Preserve to North Meridian Road: Another in the unofficial “escape to Illinois” series for 2013. This final segment of the Sugar River is actually distinct from its usual connotations in Wisconsin. It’s sandy instead of muddy,…

Fox River
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Fox River I

Serena to Wedron: Good current, sandy bottoms and beautiful sandstone rock formations lining the entire way, the Fox River down here in Illinois looks nothing like its originating self up in Wisconsin by Waukesha. The two snags, however, are…

Rock River
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Rock River I

Oregon to Dixon: An otherwise huge river featuring slaloms of large islands to take cover from powerboats and provide a sense of intimacy to better focus on several eye-catching rock formations, the Rock is worth the trek. Rating: ☆…

Carroll Creek
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Carroll Creek Video

Have a look at our paddle down the absolutely stunning Carroll Creek from April of this year. We highly recommend visiting this beautiful creek when water levels allow for it...…

Kishwaukee River
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Kishwaukee River

Cherry Valley to New Milford: A pleasant paddle in Northern Illinois with publicly protected land just about the whole way, including a gorge towards the end. This trip can be shortened using alternate take-outs. Rating: ☆ ☆ Trip Report…