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Canoeing and Kayaking in Illinois

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Canoeing and Kayaking in Illinois

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All of our Illinois paddling locations are from paddlers like you. Search thousands of put-in and take-out locations on our locations map!

Guide to Kayaking in Illinois

Read on for guides to planning your own canoeing or kayaking trip to Illinois, seeking out an outfitted trip, connecting with other Illinois paddlers, and many other resources! Paddle right through the city on the Chicago River or check out other paddling highlights on:

  • Lake Michigan
  • Chicago River
  • Wabash River
  • The Mississippi River


Plan an Illinois Paddling Trip

Over the years, many of our paddlers have paddled throughout Illinois and were so generous to share their paddling experiences with us in a community trip report. Read a few examples of Illinois community trip reports or view all Illinois community trips below:

Have you paddled in Illinois? Post Your Trip and share with the community!

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Articles About Illinois Paddling

The Great Lakes: A Little Slice of the Sea

Deep in the heart of North America, surrounded by forest and field, there is an ocean. A vast inland sea containing nearly a quarter of the world's fresh water — enough to flood the lower 48 states to a depth of almost ten feet — the Great Lakes contain upwards of 35,000 islands, and their 10,000 miles of shore rival that of the US ocean coastlines.

Connect with Paddlers in Ilinois

Looking to connect with other paddlers in Illinois? Below are a number of resources to help get you started:

Other Resources

Not only is Illinois the home of President Lincoln and Chicago, but it is home to great rivers and lakes that await you to explore them!

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