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Pecatonica River in Illinois

Trip Overview

The Pecatonica River from McConnell, IL to McNeil's/Damascus Landing (pictured) is an easy 7 mile paddling trip. It is a very peaceful, quiet, rural, country setting.


West McConnell Road Bridge is 1/4 mile west of McConnell, IL on West McConnell Road.

Car Shuttle directions from West McConnell Road Bridge-PUT-IN to McNeil's/Damascus Landing TAKE-OUT:

  1. From the Put-IN, turn left on West McConnell Road, go about 3/4 mile to Flansburg Road.
  2. Turn left onto Flansburg Road, go about 4 miles to West Cedarville Road.
  3. Turn left onto West Cedarville Road, go about 1 mile to McNeil's/Damascus Landing.
  4. The driveway to McNeil's/Damascus Landing will be on the left, just before the Bridge.


The best launch site is about 500 feet downstream from the bridge (river left) on the east side of the river. There is a broken down, but useable, cement ramp a little farther downstream, river left. Simply follow the one-lane path on top of the dike. There is limited parking in this area. There is ample off-road parking east and south of the bridge. This grassy area is owned by our county.

The take-out at McNeil's/Damascus Landing is a floating dock (pictured). This park is owned by the Lena Community Park District. McNeil's/Damascus Landing, on the Pecatonica River, is about 5 miles east of Lena, IL or 3 miles west of Cedarville, IL on West Cedarville Road.


  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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