Kayaking North Vermillion River, 5/19/18 ✶✶✶ ✶

Hopalong Casssidy River Trail to Red White and Blue Bridge (Illinois Rte. 57) May 19, 2018 Gradient: ~4.3 feet per mile Gages: 05555300, Vermillion R. near Leonore; 475 cfs, 4.56 feet deep 05554500, near Pontiac, 160 cfs, 3.47 feet deep Recommended levels: I would likely not paddle this any shallower. I scraped bottom three times, and it took some water-reading skills to not scrape more. Put-in: Hopalong Cassidy River Trail, a really attractive and well-maintained gravel parking lot just west of the river and north of County Route 18. Coordinates are: 41°07’15.9″N 88°50’27.2″W Take-out: I had to modify my take-out plans. … Continue reading Kayaking North Vermillion River, 5/19/18 ✶✶✶ ✶

West Branch DuPage River 2/27/18 ✶✶✶

West Branch, DuPage River: Centennial Park (Naperville) to Private Residence near 95th Street (Bolingbrook) ✶✶✶ This stretch of river, hardly a wilderness experience, puts you through a charming downtown area with some nice riffles and waves immediately, and then winds its way through suburban development before tucking into a nice forest preserve for the final mile or two before the pullout. I took out at my girlfriend’s house, after the confluence with the East Branch of the DuPage River. Skill Level: Beginner, some experience recommended. Some class 1 rapids and many riffles. Distance: 6.5 miles Gage: USGS gage 05540130 at ~360 cfs and … Continue reading West Branch DuPage River 2/27/18 ✶✶✶

W. Branch DuPage River, Downtown Naperville

Paddled from Centennial Park in Naperville to Weigand Riverfront Park in Naperville yesterday, 10/18. About a two hour paddle–put in at 3:15 and took out around 5:30. USGS gage 05540130 hovered around 425 cfs at the time, and this was plenty of water for us. This paddle encompasses downtown Naperville for a pretty unique paddling experience, and then winds through quiet residential and forested areas before it the Washington Rd bridge that we took out just before. I probably would not paddle at water levels much below this, although I have scraped bottom at 300 cfs on that gage before. Continue reading W. Branch DuPage River, Downtown Naperville