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,…

Kayaking DuPage River Main Branch 5/8/2018

      Put-in: Private residence near 95th/Kings Rd Take out: Riverview Farmstead Preserve, Will County Forest Preserve Time: 1h40m Gage: 05540130 110 cfs, 4.75 ft ; 05540290 200 cfs, 7.4 ft Feeling stuck between two 6 day workweeks (for myself), Chrissy and I decided to go for a short getaway on the main branch of the…

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…

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,…