Kishwaukee River Canoe Route

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Kishwaukee River Canoe Route is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cherry Valley, Illinois that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for fishing, canoeing, and whitewater kayaking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.7 miles
22 feet
Point to Point

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Kishwaukee River, Rockford, Cherry Valley, New Milford, Illinois

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1 month ago

There are many parks to drop in and pull out of along the way. To avoid drunk tubers on a hot weekend, drop into Killbuck Creek further south. The easiest exit is Hinchcliff Memorial Forest Preserve, which is located on the left side before merging into the Rock River.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

September 11, 2016. Kayak trip from Baumann Park in Cherry Valley to Seth Atwood Park near Milford. Took about 4 hours. Beautiful and scenic. Fall colors just barely beginning. Water level at Perryville was 5.95 feet at the time. Nice flow and depth to the river. I didn't bottom out at any time. When I solo kayak I have been successful getting an Uber driver to take me back to my car. I have T-mobile and could not get reception at Seth Atwood. Fortunately, some other kayakers gave me ride to Blackhawk park (where they started) and I was able to get an Uber ride back to Baumann (about $7 chrage).

I like this segment better than Belevidere to Cherry Valley. But both segments are awesome. This is a great river. The people who live along and near it take a lot of pride in this river. It is deserved.