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Paddle into Paddler’s Party

By Don Mueggenborg

What better way to go to the Illinois Paddling Council banquet and meeting than to paddle to the banquet.

The Warren Tavern is on the DuPage River. Pull up to the shore, walk up the hill, and you are there.

Wear your paddling crocs or aquasocks instead of high heels. A PFD instead of a sport coat.  With a room full of paddlers, you will be right at home.

Can’t you imagine Julius Warren paddling up from McDowell Woods where his father had claimed some land – stopping at Warrenville and saying “This is where I will start my town.” Then going into the Warren Tavern for some pizza to celebrate.

Well, it probably didn’t happen exactly that way – but no one can prove differently.

At Warrenville Forest Preserve, there is a canoe launch – about a 5-10 minute paddle upstream. If you want a little more action, you can shoot the old dam before you start downstream.  Or put in at McDowell Woods and paddle upstream – maybe 20 minutes.

Both of these are forest preserves, so you would have to do a car shuttle ahead of time because the preserves close at dusk.

I wonder if anyone ever paddled into an IPC meeting before.

Weather and water permitting, might be fun.

Rapids by put-in at Warrenville FPD.  You can put in and paddle upstream to "shoot" the rapids or put in below.
Rapids by put-in at Warrenville FPD. You can put in and paddle upstream to “shoot” the rapids or put in below.
Warren Tavern (on right) from DuPage River
Warren Tavern (on right) from DuPage River

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