By Michael Taylor
No motor boats, no barges, and deep enough not to scratch the bottom of your boat. Finally the secret of a beautiful flowing river in the southern suburbs of Chicago has been rediscovered. In the fall of 2015, the Cook County Forest Preserve opened a new boat ramp along the Little Calumet River at the Kickapoo Woods Forest Preserves. The immediate feedback from paddlers and novice alike was that it is a perfect venue. Kickapoo Woods offers plenty of parking in a safe, well-lit area for paddlers to enjoy. Not only does the new launch site offer easy, safe access to the river, but the location along the shallow portion of the Upper Little Calumet River makes it a perfect place for beginner and intermediate paddlers. Meander is the perfect verb and noun describing the paddling experience on this section of the river. The river bends and curves, and on most days, the river’s flow is calm enough to offer a gentle riding experience in the great outdoors.
Join the coalition of outdoor enthusiasts and community organizations in not only a river clean up, but an introduction to both canoeing and kayaking on this gem in the southern suburbs. Saturday morning, June 4 2016, is the day of the “Little Calumet River Day at Kickapoo Woods;” please join us on exploring this secret south side treasure.