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Online Resources for Paddlers

These links are provided for reference only.  The Illinois Paddling Council takes no responsibility for services provided by other organizations.  To request being added to these links, email the webmaster.

Water Craft Registration and Water Usage Stamp:

Paddling Safety:


Northern Illinois

Central Illinois

Southern Illinois

Midwest Paddling Association:

Watershed Groups /River/ Conservation Organizations:

National Paddling Associations:

General Paddling Information

A comprehensive website on all paddlesports, events, gear, and clubs.

A global paddling online community.

General information on outdoor sports.

Haunted by Waters
Tom Lindblade’s video on paddling guiding.

Outdoor Play
Online gear shopping website.

General area paddling information.

Paddling Fitness
Information on how to paddle, to remain fit, and stay injury free.

Paddling Life
Online paddling magazine.

Rivers-End Midwestern Paddlesport Message Board

National Conservation Groups

Streamflow / Weather Information

Free Topographical Maps, Aerial Photos


DISCLAIMER: This list is provided as a service to the public looking for paddling opportunities. This list is not an endorsement of their services.

Name and Website City, State, Zip Waterway Phone
Ayers Landing Wedron, IL 60557 Fox River 815-434-2233
C&M Canoe Rental Ottawa, IL 61350 Fox River 815-434-6690 or
Canoe the Kish at Larsen’s Landing Rockford, IL 61109 Kishwaukee River 815-516-9070
Canoe the Vermilion Streator, IL 61634 N. Vermilion/Illinois/Fox/I&M Canal 815-673-3218
Chicago Paddle Rentals Chicago, IL 60653 Lake Michigan 312-924-7994
Chicago River Canoe & Kayak Chicago IL 60302-2329 Chicago River/Skokie Lagoons/Busse Woods 847-414-5883 Lagoon
773-704-2663 Chicago River
Fever River Outfitters  Galena, IL 61036 Galena River 815-776-9425
Freeport Canoe Company Freeport, IL Pecatonica River 815-541-0869
Geneseo Campground Geneseo, IL 61254 Hennepin Canal 309-944-6465
Kankakee River Canoe Rental  Wilmington, IL Kankakee 815-476-2801
Kayak Chicago Chicago, IL 60622 Chicago River and Lake MI 312-852-9258
Kayak Morris Morris, IL 60450 Mazon 630-567-4653
Kishwaukee Canoe Rockford, IL 61101 Kishwaukee River(Cherry Valley to New Milford) (815) 968-0711
Offshore Marine Veron Hills, IL 60061 Des Plaines River 847-283-0400
Reed’s Canoe Trips Kankakee, IL 60901-2194 Kankakee River 815-932-2663
Rocktown Adventures Loves Park, IL 61111 Rock 630-506-5706 Aurora
815-636-9066 Rockford
Rutabaga Paddlesport Shop Madison, WI 53716 Various 608-223-9300
Schmidt’s Canoeing Service Elgin, IL 60123 Fox 815-968-0711
T.J.’s Bait/Tackle and Canoe Rental Oregon, IL 61061 Rock 815-732-4516
TipACanoe Canoe Rentals Burlington, WI 53105 Fox, Nippersink 262-342-1012
Vermilion River Rafting Oglesby, IL 61348 North Vermilion 815-667-5242
White Crane Rentals Carbondale, IL 62902 Cache River 618-201-4090
Wisconsin River Outings Boscobel, WI 53805 Wisconsin River 608-375-5300