As part of IPC’s support to obtain National Water Trail designation for the Fox River, IPC’s Advocacy Chair, Scott Hays has approached the Fox Waterway Agency to request removal of the sticker fee for self propelled paddlers.
This water access fee – issued in the form of an annual watercraft sticker – for a canoe or kayak less than 17 feet in length is $15.00 per year. Paddle craft longer than 17 feet, of which there are several types, need to pay the Class A fee of $50/year. Paddlers who are visiting the area – or passing through on a longer journey down the Fox River Water Trail, would presumably either be required to pay $15.00 for an annual sticker to pass through the Chain of Lakes area, or – if their watercraft were longer than 17 feet – would be required to pay the 1-day temporary permit – Class J fee of $20.00 for craft under 25 feet, which applies uniformly to all watercraft, human-powered or not.
These fees are to maintain adequate water depth for the Chain of Lakes water ways, but this is not an issue for paddlers.
Please support IPC’s and the Fabulous Fox! Water Trail team by contacting the Fox River Waterway Agency, requesting removal of the sticker fees by writing to
Joseph S. Keller, Executive Director
Fox Waterway Agency
45 S. Pistakee Lake Rd.
Fox Lake, IL 60020