llinois River, East River, and Chillicothe Backwaters

This will be a beginner / rookie / family paddle, leaving and returning from Chillicothe Marina. At a minimum it will be a 6 mile paddle and should last 2 &1/2 to 3 hrs. We will launch from Chilli Marina and paddle past the Peoria Casting Club on our way to Sencahwine Creek (probably too low to enter) and the Railroad Bridge just north of Chilli. Since this is the best take out on the river we will stop after 2 miles, stretch our legs, fix and rookie equipment problems etc. After that we will head south and across the river for 1/2 mile and enter the Chilli backwaters. If we are lucky we may see a large flock of Northern Pelicans in the backwaters. If we want we can paddle up another canal to try to get a better view; however this will add 1 - 2 miles to the trip. We will be exiting the backwaters into the East River which we will continue south on until it rejoins the Illinois River. At this point we can return to the marina, or take a 2'nd side trip to see some old paddle wheel style gambling boats down at Hamms Holiday Harbor. This would add 1 or 2 more miles to the trip.

Currently I'm bringing expecting to bring a first time paddler and a co-worker and his wife and 9 yr old son. Oh, and I forgot to mention that there is a new (1 + yrs) eagle nest somewhere along the route.

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  • Jeff and Deb A.

    We had a nice time.

    September 25, 2013

  • David M.

    Pelicans were largely absent, I did see two at a great distance. Many herons and cranes. Pretty paddle.

    September 22, 2013

    • Ben T

      Yep, birds pretty absent this time. Someone said they were all over banner.

      September 22, 2013

  • Jana

    Did you see pelicans? Im so sorry I missed this!

    September 22, 2013

  • David M.

    Friendly people, great guide, good views--overall lovely day. Thanks, Ben

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Scott

    No boat..hopefully next time

    September 21, 2013

  • Leah G.

    I cannot make this trip. I hope another gets scheduled soon. Have fun!!!

    September 21, 2013

  • Karen H.

    This will be my first time joining the group but I plan on making it this morning.

    September 21, 2013

  • Jana

    We really wanted to make it, but health issues will be keeping us home today. Sorry to miss you.

    September 21, 2013

  • Jeff and Deb A.

    Jeff and I are both attending tomorrow's paddle, but the RSVP listed us as one person instead of two.

    September 20, 2013

    • Ben T

      No problem, looking toward to seeing your tsunami's. BTW, the boat in my picture is a 14 ft tsunami.

      September 20, 2013

  • Ben T

    Since this is listed as a beginner / rookie I figured I would list a few things that are 'common' knowledge with more experienced paddlers. Listed start time normally means that you are ready to launch your boat (or shuttle) at the listed time. So most people show up 15 - 20 minutes early to get the boat unloaded, etc. If you are bringing guests (great), and they are not traveling with you, make sure they know about the start time

    If you decide not to come, just change your rsvp by about 8 an Saturday morning (I check). That way way we aren't sitting at the launch site @ 9:30 wondering if you got lost, etc.

    Don't wear cotton. It gets wet, heavy, and doesn't dry. T-shirts are sorta ok, but jeans you will regret. Wear shoes that you know will get wet. The weather should be great on Saturday, remember your sun screen and water!

    September 19, 2013

  • Barry

    I saw my first pelicans today! This paddle is timed to see some birds.

    1 · September 18, 2013

    • Ben T

      I was hoping; but they could be up or down river also.

      September 18, 2013

  • Leah G.

    We've paddled those back waters and it is beautiful! My husband works in Mossville and talks about the pelicans he sees while driving. I would love to get as close as possible. :)

    September 16, 2013

    • Ben T

      Thats a great boat, but here is my real baby.

      September 18, 2013

    • Ben T

      1 · September 18, 2013

  • David M.

    I may have a guest--but I certainly want to be there.

    September 15, 2013

    • David M.

      At least not the same sense of humor.

      September 16, 2013

    • Ben T

      Well, maybe you can tell us a story or two on the paddle

      September 16, 2013

  • Eric S.

    I hope to join you on the 21st. I am the Regional Biologist for Ducks Unlimited. The property that you will be visiting (land past casting club canal and Senachwine Creek) was purchased by Ducks Unlimited and will now be dedicated to conservation. I would be pleased to share more information about the project.

    2 · September 12, 2013

    • Barry

      What other groups is this posted? I joined the Saukenuk paddlers.

      September 14, 2013

    • Ben T

      Its on the saukenuck and MCC sites. I am a member of all of them

      September 14, 2013

  • veronica

    Me and a beginner girlfriend Terry are planning on coming.

    September 13, 2013

    • Ben T

      Cool ! So, you and your little dog too? You didn't name him Toto did you? BTW, I promised a nice paddle, not good jokes! :-)

      September 13, 2013

  • terry c.

    I cant do. I forgot major project that day.

    September 11, 2013

  • terry c.

    I cant do. I forgot major project that day.

    September 11, 2013

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