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RIDE THE RIVER! Vermillion River Rafting

Experience the thrill of white water rafting on one of Illinois finest and most picturesque rivers.
You and your friends can have the time of your life as you paddle between the high cliffs and through the rapids on the Vermillion River. Just 4 miles south of Starved Rock State Park off Illinois Highway 178.
This is a great experience for beginning rafters and fun for anyone looking for a great time on the water!

Prices- $25.00 per person for adults
$20.00 per person 16 yrs and under
We also now rent funyaks for $35.00!
Average trip time is 3-4 hours.

No credit cards accepted;
Cash only!

We are planning for the 9 am rafting departure so please arrive early at 8:30am. Also..this trip all depends on mother nature...so watch the posts. I will update the week of our trip with a final post on the day before... after I have called the VRR to verify USGS water levels. Thanks! Hoping for some fun in the sun and a splashing good time. ;^) P.S. If you have any other questions please check out their website at http://www.vermillionriverrafting.com/index.htm


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  • stacey l.

    Im sorry i didnt make it out to this when i posted i would come but somethings happened that i couldnt change.

    May 19, 2013

  • Becky

    From the conversations at lunch and all the fun reminiscing on here I'd say great time was had by all who were on the river. Maybe next year I'll get my maiden voyage on the great Vermillion of Illinois. Until then, I will enjoy the 'ride' through everyone's accounts.

    May 9, 2013

  • Beth H.

    I had a great time! Except that guy that tried to take over my boat...
    Thanks for setting up.

    1 · May 6, 2013

    • DanMc77

      The nerve of some people! Some think they are pirates aaarrr.

      1 · May 6, 2013

  • Mike

    Fun times!

    May 6, 2013

  • Pat

    It was a great meetup, my arms were toast at the end but I had a great boatcrew!

    May 5, 2013

  • Marie

    Fantastic! Thanks Mike!

    May 4, 2013

  • Mike

    Thanks to those of you for coming out. It turned out to be a beautiful day and event. :-)

    May 4, 2013

  • DanMc77

    Thanks Mike for organizing an awesome event!

    1 · May 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Seconded.

      May 4, 2013

  • DanMc77

    The weather was perfect!!!

    May 4, 2013

  • Jim

    For those still interested, I'll be at the EP Walmart and leaving at 7 am. Last year was the same exact conditions and we still had a good time.

    May 3, 2013

    • DanMc77

      I heard the only requirement to ride in Jim's van is to sing repeatedly Row Row Row Your Boat, all the way there! Then on the return trip to repeatedly sing Yellow Submarine.

      May 4, 2013

  • Becky

    What fun this will be! Though I'm not joining you on the river, I want to listen to all the adventures at lunch. See you there!!

    May 4, 2013

  • Jessica

    I tried to my final take a final early but provost said no. haves fun and safe time, maybe next year..

    May 4, 2013

  • Jim

    If anyone need to contact me, my phone is[masked]

    May 3, 2013

  • Mike

    We are still going. Talked to the owners. The water levels are safe.

    May 3, 2013

  • Beth H.

    If its cancelled please call me at[masked]-0966. Otherwise see u in the am. Beth

    May 3, 2013

  • Xing

    My daughter is sick so I have to cancel this time. Have a wonderful time tomorrow!

    May 3, 2013

  • Reni M.

    So. Disappointed...have to work at one on Saturday b/c of the honors program...someone can have my spot in the car pool....
    jim...will we do this again...I am off for the summer and have had my heart set on trying this for a long time.....

    May 2, 2013

  • Rashida

    So should I expect to get slightly wet or soaked? I don't own a speedo :)

    April 29, 2013

    • Jim

      Your going to get a little wet, unless you fall in, then your soaked. I would plan on getting wet and having extra clothes for afterwards.

      May 2, 2013

  • Beth H.

    Jim, If you still have a spot open in your van I'll take it. If not, would certainly like to carpool with others. Coming from Bartonville so could pick up Carolyn at P-town bus stop or Bradley on the way to EP Walmart.

    My work has blocked Meetups!, so can't respond right away but please post up or email at: [masked] to make arrangements.

    April 29, 2013

    • Jim

      Beth, come to the EP Walmart and look for the black GMC conversion van.

      May 2, 2013

  • Jim

    Beth, I think I'm full, however, please come to the Wal-mart parking are at EP and we can set up a 2nd carpool. I know a couple of people that may also need a ride.

    April 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Should I meet there with my car to help transport people?

      May 2, 2013

    • Jim

      Yes Nikki, that would help a great deal. Thanks.

      May 2, 2013

  • Deb

    Afraid I'm going to have to cancel. Emergency dog sitting required of me. Hope we can do this again. Would definitely love to go.

    May 2, 2013

  • DanMc77

    Looks like it could rain. I might have to cancel so I don't get wet. Haha

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, can't make it.

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might have one friend with me, so 2 or 3 spots in my car.

    April 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Looks like I'm carpooling with someone else too. Sorry :(

      April 29, 2013

    • Sheryl K.

      Ok, thanks!

      April 29, 2013

  • Jim

    So far on the carpool leaving from East Peoria Wal-mart I have mysel, Michael, Deb, Rashida, Becky and Reni. I can take one more (its a large conversion van) which would put 3 on the back seat which is still comfortable. Caroline, I tried to send you a note, but it might not have gone through.

    April 28, 2013

    • DanMc77

      I recommend the leopard one to, I think I'll go with a peach, more skin colored.

      April 28, 2013

    • Jim

      What a treat for everyone :)

      April 28, 2013

  • Jim

    Janine, give it a shot, it's good for beginners or intermediate paddlers.

    April 28, 2013

    • Janine

      Ok... thanks! I have some rearranging to do and I will rsvp if all goes well!

      April 28, 2013

  • Janine

    I am definitely in a beginner catagory, would love to go..soundsa to fun... and it would be my first time to meet up!!! What u think?

    April 28, 2013

  • Marie

    I am really hoping I can do this. Really want to!

    April 28, 2013

  • Becky

    If you haven't filled out an emergency contact information card, please see me sometime during this day. Thanks :)

    April 27, 2013

    • Becky

      I will have them that day.

      April 27, 2013

    • DanMc77

      on mine put 911 for a emergency contact phone number.

      April 28, 2013

  • Sheryl K.

    Are there any other folks carpooling from Peoria?

    April 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would love to!

      April 27, 2013

    • Sheryl K.

      Hi Nikki, I just asked Shahid if I could take one of his available spots - I saw his post before I saw your post. I may end up driving if he doesn't have spots available.

      April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I need to carpool with someone as I don't have a car. :) Let me know what spots are available. I live near Bradley but can get downtown by bus if needed.

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first time with this group. I'm super excited!

    April 25, 2013

  • Marie

    I am still a maybe on this, just depends on if I can surmount some work challenges.

    April 24, 2013

  • Jim

    So far, leaving from East Peoria Wal-mart at 7:00 am, I have Reni, Michael and Rashida and myself. Anyone else?

    April 23, 2013

    • Deb

      Yes Jim. I had responded too. That is if you still have room?

      April 24, 2013

  • Becky

    Jim, I'd like a ride perhaps if its available

    April 23, 2013

  • Brian W

    I'm a maybe. I'll be able to give an RSVP one way or the either when it gets closer to the date.

    April 22, 2013

  • Jim

    Reni, I'll offer rides to anyone who wants one. I can take 5 people, just let me know. The first 5 to respond are in and we can then pick a central meeting point. I would propose leaving from the East Peoria Walmart unless someone has a better suggestion.

    April 20, 2013

    • Reni M.

      Awesome....it would kinda be silly to each drive separately and not near as fun...ok, ep Wally it is....what time would you want us there Jim....and thank for the offer...I really appreicate it as I have never been...now I know I won't get lost!

      April 21, 2013

    • Michael

      I wanna ride with Jim!

      April 22, 2013

  • Rashida

    Jim I'd like a ride. Thanks

    April 20, 2013

  • Ellen K.

    I would love to do this however the Indy 500 Mini Marathon is that day.......... my 15th yr

    1 · April 19, 2013

  • Reni M.

    Does anyone want to meet and drive to Oglesvy together? I really would prefer to go with others, instead of driving alone....

    April 18, 2013

  • Reni M.

    Yes...come hell or high water!

    1 · January 19, 2013

    • Pat

      love high water

      April 18, 2013

  • Mike

    Hey gang, Mike here. I don't know about you...but I am getting pretty stoked about this event. If we keep getting the rain, we will have one heck of a ride!! Fun! Fun! Fun! We have about 37 people signed up to go so far so it will be a splashing good time if we have the water levels. I will post more here as we get closer to our date. :)~Mike

    April 17, 2013

  • Deb

    This sounds like so much fun!

    April 6, 2013

  • DanMc77

    Captain Dan of the Bismarck reporting for duty.

    February 9, 2013

  • Deb

    This sounds like so much fun!

    January 18, 2013

  • Diane S.

    Love to go if I am off work

    January 17, 2013

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