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Canoeing the Kish!

  • Jun 28, 2008 · 9:30 AM
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Ahh, the Kish! We had a great time on this trip the last two years and it's definitely worth while to go back again this year. It's reasonably close; it's beautiful and pretty pristine. The riverfront is lined with silver maples, sycamores, and willow trees; higher from the water's edge thrive an abundance of red & white oaks and hickory trees which are home to many songbirds. The wetlands provide an ideal habitat for many aquatic species including beaver, river otter, turtles, and frogs. The section of the river we'll travel through is almost completely surrounded by forest preserves.

We'll be canoeing with Larsen's Landing, they'll drive us upriver to Espenscheid Forest Preserve where we'll start our 5 hour journey down the Kishwaukee. We'll stop about halfway down the river, probably at Kishwaukee Forest Preserve for a light snack and to stretch our legs a bit. From there we'll continue to head down river until we arrive at Larsen's Landing. We'll meet at Larsen's Landing at 9:30 am. They'll start us off with some tips and paddling instruction; get everyone fitted with a PFD (yes, I know they suck but we have to wear them) and shuttle us out. Be sure to bring along the sunscreen, a lunch or snack and plenty of water for the day. A waterproof bag is also helpful.

After our canoe trip, Larsen's will be hosting us for a barbecue along the riverside at about 3:30. The $50 includes the cost of the afternoon barbecue. If you have special dietary restrictions be sure to let us know! Be sure to do a "no-rain" dance or any trick you know that'll help guarantee us good weather for this trip.

Special note: Camping is available at Larsen's Landing if you want to stay over on Friday and/or Saturday night. You can arrange that on your own with them, the cost is $10/person and includes firewood. Just be aware that this is a very rustic campground with porta-potties, no showers, and no running water.

Be sure to bring:

  • Water
  • Snack or lunch
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Bathing suit (expect to get wet!)
  • Change of clothes
  • Strap or twine to secure your belongings in the canoe. (You don't want to lose anything, but more importantly I don't want to litter the river with anything that floats away from you)
  • Water shoes. (Old tennies are fine, but PLEASE no flip flops. You never know what you might step on in the river, so protect your feet top and bottom.)
  • Beer or wine if you wish for the BBQ


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  • Deadline for all responses and cancellations is 8:00pm on Tuesday 6/24. Any cancellations after that date will receive only a partial refund, as we will have given the caterer a final headcount.
  • Any refunds due to bad weather will be contingent on decisions made by the outfitter and the caterer.

Take I-90 W for approximately 60 miles to I-39 S / US-51 S toward Rockford. Stay on I-39 for about 3 miles and then merge onto US-20W. After another 4 miles merge onto IL-251 S / 11th ST toward Rochelle. Go another 3 miles and turn right onto New Milford School Rd. Larsen's Landing will be on your left hand side.


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  • Toby H.

    It was our first meet up event and we loved it! What a great group of people to hang with. Thanks Jack for organizing such a fun event!

    June 30, 2008

  • Jack D

    Another great time. I think the heavy winds were a bit more of a challenge than the rain was, but you gotta build that experience somehow, right? Thanks to all for coming out and making this a fun trip again. (Only one swamped canoe, I think that's a new record for us on the Kish!!)

    June 29, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was wonderful. Great weather, for 90% of the time. People were friendly and helpful. The picnic was great....a good chance to chat with everyone.

    June 29, 2008

  • Alon

    It was a blast!

    June 29, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    great time! great people!

    June 29, 2008

  • Melissa

    A great group of people and thanks to Jack for a well-organized event. This was my first time canoeing the Kish and I loved it...great level of challenge and we were fortunate to have encountered only a brief bout of bad weather.

    June 29, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jack planned a great event and is very helpful!

    June 28, 2008

  • Matt

    Five stars all the way, I liked the challenge of the wind and rain but could have done without the thunderstorms. And a great group of people as usual to spend time with. Thanks Jack =)

    June 28, 2008

  • Jeff

    A great time. The weather was mostly perfect except for a few minutes of rain.

    June 28, 2008

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  • Jack D
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    Event Host
  • Toby H. +1
  • Matt
    Trip Leader, Assistant Organizer
  • Erica A.
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  • nancy t.
    Trip Leader, Assistant Organizer
  • Rich +1
  • Linda L
    Trip Leader, Assistant Organizer
  • Viv
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Your organizer's refund policy for Canoeing the Kish!

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 4 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: Windy City Hikers is collecting fees as an intermediary to pass along to an outfitter and a caterer. At no time will any refunds be made which leave Windy City Hikers "holding the bag" for fees that must still be paid out to them. Cancel by 6/24 8pm.

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