We'll be paddling the Pecatonica River on Saturday and the Sugar River on Sunday. These are 2 great rivers to paddle located about 90 minutes from NW Chicago. We'll be camping at Sugar River Forest Preserve both Friday and Saturday.
Here's the plan:
Arrive Sugar River Forest Preserve Friday evening and set up camp. The Preserve is located 9 miles west of Rockton. Take Rockton Rd to Forest Preserve Rd. The Preserve is at dead-end of forest preserve.
Saturday: Launch our boats in the Pecatonica River Forest Preserve and paddle 16 miles on the Pecatonica River. We'll be taking out at Two Rivers Forest Preserve.
Sunday: Launch our boats in the Sugar River Forest Preserve and paddle 7 miles on the Sugar River. We'll be taking out at Two Rivers Forest Preserve.
This is a BYOB (bring your own boat) event. The fee for this event is $10. which includes 2 breakfast, 1 dinner, and firewood. Please bring a side dish to pass on Saturday night. Our main dish is chicken and beef fajitas. Campsites are on a first come and cost about $12. per night.
Fast with riffles and deep pools, the Sugar River flows through “wild” country of wooded banks and secluded backwater areas. Other attractions include Colored Sands Nature Preserve. Good fishing for smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, and channel catfish.
Going from the Pecatonica River Forest Preserve to Two Rivers Forest Preserve is 16 miles and takes approximately five hours.
Please understand there may be times when we will not be able to paddle due to certain conditions. Creeks and rivers can be tricky to paddle due to their changing water levels or high winds. Because of this, there may be times when trips have to be cancelled. Unsafe conditions can occur in less than 24 hours so please check the Meetup site before you leave for the event or call the organizer leading the trip.
All members MUST wear a PFD while afloat. NO PFD, NO Paddle!!
All members are responsible to secure their gear to the watercraft they are using. The DNR does write tickets!!
NO GLASS ALLOWED!!
Please dress and be prepared for unexpected weather conditions. We do paddle in cold rain!!
This is a "COLD WATER" event. All members are required to have a dry bag with extra clothes. NO COTTON PLEASE!!
This will be a fun paddle. We hope you can join us.