On The Trail > Trips and Distances

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The Kankakee River offers a choice of paddling environments along its 133 miles. We've divided the river into four sections to reflect the distinctive characteristics of each:

1. Upper River - Kankakee Headwaters to the Yellow River: This entirely channelized section runs through farmland, with very little tree cover in many areas.

2. Wooded Channel - Yellow River to the State Line: This mostly channelized section has more tree cover and runs through several state parks and conservation areas.

3. Ancient Wetland - State Line to Momence: At the Illinois state line, the river reverts to a natural meandering course through some of the best wetland habitat in the Prairie State.

4. Grand Waterway - Momence to the Illinois River: A boater's and paddler's playground through urban and suburban areas, with a long run through Kankakee State Park before meeting the Illinois River.

 

Kankakee River - Indiana Trips     Kankakee River - Illinois Trips  
1. Jasinski Landing > Kingsbury 12.3 mi. / 19.8 km   10. State Line Bridge > River Isle 5.6 mi. / 9 km
2. Kingsbury > Route 8 15.5 mi. / 25 km   11. River Isle > Momence 3.7 mi. / 6 km
3. Route 8 > Yellow River 5.4 mi. / 8.7 km   12. Momence > Aroma Pk. 11.7 mi. / 18.8 km
4. Yellow River > Dunn’s Bridge 8.6 mi. / 18.8 km   13. Bird Park > Warner Bridge 6.6 mi. / 10.6 km
5. Dunn’s Bridge > Baum’s Bridge 6.6 mi. / 10.6 km   14. Warner Bridge > Area 9 Launch 2.7 mi. / 4.3 km
6. Baum’s Bridge > Grand Kankakee Marsh 12 mi. / 19.3 km   15. Area 9 Launch > Wilmington 8.4 mi. / 13.5 km
7. Gr. Kankakee Marsh > Shelby / Rt. 55 4.4 mi. / 7.1 km   16. Wilmington > Des Plaines R. CA 6.4 mi. / 10.3 km
8. Shelby / Rt. 55 > White Oak Bayou 6.8 mi. / 10.9 km      
9. White Oak Bayou > State Line Bridge 3.6 mi. / 5.8 km      
         
Iroquois River - Indiana Trips     Iroquois River - Illinois Trips  
A. Route 16 Access > State Line 16.2 mi / 26.1 km   B. State Line > Watseka 22.1 mi / 35.5 km
      C. Watseka > Plato Bridge 14.7 mi. / 23.7 km
      D. Plato Bridge > Aroma ParkĀ  18.6 mi. / 29.9 km

 

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