Illinois Paddlers Seek Access

Paddlers in Lake County, Illinois, are seeking a lake site where people can launch and paddle their own canoes and kayaks. While the Forest Preserve District has done a great job creating access points on the Des Plaines River, they have only two lakes where canoes and/or kayaks are allowed – and they must be rented at one site, while the other site requires a launch fee for canoes, and does not allow kayaks at all.


Paddlers have sent a letter to the Board of Directors asking that such a site be created; the reception was pretty good, but three board members have indicated that showing support for this effort from the paddlesports community would substantially help the effort along.


Please send comments to Judy Martini, Chair of the Development, Resoration, and Planning Committee, at jmartini@co.lake.il.us. Letters need not be long – just indicate that you support the effort to create a paddle-friendly lake. For more information, contact Paul Klonowski at pklonowski@comcast.net.

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  • Laura C

    I believe you can launch your own canoe at Sterling Lake in Van Patten Woods in Lake Co.

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