Join guided kayak paddles on the Fox River

Tour the local waterways by kayak with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County.

Each session, participants will receive dry-land instruction on basic kayaking techniques from an experienced instructor.

Afterward, participants will take to the water for a naturalist-led exploration of the fascinating local ecology. Participants meet and park at the take-out location and are shuttled to the put-in location.

For all sessions, participants must be 16 years or older and able to:

1. Hold breath under water while wearing a properly fitted life jacket;

2. Independently turn from a face-down to a face-up position, keeping head above water;

3. Effectively communicate with the instructor and other participants; and,

4. Manage all mobility and personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion.

Dates and take-out locations for upcoming sessions are below:

• Sunday, Aug. 14; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Beginner-Intermediate; 4-5 mile paddle) at Ferson Creek Park, off Route 31 east of Wildrose Springs Drive in St. Charles.

• Sunday, Sept. 11; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Intermediate; 3-4 mile paddle, with portage) at Glenwood Forest Preserve, 1644 S. River St. in Batavia.

• Sunday, Oct. 9; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Intermediate; 4-5 mile paddle, with portage) at McCullough Park, 150 W. Illinois Ave. in Aurora.

The fee for a single kayak is $85 per person.

It includes use of kayak, personal flotation device and paddle. If you provide your own kayak and equipment, the fee is $45 per person. All fees include shuttle service. Advance registration is required, with payment required at the time of registration.

Call (630) 444-3190 or email to register. Rain will not stop a paddle, but trips may be cancelled (with full refund) due to lightning, low air/water temps, or unsafe water levels.

For more information, visit or find the Forest Preserve District on social media by searching @forestpreserve.

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