Openlands launches paddling guide for northeastern Illinois

Daily Herald report
Updated 7/11/2017 10:34 AM

Openlands has launched an online paddling guide for the Water Trails of northeastern Illinois.

The website,, provides detailed information on over 500 miles of water trails for nonmotorized boating on 10 waterways. The guide contains step-by-step descriptions for over 50 trips in the region, with information on skill levels, trail length, directions, and equipment rental locations.


Interactive maps also are available for each waterway, indicating launch sites, dams, and paddling difficulty.

Paddlers are encouraged to update the site with news log jams, unexpected water traffic, wildlife sightings, and other significant observations via the comments for each trail.

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