Have you always wanted to kayak, but wanted to get some guidance first? This summer, enjoy a series of paddling adventures along different stretches of the Fox River. The series begins with shorter and less-strenuous sessions for beginners. As the summer progresses, there will be increasingly longer paddles for intermediate skill levels.
Each session includes instruction on basic kayaking techniques from a professional kayaking instructor, a kayak, personal flotation device and paddle. After the introductory training, we’ll take to the water for a naturalist-led exploration of the fascinating plants and wildlife along the waterway.
Sessions include a half-hour of instruction, followed by 2.5 – 4.5 hours of scenic paddling, along different stretches of the Fox River. Dates and locations for sessions are below:
- Session 2 (Beginner; 3-4 miles) -Saturday, June 9; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Voyageur Landing Forest Preserve, 50 Airport Rd., Elgin
- Session 3 (Beginner – Intermediate; 6-7 miles) – Saturday, July 14; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve, 35W003 IL Rte. 31, South Elgin
- Session 4 (Beginner – Intermediate; 6-7 miles) – Saturday, Aug. 11; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve, 35W003 IL Rte. 31, South Elgin
- Session 5 (Intermediate; 4-5 miles with portage) – Sunday, Sept. 9; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Fabyan Forest Preserve, 1925 Batavia Ave., Rte. 31, Geneva
- Session 6 (Intermediate; 7 miles with portage) – Saturday, Oct. 6; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Glenwood Park Forest Preserve, 1644 South River St., Batavia
The fee for a single kayak for sessions 2-6 are $69 per person and includes use of kayak, personal flotation device and paddle. If you provide your own kayak and equipment, the fee is $35 per person, which includes shuttle service.
Advance registration is required at least 2 weeks prior to the program, with payment required at the time of registration. Call 630-444-3190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.