Openlands Launches New Online Paddling Guide

Start paddling northeastern Illinois’ waterways!

Openlands’ new paddling website, Paddle Illinois Water Trails, is a comprehensive guide for canoeing and kayaking in the Chicago region. Covering over 500 miles of Water Trails across 10 of northeastern Illinois’ waterways, this new guide provides rich information about paddling, including step-by-step trips along each trail. The site contains trips and resources for everyone, from first-time paddlers to seasoned boaters.

The guide provides in-depth information on each waterway, including important notes about water safety, interactive maps, and multiple, in-depth trip descriptions. Each trip description includes information on skill levels, trail length, directions, and equipment rental locations if available. Interactive maps display launch sites, dams, and the paddling difficulty level along the trail. Paddlers can also leave comments and share their paddling tips on individual trail pages.

Visit the guide now!


  1. Thank you for this excellent resource. I live near Clark Park and use the great launch there all the time but will be exploring some of the other regions in this guide soon. I even commuted by kayak to the Loop recently!

  2. Much obliged to you for this superb asset. I live close Devon Street and utilize the immense dispatch there constantly yet will investigate a portion of alternate locales in this guide soon. I even drove by kayak to the Loop as of late!

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