Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some common questions about paddling from our community.


Openlands does not have hard copy maps except for the African American Heritage Water Trail.  You can use the interactive mapping function to create a custom map on screen and then print it.

To report a problem on a water trail in Illinois, please visit Illinois Paddling Council.

Illinois Water TrailKeepers will then attempt to work with local authorities to resolve it.

Openlands is not an outfitter, so we do not rent any equipment.

Linked here are outfitters that rent canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and equipment, as well as organizations that offer guided trips on many Northeastern Illinois Water Trails. Please note this is not a comprehensive list of local outfitters. 

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