12th Street Beach to Diversey Harbor


12th Street Beach to Diversey Harbor

Skill Level


Trail Length

5.5 miles

Waterway Trail

Directions: 12th Street Beach, located just south of the Adler Planetarium on Chicago’s Lakefront, provides easy access to dramatic skyline views from Lake Michigan. Access Diversey Harbor, located at the north end of the Lincoln Park Lagoon, from the east end of Diversey Drive. A shortened four mile round trip from Museum Campus to the end of Navy Pier and back provides excellent views of the city, Grant Park, Chicago Harbor, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Chicago River locks.

Notes: This water trail is recommended only for experienced sea kayakers or kayakers with an experienced group or guide. The Chicago Park District has designated thirteen launch sites on beaches along Lake Michigan, making the Chicago Lakefront Water Trail one of the most accessible urban water trails in the country.

Always check water conditions before your trip.

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