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Fabyan Forest Preserve to Illinois Avenue Boat Launch

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Fabyan Forest Preserve to Veterans Island Park Boat Launch

Skill Level

Intermediate Or Beginner With An Experienced Guide

Trail Length

7.1 miles

Waterway Trail

Directions: Fabyan Forest Preserve, owned by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, is located just east of Route 31 and just north of Fabyan Parkway in Geneva. The take-out, owned by the Fox Valley Park District, is located in Veterans Island Park in Aurora.

Notes: This trip has 27 islands to explore and three moderately difficult portages. To improve recreational paddling and restore this stretch of the river to better health, the South Batavia dam has been removed and plans for removal of the north Batavia are under consideration. A continuous bike path follows along the water trail, passing through properties of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Batavia, and the Fox Valley Park District.

Between the two access sites, there are at least 11 landings or access areas with picnic facilities, hiking and biking trails, ball fields, a riverwalk, nearby hotels and restaurants, in Batavia, North Aurora, and Aurora.

Always check United States Geological Survey (USGS) water data before your trip.

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