Riverside Parkway to I&M Canal Channahon Access


Riverside Parkway to I&M Canal Channahon Access

Skill Level

Intermediate To Expert

Trail Length

12.9 miles

Waterway Trail

Directions: Riverside Parkway is located west of the I-55 frontage road, just south of Caton Farm Road. Exit the interstate at Route 30 west, and follow the frontage road south, along the highway. Channahon State Park access to the I&M Canal is located just south of Bridge Street and just below the large dam where the canal and the river join. Take either the Route 6 west exit or Bluff Road west exit from I-55, and turn left onto Canal Street, then right onto Bridge Street.

Notes: A favorite of early-season thrill-seekers, this stretch produces Class II rapids after a good rain. Many whitewater beginners practice surfing in the standing waves near Shepley Road. There is a dam to portage on this trip, and the take-out is awkward, but this is some of the best intermediate paddling northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region has to offer.

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

2 thoughts on “Riverside Parkway to I&M Canal Channahon Access”

  1. I’ve been trying to locate Riverside Parkway as I plan for future kayaking trips. Is it the same as the Rivertowne Parkway Canoe Launch?

    Thank you!


    1. Yes indeed Bonn, they are one in the same. As of May 2023 there is small sign at the entrance of the road leading to Plainfield Park District’s Riverside Parkway Canoe Launch. Though, as you may have noticed, Google Maps labels the site as Rivertowne Parkway Canoe Launch in September 2023. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, we’ll reach out to Google regarding their basemap and suggest labeling the launch as it is signed.

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