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Come Kayak along the sandy shores of the Illinois River. This is a learning trip! We will learn about kayaking and nature! Brush up on some kayaking strokes and expand your knowledge of outdoor education. We may learn about our symbols of Illinois, how to tie mariners knots, discuss various wildlife, etc. on these trips. Plan on a 2 hour trip
PLEASE ARRIVE 30 MINUTES AHEAD OF TIME SO WE MAY LAUNCH ON TIME!
Please be advised that you must book your rental ahead of time as there are a limited number of boats for rent. Our events are safety oriented and therefore life jackets are mandatory. Please only RSVP if you plan on coming and if your plans have changed please update your RSVP accordingly. Those members that noshow will have an asterisk placed next to their name and will be removed from the group when 3 appear. It is not fair to other members when you take up a spot that someone else could have taken.
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$35 per person in a double kayak
$25 per child 12 and under
3rd person in double kayak Free(must be 50lbs or less)
BYOB(BRINGING YOUR OWN BOAT)
$5 if a current dues paying member of this clubuse promo code "byob" if you are a current dues paying member of this meetup
all children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult in a double kayak
The Illinois River is formed by the confluence of the Kankakee and Des Plaines rivers in eastern Grundy County, near Joliet. It flows west across northeastern Illinois, passing Morris and Ottawa, where it is joined by the Mazon River and Fox River. At LaSalle, it is joined by the Vermilion River, then flows west past Peru, andSpring Valley. In southeastern Bureau County it turns south at an area known as the "Great Bend," flowing southwest across western Illinois, past Lacon and downtown Peoria, the chief city on the river.
South of Hennepin, the Illinois River is following the ancient channel of the Mississippi River. The Illinoian Stage, about 300,000 to 132,000 years ago, blocked the Mississippi near Rock Island, diverting it into its present channel. After the glacier melted, the Illinois River flowed into the ancient channel. The Hennepin Canal roughly follows the ancient channel of the Mississippi upstream of Rock Island.
The modern channel of the Illinois River was shaped in a matter of days by the Kankakee Torrent. During the melting of the Wisconsin Glacier about 10,000 years ago, a lake formed in present-day Indiana, comparable to one of the modern Great Lakes. The lake formed behind the terminal moraine of a substage of that glacier. Melting ice to the north eventually raised the level of the lake so that it overtopped the moraine. The dam burst, and the entire volume of the lake was released in a very short time, perhaps a few days.
The Mazon River or "Mazon Creek", is a tributary of the Illinois River in the United States, the confluence is near Morris, Illinois.
The Mazon River is associated with the Mazon Creek fossils of the Francis Creek Shale, which are also exposed in strip mines and quarries near the River. This fossil bed includes well-preserved fossils from the Pennsylvanian period of the Paleozoic era and is a world-famousLagerstätten site.
The Mazon River is approximately 30 miles in length, with the West Fork considered the main branch.
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Review by Teragram
Thank You Janee for a wonderful day! Our trip down the Il. river was great! My son and I will be back in the spring to check out the Mazon River, Sand Bay, or even the I & M canal. I am so looking forward to our next kayak trip with you! Next time I will not forget to bring water and water shoes!
Review by Maribeth on
We had the perfect weather for our kayak tour down the Illinois River! We had such a good day is turned out to be a longer trip, which was fine with us! Thanks Janee ! I cant wait to do the Mazon River next time! We will be back!! Thanks for your patience with all of us!!
A perfect Beginner's Kayak..
Review by Newbie on
Kayak Morris was the perfect pick! It gave us a personalized tour in a peaceful and boat-free section of the Mazon river, a chance to ride the waves of the boats on the Illinois River and a chance to visit the lake offset of the river. Our tour guide was patient and helpful. 2 hours was the perfect amount of time for a new kayaker and a great price compared to city rates of Chicago. Would feel confident after a short time with the guide to rent a kayak on my own through Kayak Morris.
What a Day!..
Review by jimmymack
I took my brother out for his birthday. What a gift! Many areas to explore or just relax. We can't wait to do it again. The staff was friendly and the kayaks were great. Thanks for an awesome time!
no stress day..
Review by sunsets
My son and I truelly enjoyed a stress free, relaxed day with Janee and friends. My son said "this is a great adventure."] We can't wait to do it again, a good memory to put in the book.
Review by family day
The day was just great! It was a fun trip and worth the drive & expense. Only thing, as a beginner I wish I had known some basic information like to bring a water bottle & sun screen. But it was still a blast and we'll be going again next year.
Review by Pekin Pirate Piggy Paddlers
First class operation. The owner even showed up 1 hour early to accomidate our time schedule. Good equipment and advice on were to kayak. Very Happy.
a great trip..
Review by Alex
a very peasant and well organized trip up the Illinois river and the sand pit (little bay) just off it! a chance to paddle through some minor waves and to relax on the sand bank, or even take a hike to the sand dune.
What a wonderful way to spend the day with my family..
Review by Karin
Our family loved this trip! Our kids loved fishing and geocaching along the way. THank you Janee. You're the best