Welcome to Kishwaukee Canoe, a canoe and kayak rental service based out of Rockford, Illinois. The trip we offer is on the Kishwaukee River in Illinois. Your adventure starts at Baumann Park in Cherry Valley and ends at Atwood Park in New Milford. It is an eight and a half mile ride that is very enjoyable, as the "Kish" has a lot to offer!
The "Kish" is rated as a Class A river by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This means it has a significant number of species of fish that are silt intolerant. It is very nice to be on a river with clean water. If you are a fishing enthusiast, you are apt to catch small mouth bass, blue gill, catfish, walleye and northern pike. You are invited to bring a pole if you would like. Catch and release is appreciated though!
The "Kish" has many opportunities to see a variety of wildlife along its shores and in its waters. You may see white tailed deer, blue herons, river otters, beavers, reptiles and bald eagles during your adventure. If you especially enjoy watching the birds, this is the place to be. Of the 299 species of birds that regularly occur in Illinois, 262 can be found among its trees and along its shores.
There are forest preserves along the Kishwaukee River that you can stop at to have a picnic or to take advantage of their facilities including: Espensheid Memorial, Blackhawk Springs, Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve and the Kishwaukee Gorge. You'll definitely want to stop and explore at one of these parks during your trip!
We are a friendly, family owned business with years of experience. We want you to have an amazing and memorable trip! The Kishwaukee River is definitely a river you will want to canoe or kayak. Get one on one with nature, it's where it's at! Come out and experience the Kishwaukee River today! You will not be disappointed!
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RENTAL BOAT LICENSE # R15000030 EXPIRES MARCH 1, 2016 FOR OPERATION ON THE KISHWAUKEE RIVER-ILLINOIS, FOX RIVER-ILLINOIS, AND DES PLAINES RIVER-ILLINOIS.