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bkboats
07-12-2010, 10:38 AM
I just got one earlier this season and am hooked. I am in Northern Illinois and am looking for some cool places to take it... any suggestions?

mxz_chris
07-12-2010, 11:46 AM
DesPlaines river, anywhere you have access near you. It has many small tribs you can head into. Also, the Fox down by ST.Charles is cool too. I don't have a canoe, but I have fished those, and have thought about getting one. I have also heard about one called Salt Creek on a fishing site. One guy there fishes it from a kayak, and the pictures look great.

racerx
07-12-2010, 08:54 PM
I heard Busse Woods is cool for canoeing and if you ever get into geocaching there are a lot of them in Busse with access only by canoe.

polarisrider1
07-13-2010, 01:16 AM
Little Manistee or the Pere Marquette rivers in MI. are a blast.

bkboats
07-13-2010, 03:21 AM
I was in mich this last weekend and heard about the pere marquete! Thats the brand canoe I have too... lol I have heard good things about busse woods. I should check it out.

fire126
07-20-2010, 10:06 PM
DesPlains river is good place to go. We work on the log jams on that river all the time. The river is some what low right know but have talked to some people that are still using it. There is a canoe launch in Wadsworth, on wadsworth rd. just east of 41. Down river from there is a new dam for a wetlands project and that dam has kept the water level high. Check out Lake County Foreat Preserves web site.

snowdance
07-20-2010, 10:37 PM
Kickapoo River in Western Wisconsin

Known as "the crookedest river in the world," the Kickapoo is navigable its entire length from just north of Ontario to the Wisconsin River at Wauzeka. This popular river offers access at numerous road crossings. Rentals are available locally. The current is relaxing, but be prepared to make difficult portages around several dams and some dangerous log jams.

http://www.wisconline.com/attractions/canoerivers.html#kickapoo



We stayed at this resort and rented canoes and kayaks. Was a great place.


http://www.crookedriverresort.com/

mxz_chris
07-21-2010, 10:23 AM
DesPlains river is good place to go. We work on the log jams on that river all the time. The river is some what low right know but have talked to some people that are still using it. There is a canoe launch in Wadsworth, on wadsworth rd. just east of 41. Down river from there is a new dam for a wetlands project and that dam has kept the water level high. Check out Lake County Foreat Preserves web site.

I run from that launch every day, and the water is plenty high enough for a canoe right now. Tons of wildlife at sunrise.

michaeladams
07-21-2010, 03:49 PM
the wisconsin river from mazomanie wisconsin down stream is very sandy, no glass is allowed-big fines.but thats nice,very nice sand bars to camp on or picnic.if you have a large group there are quite a few out fitters to rent from they pickup or drop off. they will even haul your canoe for a fee.

michaeladams
07-21-2010, 03:55 PM
oh yeah,i forgot to mention there is a nude beach on the wisconsin river near mazomanie.so if you have kids with stay on the north side of the river or you might get more sight seeing in than you thought you were going to get. and believe me, i didn't know there were whales in the wisconsin river.i phoned the makers of river monsters and they said they would check it out

mxz_chris
07-21-2010, 04:36 PM
That's just south of Sauk City, right?
I saw a sasquatch on that beach.

michaeladams
07-21-2010, 06:17 PM
thats a big 10/4,i saw three guys walking in a line-not good.

ranlam
07-21-2010, 09:55 PM
Did the Ontonagon River from Victoria to Onto. Last weekend it was good took about eight hours. Want to do it again and spend more time fishing maybe make an overnight out of it. Very deep river only three rapids that were nothing.

mrsrunningbear
07-21-2010, 10:34 PM
Did the Ontonagon River from Victoria to Onto. Last weekend it was good took about eight hours. Want to do it again and spend more time fishing maybe make an overnight out of it. Very deep river only three rapids that were nothing.

we've been thinking about doing that run, good info thanks

thunderstruck88
07-21-2010, 11:49 PM
I feel out of a canoe:rolleyes: Does that count? lol :)

ranlam
07-22-2010, 08:05 PM
mrsrunningbear.
The river also had numerous sand bars to get out and swim or picnic/camping. I recomend this float. Im gonna try it again for sure.

frnash
07-22-2010, 08:45 PM
mrsrunningbear.
The river also had numerous sand bars to get out and swim or picnic/camping. I recomend this float. Im gonna try it again for sure.
I presume that the Ontonagon River from Victoria to Superior is essentially the same "red clay soup" as the Middle Branch east o' 'Ruces 'Rossing? I'd think that wouldn't be quite as nice as a clear pristine stream, but at least there should be plenty of twisties to keep ya awake, eh?

mrsrunningbear
07-23-2010, 08:40 AM
mrsrunningbear.
The river also had numerous sand bars to get out and swim or picnic/camping. I recomend this float. Im gonna try it again for sure.

sounds like something we'll have to do, maybe a group of us. Its always so nice when someone else has done it before you and has info...we did the Roselawn here in Paulding 2 years ago just launched and went blindly...first hour was great will do it again, but the next 4 were a killer...would try the last 4hrs again with a chainsaw...LOL let us know when you go again if you want any company

Thanks again ranlam

and yes nash it is the red clay soup for sure...

polarisrider1
07-23-2010, 02:54 PM
I feel out of a canoe:rolleyes: Does that count? lol :)

Don't you know a song about a tippy canoe? let's goggle it! http://www.myspace.com/tippycanoe

booondocker
07-23-2010, 02:59 PM
Canoe, canoe?

This reminds me (every now and again, I do remember stuff) of the time, more than a few years ago, still kidless, and the annual canoe trip was embarked upon. This was an annual event that about 6 or 8 couples did each year in early September. We used to hit Frankenmuth on a Friday nite and then head on up to the rifle river and throw those canoes in after a good breakfast in West Branch, and go all day long.

So, someone who... herein shall remain nameless...okay, it was the idiot typing this....decided that we should try a "branch of the river with less traffic"....and being a mapping expert, I pulled out the good old county map book available to anyone with an interest and plotted out a course which we were to take, that was "surely" going to keep us from being bothered by a bunch of boy scouts, making all kinds of racket, and we were....after all, out there to enjoy the quiet and peaceful trip down a beautiful river.....so (I'm gett'n to it...jist be patient....) we got out of the breakfast shop and it was raining very lightly....being September and warmer water times, we made a quick decision that the "weather would hold" and though we "tossed in the rain coats" we figured we wouldn't need them long....catch where I'm headed here???

Well, we found a state road, and tossed the canoes in, and assortment of beat up equipment had for a song by most including one wise guy who bought a fiberglass canoe for "next to nothin"....idiot.

We began to paddle along...and of course the rain, got heavier, and heavier, and as we went along with rain coats and poncho's doing a fair job of keepin us dry, we realized pretty quickly that a stream that had some fairly rapid water in it, would NOT enable a return trip should we decide that our decision processes were not up to standards that day....so we keep going. Several miles into this trip, we hit a long jam...requiring unloading and loading women, equipment brought along for the ride and manned the floats over the log jam only to find another one about two crooks down the stream....well the first crossing we were careful to stay on logs, which of course were now wet from rain and a bit tricky to mount....but on the second one, one of the not so agile guys said, "%!%!@%, I might as well just jump in", and with that so did the others in an effort to speed up the portage process.....well, we lost count of the portages.....I think it was not very funny after the 7th or 8th one, I am not sure, since I was busy training my wife NOT to swing way....over to avoid sweepers since we had already learned that lesson very well once or twice already.

Long about portage 30 or 35, we began to look and see if we could perhaps pull out at one of the few cottages that dotted the banks, and walk SOMEWHERE...so long as we didn't have to paddle the boats, and course everyone was very tired of this scenic trip, and many new cuss words were slipping from lips, did I mention that one of the gals was 7 months pregnant?? I can still picture her legs stickin straight up after bowling over avoiding brush sweeps and not being able to right herself to a more dignified position. I of course knew that walking out on a strange road with a bunch of wet gear on, would not be whatcha say....kindly to your inner thighs....and pleaded to those more than a bit panicky, that even though it would be dark in about an hour...we should stay the course cause how much further could it be before we hit the main branch that we had hoped to hit hours before.....???

Well, after about a couple more portages, we finally hit the main stream...you would have thought we found Woodward avenue in a fog bank....hollars of pure joy were heard, as we steamed past those slowpoke boy scouts, and landed at the intended destination, where we had dropped off a ride.

Needless to say, we had a fair amount of discussion afterwords, and that night I was short significant cash as I felt compelled (Okay, extorted) into buying dinner for the bunch.

Strangely, the numbers signed up for the next fall, fell like a stone...and the whole party sort of disapated....

But I still have my canoe.....anybody game???

polarisrider1
07-23-2010, 03:21 PM
Such poor sports. Heck you can't control the rain. It's not a canoe trip unless AreoMed. gets involved and you hear the sound of banjos playing. I am in for an adventure!

mrsrunningbear
07-24-2010, 12:18 AM
OMG Booondocker... you must have been the guys we came across on are Poseidon Adventure…LOL sounds like we did the same thing!!! Except I left out 1 detail about our trip, we did it with blow up rafts and tubes we started with 10 floats and ended with 2 :o.....we now have a canoe with a chainsaw.

And I’ll remember the moment to this day and so will everyone that was with us on this trip….that spot in the trip where you have to talk everyone into keep going…..that’s a bad bad place.

Adventures are us!! and we know just the place...:D

ranlam
07-24-2010, 01:29 PM
fnash..The water was red, probably from all the clay, but it did'nt taste like soup! LOL

A Johndee canoe trip would be neat. You all pick the time and place I'll try an adventure.

frnash
07-24-2010, 07:23 PM
…The water was red, probably from all the clay, but it did'nt taste like soup!
Funny t'ing, da Middle Branch never did taste much like soup either! :)

jakester
07-30-2010, 12:32 PM
Nippersink creek is right in your backyard, get in on Keysone RD. Wonder lake and the current will take you all the way to the Fox River if you like. But you can get out on Pioneer RD. or Spring grove. I've done it many times,it's a good time.

rmk4ever
08-01-2010, 02:23 PM
Boundary Waters Canoe Area If your up for the drive. No motorized traffic allowed, not even a batt. powered trolling motor. You could go days & see no one... Jakester's has a good idea also, make sure you lock up your truck in wondertucky though!

landoman
08-11-2010, 08:50 PM
Check out the Sylvania Wilderness right on the wisconsin / Michigan border just west of Watersmeet. A great area for camping and canoeing - not to mention some pretty good fishing.

http://hunts-upguide.com/watersmeet_sylvania_wilderness_area.html

indybru
09-22-2010, 09:41 PM
Check out the canoe club in Illinois google Prairie State Canoe club. I was a member way back when.

Anyway they have trips all over the place and coordinate the shuttle. Lots of fun.