Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club founded in 1971

"Connecting paddlers through safe and fun group events"

West Branch DuPage River, Warrenville

  • 2016-03-26 3:08 PM
    Message # 3906855

    Date(s):  April 23, 2016
    Leader:  Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:  Paul Clifford
    Location:  Mack Road Canoe Launch to McDowell Grove or Naperville
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details: Generally an easy paddle from the Blackwell Forest Preserve canoe launch at Mack Road, through residential areas and into Warrenville's historic district. The chute at the former site of the Warrenville Grove Dam can usually be paddled, but a portage trail is also available. From there the water trail continues into McDowell Grove for a 4 1/2 mile trip, which we may extend into Naperville, adding 2 miles if we are up for tackling the Fawell Dam.

    Since it's a short trip, we will make the car shift 10:00 a.m. Bring your own lunch. Mack Road canoe launch is just a quarter mile east of Rte. 59 between Roosevelt Rd. (Rte 38) and Batavia Rd.

    We can look forward to a special treat this year, as forest preserve ecologist Jesse DeMartini will be opening up the Urban Streams Research Center just a short hike up the Cenacle Trail into Blackwell Forest Preserve. Jesse will offer a guided tour of the facility and make it available for our lunch stop.

    Last modified: 2016-04-20 1:26 AM | Ray Ziemer
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