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North Branch- Willow Road Dam to Whelan Pool Kayak & Canoe Touring on the Chicago River



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North Branch- Willow Road Dam to Whelan Pool Info
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Put In:  Willow Road Dam
Take Out:  Whelan Pool
Gradient:  1.5 ft/mi
Run Length:  9.9
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Primary Season: 
Permit: 
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,canoe,touring
Camping on River:  No nearby campgrounds.
Location:  In the Midwestern U.S. (IL), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Park alongside Forrest Way Drive and carry your boat down a gravel path to the dam north of Willow Road. Put-in at the concrete steps downstream left. Initially you'll be paddling on the Skokie River untill its confluence with the Middle Fork where the North Branch begins.

Take-out: From the put-in, go a short distance south on Willow Road, to Interstate 94. Go south on I-94. Turn right on Touhy Ave. Turn left on Caldwell Ave, and then left on Devon Ave. Turn right at the sign into the Whelan Pool/Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve, and park near the back of the parking lot behind the swimming pool complex. The easy-to-miss take-out ( a small, open patch in the mud bank) is about 100 yards downstream from the Howard Street bridge on the right, where the river begins turning sharply to the left.


North Branch- Willow Road Dam to Whelan Pool on the Chicago River


Last Edited by maddy on 4/21/2011