Urban Canoe Adventures


An outdoor adventure is closer than you think…

Why travel far when you can experience rich wildlife and urban adventure in your own backyard? From tranquil lagoons to the bustle of the city, we have paddles that appeal to all interests. Join us and explore the wonderful resource that is the Chicago River! No experience necessary—our fun, knowledgeable guides will provide safety and paddling instruction plus all of the necessary equipment. 

Here's what one guest said after a trip along the North Branch of the Chicago River: 

 Many thanks for the Friends of the Chicago River volunteer [canoe guides]! The volunteers were cheerful, friendly, and resourceful…[they] generally sacrificed themselves for the good of the group. They did all of this with a smile on their faces! What a great bunch of folks! Thanks!



Friends' Paddling Excursions

Check back soon for updates on 2015 paddling adventures. 

Friends' Custom Trips

We can customize a paddling trip for private groups to make your event extra special. Great for all different types of organizations who wish to experience the Chicago River.  We will begin booking dates for 2015 in the spring. 

Join our Canoe Guide team!

Do you love to paddle? Want to join a great community of volunteers? Join us as a volunteer canoe guide for the 2015 paddling season. Details about our program and how to apply can be found here


For more Information

Contact Claire Snyder at (312) 939-0490, ext. 14, or csnyder@chicagoriver.org