Urban Canoe Adventures

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

Our 2014 paddling season has come to a close. Check back in early 2015 for updates on new 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. 

For more Information

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