North Branch Wilderness Paddle - CANCELED

Tags: Attend, Urban Canoe Adventures, Ticketed events, and Canoe Program


July 23, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Linne Woods, 6308 W Dempster St, Morton Grove

$100 per boat (2 guests), $80 for Friends members

Join us on our most adventurous trip of the season, the North Branch Wilderness Paddle! Traveling from just south of the Skokie Lagoons to Linne Woods, this peaceful, intimate, meandering stretch of river passes through many of our beautiful forest preserves including Watersmeet Woods, Blue Star Memorial Woods, Glenview Woods and Harms Woods. The highly forested setting gets you away from the bustle and noise of the city, and provides a unique opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife who live along this special hidden stretch of nature nestled within our urban landscape. The “wild” setting will require paddlers to get in and out of their boats occasionally along potentially uneven and muddy ground as we move around obstacles like dams and debris. Depending on river levels, some walking in the river may also be required in shallow water. 

We will meet at Linne Woods (6308 W Dempster St, Morton Grove) at 9:00 a.m. A shuttle will take us up to Willow Road, just south of the Skokie Lagoons and we’ll paddle down the North Branch of the Chicago River back to our cars. We will stop for lunch (please bring your own!) during the trip, and will finish up around 3:00 p.m. Total distance paddled: ~3.5 miles.

Our fun, knowledgeable guides will provide safety and paddling instruction plus all of the necessary equipment. This trip is best suited to older children (10+) and adults. Many of our guides rank this paddle as their favorite on the river!  

Photo Credit: Michael Courier