No motor boats, no barges, and deep enough not to scratch the bottom of your boat. Finally the secret of a beautiful flowing river in the southern suburbs of Chicago has been discovered. In the fall of 2015, the Forest Preserves of Cook County opened a new boat ramp along the Little Calumet River at the Kickapoo Woods Forest Preserve. The immediate feedback from avid paddlers and novices alike was that it’s a perfect location. Kickapoo Woods offers plenty of parking in a safe, well-lit area for paddlers to enjoy. Not only does the new launch site offer easy access to the river, but the location along the shallow portion of the Upper Little Calumet River makes it a perfect place for beginner and intermediate paddlers. Meander is the perfect word to describe the paddling experience on this section of the river. The river bends and curves, and on most days the river’s flow is calm enough to offer a gentle riding experience in the great outdoors.
Join the Calumet Waterway Stewards, a coalition of outdoor enthusiast and community organizations for not only a river clean up, but an introduction to both canoeing and kayaking on this gem in the southern suburbs. Saturday morning, June 4th 2016, is the day of the “Little Calumet River Day at Kickapoo Woods.”
Please join us on an exploration of this secret south side treasure!