Join Severson Dells staff and volunteers as we explore miles upon miles of fabulous paddling opportunities on the Kishwaukee River! Our instructors help you learn to be a more skillful and confident paddler and answer questions about river ecology. Equipment, guides and a shuttle are provided. Locations are determined the week before based on weather and river conditions. Paddling times vary each week, but we will be off of the river by 9:00 pm at the latest.
Due to the extreme popularity of this program, we are limiting registrations to three trips per participant. If you are interested in participating in additional paddles, you will be placed on a wait list and contacted in the event that we have openings. All participants are required to attend our Quick Start paddle instruction before paddling with us. Quick Starts are offered at 5:30 pm before each trip. Please arrive early to check in before the Quick Start. If you have already participated in a Quick Start with us, please arrive by 5:40 pm to get checked in and geared up .
PARTICIPANTS MUST BE 10 YEARS OR OLDER; those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We reserve the right to cancel evening paddles if conditions are unsafe (weather, water level, etc.)
July 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th (no paddle on the 23rd because of Blazing Paddles Canoe Camp).
Directions: Severson Dells Nature Center - 8786 Montague Rd., Rockford, IL 61102 - From Bypass 20 south of Rockford, take the Montague Road exit. Turn southwest on Montague Road and continue approximately four miles, past Meridian Road, to the second left after passing Weldon Road.