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Address: 6303 Mulford Road &, 5757 Blackhawk Road, Cherry Valley, IL 61016
Phone Number: 815-877-6100
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Description: Public Access is provivded from either Blackhawk or Mulford Roads. This...
Public Access is provivded from either Blackhawk or Mulford Roads. This 145-acre preserve provides a diversity of recreational opportunities. Includes a 30-acre oak woods listed on the Illinois Natural Area Inventory of notable natural quality. A hiking trail provides access to the woods. Traditional picnic areas and shelters available. Adjacent to State of Illinois' high quality ranked Kishwaukee River.
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90% drivable preserve for country view and Kishwaukee River

This park is on Both sides of the Kishwaukee River. They do not connect, so you must leave the park for about a 1/4 mile, cross the Blackhawk Road bridge and re-enter on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This park is on Both sides of the Kishwaukee River. They do not connect, so you must leave the park for about a 1/4 mile, cross the Blackhawk Road bridge and re-enter on the other entrance. They are only about 100 yards or less wide but the road follows the entire route except for about 200 feet at the very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

I agree about the kayaking. great in early spring for quick ride or a great workout paddling upstream first when it calmer in mid summer. Enjoy a lazy ride down after the workout. I launch at Bauman Park it's quick and easy. Head upstream and get a good upper body workout.

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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We rented a kayak from kishwaukee canoe and had a great time. They shuttled us from Atwood park (where we left our cars) to Bauman park, about an 8 mile trip on the river. It was the perfect length, we were on a mission and finished in 2 hours but the normal time is 3 to 4 depending on how... More 

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Ingleside, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This river is a great find for water floating fun. Came here to kayak, had so much fun came back to tube it the very next week. There are many parks to take in, out, our stop for a picnic. The water is never deep and clean enough to get wet in. Very few obstructions and moves along at a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Fishing is good here, be aware that on Saturdays in summer there are literally hundreds of drunken canoer's partying, so if that isn't your thing, go elsewhere on those days.

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Address: 6303 Mulford Road &, 5757 Blackhawk Road, Cherry Valley, IL 61016
Phone Number: 815-877-6100
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Cherry Valley

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