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Cherry Valley

Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve

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We did a kayak trip. Went in at Bauman Park and got off at Atwood. Trip is about 4.5 hours... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2018
Davina U
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Nice Place To Go, Relax & Get Away From the World

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Approximately 4:30pm It was a beautiful day in Rockford today. We were... read more

Reviewed May 14, 2017
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Aug 19, 2018
May 14, 2017
“Nice Place To Go, Relax & Get Away From the World”
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...more
6303 Mulford Road &, 5757 Blackhawk Road, Cherry Valley, IL 61016
+1 815-877-6100
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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

We did a kayak trip. Went in at Bauman Park and got off at Atwood. Trip is about 4.5 hours without getting off to break. Water is about 3 ft most areas. There is a few times we had to get out and walk the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed May 14, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Approximately 4:30pm It was a beautiful day in Rockford today. We were originally planning to check out Blackhawk Forest Preserve in Cherry Valley, but changed our minds when we got there. We headed down Mulford from State street and followed...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Pass-N-Through
Reviewed March 15, 2016

Nice place to hike, picnic, tube, biking, and just have a relaxing afternoon! It's also a great place for canoeing.

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank Linda E
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...More

Date of experience: March 2015
2  Thank m b
Reviewed August 17, 2014

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...More

Date of experience: May 2014
1  Thank RICHARD G
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...More

Date of experience: July 2014
4  Thank Susan E
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...More

Date of experience: July 2013
13  Thank kayakdeb2
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.

Date of experience: July 2012
4  Thank StillmanValleyScott
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Lindsay H
July 8, 2017|
Response from Pass-N-Through | Reviewed this property |
To be honest, I have no idea. We never went down the river. I would suspect that you would have to contact the park itself and see what they have setup for going down the river.
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