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Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve

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Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve

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Davina U wrote a review Aug 2018
Rockford22 contributions8 helpful votes
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 kayak as the water was shallow. If u stay near the outter bank it may be avoided. Be sure to wear shoes or aqua socks as there are a lot of rocks. This is a fun trip for everyone!! And there are islands to stretch and take breaks.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Pass-N-Through wrote a review May 2017
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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 it all the way down to the entrance to the park in Cherry Valley. We came to Blackhawk Forest Preserve entrance and went past and came to Kishwaukee Forest Preserve and entered. It was a very nice place. Plenty of trails, plenty of places to sit and relax, plenty of places to sit right on the river. Plenty of people canoeing down the river. There are also picnic tables with grills and plenty of room for the kids to run and play. The restroom is located right at the entrance. There is also a bulletin board listing all sorts of info regarding canoeing, fishing, cooking out, etc. The closing times for the preserve basically are 30 minutes after sunset. They have a sheet posted that lists the closing times each and every day of the year located on the bulletin board there at the entrance. For May it runs between 8 and 8:30 more or less. The change from day to day is literally minutes. Today wasn't that crowded. Had we gotten there earlier and been better prepared and knew what was available, we would have stayed and cooked out. We may do that next weekend. This was a great discovery.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Linda E wrote a review Mar 2016
Cherry Valley, Illinois10 contributions4 helpful votes
Nice place to hike, picnic, tube, biking, and just have a relaxing afternoon! It's also a great place for canoeing.
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Date of experience: October 2015
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m b wrote a review Mar 2015
Rockford, Illinois35 contributions36 helpful votes
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 end. Parking can be a problem on a very busy summer day. Bass fishing is excellent when wading into the Kishwaukee River at the very end, again only about 2-4 feet deep with rocky/sandy bottom. (of course it has some holes, so be careful). Lot's and lot's of picnic tables along the route.. only about 1 mile long. This is a very popular park for the area. Winnebago county preserves, no matter which one you go to, are well kept and clean. This is also the end of the South walking path (paved) of the Kishwaukee Springs Forest Preserve to the North. Enjoy
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Date of experience: March 2015
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RICHARD G wrote a review Aug 2014
ROCKFORD67 contributions20 helpful votes
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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Date of experience: May 2014
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