Join The Illinois Paddling Council for a
Fox River Watertrail Season Ending Paddle
on Saturday, October 27th
Paddle this wooded stretch of the Fox River starting at the VFW on Route 25 in Batavia Illinois and ending across the street from Walter Payton’s Roundhouse in Aurora. Participants will experience some beautiful stretches of the Fox with multiple islands and channels, as well as the wildlife that inhabits this rural piece of the Fox. Immediately after the start, paddlers will pass through the site of the South Batavia dam removed just last year. The trip continues through North Aurora, and then Aurora, where the woods are replaced with riverside parks until the very end at downtown Aurora, where paddlers can exit the river and stroll over to the site of the Canoe Chute and the planned Aurora Whitewater Park.
Paddlers will receive a copy of the Fox River Watertrail Map and a plan of the proposed Aurora Whitewater Park, along with a summary of actions needed to improve and extend the existing Fox River Watertrail through Aurora and Montgomery, where local paddlers are also trying to have the Earthen Dam removed. This project will remove the last impediment to open paddling between North Aurora and Yorkville, extending this trail and connecting it to the beautiful lower Fox River. The trip is expected to take between 2 and 3 hours with one portage at the North Aurora Dam (an improved and well designed short portage on River Right).
When: Saturday, October 27, 2007, plan to arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m.
Where: Meet at the Batavia VFW - 645 S. River St (Rt 25) in Batavia.
Drive to the river to drop your boats off. Please do not park your car here. All vehicles will drive to the take-out (about 15 minutes) to the parking lot just north of the Aurora Township Offices at 80 North Broadway (Rt 25) in Aurora. We have secured permission to park at this private parking lot at no charge. A shuttle bus will leave from Walter Payton’s Roundhouse (directly across the street) starting at 9:00 and 9:30 (more if needed).
Additional directions below
Put-in Time: 10:00 a.m. – depending on the size and readiness of the group, earlier group starts are possible.
After the Paddle: Paddlers are encouraged to have lunch at Walter Payton’s Roundhouse. Former US Olympic Paddler and Aurora Whitewater Kayak Park designer Scott Shipley will autograph posters that are selling to raise funds for the Whitewater Park. Paddlers can also buy the "Paddlers Porter" Beer that Walter Payton’s Brewery have crated and entered into the Great American Beer Festival.
3 p.m. Scott Shipley Presentation on the proposed whitewater park: Americas Club (inside Walter Payton’s). Please join us for this presentation
Rain or Shine: Water levels are pretty predictable on this stretch of the river. The event will not be cancelled – although the on-water portion may be called off if safety concerns require. In that case, we will walk the proposed whitewater park venue and continue with the land-portion of the event.
Insurance fee: A $10 event insurance fee is required for all paddle participants who are NOT members of the American Canoe Association. All participants must sign a waiver.