The Skokie Lagoons are so cool, they get a page of their own:
Lagoons are north of Chicago by about 30 minutes on highway 94 towards
THIS ONE OF THE LOCATIONS FOR INTRO TO KAYAKING, INTERMEDIATE KAYAKING,
WOMEN'S KAYAKING, AND STROKES COURSES in the Summer- please allow for
construction traffic on 94!!! Check
schedule to verify location- sometimes we teach elsewhere too...
Sterling Lake (Lake County) IL
Northeastern IL location, two small lakes nestled among wildflowers
and walking and biking trails, this is a great spot to learn to kayak
and practice rescues. Access is off of Rosecrans Road (Route 173)
just east of Route 41 If you are coming from the city, there is a
Route 173 Exit off of I-94. Take Rosecrans road east until you see
the Signs for Van Patten Woods on your left, just after crossing the
DesPlaines River. Turn into the park and follow the road as it
winds thru until you get to the lakes and the boat lauch area.
Mt. Prospect RecPlex
Pool- Pool Sessions Fall/Spring
We Teach here sometimes, Intro, Intermediate and Eskimo Roll Classes here- Kayak
classes in Mt. Prospect, IL
420 E. Dempster St. , Mt Prospect, IL
Located on the north side of Dempster, this location is easy to find
with plenty of free parking.
If you bringing your class, you will actually turn just east of the main
entrance, driving down an "authorized vehicles only" street to unload
your kayak and gear just outside the gate. Then park your vehicle
in the regular parking lot. If you are using one of our boats, proceed
directly to the main parking lot and check in at the main desk. you can
go to change in the locker room then meet us on the pool deck. Or arrive
early to help bring the gear in!UNLOADING/LOADING ZONE Just east
of building on the North side of Dempster
Lake Michigan (See both Leone Beach, Wilson Boat Launch,
and Il Beach State Park)
Wilson Boat Launch - this is accessed by taking Wilson Ave east
from LSD. Follow it to the signs that say "Boat Launch" It
is a rock wall, right by the dog beach.
Leone Beach - This is Touhy Ave just east of Sheridan Rd.
There is a small parking lot that has metered
spots that accept cash or credit cards. It is just north of the baseball fields. There is another
lot south of the fields, but you will not find us there (though there
may be parking)
Illinois Beach State Park/RESORT
From the South
are: I-294 north to Rt 173 east (approx 8 miles) to Sheridan Road. Make
a right on Sheridan Road to Wadsworth Road, make a left and you will be
in the park.
From the North are: I-94 South to Rt. 173,
east on Rt.173 to Sheridan Road, right on Sheridan Road to Wadsworth
Road and make a left on Wadsworth into the Park.
Please note, Mapquest frequently gives
the wrong directions, please use Google Map below
We meet at the IL Beach Resort
Parking Lot, in the back corner, right by the beach.
View IL BEACH STATE PARK RESORT in a larger map
North Shore Channel
This is on the Evanston/Skokie border. Take McCormick to
Oakton and go east. you drive immediately over the channel and the
entrance is on the left hand side. If you get to Home Depot, you have
gone too far.
Mississippi River (Upper Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge)
We usually leave from the boat launch across from the Mississippi
Palisades State Park's North Entrance. This is an area of shallow
backwater full of wildlife, as well as fast moving water on the
main channel. Sometimes we pick one or the other, sometimes we do both!
From I-90, exit at US Rt. 20 west (Galena/Freeport exit). From Rt. 20,
turn south on Rt. 84. The park is located 18 miles from Rt. 20.
Instead of turning left into the park, turn right in to the Marina- you
can see the river from the road, you do cross over railroad tracks.
From I-80, exit on Rt. 84 and travel north approximately 50 miles to
reach the park which is located three miles north of Savanna. Head
to the Northern Entrance of the Park, this is where the campground is
located. Instead of turning into the campground, turn left, going across
the railroad and into the Marina.
Busse Woods is located in Elk Grove Village, right off of
290/294 and close to 90 and Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. Entrance to
park is off of Higgins, you go just over a mile to get to the lake.
Once you pass the stop sign, we will be very close, on the left. Pull in
the parking on the immediate left. We launch from the boat launch
at the large lake. There is truck/trailer parking, that is where
we stage the boats. We are very close to, but not at, the canoe
rental area. The map shows a launch site, you should be able to see the
truck and trailer when you get there. There are also 3 cement boat
launches right where set up. Do not go in to the canoe rental
area. If you park there, the building will obscure your view and you
might not see us.
Delnor-Wiggins State Park
Take Interstate 75 into Naples, FL. Exit at Immokolee Road and head
West. This road will dead end at the park. When you pull in, there
is a minimal fee of approx $4 per vehicle, plus $1 per extra person.
Pull past the gate to the 3rd street and take a right, drive about 150
yards and you will see the boat launch. Lost? Call our Cell
- don't have it? Get it before you leave your house!
Collier Seminole State Park
Take Interstate 75 - south from Naples, and exit at 41 (the Tamiami
Trail) Head South on 951 to Route 41 - Go left (heading East) on
Route 41. You will pass the Iron Rhino Bar and Grill and Collier
Seminole Park is past this by about 5 minutes. When you enter the park,
there is a vehicle entrance fee. Pay the fee and come down to the
boat launch - you drive past the ranger booth, take the first left you
can and this will dead end at the launch site. If you go to the
campgrounds, you have missed the left hand turn.
Lover's Key State Park
Everglades - SW Entrance
Everglades- Flamingo Entrance
Mirror Lake State Park
Located about 3 1/2 hours from Chicago just north of Madison, WI is
Devil's Lake State Park.
Coming From The South:
From Interstate 90-94 just take exit 106 to Highway 33. Take a right at
the stop sign and go to Baraboo. (13 miles) When you get to Baraboo Take
a left at the 2nd stop light. (This is Business Hwy 12) Then go through
town and watch for a sign to the park. You will turn left on Highway 123
and follow it straight out to the park.
Coming From The North or
Wisconsin Dells: Just take Highway 12 south (Exit 92) and go about 1
mile past Baraboo (approximately 14 miles). Take a left on Highway 159.
This will bring you to Highway 123. Take a right and follow into the