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Directions to sea kayaking locations for classes and club outings with Chicago Kayak and the Chicago Kayak Club
This includes IL, WI, MI, and FL - just scroll down!


The Skokie Lagoons are so cool, they get a page of their own: 
Skokie Lagoons  The Lagoons are north of Chicago by about 30 minutes on highway 94 towards Milwaukee.
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
Estero River
Everglades - SW Entrance
Everglades- Flamingo Entrance
Mirror Lake State Park

Devil's Lake
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 park.


This page was last updated on 06/10/11