Back in our pre-kid days, my husband and I loved to spend our free summer Sundays kayaking down the Kish. In fact, our kayak still hangs above our heads in the garage as a reminder of all the fun times (and way too much beer) we used to have with her.

The point of my sad story? We need to get the ole girl sailing again, and now I know the perfect place to take her...Marge Cline Whitewater Course in Yorkville, Illinois.

I came across this article on about a hidden kayak park in Illinois that's under 2 hours from Rockford, and I automatically began wondering where my water shoes are.

According to the City of Yorkville's website, the Marge Cline Whitewater Course is;

A new, state of Illinois recreational facility is centrally located in the heart of Yorkville's downtown just east of Route 47 on the south side of the Fox River.


The 1,100 foot-long bypass chute allows canoes, kayaks, and tubers to travel downstream safely around the Glen D. Palmer Dam without having to portage. It also provides a recreational amenity for kayakers to play in the river.


A 12 foot wide concrete path allows paddlers to walk their canoes, kayaks, or tubes back up the chute to travel down the chute again (motorized vehicles, bicycles, and skateboards are not allowed on the pathway).

Don't have a water vessel, but still want to check this whitewater course out? No worries. Canoes, kayaks, rafts and tubes are available to rent on site!

Get all the information you need to plan your next water adventure, here.

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