UPDATE 12/31/13, 3:15 pm. Bad news, canoeists! Since our last test run yesterday morning, conditions on the river have rapidly deteriorated. Significant portions of the river have iced over and are impassable. We are sorry to report that tomorrow’s New Year’s Day Paddle is officially CANCELLED. We strongly discourage paddlers from attempting the paddle on their own.
Ring in the New Year
with a Paddling Trip down the
North Branch of the Chicago River
Happy Canoe Year! On January 1, 2014, the Forest Preserves of Cook County will host the annual New Year’s Day Canoe Paddle down the North Branch of the Chicago River. Experienced paddlers are invited to participate in this free event, which begins below the Skokie Lagoons and finishes approximately four miles later in Linne Woods. In past years, more than 300 people have participated.