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Fall Paddle Festival

people in a canoe on Wampum Lake

Date & Time:

Sat, Oct 12 • 1 pm - 4 pm


Tower Road Boat Launch
Tower Rd, west of Forestway Dr
Cook County, IL 60093 (view web map)
(near Winnetka)


Embrace the fall season with nature-based activities on and off the water. Paddle in a canoe, kayak, or take a group trip in a Voyageur Canoe with Wilderness Inquiry.  Try your hand at archery, pumpkin painting, nature play with BackYard Nature Center, and more.

There will also be a raffle for boat package that includes a kayak, paddle, spray skirt from L.L. Bean, a certificate for a personal flotation device from Rocktown Adventures, and a two-hour private paddling lesson from Northwest Passage. Sponsored by the Illinois Paddling Council to benefit the Forest Preserves’ Youth Paddling program. Canoe spots are limited.



  • 708-386-4042
  • experience.nature@cookcountyil.gov