Following the success of NWIPA’s Kankakee River Sandhill Crane Paddle, a new coalition
has formed to establish a National Water Trail of 133 miles on the Kankakee River.
From the headwaters near South Bend Indiana to it’s confluence with the Illinois
River near Joliet Illinois, a water trail on this historic waterway will serve recreational
paddlers and scouting organizations alike. The National Water Trail designation will
spur the creation of paddler-friendly access sites and facilities, including camping
sites with river access.
Much work needs to be done in a short time, but this bi-state coalition is enthusiastically
moving forward with plans of a Trail Dedication early next year.
We need letters of support from stakeholders along the River, especially those individuals
and organizations owning proposed and current access sites. This site will be the
resource for anyone wanting to help this important project, or for those just wanting
to learn more about the water trail.
If you’d like to help create a National Water Trail on the Kankakee River, please
contact Dan Plath by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, to find out what you can do to help!