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Illinois whitewater, Bear Branch

Pope county, Bridge to Lusk Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     4 miles
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The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Harrisburg, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The average Illinois whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The beautiful scenery of Pope County
    and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The Bridge to Lusk Creek section of Bear Branch is 4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater
a class III section of whitewater. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a pretty small number of paddling spots. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if  
you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The Bridge to Lusk Creek section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the River to River Trail is great fun, and when you're here it's always fun to go to Shawnee National Forest. During your journey to Bear Branch you'll meet some people from Eddyville for sure. Bear Branch is right by the River to River Trail. Bear Branch is a wet place that gets lots of precipitation. Through the month of March you get the most rain around here, and January on the other hand is the driest.

Bear Branch, Bridge to Lusk Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Bear Branch.
 Whitewater Near Bear Branch:
Bear Branch, Pope County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Bridge to Lusk Creek)
Lusk Creek, Pope County County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Lusk Creek Canyon)
 Marinas Near Bear Branch:
Golconda Marina, Golconda , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Bear Branch:
Super 8 Harrisburg, Harrisburg , 13 miles away
Quality Inn Harrisburg, Harrisburg , 13 miles away
River Rose Inn Bed And Breakfa, Elizabethtown , 18 miles away
Holiday Inn Express METROPOLIS, Metropolis , 21 miles away
Travelodge Metropolis, Metropolis , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bear Branch:
Bear Branch Campground, Eddyville, 2 miles away
Teal Pond Campground, Pope County, 6 miles away
Thirty Four Ranch Campground, Herod, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Bear Branch:
River to River Trail, Pope , 1 miles away
River to River Trail, Pope , 9 miles away
River to River Trail, Saline , 13 miles away
River to River Trail, Saline , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bear Branch:
Shawnee National Forest, Illinois , 5 miles away
Kentucky Dam Village State Park, Kentucky , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bear Branch:
Lake of Egypt Country Club, Marion , 17 miles away
Saline County Golf & Country Club, Eldorado , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Bear Branch
Lake Glendale, Pope , 9 miles away
Berkel Lake, Saline , 14 miles away
Glen Jones Lake, Saline , 15 miles away

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