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Illinois whitewater, Bear Creek

Adams county, CR900E to Highway 96 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     4.5 miles
Bear Creek and access to it is private property. Do not trespass. Says Dave Doyle

This sight is great. However I cant seem how to book an outing for my empoyees. Is there some sort of sevice that provides tubes, rafts, and lifejackets? Says Jennifer

If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Illinois you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers
    in this state are less demanding. If you're coming from Quincy it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. You might be into whitewater
rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you won't find a large number of other spots. The scenic beauty of Adams County and the water flowing gracefully down Bear Creek beats anything. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This section of Bear Creek in Illinois is 4.5 miles long  
and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're stopping by Bear Creek from Lima, you won't be the only one, and Wakonda State Park is a good location to stretch your legs a bit. For the duration of the warmest time of the year, highs mostly are in the 80's at Bear Creek, and the night is quite cooler of course, typically in the 60's.

Bear Creek, CR900E to Highway 96 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 Creek.
 Whitewater Near Bear Creek:
Bear Creek, Adams County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.5 miles long (CR900E to Highway 96)
Cedar Creek, Adams County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1 miles long (Parker Heights Entrance at 5th St to Bob Bangart Park)
Fall Creek, Adams County, 19 miles away
      Class I-IV - 2 miles long (End of Gorge Trail to Parking Lot)
North River, Marion County, 28 miles away
      Class I(II) - 17 miles long (Mo. County Road 530 to Highway 61 bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Bear Creek:
Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park, Illinois , 80 miles away, 262 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Hidden Valley, Missouri , 98 miles away, 250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Bear Creek:
Art Keller Marina, Quincy , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Bear Creek:
Holiday Inn QUINCY, Quincy , 11 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Quincy, Quincy , 11 miles away
Comfort Inn Quincy, Quincy , 11 miles away
Quincy Inn And Suites, Quincy , 11 miles away
Hampton Inn Quincy, Quincy , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bear Creek:
Whispering Oaks Campgrounds, Mendon, 6 miles away
Bear Creek, Canton, 9 miles away
Valley View Mobile Home Park, Quincy, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bear Creek:
Wakonda State Park, Missouri , 13 miles away
Battle of Athens State Park, Missouri , 35 miles away
Geode State Park, Iowa , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bear Creek:
Keokuk Country Club, Keokuk , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Bear Creek
Lakeshore Hills Lake, Adams , 12 miles away

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