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Illinois whitewater, Covel Creek

La Salle county, E.18th Road to Highway 71 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     6.5 miles
Did the run last weekend, passable few low spots that were tough to pass. Rapids were pretty good. Says Brian

If you're coming from Ottawa-Streator it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The E.18th Road to Highway 71 stretch of Covel Creek is 6.5 miles long and it is classified as a class II section by American Whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting
    or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system,
the E.18th Road to Highway 71 section is one of them. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. There's camping available near Covel Creek. No need to look hard for hotels, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The beautiful scenery of Illinois and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here.

Briefly about the general
A trip to Buffalo Rock Park & Effigy Tumuli State Park revives the soul, and the cheerful folks of Ottawa like to hang out close by. Illini State Park is a perfect place to go if you're at Covel Creek. Covel Creek gets a common amount of annual rainfall. May is the month that gets the most rain while February is frequently the driest month. For the period of the warm days of summer at Covel Creek highs are typically in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures sink down into the 60's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 20's while the cold winter nights at Covel Creek are in the 10's.

Covel Creek, E.18th Road to Highway 71 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 Covel Creek.
 Whitewater Near Covel Creek:
Covel Creek, La Salle County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 6.5 miles long (E.18th Road to Highway 71)
Vermilion River, La Salle County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.7 miles long (NW of Highway 178 to Oglesby Cutoff)
Bailey Creek, La Salle County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 1.5 miles long (N2300 Road to Vermilion River)
Tomahawk Creek, La Salle County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Troy Grove Blacktop to Little Vermilion)
Little Vermilion River, La Salle County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 6.5 miles long (N3179 Road to IandM Canal)
Cedar Creek, La Salle County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 5.9 miles long (Cedar Creek Road to Peru Bottom Road)
Spring Creek, La Salle County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.2 miles long (1600N Road to Rail Road bridge above Illinois River confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Covel Creek:
Villa Olivia, Illinois , 57 miles away, 180 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park, Illinois , 58 miles away, 180 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Four Lakes, Illinois , 58 miles away, 100 foot drop, 7 lifts, 7 runs
Grand Geneva, Wisconsin , 75 miles away, 211 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Wilmot mountain, Wisconsin , 77 miles away, 260 foot drop, 11 lifts, 25 runs
Alpine Valley, Wisconsin , 80 miles away, 388 foot drop, 14 lifts, 20 runs
Highlands of Olympia, Wisconsin , 96 miles away, 205 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
 Marinas Near Covel Creek:
Starved Rock Yacht Club, Ottawa , 6 miles away
Starved Rock Marina, Ottawa , 6 miles away
Spring Brook Marina, Seneca , 16 miles away
Anchor in Marina, Seneca , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Covel Creek:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Ottawa Starved Rock Area, Ottawa , 4 miles away
Super 8 Ottawa Starved Rock, Ottawa , 4 miles away
Quality Inn Ottawa, Ottawa , 4 miles away
Hampton Inn Ottawa IL, Ottawa , 4 miles away
Comfort Inn Ottawa, Ottawa , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Covel Creek:
Troll Hollow Campground, Marseilles, 9 miles away
Ayers Landing Canoes, Wedron, 9 miles away
Starved Rock State Park, Utica, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Covel Creek:
Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, Lockport - IL , 60 miles away
Buffalo Rock Park & Effigy Tumuli State Park, Illinois , 4 miles away
Illini State Park, Illinois , 9 miles away
Starved Rock State Park, Illinois , 9 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Covel Creek:
Pine Hills Golf Club, Ottawa , 1 miles away
Dayton Ridge Golf Club, Ottawa , 2 miles away
Streator City Municipal Golf Course Anderson Field, Streator , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Covel Creek
Spring Lake, La Salle , 9 miles away

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