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Illinois whitewater, Fox River

DuPage Kane county, Batavia Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(IV)     0.05 miles
While there is limited whitewater, the Fox River has many put ins and take outs from just south of Elgin all the way to just north of the confluence of the Fox and the Illinois River. There are miles of quiet country scenery on the section of the river from Yorkville south (about 15 miles) There is an outfitter at the dam in Yorkville (Freeman's Sports)who rents canoes by the day and will provide shuttle service. There are sandstone cliffs near
    Sheridan. There are campgrounds along the river south of Yorkville for those who want to spend more than one day on the river. Be sure to be aware of where the dams are, they are dangerous. There are no dams south of Yorkville
except the Dayton Dam which is a hydroelectric dam that prevents passage beyond Wedron. Says Tom Ross

The put-in is not too far from Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Illinois are easier than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. This stretch of Fox River is 0.05 miles long
and has been rated as a class I-II(IV) section by American Whitewater. This is a very short section so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. Fox River doesn't have a lot of paddling sections, the Batavia Dam section is the only one. The natural beauty of DuPage/Kane County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. There are many good hotels to choose from, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Fox River, Batavia Dam 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 Fox River.
 Whitewater Near Fox River:
Des Plaines, Will County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Fishnet Rapids)
 Ski Areas Near Fox River:
Villa Olivia, Illinois , 10 miles away, 180 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park, Illinois , 15 miles away, 180 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Four Lakes, Illinois , 16 miles away, 100 foot drop, 7 lifts, 7 runs
Wilmot mountain, Wisconsin , 34 miles away, 260 foot drop, 11 lifts, 25 runs
Grand Geneva, Wisconsin , 39 miles away, 211 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Alpine Valley, Wisconsin , 46 miles away, 388 foot drop, 14 lifts, 20 runs
Highlands of Olympia, Wisconsin , 65 miles away, 205 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Little Switzerland, Wisconsin , 76 miles away, 200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Sunburst, Wisconsin , 85 miles away, 225 foot drop, 9 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Fox River:
Fox 14 Marina, Fox River Grove , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Fox River:
Indian Trail Beach, McHenry , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Fox River:
The Herrington Inn And Spa In Geneva IL, Geneva , 2 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Geneva , 2 miles away
Hotel Baker, Saint Charles , 3 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago St. Charles, Saint Charles , 3 miles away
Aurora Fox Valley Inn, Aurora , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Fox River:
Pratt's Wayne Woods, Wayne, 7 miles away
Blackwell Forest Preserve, Warrenville, 9 miles away
Burnidge and Paul Wolff Forest Co Preserve, Gilberts, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Fox River:
Beaver Dam Hiking and Cross-Country Ski Trail, Kendall , 19 miles away
Fox Ridge Nature Trail, Kendall , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Fox River:
Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, Lockport - IL , 24 miles away
Moraine Hills Park State Park, Illinois , 25 miles away
Goose Lake Prairie State Park, Illinois , 26 miles away
Chain O'Lakes State Park, Illinois , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Fox River:
Fox Valley Golf Course, Batavia , 0 miles away
Eagle Brook Country Club, Geneva , 2 miles away
Valley Green Golf Course, North Aurora , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Fox River
Nelson Lake, Kane , 5 miles away
Island Lake, Cook , 10 miles away
Keene Lake, Cook , 18 miles away

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