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Illinois whitewater, Little Vermilion River

La Salle county, N3179 Road to IandM Canal section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(III)     6.5 miles
A buddy and I went down the Little Vermilion river last weekend. It was a great little stretch, we WAY underestimated it! There is something we found that might be worth mentioning... a lowhead dam, which could be very dangerous, particularly for someone who isn't expecting it. We portaged around it. Anyway, got some great photos (of the dam too). Says Caleb (see picture)

Hello what do I have to have in order to kayak the little vermillion
    river. Says Matthew Capes

The starting location is a short drive from Ottawa-Streator, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The scenic beauty of La Salle County and
the water flowing gracefully down Little Vermilion River will make you feel great. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. The campgrounds here at Little Vermilion River are pretty good. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. No shortage  
of good hotels, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the N3179 Road to IandM Canal stretch is one of them. The N3179 Road to IandM Canal section of Little Vermilion River in La Salle County is 6.5 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II(III) section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Little Vermilion River without visiting Starved Rock State Park; Little Vermilion River is a place with many visitors from La Salle. MatthiessenState Park is worth stopping at if you're at Little Vermilion River.

Little Vermilion River, N3179 Road to IandM Canal road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Little Vermilion River.
 Whitewater Near Little Vermilion River:
Little Vermilion River, La Salle County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 6.5 miles long (N3179 Road to IandM Canal)
Tomahawk Creek, La Salle County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Troy Grove Blacktop to Little Vermilion)
Cedar Creek, La Salle County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 5.9 miles long (Cedar Creek Road to Peru Bottom Road)
Bailey Creek, La Salle County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 1.5 miles long (N2300 Road to Vermilion River)
Spring Creek, La Salle County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.2 miles long (1600N Road to Rail Road bridge above Illinois River confluence)
Vermilion River, La Salle County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.7 miles long (NW of Highway 178 to Oglesby Cutoff)
Covel Creek, La Salle County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 6.5 miles long (E.18th Road to Highway 71)
 Ski Areas Near Little Vermilion River:
Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park, Illinois , 69 miles away, 180 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Villa Olivia, Illinois , 69 miles away, 180 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Four Lakes, Illinois , 73 miles away, 100 foot drop, 7 lifts, 7 runs
Grand Geneva, Wisconsin , 81 miles away, 211 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Alpine Valley, Wisconsin , 85 miles away, 388 foot drop, 14 lifts, 20 runs
Wilmot mountain, Wisconsin , 86 miles away, 260 foot drop, 11 lifts, 25 runs
Highlands of Olympia, Wisconsin , 99 miles away, 205 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin , 100 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
 Marinas Near Little Vermilion River:
Spring Valley Boat Club, Spring Valley , 9 miles away
Starved Rock Marina, Ottawa , 11 miles away
Starved Rock Yacht Club, Ottawa , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Little Vermilion River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites PERU - LASALLE AREA, Peru , 3 miles away
Quality Inn Peru, Peru , 3 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Peru, Peru , 3 miles away
La Quinta Inn Peru Starved Rock State Park, Peru , 3 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Peru IL, Peru , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Vermilion River:
Hickory Hollow Campground, Utica, 5 miles away
Lasalle/Peru KOA, Utica, 6 miles away
Utica KOA Kampground, Utica, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Vermilion River:
MatthiessenState Park, Illinois , 6 miles away
Starved Rock State Park, Illinois , 8 miles away
Buffalo Rock Park & Effigy Tumuli State Park, Illinois , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Vermilion River:
South Bluff Golf Course, La Salle , 1 miles away
Spring Creek Golf Course, Spring Valley , 8 miles away
Edgewood Golf Course, Mc Nabb , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Vermilion River
Hormel Ponds, Bureau , 19 miles away
Spring Lake, La Salle , 19 miles away
Wildwood Lake, Marshall , 20 miles away

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