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Illinois whitewater, Lusk Creek

Pope County county, Lusk Creek Canyon section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     4.5 miles
  The average Illinois whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. This section of Lusk Creek in Illinois is 4.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-III section. The nature scenery of Pope County County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far.
    The starting location is a reasonable drive from Harrisburg, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Lusk Creek Canyon section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system.
You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with not too many other places for that. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you don’t have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. A bit of exercise and a  
chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Eddyville love to come to Lusk Creek, and going for a hike along the River to River Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. A visit to Lusk Creek wouldn’t be complete without a spree to nearby Shawnee National Forest; Lusk Creek is close to Dog Hollow which is positively worth stopping at. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. Have a good hiking adventure along the River to River Trail. At Lusk Creek through the warmest time of the year highs are in the 80's, and all through the night it cools down to the 60's.

Lusk Creek, Lusk Creek Canyon 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 Lusk Creek.
 Whitewater Near Lusk Creek:
Lusk Creek, Pope County County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Lusk Creek Canyon)
Bear Branch, Pope County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Bridge to Lusk Creek)
 Marinas Near Lusk Creek:
Golconda Marina, Golconda , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Lusk Creek:
Super 8 Harrisburg, Harrisburg , 12 miles away
Quality Inn Harrisburg, Harrisburg , 12 miles away
River Rose Inn Bed And Breakfa, Elizabethtown , 16 miles away
Holiday Inn Express METROPOLIS, Metropolis , 22 miles away
Travelodge Metropolis, Metropolis , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lusk Creek:
Bear Branch Campground, Eddyville, 4 miles away
Thirty Four Ranch Campground, Herod, 5 miles away
Williams Hill Pass OHV Park, Harrisburg, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Lusk Creek:
River to River Trail, Pope , 2 miles away
River to River Trail, Pope , 10 miles away
River to River Trail, Saline , 11 miles away
River to River Trail, Saline , 11 miles away
Beaver Trail, Gallatin , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lusk Creek:
Shawnee National Forest, Illinois , 4 miles away
Kentucky Dam Village State Park, Kentucky , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lusk Creek:
Saline County Golf & Country Club, Eldorado , 17 miles away
Lake of Egypt Country Club, Marion , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Lusk Creek
Lake Glendale, Pope , 11 miles away
Berkel Lake, Saline , 13 miles away
Glen Jones Lake, Saline , 14 miles away

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