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Illinois whitewater, Tomahawk Creek

La Salle county, Troy Grove Blacktop to Little Vermilion section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     2.8 miles
  The wonderful La Salle County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Tomahawk Creek make the trip here worthwhile. The Troy Grove Blacktop to Little Vermilion stretch of Tomahawk Creek in La Salle County is 2.8 miles long and it is classified as a class II section by American Whitewater. The put-in is not too far from Ottawa-Streator, as you can see on the road map further down. This river system has a few good paddling sections and
    the Troy Grove Blacktop to Little Vermilion section is one of them. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. This section is quite short so better bring some good walking
shoes. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The average Illinois whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. Lodging is available near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping  
in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
MatthiessenState Park is a great site to pop by on a lovely day, and you'll meet a lot of folks from La Salle here. You undeniably must pop by Starved Rock State Park if you're here at Tomahawk Creek. The amount of precipitation that falls at Tomahawk Creek is close to the national average. The wettest month of the year is ordinarily May, that's the one that rains the most while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. All through the summer at Tomahawk Creek temperatures are usually in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures dip down into the 60's.

Tomahawk Creek, Troy Grove Blacktop to Little Vermilion 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 Tomahawk Creek.
 Whitewater Near Tomahawk Creek:
Tomahawk Creek, La Salle County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Troy Grove Blacktop to Little Vermilion)
Little Vermilion River, La Salle County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 6.5 miles long (N3179 Road to IandM Canal)
Bailey Creek, La Salle County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 1.5 miles long (N2300 Road to Vermilion River)
Cedar Creek, La Salle County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 5.9 miles long (Cedar Creek Road to Peru Bottom Road)
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 Tomahawk Creek:
Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park, Illinois , 67 miles away, 180 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Villa Olivia, Illinois , 68 miles away, 180 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Four Lakes, Illinois , 72 miles away, 100 foot drop, 7 lifts, 7 runs
Grand Geneva, Wisconsin , 79 miles away, 211 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Alpine Valley, Wisconsin , 83 miles away, 388 foot drop, 14 lifts, 20 runs
Wilmot mountain, Wisconsin , 84 miles away, 260 foot drop, 11 lifts, 25 runs
Highlands of Olympia, Wisconsin , 97 miles away, 205 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin , 99 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
 Marinas Near Tomahawk Creek:
Spring Valley Boat Club, Spring Valley , 10 miles away
Starved Rock Marina, Ottawa , 10 miles away
Starved Rock Yacht Club, Ottawa , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Tomahawk Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites PERU - LASALLE AREA, Peru , 3 miles away
Quality Inn Peru, Peru , 3 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Peru, Peru , 4 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Peru IL, Peru , 4 miles away
La Quinta Inn Peru Starved Rock State Park, Peru , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tomahawk Creek:
Hickory Hollow Campground, Utica, 4 miles away
Lasalle/Peru KOA, Utica, 5 miles away
Utica KOA Kampground, Utica, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tomahawk Creek:
MatthiessenState Park, Illinois , 6 miles away
Starved Rock State Park, Illinois , 7 miles away
Buffalo Rock Park & Effigy Tumuli State Park, Illinois , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tomahawk Creek:
South Bluff Golf Course, La Salle , 2 miles away
Spring Creek Golf Course, Spring Valley , 9 miles away
Edgewood Golf Course, Mc Nabb , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Tomahawk Creek
Spring Lake, La Salle , 20 miles away
Hormel Ponds, Bureau , 20 miles away

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