Launch a Paddling Adventure on the Fox River Using Online Maps!
Whether it's planning an overnight paddling trip from Wisconsin to Illinois, or simply a day trip within Kane County, maps and canoe/kayak launch locations are available using the Fabulous Fox! Water Trail (FFWT) website.
Paddlers can find information about canoe or kayak water access sites at https://fabulousfoxwatertrail.org, by simply typing in the city in the search function. In addition, downloadable maps are available for 14 segments along the Fox River, and include many paddling itineraries. Visit https://fabulousfoxwatertrail.org/itineraries/ to see detailed information including number of miles, difficulty, approximate time to finish and interesting features along the route.
There is also information about vehicle access, fees, where to rent a canoe or kayak, and amenities provided at launch access locations such as restrooms, shelters, picnicking, playgrounds and biking.
“In addition, there is detailed information and links to natural, cultural and historical sites as well as eateries and shops," said Karen Miller, executive planner of the Kane County Development Department. “Seasonal festivals are starting and paddling is a fun way to get there while enjoying the flora and fauna along the Fox River! Check your local chamber of commerce or convention and visitor's bureau for details."
Miller also recommends checking the weather forecast on the day you decide to go out on the water and to read the safety information for paddlers, including the link to the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) streamflow and the IDNR (Illinois Department of Natural Resources) located on the website. Some access sites might be busier than others, especially on the weekend, so paddlers should plan to get there early.
The Fabulous Fox! Water Trail runs from Waukesha County, Wisconsin to the confluence with the Illinois River in Ottawa, Illinois and provides 80 access sites for the public to enjoy quiet and active recreation, scenic beauty and abundant wildlife found on the Fox River