Paddle and Trail to offer paddle trips to Rockford’s City Market

Staff report

Friday afternoons this summer, Paddle and Trail is offering TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Friday) paddle trips in a variety of locations.

In Rockford, they offer “Paddle to the Market,” a unique paddle trip that starts with a leisurely paddle down the Rock River, and ends with a visit to the lively downtown City Market.

Trip participants will meet at Riverview Ice House parking lot, where the Paddle and Trail shuttle will meet them and take them to Sportscore One, the starting point of their paddle trip. They’ll paddle down the Rock River to the City Market, and when they arrive at the market, they can enjoy live music, check out the food and beverage stands, and spend time shopping at the various stalls at the market.

During June, Paddle and Trail will also offer free demo time from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the river near City Market, giving people an opportunity to test out their paddlesport products for free. The cost for the “Paddle to the Market” trip is $30 per person and includes boat rental, PFD, paddle and shuttle services. Reservations are required. Other TGIF paddle trips are planned on the Rock River in Beloit, Wis., and Edgerton, Wis., and on Turtle Creek in Shopiere, Wis.

Paddle and Trail also offers weekend rental and shuttle services at Rock River Rentals at Sinnissippi Park in Rockford, with paddling trip options on the Rock River, Kishwaukee and Pecatonica. Their trip schedule is available on their website at

Custom trips are also available for groups and companies. Group outings are fully customizable, including location, boat type, guided or unguided, and various catering-related options. All of Paddle and Trail’s trip guides are American Canoe Association certified.

A variety of boats are available for rent at Paddle and Trail stores in Beloit, Loves Park and Aurora, and their seasonal locations at Fins Bar and Grill in Edgerton and Sinnissippi Park in Rockford. The rentals include fishing kayaks, single and tandem kayaks and canoes, and pedal-powered kayaks, along with Trek bikes, stand-up paddleboards, Big Stick long boards and Cat Skis.

Reservations for rentals and paddle trips should be made in advance by calling toll-free at 855-752-9688. For those who would like to learn more about kayaking before going on a trip, lessons are offered by Paddle and Trail at various locations. The complete class and trip schedule can be found on Paddle and Trail’s website,

From the May 25-31, 2011 issue

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