Sept. 6 canoe trip offered on the lower Sugar River

Online Staff Report

Canoeing and tubing is popular on the Sugar River from Albany to Brodhead. Not as many folks have explored the final stretch of the Sugar River before it empties into the Pecatonica. This scenic and remote route runs through several Illinois forest preserves and ends near Shirland.

The Lower Sugar Watershed Association (LSRWA) invites local canoeists and kayakers to join in a paddle through this interesting section of the Sugar River.

The paddle will be Saturday afternoon, Sept. 6. Meet at the Yale Bridge boat landing in Illinois at 1 p.m. Unload and shuttle vehicles to the end point at Two Rivers Forest Preserve boat landing on Shirland Road.

Paddle time on the river will be about two hours. This area of the Sugar River winds through mostly undeveloped Illinois state forest preserves and natural areas, with opportunities to see and hear many birds: heron, woodpeckers, eagles, cardinals and more. Toward the end of the route, several large Sycamore trees, with their distinctive, smooth, white bark, lean over the river. The trip ends at the confluence of two rivers, as you paddle under a picturesque truss bridge and into the Pecatonica River.

Bring your own equipment: canoes or kayaks, paddles, life jackets, water, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, snacks and binoculars. In case of rain, the trip will be rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, at the same time.

This trip is suitable for intermediate to advanced paddlers; not recommended for beginners. All paddlers will be required to wear PFDs. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver exempting the LSRWA of liability. Youth younger than 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the exemption form.

There is no cost to participate, but register for the trip by e-mailing Meredith Tripp at A map of the route, with put-in and take-out points will be e-mailed to you.

The Lower Sugar River Watershed Association is a volunteer organization dedicated to the care and enjoyment of water resources. E-mail or visit

Posted Sept. 3, 2014

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