Being located on one of the biggest freshwater bodies of water in the world does have its privileges. Lake Michigan is the obvious destination for Chicago-area paddlers, and it’s certainly a great resource to have in your backyard.
The Chicago River offers a spectacular view of the city from below. It’s one of the best ways to explore Chicago’s architecture and get a view of the city unlike any other.The Fox River in the far western suburbs is in some ways the perfect paddling destination. It’s a big river, starting in Wisconsin, which enters Illinois and becomes part of the Chain of Lakes. From there it continues south as a banked river once again, and about four miles reaches the McHenry Dam, the first of 13 dams that make life difficult for paddlers as the river eventually reaches the Illinois River in Ottawa, Ill. Those 13 dams are what keep the Fox from being a perfect destination, but it’s still worth a trip.