Paddle The Pecatonica River Water Trail


Beware of log jams blocking the
Pecatonica River
known log jams;

March 5, 2020
Blocked half way between
Tutty's Crossing and VFW
or 1 1/2 mile downstream from Tuttys Crossing
Report blockages to
Wednesday Oct 30, 2019
The floating boat dock and kayak launch has been removed
on Yellow Creek in Krape Park, Freeport, IL for the winter.
The best advice for boating when the waters are in flood stage is: ?Don?t.?

Check out The Pecatonica River Depth and Cubic Feet per Second
at Freeport, Illinois 
click here.
Freeport flood stage is     13 feet
Illinois Water Usage Stamps
are no longer required
as of June 1, 2018.
The Law.
If your watercraft is human powered,
it does not need to be registered or stamped
in Illinois.
Our 2 EZ kayak launches
have been removed for the winter.
McConnell Bobtown Landing,
McNeil's Damascus Landing.
Pecatonica River Map

Landing info -   updated     October 9, 2019
Brewster's Landing - concrete boat ramp, could be muddy.
McConnell Bobtown Landing - floating boat dock and kayak EZ launch
has been removed for the winter.
The floating boat dock with EZ kayak launch
has been removed for the winter. 

Wes Block Trail Head  -  un-improved with concrete rip/rap on river bank.   
Tutty's Crossing
Concrete boat ramp -
floating boat dock with
kayak launch
has been removed for the winter. 
Hancock Marina - concrete boat ramp, could be muddy.

Ridott Fishing Park  -  mud river bank.
Atten's Landing  -  mud river bank.   

Freeport Taxi - more shuttle options

Cold Water   Paddle Smart   Fast Water
Paddle Smart
Remember, paddle safe - 120 degrees -
Water Temp PLUS Air Temp
Rent or test paddle a canoe or kayak
Camping & Paddling on our  
Pecatonica River Water Trail click here

  Pretzel City, Freeport,llinois 

But Mrs Mikes Chips are very good also.

If every paddler would teach
4 new people how to paddle every year,
the world would be a better place.

Thank You

Concrete Picnic Tables
We installed 6 Concrete Picnic Tables at Atten's Landing this summer.
Thanks to a Grant from the Freeport Community Foundation, Freeport, Illinois.
These are exposed aggregate concrete tables, which weigh over 1100 pounds

and can survive flooding.  These beautiful tables are placed on concrete slabs.

    2 of the 6 Picnic tables
 at Atten's Landing

Welcome to Stephenson County Illinois 
Pecatonica River Water Trail  --- map
home of
Illinois'  Friendliest  Paddle

1/2 mile trip up to 100 miles, with lots of choices in between.
Come to Freeport and enjoy your 1 or 2 week vacation paddling our
15 Water Trails on our Pecatonica River,
resting in our local motels,
 and dining in our 69 local restaurants.
   Check out The Pecatonica River Depth and Cubic Feet per Second
at Freeport, Illinois 
click here.
Freeport flood stage is       13 feet
Check out The Pecatonica River depth at Martintown, Wi    click here.
Martintown flood stage is       13.5 feet
Check out the Pecatonica River at Shirland, Illinois   click here.
Shirland flood stage is       11 feet
Check out The East Branch of Pecatonica River
depth at Blanchardville, Wi  click here.
Blanchardville flood stage is       12 feet
Trip #1 - 6.2 miles - Brewster Landing to McConnell Bobtown Landing                
Trip #2 - 7.9 miles - McConnell Bobtown Landing to McNeil's Damascus Landing
Friendliest  Paddle
Trip #3 - 8 miles - McNeil's Damascus Landing to Wes Block Trail Head             
Trip #4 - 6.2 miles - Wes Block Trail Head to Tutty's Crossing in Freeport             
Trip #5 - 1/2 mile - Tutty's Crossing to Hancock Ave Boat Ramp                          
2.8 miles - Tutty's crossing to VFW      pic - VFW boat ramp                        
Trip #6 - 16 miles - Hancock Ave Boat Ramp to Ridott Fishing Park                      
Trip #7 - 7 miles - Ridott Fishing Park to Atten's Landing                                      
Trip #8 - 7 miles - Atten's Landing to Pecatonica Village Park                                

  G0 learn to paddle in a lake;
Lake Le Aqua Na, Lena, IL  map
or paddle Yellow Creek in Krape Park, Freeport, IL
Go to map for pin-point location.       
This web site is intended to provide information for human powered watercraft.
Support The Illinois Paddling Council
The Illinois Paddling council is dedicated to promoting the safe enjoyment
of all phases of canoeing and kayaking in Illinois,
to assure access to the state's waters,
and to protect and preserve the natural resources within the state.

Join the Prairie State Canoeists for paddling trips.
Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation   
Builders of the Pecatonica River WaterTrail


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