The Forest Preserve offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities at locations throughout Will County.
Canoeing and Kayaking Regulations
All persons in a canoe or kayak must wear a personal flotation device at all times.
Swimming, wading, and float tubes are prohibited. Persons must be entirely secured in watercraft.
A launch pass (daily or seasonal) is required to launch a canoe or kayak at Monee Reservoir. No launch pass is required at other locations.
Additional regulations apply. For more information, download the District's General Use Ordinance No. 124
or call 815.727.8700.Canoeing and Kayaking Programs
Canoeing and kayaking programs are offered seasonally at select preserves. Visit the Event Calendar
for program listings.
Canoeing and Kayaking LocationsDownload a map of the northeastern Illinois water trails.
Canoe/kayak launches are available at four of the Forest Preserve's fishing lakes: Whalon Lake in Naperville, Rock Run Rookery Preserve in Joliet, Lake Chaminwood Preserve in Minooka, and Monee Reservoir.
Canoe/kayak launches are also available at the following preserves for access to local rivers:
Canoes and kayaks are available for rental at Monee Reservoir
. Canoes and kayaks are rented on a first-come, first-served basis and are available May 1-September 30. With a rental, life vests, oars, and paddles are included.Photograph Courtesy of Margie Walsh