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Upper Des Plaines River Paddle and Clean Up

September 12, 2015 | 9:00am


Join us for a clean up of the Upper Des Plaines River. Tools including grabbers, garbage bags, and gloves will be provided and all participants are invited to a picnic lunch afterwards, beginning at 1:30pm at Dam 1 Woods, a part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

There are four ways to participate:

1. On the water in Cook County--Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Dam 1 Woods

Join us as we paddle and clean up the Upper Des Plaines River water trail, from the Dam 1 Woods Boat Launch. This event is open to individuals, groups, and families with children ages five and up. Bring your own canoe or use one provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. A limited number of boats are available to loan. Canoe instruction is provided.

To reserve your spot and for exact directions to the meet-up location, call 708-386-4042 x23 or email experience.nature@cookcountyil.gov.  

 

2. On the land in Cook County-- Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Dam 1 Woods

Join us as we clean up the land trails along the Upper Des Plaines River at Dam 1 Woods.  This event is open to individuals, groups, and families. 

To reserve your spot and for exact directions to the meet-up location, call 708-386-4042 x23 or email experience.nature@cookcountyil.gov.  

 

3. On the water in Lake County—Village of Lincolnshire’s Rivershire Park, 45 Londonderry Lane in Lincolnshire, IL

Experienced paddlers with their own boats and gear will paddle and clean up the Upper Des Plaines River water trail from the Rivershire Park Boat Launch.  To register contact Rob Ratz at scootred1996@yahoo.com

 

4. On the land in Lake County—Lake County Forest Preserves’ Half Day Woods, 24255 N. Hwy 21, Mudelein, IL

Join us as we clean up the land trails along the Upper Des Plaines River at Half Day Woods.  This event is open to individuals, groups, and families. 

To register contact Bill Sullivan at sullyw2@comcast.net

 

This clean up is a joint effort of Illinois Water TrailKeepers (a partnership of Openlands and the Illinois Paddling Council), the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and Lake County Forest Preserves. Support is provided by REI, the Upper Des Plaines River Ecosystem Partnership, the American Canoe Association, River Network, American Rivers, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, Sweetwater Brewing, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. 

 

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