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The beautiful Kankakee RiverThe Kankakee River takes a leisurely path from its origin near South Bend, Indiana, to a point near Wilmington, Illinois, where it joins the DesPlaines River to form the Illinois River. Long acclaimed as one of the cleanest rivers in the Midwest, the Kankakee is a gentle Class I river ideal for first-time canoeists. It provides an interesting variety of water conditions. Suitable for persons of all ages (minimum age 3 and minimum weight 35 pounds), from pre-teens to senior citizens, a canoe trip on the Kankakee is a relaxing change of pace with constantly shifting scenic views and opportunities to observe many creatures in their natural habitats. Sorry, canoe trips are not suitable for pets–please leave them at home. Tips for Paddlers.

Trip 1 - 2016 Prices
Group of Canoers The most popular of our trips provides a 12-mile journey through sweeping river bends in the scenic stretch from the City of Kankakee to the Kankakee River State Park. The “Indian Caves,” a limestone canyon on the Perry Farm park at Bourbonnais, is a popular stop for shore exploration. Average paddling time for this trip is 3 to 5 hours.

$68 for canoes
$78 for double kayaks
$46 for a single kayak
(3rd person over 12 is an additional $15; 3rd person under 12 FREE)

Trip 2 - 2015 Prices
This trip is a shorter version of Trip 3, for those who want to spend only 2 to 3 hours on the river. The put-in point is at the Illinois 17 crossing of the river; pickup is at Aroma Park, six miles downstream. Tree-lined banks and broad stretc2es of sparkling water make this a pleasant outing.


$62 for canoes
$72 for double kayaks
$40 for a single kayak
(3rd person over 12 is an additional $15; 3rd person under 12 FREE)


Trip 3 - 2015 Prices
Kayaker Although this trip is equal in mileage to Trip 1, it will take somewhat longer to negotiate the distance. The first half of the 12-mile stretch from Momence to Aroma Park is studded with numerous small islands and meanders through narrow channels, providing a very scenic trip. Numerous sandbars along the way are inviting spots for swimming breaks. Average paddling time is 4 to 6 hours.


$68 for canoes
$78 for double kayaks
$46 for a single kayak
(3rd person over 12 is an additional $15; 3rd person under 12 FREE)

Complete Service

  • All necessary basic equipment–canoes, paddles, and lifejackets
  • Large free parking area for cars, vans, and buses.
  • Bus or van transportation for the party and equipment to the trip’s starting point.
  • Timely pickup and return to headquarters at the trip’s end.

Reed’s Canoe Trips reserves the right to cancel or substitute any trip due to weather, unsafe water conditions, or any other reason we deem necessary as management.

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907 N. Indiana Ave. Rt. 50, Kankakee, IL 60901
Call for information or reservations:
(815) WE CANOE (932-2663)