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Happy Canoers Kickapoo Landing
in Kickapoo State Park
Oakwood, IL 217.446.8399

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Kickapoo Canoers Paddling On The Middle Fork of the Vermilion River

The only National Scenic River in Illinois!

Kinny's Ford to Kickapoo State Park — 13 miles Pass through woods and meadows, sandbars and shale bluffs. Enjoy the scenic river and see plenty of wildlife. This trip starts in the Middle Fork State Fish and Wildlife Area and ends in Kickapoo State Park. Allow 6 — 8 hours under normal water conditions. The last shuttle is at noon.

Bunker Hill to Kickapoo State Park — 8 miles

Our most popular trip!! This is the lower 8 miles of the Kinny's Ford to Kickapoo State Park trip. You’ll see plenty of wildlife and lots of scenery. There are sand and gravel bars that make good picnic areas and rest stops along the way. Allow 3 — 4 hours under normal water conditions. Shuttles for this trip leave frequently.

Lake/River Combo

Paddle three lakes and a two-mile section of the Middle Fork. Your trip will start on Sportsman’s Lake, take you on the Middle Fork, then to Clear Lake with a connection to the Inland Sea. You’ll end at our dock on Clear Lake. A perfect way to experience both river and lake paddling! Shuttles for this trip leave frequently.

How to Paddle

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River Gauge

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