Hennepin Canal Only!
GPS LOCATION = 2500 First Ave Rock Falls, IL/ Turn West off of Rt 40 quick left, South down to Canal Parking Lot. No restrooms or water at this site!
Pricing = 10 Dollars Pr Hr Minimum 2 Hr Rental Per Kayak
Approx 15 minutes of Instruction & Training Included
Due to size and weight limits of my 10ft Sit On Tops and Sit Inside kayaks
Weight Limits** 250lbs or less pr Kayak
Must be 18 Yrs or Older to Rent Kayaks
Life Jackets must be worn at all times
No Alcohol - No Pets - No Drugs
No One Under 18 Is Allowed Without Parents/No Guardians!
15 Yrs Old And Under Not Allowed At This Time, even with parents.
There may be some exceptions to the age rule depending on height, weight and maturity level and If parents are both experienced.
Daves Outdoor World Reserves The Right To Refuse Anyone!
You The Renter are responsible for kayak equipment
Damages will be collected upon return
Cash only, no change available.
paddles, Lifejackets and Kayaks will be delivered and picked up on the Hennepin.
Price = 25 dollars per trip per kayak
From Page Park In Dixon IL To Moonlight Bay in Sterling IL - 3 hours
Moonight Bay to Oppold Marina- 2.5 hours
You Must arrange for pickup of persons to and from.
Must be experienced kayaker, be able to demonstrate basic kayak maneuvers. Training & Instruction available from Dave on The Hennepin Canal prior to renting on the Rock River is available. 815-716-3366
Must be 21 or older for this trip, no one under 18 are allowed.
Weather and wind will play a part in determining if the kayak trip is available. Weight limits apply- 250lbs or under.
No getting out of boats along the way unless an emergencey.
Life Jackets must be worn at all times.
Mornings and late afternoons are reccommended.
Moonlight Bay Restaraunt is open for drinks and food from 11-11 on weekends and on weekdays from 3 to 9 on weekday evenings please call ahead to see if open.
Rock River Trail A National Water Trail / Illinois & Wisconsin
For more information about this trail go to
The Hennepin Canal Multi National Recreation Trail is in danger of closing, as Illinois and the Illinois Department Of Natural Resources are in financial troubles. In the last few years the Maintenance workers and care takers of this Great Historic Trail have been dwindling. At its peak of 13 workers for this 104 mile linear park it has 3 maintenance workers left. The bike trail is not in good shape and erosion, trees and weeds are taking it over. The water trail especially the feeder portion of the trail has many trees that have fallen in to the channel with more ready to go. While the workers are putting up a good fight for 3 men we are working to gain attention to this problem. This trail begins at the Rock River in Rock Falls & Sterling IL at the beginning of the Feeder Canal that runs 30 miles south into the main canal that goes East & West 75 miles. The Canal was opened in 1907 but was soon obsolete when the railroads began to take over. The Hennepin came along to late. Soon it was being used for recreational activities only. Illinois pumped in nearly 18 million dollars to pave most of the trails and other enhancements before financial difficulty set in or lack of interest. At some point many years ago the canal became just a trail. In the last couple years as kayaking has become one of the most popular sports along with biking we have once again began to realize this historic trails importance. I started biking and kayaking this feeder trail a few years ago. Soon I began to realize what a special place this was and the tourism and potential for money and business. I started Daves Outdoor World of kayaking and biking to promote and bring awareness to this great trail. This last year kayaking on the Hennepin was booming as more and more people took to the water. Soon because of social media exposure the Canal is back on the radar, but our work is not done. We need supporters and volunteers near and far to help us get the word out about this Historic Landmark and important piece of history, culture and people. Also seewww.Friends-hennepin-canal.org
Hennepin Canal, Rock Falls, IL Historic 104 mile Multi National Recreation Trail
For more information on this trail and my save the Hennepin Canal volunteer efforts, follow me on facebook at www.Facebook.com/Hennepinfeedercanal
I am proud to be a council member for this organization since about 2012. I was a part of the efforts as a volunteer to help to get this trail designated by the Department Of Interior in 2013. My efforts continue as we begin the promotional phase of this trail next year 2016. On the right side of this Paragragh is a direst feed of information from the Rock River Trail web site if you would like to read. On the left is the founders Frank Schier's newspaper out of Rockford IL. Take a read about the local news in Rockford and surrounding areas and national news, it is very very good. Below you will find the mission of the RRTI and other info.
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Rock River Trail Initiative Mission
The mission of the Rock River Trail Initiative is to establish and support a Rock River Water Trail along the 320-mile river course from the headwaters in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin,to the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois,and a separate Rock River Route on roads and trails within the river corridor to provide access for all to the natural resources, recreational opportunities, scenic beauty and historic and cultural assets of the Rock River Valley.
Rock River Trail Initiative Vision
The Rock River Trail Initiative envisions a commonality of interests in and respect for the Rock River that will result in active participation by a diverse and growing number of residents and visitors in recreational trails and transportation routes on and along the river, revitalized andPROSPEROUS river communities on a clean river and the enjoyment and appreciation by all of the scenic beauty, natural resources and historic and cultural assets of the Rock River Valley.
Role of the Rock River Trail Initiative Council
The role of the Council is to implement and sustain the Rock River Trail Initiative’s vision for a trail system within the Rock River corridor and to achieve the Initiative’s mission and goals through public and private partnerships.
The Rock River Trail is a local initiative to establish along the 320-mile river course, through Wisconsin and Illinois, a multi-use trail of recreational, scenic and historic interest and significance.
The Rock River Trail is a two-state, 11-county comprehensive effort, begun in 2010, which integrates public-private partnerships and intergovernmental cooperation to:
Establish the Rock River Water Trail and achieve designation as a state and national water trail,
Establish a scenic, recreational and historic route within the river corridor including the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route for motorists and the Rock River Trail Bike Route with hiking opportunities.
Promote ecotourism and recreational opportunities throughout the river corridor, including safe portage of the dams from Waupun, Wisconsin to Rock Island, Illinois,
Advocate toPROTECT , preserve and educate about our native American peoples, settlement cultural heritages and contributions of the river valley’s industrialists, agriculturalists, statesmen and visionaries to the American experience,
Contribute to improved water quality and an enhanced river ecosystem by supporting and advocating for natural resource conservation, stewardship and environmental planning and design.
Support economic development and revitalization of our river communities.
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Daves Outdoor World
Traveling in my Rv from a small town, Sterling, IL of about 15,000 to South Texas every year has been a lot of fun. Pulling my 35 foot Flagstaff V-Lite travel trailer with my 2008 Ford E-350 5.4 liter Extended Van, I have had to make some modifications but pulls the camper down the road very well. I put Bilstein heavy duty shocks, Helwig sway bar on the van, Bully Dog GT Tuner and a K&N cold air intake. You do not see many Vans pulling 35 foot travel trailers. I have a few more modifications to add and will be set. Trans cooler, extra cooling fan and rear air shocks in the back. The 2013 Forest River Flagstaff V-Lite has been a great camper and have had no problems. We picked it up new in Galveston Texas and been happy ever since. I have learned a lot about campers over the last few years and want to share my experiences with other new Rvers. There really is a lot to take in before you begin to travel in your Rv. I was a manager of an Rv park on Lake Conroe for a cpl years and learned a lot in that time. You can and will learn a lot from other campers if you listen to their stories. We are starting to build our stories also as we travel, so far everything has been pretty good. If you are traveling full time you will need to know how to do things yourself. There is regular maintenance that needs to be done to the camper. A few things I learned that were important are
1. do not overload your camper or pulling vehicle.
2. Check your tires regularly and make sure you have proper pressure.
3. Level your camper before using your slides, very important for many reasons.
4. Roll awning in before you leave any where.
5. Electrical surge protecter, has saved me many times.
6. Water Pressure regulator
7. 50 amp to 30 amp connector
8. Two heavy gauge extension cords
9. Dehumidifier, the best is a Frigidair 70 pints, air filtration and heats the air.
Those are just some of the accessories that you will need. These are the ones that I was not told about and found that I needed. Check out Rv Traveler facebook page more more tips and information.
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Daves Outdoor World is your guide to outdoor recreation fun. Follow us as we travel in our Rv from Illinois to Texas exploring campgrounds, bike trails, kayaking and capturing photos of the great outdoors & wildlife. My name is Dave and I am a writer, photogragher, Rv traveler and outdoor recreationalist who loves the outdoors. Follow me on my blog or at Blog=www.davesoutdoorworlds.blogspot.com
Daves Outdoor World of kayaking, biking and camping hometown is located in Sterling, Illinois. Home of the Historic Hennepin Canal Trail some 104 miles of biking and kayaking. Other trails in the area are the Rock River National Water Trail a two state effort between Wisconsin and Illinois of some 320 miles. The Rock River Trail system is also a multi trail system of a Auto road route, kayak & canoe trail and a bike trail. I have been fortunate enough to be a volunteer for both of these trails and a council & board member. Here along these trails in the Sterling, Rock Falls & Dixon towns are plenty of biking, kayaking and camping. During the spring and summer there are many get togethers and group recreation events. You can follow the events and activities through many of my social media outlets and web sites. Just click on the Daves Outdoor Worlds link at the top of page to the right under the large pictures to follow me on these social media sites. During the Spring & Summer in Illinois is where you will find Daves Outdoor World. In the late fall and winter you will find Daves Outdoor World in Tennessee & Texas. Daves Outdoor World is active in kayaking, biking, electric biking, electric boating, tent camping and Rving in our Flagstaff travel trailer. So come follow us as we travel in our Rv discovering campgrounds, biking trails, wildlife and more. Connect with me personally at www.Facebook.com/Davedruen