2. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent
youth under 18 must have a one on one Instruction for 30 minutes before Daves Outdoor World will allow them to go in any situation. Cost is $15 or acknowledge and sign and verify that they have kayaked for more than 5 hrs in the last year, still must be accompanied by parents only, not just other adults over 18.
3. Must have a valid driver license and credit card with matching names.
4. Late return fees will apply, 25 dollars after 15 min late and 25 for each additional hour, will be charged to your credit card on file.
5. Kayaks and equipment not returned will be billed to credit card on file
Kayak=$500.00 Paddles=$50.00 Life Jacket=$50.00
Total of $600.00 dollars will be charged to credit card if not returned with in 24hrs
6. Damages to kayak, paddles, Life Jackets resulting in not being able to use will also be charged full price above to replace.
7. No Alcohol or Drug use and consumption is not allowed while renting kayaks from Daves Outdoor World.
8. Kayaks must stay on the Hennepin Feeder, unless other arrangements have been made with Dave.
9. Kayaks must be returned to point of entry where launched from unless Daves Outdoor World is picking you up.
10. Must sign a waiver of responsibility
11. It is recommended that you and your party watch the instructional and safety video on this page before entering the water and kayaking, especially if you are a beginner or under 18.
Rock River Trail, National Water Trail
… canoeing hundreds of miles of meandering streams and rivers … biking glacier-sculpted landscapes of prairie-covered sand dunes and towering limestone dells … learning about the Adena and Hopewell mound builders and the lost sites of Woodland Indian villages … bird watching at the internationally recognized wetland and bird sanctuary at the Horicon Marsh … marveling at Waupun’s End of the Trail sculpture and sculpture park … gathering along the award-winning riverfront in Beloit for music and recreation … driving through rich farm country and small towns … enjoying cultural events in the vibrant urban center of Rockford … bringing art and agriculture together at The Fields Project in Oregon … hiking to the Black Hawk Monument, Lorado Taft’s tribute to Native American cultures … camping along the river among the glacial drumlins of Dodge County … visiting Grand Detour’s blacksmith shop of John Deere’s pioneering steel plow … retracing the early steps of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.
A beautiful Rock River recreation trail that meanders down a gentle gradient to carry the water traveler and recreational enthusiast alike over 320 miles, from headwaters in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, to the mighty Mississippi River at the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa.
A Rock River scenic trail along public highways through the river corridor to convey the motorist, cyclist and pedestrian to the scenic natural beauty of the Rock River basin and to connect with other scenic trails including the Grand Illinois Trail and Hennepin Canal State Trail in Illinois and the Glacial Drumlin State Trail and Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin.
The heritage of human development along the river corridor memorialized in a Rock River historic trail, enticing the traveler to pause, learn and reflect on the rich panorama of human history in the river valley.
From the aboriginal peoples, explorers and early settlers to the industrialists, agriculturalists, statesmen and visionaries of more recent times, unique and significant contributions to the evolution of America have originated in the Rock River valley.
A commonality of interests and respect for the Rock River, conservation of natural resources in the river corridor and wise application of human talents will lead to revitalization of river communities and sustainable economic development for the benefit of present and future generations.
Local Area Trail Information, Places to visit
Prices vary depending on number of kayakers, distance for delivery of kayaks and time. Remember check the weather when planning trips. Wind on the Rock River can make kayaking conditions very difficult, depending on the direction it is blowing. Wind on the Hennepin Canal is normally not a factor, only in extreme windy condition.
1. Rental Prices - 10 dollars per hour and a minimum 2 hour rental
Life jackets, Paddles, 15 minutes approximate kayak instruction, kayak and delivery and pick up of kayaks are included in price.
2. You must find transportation for people.
3. No children under 15 without parents. Under strict certain conditions there can be some allowances.
4. NO ALCOHOL
5. One person per kayak only
6. Life jackets must be worn at all times!
7. Weight restrictions do apply for kayaks, 250 lbs or under are required per person.
8. Medical Conditions must have approval from a doctor and we do not recommend kayaking while using prescription drugs, heat from the intense sun can have adverse effects on some people taking prescription drugs.
9. Must be able to squat down to get into kayaks and get back out from a very low sitting position. Must be able to paddle using arm strength for extended periods of time in very hot sunny conditions with a life jacket on.
9. The majority of injuries are getting in and out of a kayak in slippery conditions.
While Daves Outdoor World would like to take everyone kayaking some people with medical conditions, physical handicaps and injuries pose a danger and risk for further injury to themselves and others helping them.
These Instructional videos should not be the only training you receive before you go into the water. Find a certified kayak or canoe instructor in your area when first beginning. Plan your trip, let someone know where, time of return, leave a number. Do your research of the water trail you will be on. Always wear a life Jacket at all times. Stay close to the banks or sides of the water trail. Stay clear of Dams and fast moving water rapids. Always as a beginner go with another person or persons, never go alone. Take plenty of water and sun screen and other protections from the outdoors. Always be prepared and be prepared for unsuspecting emergencies.
The water can be a very dangerous place, please take all precautions and stay alert...Have Fun and Enjoy The Great Outdoors!
Hennepin Canal Trail
Hennepin Feeder Canal, National Historic Multi Recreational Trail
Hennepin Canal Parkwayis a National Recreation Trail and provides many miles of trail recreation for biking, hiking, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and paddling along a historic canal corridor.
The Hennepin Canal Parkway is a linear corridor, roughly in the shape of an inverted “T” including a 66.3 mile east-west "mainline canal” and a 29.7 mile north-south “feeder canal.”The two corridors provide a total of 93.5 miles of bike trail, 172 miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trail, 90.9 miles of snowmobile trail, 73.6 miles of equestrian trail, and 95 miles open for canoeing. The Hennepin Canal Parkway represents a true multi-use trail system along a historic canal, which was the model for the Panama Canal.
The feeder is 30 miles long and is supplied by the Rock River. There are no portages along this stretch of the Feeder Canal. Large Culverts replaces the bridges over the canal, they are 12ft wide by about 8ft in height. large enough for a small pontoon of 8ft wide to go through, but be careful. At the beginning of the Feeder canal in Rock Falls IL the Guard Lock Gate still remains today and is not operational at this time but still in good shape. There are plans one day to rebuild this gate and make it operational so that you could portage through the gates 50 some mile to Geneseo. (See pictures) At the beginning of this 104 mile national Recreation Trail you have a boat launch area with parking lot and restrooms available. The Sinissippi walkway bridge connects the bike trail across the Rock River to Sterling trails and the historical Dillon Museum. Her at the beginning of the feeder is also 4 or 5 old lock tender buildings also well over 100 years old. As you go south down the trail there are parks and a future campground at Crystal Lake where you have a lake for swimming and a go cart track. Further down you have hotels and restaurants. Ronald Reagans birth place in Tampico is about 10 miles down the feeder and about 1.5 miles off the trail. At the end of the 30 mile feeder is the beginning of 75 miles of the main canal and the Visitors center run by the Illinois Department Of Natural Resources. Paddling this canal requires your own human power as there is little to no current. Beautiful breath taking scenery and a peaceful relaxing paddle is what you will experience.
Picnicking: Picnic tables are situated throughout the day use areas and main complex for your relaxation and enjoyment. Three shelters in the park’s main complex near Sheffield provide areas for group gatherings — the largest one can be reserved, so call ahead. Playground equipment will keep the kids busy while the grownups have a chance to chat. Drinking water is available at Locks 21 and 22, as well as the Visitor Center. Toilets are located at Locks 11, 17, 21, 22, 23 and 24; Bridges 14, 15 and 23, as well as the Visitor Center.
Hiking: An old towpath, originally intended but never used by animals for towing boats along the can’s main line and feeder routes, provides 155 miles of one-foot-after–the-other fun. Because you’re right next to the canal, you’ll get a great view of its locks and aqueducts, not to mention the animal life. The going is level and easy at the Hennepin. If you’re up to something more challenging, try the 4.5 mile trek in the main complex which is moderately difficult and gives you a broad taste of landscape from tall timber to grasslands to marsh. Hiking here is particularly satisfying in the fall, when nature works its wonders on the leaves.
Bicycling: Mountain bikes are recommended on the majority of the towpath, as most of it is grass. There is a 17-mile agricultural lime trail along the Feeder from Rock Falls to Bridge 56, which is an easy ride for any type of bicycle.
Fishing: It’s a well-kept secret, but fishing along the Hennepin is well worth the trip. Whether you’re angling for bluegill, crappie, walleye, or bass, 70 bridge or lock locations are available and the pools are stocked regularly.
Boating: There’s unlimited horsepower for boats (between bridge 37 and Lock 24) at the Hennepin, elsewhere it’s 10 horsepower. Take off on the launching ramp at the Visitor Center complex, Locks 21, 22 & 24, Route 82 north of Geneseo, Route 92, Route 78 north of Annawan, bridge 39, bridge 28 and bridge 45.
Canoeing: If canoeing is your sport, come ready for a workout! The waters are calm so back and arm power are required. The many locks are no longer operational and must be portaged (from Lock 21 east is particularly tough). For a great 1-2 day trip, begin at Rock Falls and continue to the Visitor Center.
Horseback Riding: Bring your own horse — there aren’t any stables in the area. Gallop to your heart’s delight along the corridor. Please stay out of the picnic areas and off the tow path between bridges 43 to 56 and Lock 30 to 32 in Milan.
Hunting : Take a shot at dove hunting during season at the park’s main complex. Or enjoy waterfowl hunting on Lake Sinnissippi near Rock River. More than 30 blind sites are awarded in an annual draw.
Winter Sports: When the snowflakes fall, break out the skis and go cross country on 4.5 miles of moderately difficult trail in the main complex or venture out onto the canal, but keep an eye out for the snowmobilers.
Hey, snowmobilers — the Hennepin boasts the longest snowmobile trail the state — 78 miles on the towpath. You can use the ice at your own risk, but pay heed to the locks, bridges and culverts where the ice is likely thinner than the rest of the canal.
If grace under your own power is more your style, bring your blades. There’s skating along the entire canal.
SPECIAL NOTE: No motorized vehicles, except for snowmobiles during designated times, are allowed on the towpath.
For the Disabled - The Visitor Center is accessible to the disabled, as is the largest picnic shelter at the park.