Been itching to do this, anyone interested?. Figured to camp on river bank each day. Need to figure out how long this may take, all the dams, and locks and how to get back, lol.
Who is in for this ?..
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Posted by: redrocket on Dec-22-13 3:02 PM (EST)
There is a guy who did a stretch this summer. If you search you can find it on the forums. I have paddled from champaign, il to the gulf taking some small rivers then the wabash, ohio, Mississippi, and atchafaylia. While I have not done any of the illinois river I do have some experience on industrial rivers. If you have any questions I would be happy to answer to the best of my limited knowledge. I have found that camping has not been a major issue. I just set up at dusk and was out of there at first light. I have camped in some pretty sketchy spots. Water is an issue. I would not filter the water on those rivers. I always carried a lot of water. Hours on the water translates into miles. I always stayed in the canoe for around 10-12 hours. You can get fifty a day if you hit it hard. Barges are not a real problem. The ones you have to look out for are the tug boats or jerks in john boats. Good luck I would love to see some pictures and hear how it goes.
Posted by: redrocket on Dec-22-13 3:10 PM (EST)
its under Chicago to St. Louis in the wilderness forum. Might be some useful stuff there.
Posted by: redrocket on Dec-29-13 3:54 PM (EST)