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Sangamon River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: May 2008
Nearest City: Monticello, IL
Difficulty: Moderate
Submitted by: Bruce E. Warren


Did a half day run in Mid-May on the Sangamon in Piatt County. This was in between the flooding stages which occurred in April and now again in Mid-June.

Put in at Lodge Park and took out on the far side of Allerton Park. River was in its banks and running smoothly; however, this river is not maintained for navigation, so there were 7 different spots where I had to dry (read: mud) portage, and a couple of other close calls where a canoe would have had to get out. Also, managed to fall in twice. Cold that time of year. Ambient air temp was mid-60's.

Leaves were just beginning to come out and there was minimal traffic, just two guys in bass boats and 4-5 fisherman on the banks. Loads of wildlife: dear, fox, birds of all description. Highlight: After having seen several gray heron flying along the water, I passed a spot where I counted 30-odd nests high in the trees, each with a heron on it. Normally, you never see more than two together around here. It was like discovering the elephant graveyard, in reverse. Made the effort worthwhile.

Since I am a beginner, this was my first time on any river. I plan to fully explore it this summer and recommend it to any interested.


Lodge has camping sites with water and toilets. No other facilities, but you are only two miles from Monticello.




Lodge Park is north off I-72 at exit 66.

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