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Once I was in the water and paddling, I got to a shallow muddy/sand passage which you need to use to get onto the main Des Plaines River, water was very shallow and I had to use both hands to push myself lifting the kayak a bit to get onto the main river. I turned south and started paddling down this river; lots of wildlife right off the bat.
After paddling for a bit, I saw a DANGER DAM ahead sign and there was a small dam I turned around got a bit more speed and headed for it full speed ahead! Unfortunately the water level was low and I got stuck on the bottom of it... had to struggle for a bit to get down (I wish I wasn't in my new 15' boat) but that's ok. Paddling further down I encountered a beaver who was carrying grass on his back and once he saw me he dived down and left the pile of grass floating on top. I think that was the closest I've been to an actual beaver.
You'll encounter some fallen trees as you keep paddling down this River, which you'll have to maneuver around , but nothing major there, all in all this was a good relaxing trip about 3 hours and 15 min of total paddling for me, I got as far as the Golf course on the right side some water was very shallow at times but all in all the Des Plaines is a great relaxing river, different from the Skokie Lagoons and the Lake Michigan.
YakCatcher Rod Holder
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles