Riverwood to Sangamon Greenway

Registration for this event is capped at 8 participants; 2 per canoe or 1 per kayak.

No foolin! Our April Fools Float trip has been moved to Sunday due to a far better forecast.

Bear in mind though that given Illinois’ Spring weather with its neverending ups and downs of temperature, rain, and the river itself, you never really know these days. We’re hoping for nice weather and a safe and enjoyable water level (below 12 feet at the Fisher Gage – available on this site).

As usual, we reserve the right to cancel this trip at any time up to the time of departure for any reason including weather and safety conditions. Trust me that if we cancel, it’s not going to be a trip you’d ever want to make anyway. Registrants should feel free to withdraw at any time as well, but you will need to contact us if you had pre-registered so we know not to expect or wait on you.

We’re leaving from the canoe and kayak launch at Riverwood, Scott’s home on the Sangamon River and paddling through to the Sangamon Greenway canoe launch where SR47/Division Street in south Mahomet cross over the Sangamon River.

Participants will meet up at the Greenway parking lot just off SR47 and we’ll leave vehicles there and shuttle folks up to Riverwood for departure. Be at the Greenway at 9:30 so we can depart from there by 9:45 and be on the water at Riverwood by 10.

Count on progress at around 1 mile per hour, given the uncertainly around river blockages, so plan to be out til 3pm at least. (end times are rarely predictable).

Bring some snacks and water for a lunch break, and probably a dry change of clothing, just in case. Air temps may be in the 50’s and water temps remain in the 30’s so hypothermia is a real risk if we have a capsize event.

This our first time along this stretch since last year, so we’re checking the river for blockages and picking up surface trash along the way. We’re going with experienced paddlers only this time since we can expect unknown blockages, cold water temperatures and possibly cooler air temps as well. Should be a fun adventure, but probably not for the faint of heart!

Registration is free but required through our event ticketing system below.

All trips are free, but you can pick up a stylish USRC cap for your generous donation of $20 or more. Look for USRC t-shirts coming up later this summer!

USRC River Runners:

Experienced paddlers may contact Scott Hays at riverrunners@sangamonriver.org for details on how to become a USRC River Runner and how to be added to the River Runners email list. Details and updates for float trips are  communicated through that list.

The USRC River Runners float trips are always free, however we are always happy to receive donations if you are so inclined. Donations can be made through the donate link on this website.


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