Members of our community fish, kayak, canoe, and more on the DuPage River, Des Plaines River, and their tributaries. Monitoring and improving the rivers’ water quality help to keep recreation safe.
Healthy rivers are home to a diversity of life, including fish. When we work to improve the water quality and habitat in our waterways, we also ensure the sustainability of recreational fishing.
The Illinois Department of Nature Resources’s I Fish Illinois is a good source of information for fishing in Illinois waterways.
Kayaking & Canoeing
Boating is a great way to enjoy the DuPage and Des Plaines rivers. You can find information on boat launch locations along the Des Plaines and DuPage below:
- Forest Preserve District of Will County: https://www.reconnectwithnature.org/Activities/Canoeing-Kayaking
- Forest Preserve District of Cook County: https://fpdcc.com/things-to-do/boating-canoeing-kayaking/#river
- Information about river access, dams, and portaging in Illinois: http://www.illinoispaddle.com/
Look Out for Algae
When recreating in bodies of water, look for blue-green algae. Most of the time these algae blooms are harmless, but they can sometimes be toxic. If you see a bloom, do not swim, wade, fish, or boat in the water. Visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website for more information on harmful algal blooms.
Algae blooms are a sign of excess nutrients in the water. Learn more about nutrients and what you can do to limit algae growth in our rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes.
Planning a Day on the Water? Be River Responsible!
Before heading out for a day on the water, there are a few things to keep in mind to keep the river enjoyable and safe for everyone.