Guided Paddle on Nippersink Creek

Schedule and Location

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CLOSED)
Keystone Landing in Richmond, IL


Fees and Registration

$65.00 member
$75.00 nonmember

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

Course Description

two kayaks float on a riverGrab a paddle and join knowledgeable naturalists for a guided, 7-mile kayaking excursion through the protected acres of Glacial Park on Nippersink Creek, the largest tributary to the Fox River. No paddling experience needed! After a quick lesson, get paddling. Learn about the native wildlife as you paddle past restored wetlands and prairies.

Nippersink Creek and its wetlands support a thriving diversity of fish, frogs, and other aquatic creatures. Shorebirds, waterfowl and other wading birds can be seen along the shorelines in addition to myriad restored native wetland plants and prairie wildflowers. The creek itself is a shallow, calm waterway, great for any level of paddler.

Our starting point is at Keystone Landing in Richmond, Illinois, about 1.5 hours from The Morton Arboretum. Boat rental, paddles, and life jackets provided, along with basic paddle instructions for those new to kayaking. Expect to spend three to four leisurely hours on the water. Bring a sack lunch for a picnic afterwards while we wait for transportation back to our cars.

Instructor: Tom Simpson
Notes: Held outdoors. No experience required. If water levels are low, paddlers may need to step out of the boat to help it past a few shallow points. Limit 18
Supplies: Please bring a sack lunch, beverage and snack. Wear secure sandals (flip flops not recommended) or shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Sunscreen and sun protection recommended. 

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Course Details

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted, M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.


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Classes run rain or shine unless there is a threat of severe weather. If severe weather is forecast please call 630-719-7979 for updates on weather related cancellations.