Fox River trips meet in St. Charles at Public Parking 1 block N of RT 64 on RT 31, where you are then transported up river, and canoe back to your vehicle at Public Parking. By special arrangement trips can meet in South Elgin where you will launch your canoe, then you will be brought back to your vehicle from Public Parking.
The canoelondon2015 is open April 1st to November 1st, 8 am to Dusk. We can handle groups of up to 100 people. Our trips cost $50.00 to $ 60.00 per canoe for two people $ 10.00 per extra person (six and under are free) No reservations will be accepted by e-mail, we ask that you call 1 (630) 584 – 8017 to reserve your canoes. We have Gift Certificates available, which make a great gift for family and friends!
All rentals include Canoe, 2 Paddles, life preservers, and shuttle. Kayak rentals are also available. Each canoe can hold up to three adults, or two adults, and two small children. Your drivers license may be held as an equipment deposit, and will be returned at the end of your trip.
The canoelondon2015 is located about 30 miles west of Chicago on the beautiful Fox River. Though located near a metropolitan area, the Fox has remained peaceful, clean and unspoiled. It has a total length of 195 miles, with 103 in Illinois. It enters the state by Chain-O-Lakes State Park in northern Illinois, and flows into the Illinois River at Ottawa.
This section of the Fox River is also part of the Mid America Canoe Race Course. It is one of the largest in the world with up to 1000 canoes racing for the finish line in Aurora. During the race spectators line bike paths and bridges along the river. Many local festivals and celebrations are also held this same weekend. It has been run on the Fox for 30 years and is the first Sunday in June.
On the 7 mile section between South Elgin and St. Charles, 2 state nature preserves, 3 county forest preserves and 5 city parks line the river. These offer many hiking, picnicking and wildlife observation opportunities, as well as historic sites, small limestone bluffs, and the county’s only waterfall.
Fishing is excellent with Northern Pike being one of the most prized catches. Bass, Blue Gill and Catfish are also plentiful. The Fox River Valley offers lodgings, restaurants, and all the modern conveniences, but from the river these are barely visible. So whether for some fishing and relaxation after a hard day’s work, a family outing, or a day long canoeing excursion, the Fox River offers a tranquil setting, beautiful scenery, and outstanding recreational opportunities.