River takes a leisurely path from its origin near South Bend, Indiana, to a point near Wilmington, Illinois, where it joins the DesPlaines River to form the Illinois River. Long acclaimed as one of the cleanest rivers in the Midwest, the Kankakee is a gentle Class I river ideal for first-time canoeists. It provides an interesting variety of water conditions. Suitable for persons of all ages (minimum age 3 and minimum weight 35 pounds), from pre-teens to senior citizens, a canoe trip
on the Kankakee is a relaxing change of pace with constantly shifting scenic views and opportunities to observe many creatures in their natural habitats. Sorry, canoe trips are not suitable for pets–please leave them at home. Tips for Paddlers.