Take a river trip down the West Branch of DuPage River through scenic and historic downtown Naperville. This winding and gentle branch of the DuPage River will offer you a memorable experience and a view of Naperville you’ve never seen before. See the quiet corners, busy downtown, a range of wildlife from blue heron, jumping fish, river otters, snapping turtles, and much more.
We only offer our river trips when the river is safe for all paddlers. Often times the DuPage River is too low for us to navigate and other times it is too high. At times where the DuPage River is too low please look to see if we are operating in either our Plainfield or Oswego location.
What to Expect
The time the trip takes varies depending on water flow and can range from one hour to one and a half hours.
For all of our river trips we recommend that customers have some prior experience kayaking or paddle boarding. If you have never kayaking or paddleboarding before please try one of our flat water kayak or paddleboard rentals in the downtown Naperville quarry.
We only take walk in’s for river trips; however, please contact us if you have a group of ten or more and we will guide you to the best times. Customers will meet at Pioneer Park where they will meet our friendly staff to register.
Customers will be transported up river to the put-in location where they will meet additional friendly staff that will help outfit them with the proper equipment for their kayaking/paddleboarding trip.
All trips include kayak/paddleboard, paddle, PFD (personal floatation device). We recommend customers leave any valuables or things they don’t want lost or damaged in their vehicle.
We provide water resistant (dry) bags. We recommend customers wear synthetic closing and avoid cotton. Customers must have closed toed sneakers (old sneakers recommended) or sandals that cover their feet. We also recommend sunscreen, water, and snacks.
Once kayakers and paddleborders have been properly outfitted with their equipment they will be given some brief instruction about how to have a safe and memorable experience.
Registration is available from 10 am until 5:30 pm. Last boats are on the river by 6 pm.
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All parking and registration is at south end of route (Pioneer Park). After registration, we will provide transportation to the starting point.