River Trips

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Our 2019 season is now closed.

We look forward to seeing you May 2020!

Knoch Knolls Park, Naperville, Illinois

Kayak or Paddleboard Trip


Take a river trip down Naperville’s gorgeous DuPage River. We offer river trips down the DuPage River, starting at Knoch Knolls in Naperville.

See the quiet corners of Naperville like you’ve never seen, and a range of wildlife from blue heron, jumping fish, river otters, turtles, and much more.

We only offer our river trips when the river is safe for all paddlers. We have plenty of single kayaks, tandem kayaks, and large inflatable stand-up river paddleboards. Booking online strongly recommended to reserve a spot; however, walk-ins are welcome.

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What to Expect

The time the trip takes varies depending on water flow and can range from one hour and 45 minutes to two 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 or Whalon Lake.

Book Online or Walk-In: $39 single kayak or paddleboard, $78/tandem kayak

Customers will meet in Naperville at Knoch Knolls Park where they will meet our friendly staff to register and receive instruction before heading down the river. The trip is approximately 4.5 miles to the take-out, where you will meet more friendly staff, who will assist you in getting your transportation back to Knoch Knolls Park.

What’s Included

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 clothing 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.

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General Information

  • Single kayakers/paddleboarders must be at least age 13 to paddle on the river, tandem boat passengers must at least 8 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an parent or guardian who can sign a waiver on their behalf. On the river, children under 18 must have a parent or guardian on the water with them at all times.
  • Please dress appropriately. You will get wet when on the water. Shoes and life jackets must be worn at all times.
  • Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
  • Naperville Kayak reserves the right to cancel any of our activities in the event of severe weather or abnormal weather conditions.

Remember, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just poor choice in clothing”.

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