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Participate in the Annual New Year's Day Paddle

Friday, December 21, 2007
Special to suffredin.org

Chicago River paddling enthusiasts are invited to join the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and launch their canoes and kayaks in celebration of the New Year and the natural beauty of the river and forest preserves. The event will be held on January 1, 2008 at 9 a.m. and starts below the Skokie Lagoons where canoes and kayaks begin their trip, traveling through Cook County’s forest preserves to Linne Woods. Date: January 1, 2008 Time: 9 a.m. Note: Participants stagger their launch times; some arrive as early as 7 a.m. The last launch is at noon. Canoe Launch Location: Forestway Drive just north of Willow Rd. Put-in is just below the Willow Road Dam. End point for the trip is at the horse bridge in Linne Woods south of Beckwith Road. Directions: Travel north on the Edens and exit at Willow Road. Turn right (east) onto Willow Road. Travel approximately ½ mile and cross over the bridge. After crossing bridge, immediately turn left onto Forestway Drive. Look for the people and cars in the parking lot. Participants must provide their own canoes or kayaks and it is recommended that they have some prior experience. Event Contact: Bill Koenig, Forest Preserve District 773-631-1790 This is an important opportunity for the Forest Preserve District and those who enjoy canoeing and kayaking to promote the recreational potential of the Skokie Lagoons and the Chicago River and to highlight the need for regular maintenance and care of the Lagoons and River.


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