Illinois River is online

Photo by Will Volpert

The Illinois River is an incredible blend of beautiful scenery and thrilling whitewater. Highly variable flows make planning a trip challenging and many boaters look for spring run-off or storms for timing a run. Fortunately, permits are easy to arrange with self-registration being the only requirement.

With exceptional whitewater, great camping, fishing, and hiking, the Illinois River is easily a trip worth adding to your rafting bucket list.

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