Illinois River is online

Photo by Will Volpert

View the Illinois River guidebook here.

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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