Went kayaking on the Vermillion River here in Illinois a couple weeks ago on a Thursday. Was amazing, especially considering it was only a couple hours outside of Chicago. Went with a friend I met on the rafting trip in Wisconsin who had an extra kayak for me to borrow. Class 2 and easier class three rapids – the river was running high and fast. The start was into some fairly fast-flowing water – took some courage, but all was well. Turned out I never actually went over, which impressed me. The boat I had was very stable, and I’ve been a few times before out in colorado so wasn’t a total newbie. I really enjoyed it after I calmed down. Was fun to get out and walk the rapids before we ran them in the boats. I’m pretty excited to go again. I never did get up the courage to try a roll, even with Pete there to help. Next time I’ll do it. There was a very cool canyon up into Matheson state Park – felt like Venezuela or something – very overgrown, 30-40 foot high cliffs on both sides, we paddled slowly up the standing creek. Quite cool. Can’t wait to go back. Met a guy who canoed a river called the Bureau – I’d like to try that one of these days.
Kayaking the Vermilion River