Rosa G.
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2020

Intimate hidden gem

I took out an inflatable kayak to test it out, and loooved the rock formations on the river. Definitely a special sight because I usually stay closer to Chicago, where I haven’t found such impressive geology. It was tough paddling upstream when I returned to the boat launch after camping, even after a dry spell. That said—I’m pretty weak so if I can do it, it’s not impossible! There are about 8 nice campsites right on the river. Despite being what the park calls “primitive” sites, there were picnic tables, fire pits/grates, and a cute little outhouse. There were 3 other parties there, and it was fun chatting with them. Be aware that the sites cost $6. I didn’t know this despite looking online and calling for info, I only had $5. Carry cash to leave in the envelope. There were a billion harmless tiny white moths by the river. There are 2-5(?) miles of trails (mowed prairie, dirt/gravel hills). The ONLY downside was the park staff person who gave me a hard time about the cash and sort of belittled me for being a solo female adventurer (at least that’s the feeling I got). Regardless—I will be returning soon!

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