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Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve

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Address: 6303 Mulford Road &, 5757 Blackhawk Road, Cherry Valley, IL 61016
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+1 815-877-6100

Public Access is provivded from either Blackhawk or Mulford Roads. This...

Public Access is provivded from either Blackhawk or Mulford Roads. This 145-acre preserve provides a diversity of recreational opportunities. Includes a 30-acre oak woods listed on the Illinois Natural Area Inventory of notable natural quality. A hiking trail provides access to the woods. Traditional picnic areas and shelters available. Adjacent to State of Illinois' high quality ranked Kishwaukee River.

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Nice Place To Go, Relax & Get Away From the World

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Approximately 4:30pm It was a beautiful day in Rockford today. We were originally planning to check out Blackhawk Forest Preserve in Cherry Valley, but... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Approximately 4:30pm It was a beautiful day in Rockford today. We were originally planning to check out Blackhawk Forest Preserve in Cherry Valley, but changed our minds when we got there. We headed down Mulford from State street and followed it all the way down to the entrance to the park in Cherry Valley. We... More 

Thank Pass-N-Through
Cherry Valley, Illinois
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

Nice place to hike, picnic, tube, biking, and just have a relaxing afternoon! It's also a great place for canoeing.

Thank Linda E
Rockford, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2015

This park is on Both sides of the Kishwaukee River. They do not connect, so you must leave the park for about a 1/4 mile, cross the Blackhawk Road bridge and re-enter on the other entrance. They are only about 100 yards or less wide but the road follows the entire route except for about 200 feet at the very... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

I agree about the kayaking. great in early spring for quick ride or a great workout paddling upstream first when it calmer in mid summer. Enjoy a lazy ride down after the workout. I launch at Bauman Park it's quick and easy. Head upstream and get a good upper body workout.

Rockford, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2014

We rented a kayak from kishwaukee canoe and had a great time. They shuttled us from Atwood park (where we left our cars) to Bauman park, about an 8 mile trip on the river. It was the perfect length, we were on a mission and finished in 2 hours but the normal time is 3 to 4 depending on how... More 

4 Thank Susan E
Ingleside, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2013

This river is a great find for water floating fun. Came here to kayak, had so much fun came back to tube it the very next week. There are many parks to take in, out, our stop for a picnic. The water is never deep and clean enough to get wet in. Very few obstructions and moves along at a... More 

13 Thank kayakdeb2
Stillman Valley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2013

Fishing is good here, be aware that on Saturdays in summer there are literally hundreds of drunken canoer's partying, so if that isn't your thing, go elsewhere on those days.

4 Thank StillmanValleyScott

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