The City of Rockford has proposed building a whitewater paddling park on the Rock River.
Paddlers are urged to send letters in support of the venue to

Mayor Larry Morrissey
c/o City Hall
425 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61104

If you would like to remain informed on future developments and/or would like to assist as may be required,
please send an email to

Lake County Residents are asked to contact their board representatives in support of gaining access boat access at the Fort Sheridan site.

Go to the LCFP web site (, and use the drop-down menus ("About Us", then "Board Members" to locate your Board Rep (they're listed by district number,). You can also send a note directly to President, Bonnie Thomson Crater at

Please keep your comments positive, courteous stating why you feel that access for sea kayaks at this site would benefit you as a Lake County resident.

IPC's SEASON ENDER TO SUPPORT ROCKFORD'S PROPOSED WHITEWATER PARK. Please pass on this information to any paddler you know - we need a big turnout! Mark your calendars for Sunday October 29th, and come out in support of the establishment of the Rockford Whitewater Park. The Illinois Paddling Council is dedicating its annual End of Season Paddle to supporting the building of the park. We will meet at 10:00 am at the Atwood Homestead put-in on the west side of the Rock River and paddle 9.4 miles into downtown Rockford. We will be able to paddle within about a quarter mile of the proposed site and plan to invite all of the Rockford Media to cover the event. There will be a $10.00 Event Membership/Insurance Fee if you are not a member of the ACA. Wear clothing appropriate to the weather, wearing a PFD is required. Directions Take I 90 to Rockford Take the East Riverside Blvd exit 0.4 miles Take the ramp towards Loves Park/Machesney Park/Rockford 0.1 miles Turn Left onto CR-55 / E. Riverside Blvd 1.0 mile Turn Right onto CR-11 N / N. Perryville Road 2.2 miles Turn Left onto CR-25 / Harlem Road 0.4 miles Turn Right onto Forest Hills Road /CR-7 1.7 miles Turn Left onto IL- 173 / W. Lane Road 1.0 miles Stay Straight to go onto Railston Road / CR-17, Continue to follow CR-17 1.6 miles Turn Right onto CR-64 / Old River Road 1.5 miles Turn Right into the Atwood Homestead Park and drive all the way in to the Boat Ramp