There are amazing opportunities for paddling in our area. The Rock River Trail is a National Water Trail that winds its way through  some of the most scenic parts of Winnebago County. A new visitor information center for the Rock River Trail is located at Nature At The Confluence in South Beloit and open June-August.

Rock Cut State Park Concessions offers paddlesports rentals for paddling on Pierce Lake and Rocktown Adventures offers instruction, outfitting, and trips. Other great paddling opportunities are on the Kishwaukee River and Sugar River.

To maximize safety, check the water height and flow rate before going out and avoid paddling if there has been recent storms. Based on their experience, local guides recommend paddling only if the the rivers are below these levels:

  • Kishwaukee River Gauge: Safe to go out if water height is below 8 feet and CFS is at or below 3000.
  • Sugar River: Safe to go out if water height is below 2 feet 6 inches and CFS is a or below 750.


Check out our paddling map below and get on the water!

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