2nd Annual Paddle the Preserve

Saturday, September 14th, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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Paddle and explore the beautiful backwaters of The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Preserve.

About the Event

Click here to register for this event on the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway's Website.


Jump in a boat and join leading conservationists from the Emiquon Partnership as we explore the beautiful backwaters of The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve. The second annual Paddle the Preserve will be held Saturday, September 14th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Emiquon Partnership experts will be offering a guided group tour, launching from the Thompson Lake boat ramp off State Rte. 97 near Havana.

Register for a seat in a special 14 passenger voyageur canoe, reserve a canoe for two, or bring your own canoe or kayak. Space and equipment are limited, register early on the Illinois River Road event page. If you plan to supply your own watercraft, please bring a lifejacket and other appropriate equipment. 

Paddle the Preserve offers participants a unique opportunity to experience Emiquon, a designated Wetland of International Importance. Emiquon and the pristine waters of Thompson Lake support vulnerable, endangered, and critically endangered species. Including 23 bird, three fish, and one mammal species listed as Illinois State threatened and endangered species.

Paddle the Preserve is sponsored by the Emiquon Partnership and admission is free, but you must register for this event.

In the event of adverse weather conditions (high winds or storms), the event will take place the following day, Sunday, September 15th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

To register for this event please visit the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway's website. For more information or if you have questions or problems about registering, you can contact us at 309-535-2290 or stop in at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge headquarters. We're open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.