Illinois River Canoe & Kayak Trail Opens
A ribbon cutting was held today near the foot of Court Street in Pekin for the grand opening of the Illinois River Canoe & Kayak Trail. This project was completed with the help of several partners, including the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance and Illinois American Water. The project is the result of a joint effort between the USA’s Work Boots on the Ground volunteer conservation program and the American Water Charitable Foundation’s (AWCF) Building Better Communities initiative, which awarded the USA a $25,000 grant to support three 2015 conservation projects that improve public access to water-based recreation activities in Tennessee, Illinois and West Virginia. The project came to USA and Illinois American Water via local storyteller and water enthusiast Brian ‘Fox’ Ellis. The Illinois River Canoe Trail project will provide several scenic stations along the Illinois River for paddlers to use as launch points or rest stops. The water trail winds down from Henry to Pekin.