Canoeing and Kayaking Southern Illinois Wetlands and Lakes
Southern Illinois boasts some of the nation’s most diverse landscapes. Join naturalists to canoe the clear lake waters and cypress swamp as you learn about wildlife and local culture.
Program No. 17381RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

The Cache River and its swamps hold closely guarded secrets waiting to be unlocked on this inspiring canoe and kayak journey. Experience the diversity of the southern Illinois landscape while paddling on a scenic lake with clear, deep waters, sandstone bluffs and miles of uninterrupted shoreline. Choose to canoe or kayak or try your hand at both.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking up to 1.5 miles over uneven terrain. Canoeing up to three miles on flat water. All equipment provided.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • After a lesson on canoe and kayak techniques and water safety by paddling naturalist guides, venture into the wild to discover spectacular environments.
  • Discover this region’s diversity of bird life from Bald Eagles to Prothonotary Warblers.
  • June and October dates also include a naturalist hike into one of the regions designated wilderness areas to explore the natural history, geology and plant life.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer received his bachelor’s in outdoor recreation from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is the co-founder of the Land for Learning Institute, is a Wilderness First Responder, and facilitator for Project Wild and Leave No Trace. Alan has over 15 years experience leading canoe expeditions on rivers, lakes and swamps and is also a lead instructor for birding excursions.
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