|Looking for outdoor fun
on the Lower Des Plaines? Picture this:
• Not far from Woodfield Mall,
muskrats escort your canoe as you paddle along a
clear-water stretch of Salt Creek.
• Take a turn off the highway onto
the Salt Creek Greenway and you are ages away
from nearby downtown Oak Brook, riding an old
Indian trail route through woods that include a
Civil War era Underground Railroad stop and a
• Meander off the Harlem Avenue
commercial strip and you enter the winding
streets of Riverside, whose cathedral-like trees
enable squirrels to leap from Harlem to the Des
Plaines River in record time.
• Visit the Chicago Portage National
Historic Site and stand on the same ground where
all the discoverers, explorers, and creators of
Chicago once walked.
• In the heart of the Palos Forest
Preserves, you help cut back weeds in a wetland
area, where sandhill cranes have returned
because of restoration efforts.
• Visit Long Run Seep Nature
Preserve and you might get a glimpse of the
Hine's emerald dragonfly, one of the most
endangered dragonflies in the U.S.
|Canoe rentals and shuttles are available
from Will-U-Canoe in Willow Springs. Call (708)