Single Guided Kayaking Tour near Chicago

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Starved Rock Area as you embark on a single guided kayaking tour near Chicago. Marvel at the towering St. Peters sandstone bluffs and feel the exhilaration as Bald Eagles soar overhead. You'll encounter a diverse array of wildlife including Great American Pelicans, blue herons, and turtles. But the adventure doesn't stop there! Paddle through a stunning American lotus flower field on the water, surrounded by tranquil nature. Our knowledgeable tour guides will not only educate you about the area, but also entertain you throughout the entire 2-hour journey. And the best part? You can now bring along your furry friends in tandem kayaks for a small fee. So book your tour today and discover why this is one of the most popular activities in the Midwest.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Wander through towering sandstone bluffs
  • Spot Bald Eagles soaring overhead
  • Paddle through an American lotus flower field
  • Experience the beauty of the Starved Rock Area
  • Learn from knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides
  • Single kayak, pfd(life jacket), paddle

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Explore the beauty of the Starved Rock Area while kayaking through the towering St. Peters sandstone bluffs. This guided kayaking tour near Chicago promises an unforgettable adventure filled with breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. As you paddle along, keep your eyes peeled for Bald Eagles soaring overhead and the Great American Pelicans that call this area home. Immerse yourself in nature as you navigate through an enchanting American lotus flower field on the water. Your journey begins with a land-based lesson and safety briefing to ensure you are prepared for the excitement ahead. Plus, now you can even bring your furry friends along in our tandem kayaks (additional fee applies). Get ready for a two-hour expedition that will leave you with lasting memories.

What to Expect

During this kayaking tour, you can expect to encounter the awe-inspiring St. Peters sandstone bluffs that dominate the landscape. As you paddle along the water, be prepared to spot majestic Bald Eagles in flight and the graceful movements of great American white pelicans. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings as you navigate through an enchanting field of American lotus flowers floating on the water's surface. Your knowledgeable tour guides will provide captivating educational insights throughout the journey, allowing you to deepen your appreciation for the area's natural wonders. This experience promises a harmonious blend of adventure and serenity.

Who is This For?

This kayaking tour is perfect for adventurers of all levels who are seeking a unique and immersive nature experience. Whether you are a solo traveler looking for a peaceful escape, a couple craving a romantic outdoor activity, or a family wanting to create lasting memories, this tour caters to all. Nature enthusiasts and bird watchers will particularly appreciate the opportunity to observe Bald Eagles and Great American Pelicans up close in their natural habitat. The tour is designed to be inclusive, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Starved Rock Area.

Why Book This?

Embark on this guided kayaking tour to embrace the magic of the Starved Rock Area in the most intimate way possible. Immerse yourself in the stunning natural surroundings as you navigate the picturesque waterways and witness the majesty of towering sandstone bluffs. Unlike other typical tourist activities, this experience allows you to connect with nature on a deeper level. The knowledgeable tour guides not only provide entertaining anecdotes but also enrich your understanding of the area's flora and fauna. Furthermore, the option to bring your furry friends along adds an extra layer of excitement and makes this adventure an ideal choice for pet owners. Don't miss the opportunity to create lasting memories in one of the most popular areas in the Midwest.

Good to Know

To ensure a smooth experience, remember to check in at the picnic table with the check-in sign upon arrival. The tour has a duration of approximately two hours, providing ample time for exploration and enjoyment. This activity is suitable for both single travelers and those accompanied by friends, family, or partners. Please note that furry friends are only allowed in tandem kayaks and an additional fee applies. Dress comfortably and consider bringing sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle to stay hydrated. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature and let the adventure unfold in this captivating kayaking tour near Chicago.


Customers who have embarked on this kayaking tour rave about the exceptional experience it offers. They express their awe at the stunning sandstone bluffs and the variety of wildlife encountered along the way. Many appreciated the knowledgeable and friendly tour guides who made the journey even more memorable with their entertaining stories and in-depth knowledge of the area. Customers also commend the inclusivity of allowing furry friends to join in on the adventure, making it a unique experience for pet owners. Overall, those who have participated in this kayaking tour near Chicago testify to the beauty of the Starved Rock Area and the lasting impact this adventure has on their memories.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Starved Rock State Park



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We ended up with beautiful weather, and our guide "Turtle Rick" was very knowledgeable about the area as well as personable.


Solo with my dog Had a great time! This was my first time kayaking. I appreciate the brief overview showing and teaching us how to paddle. Our guides were Rich and Dave and they were great! They guides through the river while providing some interesting info about starved rock state park and the Illinois river. They were helpful with assisting me navigate my paddle/kayak as a first timer; turning left/right, turning around, etc. I got the hand of it about 30 minutes in and felt like a pro. It’s definitely a solid arm workout as well. The place was easy to find via my gps. The instructions that were emailed were precise which helped me get there with no issues. The port-a-potties were good - not as gross as other ones I’ve experienced. I plan on coming back a few times this summer for another kayak tour since I had such a great time. Highly recommend! Nearby activities: Wineries and sushi spots
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