Tandem Guided Kayak Tour Near Chicago

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Ottawa, US
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Ottawa, US
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Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Starved Rock area on a Tandem Guided Kayak Tour near Chicago. As you paddle through the magnificent St. Peters sandstone bluffs, immerse yourself in the stunning scenery while Bald Eagles soar overhead. Marvel at the Great American Pelicans and graceful blue herons that populate the area, and encounter turtles and other wildlife along the way. Our knowledgeable tour guides will not only educate you about the surroundings but also entertain you with fascinating stories. Start your 2-hour adventure with a land-based lesson and safety briefing before embarking on a trip you'll never forget. With our tandem kayaks, you can bring a third passenger, as long as they weigh under 70 lbs, or even bring along your furry friend. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the #1 state park in the Midwest region, with its towering bluffs and breathtaking canyons. Join us for an unforgettable experience on the water!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 2-2 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Kayaking through towering St. Peters sandstone bluffs
  • Spotting soaring Bald Eagles and Pelicans
  • Exploring a field of beautiful Lotus flowers
  • Learning about the area from knowledgeable tour guides
  • Enjoying the #1 state park in the Midwest region
  • Tandem kayak, pfds(life jackets), paddles
  • 3rd passenger---child (70lbsor less) or dog(40lbs or less) $15 pay in person

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Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure near Chicago? Look no further than the Tandem Guided Kayak Tour near Starved Rock, where you can immerse yourself in a world of natural wonders and breathtaking landscapes. This tour takes you on a journey through the majestic St. Peter's sandstone bluffs, where you'll witness Bald Eagles soaring overhead and encounter Great American Pelicans, blue herons, and even turtles. As you paddle through the tranquil waters, you'll be mesmerized by the captivating beauty of the American lotus flower field. Get ready to be educated and entertained by our knowledgeable tour guides, who will ensure that you have an experience you'll never forget.

What to expect?

During this two-hour adventure, you can expect to be captivated by the stunning beauty of Starved Rock Area. As you journey through the towering St. Peter's sandstone bluffs, you'll be treated to panoramic views that will leave you in awe. Look up and spot majestic Bald Eagles gliding through the sky, while the sight of Great American Pelicans and blue herons will enchant you. Marvel at the vibrant colors of the American lotus flower field, creating a picturesque backdrop as you paddle along the water. Prepare to be amazed by the rich biodiversity and natural wonders that await you on this guided kayak tour.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple seeking a romantic experience, or a family yearning for a memorable outing, this tour welcomes everyone. With the option to bring your furry friends along in tandem kayaks, even your beloved canine companions can join in on the fun. So, grab your loved ones, whether they have two legs or four, and embark on this incredible journey together.

Why book this?

Embarking on the Tandem Guided Kayak Tour near Chicago offers you an unparalleled opportunity to explore the #1 state park in the Midwest region. With its 18 canyons, towering St. Peter's sandstone bluffs, and stunning natural landscapes, this state park is a true gem waiting to be discovered. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Illinois River and witness the wonders that hikers can't see. Our experienced tour guides will not only educate you about the area but also entertain you with fascinating facts and insider tips. Let the serenity of the water and the breathtaking scenery rejuvenate your senses, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

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Included in this tour are all the necessary equipment you need for a safe and enjoyable experience, including the boat, paddle, and life jacket (which is required to be worn). Please note that the meeting point for this tour is the main entrance, where you will find convenient parking on the left. Once you arrive, check in at the picnic table with the designated sign. Remember to bring along any essentials you may need, such as sunscreen, a hat, and a camera to capture the beauty that surrounds you.


Customers who have embarked on the Tandem Guided Kayak Tour near Chicago have raved about their experiences. They have been enchanted by the towering St. Peter's sandstone bluffs, the impressive sightings of Bald Eagles and Pelicans, and the peaceful ambiance of the American lotus flower field. Many have praised the knowledge and enthusiasm of the tour guides, who provide fascinating insights into the area's ecology and history. Overall, visitors have left with a sense of wonder and a deep appreciation for the remarkable natural beauty that Starved Rock has to offer. Don't miss out on this incredible adventure – join us on the Tandem Guided Kayak Tour and create memories that will stay with you forever.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

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Starved Rock State Park

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COME KAYAK AT THE #1 STATE PARK IN THE MIDWEST REGION WITH 18 CANYONS AND TOWERING ST PETERS SANDSTONE BLUFFS COME WITH US & SEE WHAT HIKERS CAN’T SEE! This kayak tour is not to be missed! Come see Towering St. Peter’s Sandstone Bluffs, soaring Bald Eagles, Pelicans and beautiful Lotus flowers. Our Tour guides will dazzle you with educational points about the area and entertaining tips. If you have been to this wonderful state park you know how beautiful it is. With its majestic St. Peters sandstone bluffs towering over the Illinois river to the canyons carved out deep along the shore line this state park has been consistently rated #1 in Illinois with over 3million visitors a year. Boat, paddle, and life jacket(required to be worn) are included.



4.5 (4)


Brought our dog and had a blast exploring starved rock. Saw eagles and cool cliffs with a waterfall. The tandem kayak was perfect for both of us plus our dog


The customer service here is below average to bad. Once you are on the water it is just ... meh. Be prepared to get muddy especially if you are in the back. The water they say is "like this all the time due to the dams" It is very shallow and you dip your blade in the water and you easily through mud on the person in the back. The guide we had was simply rude and offensive; he did try to apologize. Visited their website a number of times to make reservations. Their site needs to be redesigned to be more visitor friendly. This was my first visit to the area and to the website. I could not navigate the site easily. So I then tried to call and had to leave a message. A woman eventually called me back and I had finally gotten to the schedule. She was insisting that they were full. I was most of the way through to credit card payment for half of the party when she said just try it. So then I tried for the other half and I asked should I make a second reservation if you are sure you are full or just show up. Just show up folks. I ended completing a second rez spending over $100. And once there, could not get a refund. Just a credit if I showed up again. Just not worth the hassle. The guide was so rude putting people into a kayak, taking them out pushing them around. Too much. Don't go. If you have your own kayak you can put in at their location for $10 each. Do that.


Rich and Dave were our tour guides. They were awesome! Rich lead us to a Beautiful location with jokes along the way! Dave was kind enough to take our family photo and make sure we all arrived safely back to shore! We highly recommend this especially for a family!


Great time taking a tandem kayak tour with Rich and Bailey as our guides. They kept us safe, laughing and no one tipped over! It was a beautiful tour on the Illinois River at Starved Rock.
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