Where to Paddle in Chicago - Backpacker

Where to Paddle in Chicago

Here's where to rent a boat and get out on the water for exercise, fishing, wildlife-watching, and more.
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Lake Katherine in Palos Heights made the list.

Lake Katherine in Palos Heights made the list.

Paddling opportunities abound in Chicagoland, even for people without their own kayaks, canoes, or rowboats. Plenty of area parks rent boats and offer prime paddling. Check out this guide to the top spots, including Monee Reservoir, Rock Run Rookery, and Ping Tom Park.

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