Canoe and Clean - REI Boat Launch
The Chicago River system is one of the most spectacular natural treasures in the Chicagoland region. Sadly, it remains a victim of litter pollution and garbage dumping. Litter is not just an eye-sore, it endangers the health of people and wildlife.
Take action to tackle the problem by collecting litter floating in the river and trapped on the riverbanks on our unique Canoe and Clean trips. Along the way, you'll learn why it is an essential natural resource for people, plants and animals.
Trips are three hours long, rain or shine! We provide boats, bags, gloves, grabbers, paddles, life jackets, and canoe guides for this unforgettable experience. Friends’ canoe guides will help you safely load in and out of the boats, offer paddling instruction and answer questions. Bring personal items like sunscreen, sunglasses, water, cameras, etc. Our recommended age for paddlers is 10 years and older. Younger river lovers are welcome to sit in the center of the canoes and enjoy the experience with their families. Whether you've never paddled before, or you're one who make it their life's passion to get out on the water as much as possible, you'll find your paddling experience on the river with Friends will be one you won't find anywhere else on Earth. Together we will create a Litter Free Chicago River system!