#1 Kayaking Near Chicago since 2010

Kayaking Near Chicago

We are Now closed for the 2023 season

Book online now for the 2024 season at 2023 pricing

Prices are going up January 1st

Our Waterway never gets too shallow to run

Beginner Friendly Kayaking No Current No Shuttle No Worries


for Kayak Rentals, Guided Kayak Tours & Camping!

Kayaking near CHICAGO since 2010

Offering High Quality

Kayaking Rentals | Guided Kayak Tours | Waterfront Camping

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“Starved Rock is an amazing area with so many cool places to explore”

-Stan F.

Starved Rock in Illinois is a spectacular gem. Boasting 18 canyons carved into 100 foot towering Sandstone bluffs there are endless opportunities for discovery. If you haven’t yet checked this place out go soon you won’t be disappointed!

Our Guides will make you smile

Come see why people love our

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Reconnect with Family & Friends

Full Strength Prescription Nature is the perfect remedy to melt away daily stress. Come Reunite with friends and family and let a wave of calm reveal a better you.

  • Single & Tandem Kayaks

  • Dog Friendly Kayaking & Camping

  • Waterfront Camping right next to Starved Rock

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Kayaking & Camping near Chicago

Our high quality single kayaks are Perception carolina 12ft & 14ft touring kayaks.

Guided Kayak Tours & Kayaking Rentals near Chicago

Additionally, Guided kayak tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday and Holidays to provide you with the best experience of Kayaking Chicago. Our guided kayak tours begin with a land based kayak instruction and safety kayak lesson and then you head out on the water with our guides in a small kayaking group to visit the beautiful sites along our sandy shores. Our motto is to explore all the possibilities of Kayaking Chicago.
Kayak rentals are available 7days a week May 1-Labor Day.


Our waterfront camping is available along the Illinois River directly across from Starved Rock State Park for Kayaking Chicago. We currently feature tent camping, pop up camping, tear drop camping at our Starved Rock location. We have always felt the need of a good rest after Kayaking in Chicago. Kayak Starved Rock Campground is situated along the Illinois river and features sweeping views of Starved Rock State Park. Another great feature of Kayaking Chicago is that our Campers are welcomed to bring their own kayacs for use on the river for a better experience of Kayaking Chicago. Everyone that launches from our locations must wear a PFD(life jacket). If you are not a camper or a kayak renter and just want to enjoy the day kayaking from our location there is a $10 launch fee.

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A Unique Way to Experience Starved Rock

Guests Love Our Guided Kayak Tours!

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Super fun tour ran by Rich and Bailey! The scenery was gorgeous and the water was beautiful. Rich’s jokes were the best part of the trip tho! LOL Thank you for a great experience!! We’ll be back!

Laurie B.

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This was the GREATEST FUN!!! Our guide “Turtle Rick” made this tandem kayak tour so memorable!! We want to come again next weekend!!! Turtle Rick showed us so much wildlife & quizzed us on all this IL History — an absolute BLAST!!! Thank you, Turtle Rick!

Mayda C.

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My family of 5 did a guided tandem kayak tour and we all loved it (kids ages 12,10 and 8) – all left knowing more about Illinois, the local wildlife and gained some great kayaking know-how. Thank you to our awesome guides (Turtle Rick and Steve) who were friendly and supportive!

Nora B.

My friend and I booked the rentals for a half day. You go down by the sand rocks, with lots of beautiful views and wildlife. I would suggest a half day so that you half enough time to weave in and out of the islands to see all the wildlife and views. This also makes for a leisure trip instead of a race. Staff was knowledgeable, friendly, and light hearted. Would 100% rent for them again.

Sammy H.

We had the best time kayaking today with Rich and Dave! It was our first time kayaking and I was incredibly nervous. Rich provided excellent instructions and both made me feel super comfortable and encouraged me that I could do it. I did tip out if the kayak twice, but the upside is that both instructors were able to help me get back in and finish out the kayak trip. Dave was really kind and helped me get over the embarrassment I felt after flipping. He stayed with me until I was comfortable enough to catch up with the group. I can’t begin to thank him enough for his kindness. I can’t wait to get back on the water and I HIGHLY recommend you request Rich and Dave. You won’t be disappointed! Thank you both so much 

Emily B.

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We were part of Rich and Dave’s Sunday 11 A.M. kayaking group. It was our very first time kayaking so we were a bit scared & reluctant to go but Rich immediately explained details to us, got us going early so we’d feel comfortable sitting in the kayak and brought humor to the experience. He kept everyone engaged along the tour and made us laugh, even Connor (inside joke). Thanks so much to both of these guys for keeping us safe and showing us a good time!

Jordan B.