LOVES PARK (PAT) -- Paddle and Trail is offering rentals and a full slate of paddling trips this season, taking advantage of the abundance of scenic creeks and river ways in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin that provide endless hours of tranquil paddling opportunities.
Some of the trips have themes, such as “Fur Trader’s River Run”, that follows the fur trader’s trail from Beloit to Macktown in Rockton. On Friday afternoons, the trips have TGIF themes, with participants having the option of relaxing with food and drinks at the end of their paddle trip at various locations such as the “Paddle to the Market” trip which ends at Rockford’s City Market. Paddle and Trail also offers weekend rental and shuttle services at Rock River Rentals at Sinnissippi Park in Rockford, with paddling trip options on the Rock River, Kishwaukee and Pecatonica. Their trip schedule is available on their website at www.paddleandtrail.com.
Custom trips are also available for groups and companies. Group outings are fully customizable including location, boat type, guided or unguided, and various catering related options. All of Paddle and Trail’s trip guides are American Canoe Association certified.
A wide variety of boats are available for rent at Paddle and Trail stores in Beloit, Loves Park and Aurora, and their seasonal locations at Fins Bar and Grill in Edgerton and Sinnissippi Park in Rockford. The rentals include fishing kayaks, single and tandem kayaks and canoes and pedal powered kayaks, also Trek bikes, stand up paddleboards, Big Stick long boards, Cat Skis, and jon boats with motors. All rental products are the same quality products Paddle and Trail carries in their stores.
Reservations for rentals and paddle trips should be made in advance by calling toll-free 855-752-9688. For those who would like to learn more about kayaking before going on a trip, lessons are offered by Paddle and Trail at various locations. The class and trip schedule can be found on Paddle and Trail’s website www.paddleandtrail.com. For those who just want to try out how a kayak feels, Paddle and Trail has free demos on Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. behind their Loves Park store on Windsor Lake. If you would like to try out a boat for free at the demo, call in advance at 815-636-9066.
Paddle and Trail has full retail operations at 7212 N. Alpine, Loves Park, IL and 110 W. Grand Ave. in Beloit, WI, and new store opening soon in Aurora, Il. They also operate the Outdoor Gear Exchange store. For more information, contact Paddle and Trail, 855-752-9688, www.paddleandtrail.com.