Canoeing in the Cache River Watershed

The Lower Cache River Canoe Trail

This canoe trail in the Cache River State Natural Area offers paddlers a quality canoe experience, 3 to 6 miles in length, through a magnificent cypress-tupelo swamp. The highlight of the trail is Illinois’ largest and, therefore, state champion bald cypress tree. Like many trees within Cache River State Natural Area it is more than 1,000 years old.

Canoeists can begin at the Lower Cache River Access Area. Car shuttles are not necessary. The trail is marked with international canoe symbols and arrows and/or yellow stripes on trees. Canoe maps and fact sheets are available at the Cache River Wetlands Center.

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