18 Nov 2017

Illinois River – November 18-19, 2017

We launched around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and pushed down to South Bend. Got there around 2:30 p.m. and decided to call it quits for the day. The next morning we were off around 9:30 a.m. Stopped at Waterfall Camp for a break and got to Oak Flat around 3:00

26 Nov 2016

Illinois River – November 26-27, 2016

Saturday night, November 26, 2016: Things had seriously gone wrong. We were in a bad spot. Soaked in my drysuit, I was standing on a narrow ledge, holding a piece of cold soggy fried chicken. It was dark, and a colder rain had started to fall. I was hoping for

Bottom of Green Wall on the Illinois River in Southern Oregon.
12 Nov 2016

Illinois River – November 12-13, 2016

From a photography perspective this was about the most perfect trip you could have on the Illinois. It had not rained in roughly a week and the water was crystal clear. The sun came out multiple times throughout the trip. The flow was on the low side but with how

05 Feb 2016

Illinois River – February 5, 2016

Skip was making the move from Bozeman to the Kern and was coming through Ashland. I was working on Thursday and busy on Saturday. But the Illinois was at a perfect flow and our friends were doing a two-day launching on Friday. What better time to try to squeeze in

18 Dec 2015

Illinois River – December 10, 2015

The highest I had seen the Illinois prior to this trip was about 4700 CFS in Kerby. I had chatted with Aaron Babcock in the past year about wanting to see it at higher flows and when the flows were projected to spike, Aaron called and asked if I was

24 Mar 2015

Illinois River – March 22-24, 2015

Three days on the Illinois is hard to beat. Three of us met in Selma and headed to the river. The water was a bit low the first day but the rain started coming down and by day two we were floating on a healthy flow. Our first night we camped at

07 Feb 2015

Illinois River – February 7, 2015

Written by Aaron Babcock So I had planned this trip for over a week.  A month and a half ago I had just run the same stretch at 12000.  The trip had been very successful, and I was hoping for a chance to see it a little higher.  Looking at

21 Dec 2014

Illinois River – December 21, 2014

Written by Aaron Babcock I hesitate releasing my beta on this run because a written description doesn’t do justice to the truly violent, and unpredictable nature of this river at flood stage. I certainly don’t want to convince someone to run this simply based on what I have written, and

Illinois River Oregon
23 Nov 2014

Illinois River – November 23, 2014

This was supposed to be a two-day Illinois trip, but on Friday night it dumped rain and the water shot up and over 6,000 cfs. We woke up in the morning and decided to run the Green Bridge stretch of the Illinois to Six Mile Access. The miles went by

08 Mar 2014

Illinois River – March 8-9, 2014

We talked a few Idaho friends (Tony, Andrew, and Josh) into making the trip out, promised it would be worth it… and the water showed up with them. We had great flows for a two-day Illinois trip. Mid-2000s the first day, heavy rain in the afternoon and night, and high