This 7 mile trip took about 3 hours, on the water. The portage in St. Charles spanned 4 blocks, and took about 30 minutes. It was a quicker trip than I had estimated, because of both the flow and tailwind.
My canoe still has some unresolved leaks from last year. As it was drip drying, I located two possible seeping cracks which I patched up when I got home. It was bad enough that we had to dump the boat out twice along our trip. Other than that, it was smooth sailing! I really enjoyed this part of the Fox river, even though it was more civilized than I usually prefer.
-Old Mill park in Geneva has 3 hour parking right by the river, You'll need to find further off parking for longer days.
-We ran into some boats from the St. Charles Kayak Club, including one competitive racing boat.
-There were a couple of speed boats out before the St. Charles dam. One didn't see us until they waked us. Let it serve as a reminder to take waves head on in a canoe, so you don't flip!