On Saturday, April 14, 2012 I'll be leading a trip on Rooks Creek.
The shuttle will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Rook's Creek Bridge on Route 116.
Rook's Creek is located in Livingston County, near Pontiac, IL. This is one of my favorite small streams in Central Illinois. It has some very nice scenery with many twists and turns, a few riffles, some deadfalls, and it passes through a fairly undeveloped part of Livingston County. Wildlife is abundant along the banks. It is a very peaceful and beautiful place.
Rook's Creek is a tributary of the Vermilion River and has a fairly small watershed. Paddling on Rook's Creek is usually only possible during the Spring or after a heavy rain, so it is a real treat to paddle on this beautiful little stream. If the water level is too low or too high to paddle on Rook's Creek, we'll do a section of the Vermilion River.
This trip is fairly long, nearly 14 miles in length. We usually don't do this trip unless there is an adequate water level with good current, but the trip is still longer than the average club trip. The days are still a bit short when this trip occurs. Please plan for a long day on the water.
Wind can also be a factor at this time of the year. During most of the trip, Rooks Creek will offer good protection from the wind, but some areas will be exposed and can be very windy at times. The Take-Out area can be especially windy at times. DIRECTIONS
From I-55 take Exit #197 ( Route 116 ) at Pontiac, IL.
Head West on Route 116 toward Flanagan, IL for about 2 - 3 miles.
Rook's Creek will be the first bridge that you come to.
There is a little Church on the North side of the road right next to the creek.
Park along the North shoulder of Route 116 or along the County Road next to the Church, but please DO NOT park in the Church parking lot. Please be respectful of the nearby Cemetery.MAP for the Rooks Creek Trip
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There may be a log to lift over, a fallen tree to avoid, or a fence to duck under. It may be windy at times. This trips is nearly 14 miles in length. There will be good current for most of the trip, and some tight bends to negotiate. This is not a whitewater creek, but you should have good boat handling skills and moving water experience to participate in this trip. Fast water, tight bends, nearly vertical river banks, and strainers ( fallen trees in the water ) can be a dangerous combination. The day may be warm, but the water will still be cold, so dress and gear-up appropriately ( no cotton clothing ). High water levels and/or cold temperatures increase the difficulty of this trip.
I usually try to lead a trip on Rook's Creek each Spring. Links to some of the trip reports and photos of past trips are included below.2003 Rooks Creek Trip Report
**** 2001 Rooks Creek Trip Report
**** 1998 Rooks Creek Trip Report