The little stretch of singletrack through Bemis Woods North behind
Meadowlark Golf Course, under Interstate 294 and on to the Dean
Estate is a vital link to the beauty of DuPage County. This
is the only safe way to cross the moat created by the tollway
and enter the land where a small lot is less than 5 acres.
You can really see how the "other half" lives as you
ride through Oak Brook, and then connect safely to the Fullersburg
Woods nature center with its' network of trails and exceptional
interpretive center. You can easily stay on trails through the
McDonalds Corporate Headquarters campus on Jorie Boulevard and
continue west under Route 83 all the way to Highland Avenue.
Canoeists can launch from the east parking lot of the Graue Mill
for a challenging, scenic row that can take you all the way to
the creek's end at 1st Avenue and Ogden Avenue in Lyons. Be sure
to check the water
level before launching, if it is too low, you will do more
walking than rowing!
Recent rains have brought the water level as measured here up to the 7-foot range, and a ride along the northeast bank trail showed that, at a 6.50 level, there was approximately 2 feet of water over the trail in several stretches between the library cut-off and Robin Hood Ranch. It is likely that the trails on the other side of the creek are similarly covered in spots.
Whether you are going for a row, a ride or a hike, it is a good idea to check the water levels before you leave. If you encounter trail flooding that is not already described here, please contact us and let us know were, as well as the water level as measured here at the time you encountered the flooding.