Wading the Des Plaines
So I've been trying to fish this river for a while, in several different places from Lyons up to Wheeling, and I've fallen into the river a handful of times trying to negotiate the slick sides and overgrowth. I don't mind getting wet, I mean I bathe every month or so anyways, but how is this river for wading in that stretch? It seems like it would be a mucky bottom for the most part, with lots of hidden holes and stuff.
I really need a kayak, but until that happens, is this river wadeable when the water is at normal levels, or will I need the fire department to extract me from my boots mid-river?