||06-16-2011 12:54 PM
Re: Mazon River
About three years ago, I almost bought a log cabin that was up for sale on the south side of the bridge that crosses the river on E IL-113. The realtor we were working with told us that bridge there was a popular place for canoes and kayaks to put in on the weekends, and that cars would often be lined up on the shoulder at the bridge. There was also a well worn path on the southeast side of the bridge that went down to the river. (there really wasn't any room for a shore fisherman the bank is high, and there is just a steep and narrow path that went down to the river surrounded by high grass.)
You might want to ask the current property owner if it's still ok to park on that shoulder. (If I'm remembering correctly, the Realtor also told us that it was ok to go down stream from that point, but the property owners upstream had a problem with people traveling up the other direction.) I do not know where the paddlers would take out.
On a side note: I recently paddled another creek in that general area, I think the key is to ask the property owner nearest to the put in point you plan to use beforehand, and if you gain permission to thank them, and let them know how long your car will be there. The last guy I spoke with told me I can park on the shoulder as long as I didn't leave any trash behind, and as a courtesy I also picked up all the trash I found along the side of street nearest to the access point that I was allowed to use.