Boating

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Boating, canoeing, and kayaking are popular recreational activities in Illinois and Carroll County is no exception! Extensive waterway systems and exciting boating opportunities can be found here. A leisurely cruise through our many backwater areas or a tour down the mighty Mississippi River is an excellent way to experience, enjoy, and explore our charming river valley communities.

Boat & Canoe Rentals

map-buttonFin & Feather Campground
6284 Riverview Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-273-3302

Boat & canoe rental.


map-buttonLazy River Marina
6850 Marina Road
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2851

Mississippi River boat & canoe access.


Boat & Canoe Launches

map-buttonFrog Pond
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
Doty Road & Route 84
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2732

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Frog Pond is a small recreational area situated along Plum River. Located just south of Savanna, IL and immediately off Route 84, one of its big features is a wheel chair accessible fishing platform. Not only good for fishing, but an excellent place to view floodplain forest birds during spring and fall migration. Birding, canoeing, fishing, and picnicking.


map-buttonLazy River Marina
6850 Marina Road
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2851

Mississippi River boat & canoe access.


map-buttonMarquette Park
Wayne King Drive & Randolph Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-4487

Seven acre park on the Mississippi River, boat launches, canoeing, fishing, picnicking, restrooms, parking.


map-buttonMississippi Palisades State Park
16327A Route 84
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2731

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As its name suggests, this 2,400-acre park sits on lofty steep bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, with river access below. The park offers beautiful scenery, biking, birding, boat launches, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, scenic overlooks, and seasonal cross-country skiing.


map-buttonSavanna Marina
225 Bowen Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2955

This marina is owned and operated by the Savanna Park District and is open to the public. It offers dry docking, slip rentals, launching, overnight boat tie-ups, pump out, annual campsites, and winter storage, concessions, restrooms, showers, and bait. Open May – October.


map-buttonU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Big Slough Recreational Area
5836 Riverview Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-259-3628

Mississippi River boat launch, canoe access, fishing, restrooms, and parking.


map-buttonU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Thomson Causeway Recreation Area
Lewis Avenue and Main Street
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-259-2353

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At 64 acres, Thomson Causeway is the largest Army Corps of Engineers recreation area on the Mississippi River. Located at a wide spot on the river, it offers unobstructed views of the more than three mile wide main channel and of Potters Marsh. On the Great River Trail. Biking, birding, boat launches, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking.