Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation

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Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation Board Meeting
Thursday October 12, 2023
6:30 P.M.

Rafters Restaurant & Catering
In the Cafe Dining Room
9426 Wagner Road
, Illinois

Save the Date, Saturday September 23, 2023

Pecatonica River Cleanup July 30, 2023
USYF River Clean 2023 Flyer
River Cleanup Sponsor Sheet 2023

From the desk of Joe Ginger, President

Preparing for the launch of the Cleanup 

Follow up picnic for the Cleanup Volunteers

NEW 2023 
Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation
Water Trail Brochure      Page 1   
Pecatonica River Segment Mileage  Page 2


Kayak Rental is OPEN
Pecatonica River News September 10, 2023
McNeil’s Damascus Landing is OPEN

The log jam south of the RT 20 bypass on the hair pin curve has been removed.
This log jam was between McNeil’s Damascus Landing and Wes Block Landing.

The kayak launch at Tutty’s Crossing in Freeport, IL is closed due to low water and mud.

Year End Appeal for Donations

for 2023 Projects

Membership Opportunity
How your money is spent

Application form

Pecatonica River Level
Freeport, Illinois


Our Newsletters

Transporting a canoe or kayak


Freeport Taxi – shuttle options

Kayak Instruction Videos

 Pecatonica River Water Trail Plan    

The Pecatonica song – click here

Thanks to The Point Five Band

Check us out on facebook  ‘Paddle The Pec’

Illinois Friendliest Paddle


The Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation mission is to preserve, protect, and foster the vitality of the Pecatonica River for the plant, animal and human communities within the Stephenson County, Illinois watershed.

The Pecatonica River enters Illinois at Stephenson County north of Winslow. The name is believed to be Native American for crooked stream. The Pecatonica River is 58 miles long in Stephenson County and 94 miles in Illinois. The river joins the Rock River at Macktown, near Rockton. The early years saw roads develop all over the county. Many of the roads connected the mills that were in use in the county. Crossing the Pecatonica resulted in several ferries operating in the county. Toll bridges replaced the ferries and would be replaced with public owned bridges. The railroad was a significant influence for the area.
The Community Foundation of Northern lllinois has been a regional leader in philanthropy since 1953.
CFNIL serves as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, grow and preserve an endowment for the needs
of Northern lllinois. Since 2000, CFNIL has granted more than $46 million for charitable purposes.