Paddle The Pecatonica River Water Trail


Trip #3 McNeil's/Damascus Landing to Wes Block Trailhead is about 8 miles

Trip #3  
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McNeil's/Damascus Landing,    4900 W Cedarville Road, Lena, Illinois  **
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McNeil's Damascus Landing to Wes Block Trailhead

McNeil's/Damascus Landing has a floating boat dock with EZ Dock.

EZ Dock launch   You glide off dry-dock onto the water

EZ Dock take-out    You glide off the water onto dry-dock

Access to the Pecatonica River at Wes Block Trailhead is  un-improved.

McNeil's/Damascus Landing  on the Pecatonica River, is about 5 miles
east of Lena, or 3 miles west of Cedarville on West Cedarville Road.  

This park is on the north & west corner of the bridge.

(there are 3 unmarked river bridges on West Cedarville Road).
Starting at Cedarville, from east to west;
Bridge #1 is Cedar Creek
Bridge #2 is Richland Creek
Bridge #3 is Pecatonica River

NEW  launch site on the Pecatonica River
McNeil's/Damascus Landing
McNeil's/Damascus Landing now has an elevated driveway and a 80' X 130' parking lot that is graveled.
The changes are dramatic.      7-22-06,  with  PORT-A-POTTY
NO more muddy feet , no more poison ivy
the floating boat dock has returned
and a NEW, May 2009, CONCRETE BOAT RAMP is here

on West Cedarville Road, north & west corner of bridge
YES, over night camping is allowed for paddlers only. Picnic tables,
fire pit and grills are all available along with electricity. Happy Camping!

Overnight camping is allowed at McNeil's Damascus Landing. 
The rule is, you have to paddle in to McNeil's Damascus Landing or paddle out of McNeil's Damascus Landing. 
Call 815-369-5351 for reservations.


Welcome to Wes Block Trailhead

Located at 2636 W. Fairview Road.

The Wes Block Trailhead can only be accessed off Illinois Highway 26.
The Trailhead
is at the end of Fairview Road, 
about 2 miles west of IL Highway 26

The Jane Addams Trail also runs thru the Wes Block Trailhead
Follow the road signs on Highway 26 for Jane Addams Trail to get to Wes Block Trailhead.

Access to the Pecatonica River is on your left.
The river bank is unsafe concrete rip rap.

The parking lot and restrooms are on your right.

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