We welcome you to explore our unique blend of natural beauty, heritage and urban attractions along 57 miles of winding river. Kankakee County is located just 50 miles south of Chicago, off of Interstate 57. Routes 45/52, 50 and 17 also run through the River Valley. O'Hare International Airport is 75 miles north of Kankakee County, and Midway Airport is 50 miles north. The Greater Kankakee airport is also available for personal aircraft landing space.

Sandwiches with a side of JAM
B-25 Bomber Aircraft Rides at Greater Kankakee Air
Jazz Times Big Band
Go with the Flow
Enjoy Kankakee River State Park & the meandering Kankakee River.

River Activities

List of 6: River Activities in Kankakee County

The Kankakee River is one of Kankakee County's most beautiful destinations. February 2nd was #nationalriverday, so we've compiled a list of 6 river activities you can enjoy when you're visiting!

  1. Pack your gear and get ready for some s’mores as you enjoy camping under the stars.
  2. Pedal along the scenic bike paths of Kankakee County with views of the river along the way.
  3. Schedule a guided fishing excursion through the bountiful waters of the Kankakee River.
  4. Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails.
  5. Schedule your kayak or canoe trip with Reed’s for a one-of-a-kind river excursion.
  6. Grab your favorite local eats to go and throw down a blanket along the beautiful Kankakee River.


For more information about these activities and all Kankakee County destinations, check out our Visitor's Guide here.

Kankakee County is located just 50 miles south of Chicago!

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