Kayak Morris


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On-land lesson covers safety and essential strokes before students pilot craft on a nearby beginner waterway for the rest of the day

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Choose Between Two Options

  • $39 for one beginner’s kayak lesson and full-day rental ($80 value)
  • $76 for two beginner’s kayak lessons and full-day rentals ($160 value)

After a 10 minute beginner land-based lesson that covers kayak safety, proper boat fitment and basic beginner strokes (forward, reverse,turning and stopping), students have access to one of Kayak Morris’s rental kayaks for the remainder of the day. Students can take their craft to the Illinois River, Mazon River, or Illinois and Michigan Canal to practice their newly learned skills.

Kayak Morris

Janée Matteson is a little wary of technology. The more ubiquitous it becomes, she finds, it has more potential to keep kids indoors (a trend she has dubbed “acute nature deficit disorder”). Janée, whose family’s roots have been growing in Morris for nearly 200 years, basically spent her entire childhood outside, learning fur trapping and duck hunting with her father on the banks of the Illinois River. So in addition to her deep passion for the outdoors, founding Kayak Morris was largely inspired by doing whatever she could to help kids, their families, and domesticated teddy bears spend more time in nature.

Kayak Morris offers kayak and canoe lessons, and in addition, patrons can borrow their largely new fleet for leisurely trips along the Illinois River, Mazon River, or Illinois and Michigan Canal, which are home to wildlife such as great-blue herons, bald eagles, coyotes and red-tailed hawks. The staff also lead guided ecotours, which teach kids and adults about natural resources and what they can do to preserve and protect them for future generations. Family-focused private campgrounds is adjacent to the State Park along the rivers’ sandy shores invite groups to stay for monthly Glampouts (glamorous campouts) and spend their days taking advantage of potluck dinners, hiking, fishing, bike rentals, or guided kayak tours and to spend their nights watching a movie on Morris’ outdoor projection screen as campfires crackle nearby.

Customer Reviews

Great trip!! Very well done!!
Kathryn B. · August 1, 2016
Kayak Morris was amazing! The experience was great and the staff was so friendly and nice! I would definately go again!
Rachel I. · July 31, 2016
Very nice day on the river.... the weather was perfect. It's a little hard to find, but definitely worth it! Very nice and friendly staff. This was my 1st time on a kayak, I'll be doing it again next year! :)
Cheryl R. · September 14, 2015
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    801 Kayak Morris Road

    Morris, IL 60450

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