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To everyone in the general public who uses the DuPage River for recreational purposes, please read this message because your right to use the river may be coming to an end. Based on complaints from landowner(s) regarding public use of the river, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is in the process of determining whether the DuPage River is public or private and, if designated private, could mean the public no longer has access. Currently the river is designated “Private”, but has dozens of “PUBLIC” launches along both branches that were paid for and provided by local park districts and approved by the IDNR.
Our goal is to show the organizations and government bodies that are making these decisions that there are a lot of people that use the 28.3 mile DuPage River for recreational purposes and want to continue to do so for generations and generations.
Personally, I have been a resident of Plainfield for 21 years. I have been fishing, kayaking & tubing the river since I’ve lived here and thoroughly enjoy spending time on the river with family and friends. I couldn’t imagine if this privilege was abruptly taken away from the public.
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