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Welcome to the United City of Yorkville's

Marge Cline Whitewater Course

at Bicentennial Riverfront Park

2 blocks east of Rt. 47 at 301 E. Hydraulic, Yorkville, IL 60560

Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department

For information: 630.553.4357 or 630.553.4350



The paddling community is all abuzz about the Marge Cline Whitewater Course. This new, state of Illinois recreational facility is centrally located in the heart of Yorkville's downtown just east of Route 47 on the south side of the Fox River. Mayor Gary Golinski and the United City of Yorkville City Council look forward to your visit and for taking the opportunity to try this state-of-the art facility. Whether you are a novice or an avid canoeist or kayaker, we're sure you will have a great experience! Once again, welcome, we're glad you're here!

The chute is open!

The park and whitewater course are open. There are a few items for the contractor left to complete on the main project, but the final Phase of a pedestrian bridge overlooking the chute has been installed. Anyone who is in the river traveling upstream or downstream is allowed to use the chute. A designated canoe portage point further downstream is located west of the Rt. 47 bridge on the southern bank next to the Yorkville Parks and Recreation building.

Water levels can be found at this webite.

Facility facts

The course is located at Bicentennial Riverfront Park. The 1,100 foot-long bypass chute allows canoes, kayaks, and tubers to travel downstream safely around the Glen D. Palmer Dam without having to portage. It also provides a recreational amenity for kayakers to play in the river. The Fox River drops almost 6' between the eastern and western edges of the chute with portage points provided at both ends of the facility. Click here to see the information board about the facility. A 12' wide concrete path allows paddlers to walk their canoes, kayaks, or tubes back up the chute to travel down the chute again (motorized vehicles, bicycles, and skateboards are not allowed on the pathway). Please note that the chute will not be closed for special events, although events may occur at the chute on any given day. Users are cautioned  to be aware of their surroundings at all times.





The Marge Cline Whitewater Course is owned by the state of Illinois and is open to the public free of charge.


Canoes, kayaks, rafts and tubes are available to rent at Geneva Kayak's Yorkville Outdoor Center. Call 630-882-9211 or visit for more information.


The United City of Yorkville is located 60 miles southwest of Chicago in Kendall County. I-88, I-55, and I-80 are all approximately 20-25 minutes from the facility.


Parking is available at all city municipal lots. Please note that a majority of public parking is located off-site and will require that you carry your canoe/kayak to the water. Overnight parking is allowed at designated lots in downtown Yorkville if you are planning an overnight trip. Please notify the Yorkville Police Department if you plan on leaving your vehicle overnight at 640-553-4340. These are located at the intersection of Hydraulic Street and Route 47 (Northwest corner), south of the railroad tracks in the east alley lot behind the Rt. 47 businesses, and on the west side of Rt. 47 in the west alley lot behind the Rt. 47 businesses.

Changing/restroom facilities

At least one restroom is located at the park year round. Additional facilities are seasonal. There is a coffee shop on site with bathrooms available for use, as well as a room to rent for instructional courses and more. Call River City Roasters at 630-551-8346.



One large, and two small shelters are available at the site for use. Both small shelters each have a picnic table, and the large shelter can be rented for larger special events. Please contact the Yorkville Parks & Recreation Department at 630-553-4357 to make a reservation. The Rental and Use Policy outlines fees and includes the reservation form.

An indoor room for instructional courses or meetings is available to rent from River City Roasters at 630-551-8346.

A White Water Ice Cream's Party Pad is available for rent for private parties from White Water Ice Cream 630-385-2886.

Canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rafts and tubes are available for rent from Geneva Kayak's Yorkville Outdoor Center by calling 630-882-9211.



Yorkville has a variety of dining experiences available for whatever you are craving! From pizza and pasta to burgers and more, you'll never go away hungry. On site food includes River City Roasters and Foxy's Ice Cream. Or, feel free to pack a picnic lunch!

Grills and open fires are not allowed on park grounds. Please note that alcohol is not allowed on park premises unless you are holding a special event and have requested a Special Event Liquor LIcense from the City's Clerk's office.

The following restaurants, shops and entertainment are within a short walk to the Course:

Casa Santiago, 227 Heustis St.

Cobblestone Bakery & Bistro, 101 W.Van Emmon Street

Geneva Kayak's Yorkville Outdoor Center, 301 E. Hydraulic St.

Kendall Grill, 209 S. Bridge St.

Rivers Edge Theatre, 217 S. Bridge St.

River City Roasters, 131 E. Hydraulic St. (at park)

Rowdy's, 210 S. Bridge St.

Foxy's Ice Cream, 131 E. Hydraulic St. (at park)

For more information on the Yorkville area, contact the Yorkville Chamber of Commerce at 630-553-6853 or the Yorkville Economic Development Corporation at 630-553-0843.


Planning to stay overnight? Several lodging establishments and campgrounds are located in the Yorkville area.


Hampton Inn, 310 E. Countryside Pkwy.

Super 8, 1510 A North Bridge St.


Bicentennital Riverfront Park, 301 E. Hydraulic St.

Hideaway Lakes, 8045 Van Emmon Rd.

Hoover Forest Preserve, 1128 W. Fox Rd.


Fishing is not allowed in the whitewater chute bypass channel from the shoreline or either island. Fisherman can fish from the island towards the dam.

General park rules

As a reminder to all patrons, the following park rules apply and are enforced:

  • No alcohol
  • No open fires/grills
  • No fishing in the bypass channel, or within 50' upstream or downstream of the channel. Fishing is allowed from the island towards the dam. For the safety of all river users, please be sure to pick up and properly dispose of any fishing line or lures.


Park patrons using the facility are required to bring their own life jackets. If renting a canoe, kayak or tube from a local business , a life jacket should be provided. No lifeguard is on site. In the case of an emergency, a Code Blue Emergency Phone is located in the park. Buoys or flotation devices are not available on site.

In the News, Outdoor Illinois, December 2010

Click here to view an article published in Outdoor Illinois titled "Illinois Gains Whitewater Adventure."

View graphical updates of the Glen D. Palmer Dam here.

Yorkville's Whitewater Recreation Facility at Bicentennial Riverfront Park

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