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Start your day with a nice Kayak in the Illinois River. We will visit the old quarry site and explore upriver. We launch Kayaks at 10:15 am and will travel at group on nice relaxing kayak trip.
Kayak should be done by 12:30 and then we will head to Wine Tasting. Look for me with American Flag planted near my chair, and "Eagle" hat.
Sorry there are no rentals here, you need to bring your own kayak or canoe. ( look at discussion below)
This is far upriver from Visitor center, so if you are with the tourists, you need to continue farther to LOT #29 Lone Point Shelter. Try and follow my directions below:
Take 71 West off Route 80 in Utica. Drive thru town, making left turn after Burger King/BP gas station. Drive thru downtown, cross river and take right turn on 71 West. Continue about 5 miles along River, once you see entrance sign, one block, turn right on Lot 29# Lone Point Shelter( not marked well )Head to Boat ramp.
!! This is not Starved Rock visitor center, this is NOT Starved Rock boat center- please take 71 west to get here from i-80. If you end up at Starved Rock, continue on 71 East till you see Lot #29 Lone Point Shelterat bottom of hill.
Then pack up our Kayaks and head over to Matthiesen State Park "Vermillion area "to have our fill of Wine Tasting and enjoy our snacks while listening to live music.
***If you are arriving later, look for me with camp chair and American Flag !!!
#########See link below for wine tickets in advance.
In Advance (Save over 20% and receive more tasting tickets)
$25 per person (plus $2.09 fee) includes souvenir glass, wristband, and 7 tasting tickets. Advance tickets available through Thursday, September 15 at midnight.At the Door
$30 per person includes souvenir glass, wristband, and 5 tasting tickets.
Additional tasting tickets can be purchased within the festival for $1.00 each.
Kayak will be from 10-1230. Meet for wine tasting after 1-6pm.
*** Bring camp chair and some light food if you want for snacking . There are food trucks there also with bread, meats, cheeses and other goodies for purchase. I recommend small backpack so you can carry your chair and have some snacks to munch on while you are seated with your wine.
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