DeKalb County, Boating Rentals, and Resources.  

DeKalb County enjoys a section of the Kishwaukee River, Lake Shabbona State Park, and the NIU University Lagoon for their kayaking and boating adventures.
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“Kayaking Brought To You”

Kayak Rental Outfitter is located in Genoa, Illinois. Providing Kayak rentals and shuttling service for your yak. Parties, Business promotional paddles, and Charity Events. Serving DeKalb County, Boone County, Winnebago County, McHenry County, and Kane County.

(815) 762 4009


"Beautiful Lake Shabbona"

We rent pontoons, bass boats, motorboats, rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks, and paddleboards on Shabbona Lake. You can reserve your rental online or by calling.

(815) 824 2581


"NIU Adventure Center"

We have everything you need for your next trip or group event! Our services are open to NIU as well as the community and general public. We are open for regular business hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3-6 p.m.

We are closed on Wednesday and University closures.

NIU Non-Student Gear Rental Brochure

Local Kayaking Tips and Trips. 

Keith, F. 
There are drop locations for the Kish at Knute Olson Preserve in Genoa, Carrol Park in Genoa, and Dean Awe Park in Kingston. 
Knute Olson and Dean Awe are gravel, and Genoa has a nice composite ramp.

Mandy, C.
We live in Genoa and take the kids so we often drop in at either Russell Woods or Carrol Park then get out at Carrol or Dean Awe in Kingston. It's usually about an hour or two and a great family getaway.

Christy ,W.
Dean Awe in Kingston to Potawatomi in Kirkland is about a 5-hour trip going at an easy pace. We bounced and skootched on the bottom through a few places but didn't need to get out at the end of June. I've been told but haven't checked it out, that Potawatomi north is impassible until Irene Rd. 
We've canoed the Kish out of Sycamore, and I do not recommend sliding by the Sycamore Sportsman Club on the water. 

Chuck, W.
Knute Olsen, Baseline road is the best Putin. Genoa/Carol Park is an ok launch but terrible to get out. Kingston is the best get-out spot. Potawatomi to get out just past the bridge has crumbled and is a tough out. To get out before the bridge is a find your spot. Knute Olsen to Kingston is the best in and out and a most enjoyable trip.

HELP KEEP DEKALB COUNTY BEAUTIFUL.
WHENEVER YOU'RE OUT EXPLORING WE ASK THAT YOU REMAIN ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE AND PROPERLY DISCARD OF ALL YOUR DISPOSABLES.