Welcome to Chicago Water Fun where you can find out all you need to know about on-the-water recreation on and along the Chicago River system and Lake Michigan, our local water resources which provide wonderful opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, rowing, swimming, boating, dining or just hanging out. Scroll down to:

DISCOVER places to have fun along the river system and the lake
LEARN about water quality and what you should know when
SIGN UP for E notifications that will alert you when the water might not be good for recreation
LEARN the basic safety protocols for on-the-river recreation

And become a friend of the Chicago River by taking action on Overflow Action Days to help make the Chicago River system and Lake Michigan better for people and wildlife. 

Thank you for your interest in Chicago Water Fun!


Have Fun

Fishing    Paddling    Swimming    Dining    Hiking    Biking    Birding    Hanging Out


Think about the Water

Water Quality Issues     Beach Closures    Sign up for CSO notifications


Sign up for Overflow Action Alerts

what's next?

We are just getting started with Chicago Water Fun so check back again soon when water quality, public access, and other information will be expanded well beyond what's is here today. In the meantime, for more information please visit Friends of the Chicago River and find out how you can help the Chicago River system become the wonderful natural and recreational resource it deserves to be. Thank you.