Salt Creek Access Improvements Project

Kayakers can access Salt Creek from three new access points.

Overview

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County developed the Salt Creek Access Improvements Project to provide three improved public-access points along a section of the waterway known as the Salt Creek Water Trail. The Salt Creek Water Trail is a 32-mile-long intermittent recreational trail stretching from Busse Lake in Schaumburg to the confluence of the Des Plaines River near Plank Road Meadow in Riverside.

The first access point will be located at Salt Creek Park Forest Preserve in Wood Dale, 5.5 miles south of Busse Lake. It will include trail access and parking .25-mile north of Elizabeth Drive. A second access point will be located at Cricket Creek Forest Preserve in Addison, 8 miles south of Busse Lake. It will include trail access and parking north of Fullerton Avenue. The third access point will be located at the Salt Creek Greenway Forest Preserve in Elmhurst, 3 miles south of an existing canoe launch at Elmhurst Park District’s Eldrige Park. It will include trail access from an existing asphalt sidewalk and parking along the south side of Hunter Drive. This access site will allow users to exit the Salt Creek Water Trail before entering the private Butler National Golf Course.

All three access points will consist of a 250 square-foot gently sloped platform constructed just below the creek level. The platforms will connect to the existing parking facilities by an eight-foot wide aggregate trail that meets ADA requirements.

Currently, no public-access points exist for paddlers along a 12-mile stretch of Salt Creek between the northern DuPage County boundary and Eldridge Park. This stretch of waterway has good potential as a recreational resource, but it is currently under-used due to a lack of entry and exit points.

View the Location Map for the project at Salt Creek Park Forest Preserve.
View the Location Map for the project at Cricket Creek Forest Preserve.
View the Location Map for the project at Salt Creek Greenway Forest Preserve.

Funding

The project is partially funded by a grant from the federal Recreational Trails Program, which is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This grant allows reimbursement for up to 80 percent of the proposed improvement and construction costs.

Status

The Forest Preserve District will begin the project on October 6, 2010. It is anticipated that much of the construction will be complete by the end of November. All three access points will remain closed through the winter but will be opened to the public in Spring of 2011.

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