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Old 04-03-2012, 06:40 AM
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Default Re: Smallies on the Du page

The river on average is only about 3ft deep, usually with a gravel bottom. There are a few pools I have found that will go above my chest high waders but I havent found any that just drop off without warning. Most of the pools slowly get deeper and unless your watching the clouds for 100ft or so you might get wet. The only section I have heard of that you need to be careful on is a section in Shorewood IL, at Hammel woods forest preserve. I have heard that directly upstream from the damn the bottom tends to be very muddy and a couple of deeper pools you could get into trouble with,again you would have to not pay attention to where you're going. I have personally walked this section and found that going a 1000' upstream from the damn the bottom becomes gravel and back to the normal depths of the river.

The Dupage ,although I have not explored much of it, is one river that I feel safe wading by myself.
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