"Kankakee River - Marsh" Indiana Off The Beaten Path Tip by Toughluck
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Once the Kankakee River traveled it's short 100 mile journey from South Bend to the Illinois border following a path that stretched nearly twice that distance. The marsh lands spread out for miles on both sides. There were only two or three safe crossing and those could change with a heavy rain.
Today, the Kankakee River is channel and the marsh ditched. There still are traces of the older river and the marsh still through out the region. Baums Bridge is an archeological site and a restaurant where a hunt club once stood. The same building is still there. Dunns Bridge is now a back road, but it still crosses the river. The Yellow River and it's junction, remains wet and wild with a state fish and game reserve nestled between dikes.
It's slow drive, the towns are small, the roads narrow and sometimes, they'll come to an end. You need to stop and get out, sit along the back. Drop a line in the water or take a snooze in a boat as you float down river. There are plenty of access points. You'll find places to eat and places to rest. It can be as busy or as slow as you like. Later, we'll add some stories from the old timers who braved wildfires or the Potawatomi's who hid from Iroquois war parties. There are stories of bravery, stories of trial, stories of future presidents, and stories of wildlife that once abounded in the 30,000+ acres of swamp lands known as the Grand Kankakee.
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