The Great Kankakee River- Gotta Love it.

Home Inspector with SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno 450.004175
The Great Kankakee River-Gotta Love It. 
     I have lived in the Kankakee River Valley for over 50 years. Kankakee,IL is the county capitol for Kankakee County. Kankakee was an Indian name for the local tribes. The French fur traders discovered the great land surrounding the Kankakee River in the 1800's. I have spent time in numerous states around the country camping with BoyScouts. I was a Scoutmaster for over 9 years and a member of the local Troop 324 for nearly 20 years. I have taken pontoon rides, speedboat trips and rafting trips. But nothing compares to taking a trip down a river in a canoe, and I have logged hundreds of miles in my canoe on the Kankakee River. There are many rivers in Illinois and all throughout the midwest. Many of them are dirty, trash filled, with speed boats zipping all over. Not exactly prime canoeing type of a river. There are sections of the Kankakee River made for the speed boat crowd, but the vast majority of the river is not made for boats with propellers. They are made for canoes. Slowly gliding down the river with a gentle breeze washing over you and the sounds of the paddle pulling us forward through the water. The water in the Kankakee River is the cleanest in the state of Illinois. There have been numerous state record fish caught in the Kankakee River. While it will never compare to a Canadian or Minnesota lake for cleanliness, the beauty and views that can be found right in our backyard are just as amazing.
  Kankakee River 
     Several years ago, the downtown Kankakee started a new event for the middle of the summer. If you are into music, then you won't want to miss the Merchant Street Music Festival, or MSMF. 2 days in July of music from local, regional and nationally known bands. Mix in a 50+ booth art stroll with local artists selling paintings, ceramics, clothing, polished rocks, jewelry and much more along with a food court and wine and beer tent at each end of the entire location and you have the best regional music fest going. There are 3 stages of music acts. Main stage, depot stage and hilltop stage. The depot stage is the coolest as the stage is set up inside the old Illinois Central railroad Kankakee train depot. If you remember the words of the Arlo Guthrie song "City of New Orleans", the line goes like this.....all along the southbound IC, the train pulls out of Kankakee. It's a classic and the fest has become a real classic as well in just a few short years.  
    Our weather is midwest normal, and by that I mean it can be cold and snowy one day in March, and 65 degrees and short sleeves the next day. Hot summers and cold frigid winters mixed around spectacular spring and fall seasons make it perfect for everyone that's not afraid of cold and can handle the heat. I think it makes you a better person, right?      
     So the next time you find yourself about an hour south of Chicago on Interstate 57, stop into Kankakee and see what else we have going for us, and you won't be sorry.
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Scott Seaton-The Home Inspector With A Heart 

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Comments (7)

Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Hoping everyone enjoys the story and stops to visit someday.

Mar 31, 2020 09:25 PM
Joe Daniels, Broker, Appraiser, Realtor(R),
Personal Service Realty - Jacksonville, FL

Hello Scott,

I grew up not too far from there in Mokena. I used to go down and put either my whitewater canoe or Jon boat in at Kankakee River State Park then my dad would take my car down to Wilmington Dam park and fish till I got there.  Many good trips down the river.

Mar 31, 2020 09:57 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Hi Joe, we did the same thing from Kankakee to Warner Bridge Road. In n out. 

Apr 01, 2020 06:31 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Scott:

Thanks for sharing your community with us all. Clearly the Kankakee River is a very special part of what make the Kankakee popular with so many residents, and visitors. Loved seeing the photos!


Mar 31, 2020 10:04 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Thanks Jeff, glad you liked the pictures.

Apr 01, 2020 06:30 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector thanks for sharing your photos.... stay safe and healthy so you can enjoy this summer what those photos are displaying .....

Apr 01, 2020 04:57 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Hi Barb, I will be safe. Flowers photo was from a roof looking at my car. Sunset on the Kankakee River near Davis Creek on a Scout campout. Hilltop stage at the music fest. 

Apr 01, 2020 06:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - thanks for sharing your story of life in the Kankakee River Valley which also includes a bit about your history as a longtime resident and dedicated supporter of the local Boy Scouts of America troop.  

Apr 01, 2020 05:01 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Thanks Michael, lots of stories I could tell. 

Apr 01, 2020 06:27 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Scott. Never been on the Kankakee river and it has been years since I have been in a canoe. Used to canoe on the Fox river in Cary Illinois. Enjoy your day!

Apr 01, 2020 05:02 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Wayne, I know Cary, little far to drag my canoe.

Apr 01, 2020 06:27 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What a wonderful introduction to Kankakee, Scott! I can totally understand why you love living there!

Thank you so much for your participation in March's challenge!

Apr 01, 2020 10:56 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Thanks Debe, I hear all the time why people want to move from Illinois, but I don't think we ever will.

Apr 02, 2020 04:44 AM