Plainfield – On Wednesday, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) joined area lawmakers in a letter of support for public access to the DuPage River. The letter was sent following reports of ambiguity on this issue and expresses support for any petition and/or clarifications that public use of the DuPage River cannot be denied.
“The DuPage River is a beloved waterway in the Chicago suburbs,” said Rep. Batinick. “I am committed to allowing public use of the DuPage River and would support related legislation on this matter. Clarification that the public cannot be denied access to this important part of our communities is needed.”
Rep. Batinick sent this open letter with four other legislators. The letter seeks clarification from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) “that, for reasonable and navigable purposes, public use of the river cannot be denied.” It also details the path of the DuPage River, where it ultimately flows into the Mississippi River.
The letter reads as follows:
To Whom This May Concern,
It has come to our attention that there may be ambiguity regarding public access to the DuPage River flowing through Naperville, Plainfield, and Lisle. We the undersigned support any petition and/or clarification that, for reasonable and navigable purposes, public use of the river cannot be denied.
For decades the public has enjoyed access to this stretch of the DuPage River. There are multiple public access ramps that have been built for such use. The DuPage River has served as the foundation for many activities and happy memories of residents and families who live in the region and use the river recreationally. Members of the public can fish, canoe, and kayak on the DuPage River.
The river flows into the Des Plaines River near where it joins the Kankakee to make the Illinois River, and ultimately flows into the Mississippi River.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of us.
State Representative, 97th District
State Senator, 21st District
Meg Loughran Cappel
State Senator, 49th District
Janet Yang Rohr
State Representative, 41st District
Terra Costa Howard,
State Representative, 48th District