Looks like a some perfect summer days for Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors with good options for adults, kids or families.
GREAT BEAR WILDERNESS: The Brookfield Zoo has good summer exhibit of the Great Bear Wilderness. It is something we have meant to do before, but the summer is beginning to slip away. Click here for details.
KIDS' FEST: Fishin' Buddies! and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County have put together a major outdoor event with everything from fishing to climbing for kids and families at Wampum Lake in Lansing from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. There will be camping, boating, fishing and an expo. This sounds like a better version of the event formerly held at Montrose Harbor. Click here to register.
RIVER WADING: All rivers should be in at least decent wading shape, some like the Kankakee are in excellent wading shape. Weather looks perfect to favor wading this weekend. It is nice to see people out waist deep once again.
SALMON FISHING: I think it is a function of our hot weather and the west winds, but one of the best bites around Chicago fishing has been for salmon relatively close to shore, including some big fish such as the Fish of the Week this week. That's been particularly true off Chicago, but also true up to the Wisconsin line and beyond.
KIDS PERCHING: Although perch fishing is closed to those 16 and older on Lake Michigan in Illinois during July, perch fishing is allowed by those 15 and younger with a reduced daily bag of 10. With the cooler water on shore, there have been perch around. Make use of that opportunity.
PADDLING: Chicago River Canoe & Kayak has a packed weekend.
On Saturday is "That Dam Lagoons" Tour, beginning at 9:30 a.m.; then at 6:30 p.m. is the ``Chicago River Canoe and Kayak Dinner Cruise.'' On Sunday beginning at 6 p.m., there is another ``Chicago River Canoe and Kayak Skyscraper Canyon Trip'' (not a beginners trip).
You need reservations, so call (773) 704-2663 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
REPTILE RALLY: PETCO is holding its first nationwide ``Reptile Rally'' from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. It sounds like something of a hands-on event, but click here for stores and details.
RIVER WORK: Saturday is a big day on the Fox River, where Friends of the Fox River has a couple events. The Fox Rescue River Clean-Up is in South Elgin from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact Jenni Kempf at (815) 356-6605. . . . The rescheduled water willow planting near Montgomery dam begins at 8 a.m. Contact Brandon Zaleiski at (815) 356-6605
PERSONAL PICKS: I think Saturday will include a trip to Kids' Fest with our two youngest. . . . On the way, we will probably stop to check out the Reptile Rally. . . . I plan to revisit the Kankakee this weekend, but this time without my kids and strictly to fish for the restoration of my soul. That might be this evening and/or Sunday.