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Free 45 Minute Guided Tours Offered:
The Confluence Learning Center and Grounds are open 9am-3pm.
The confluence of Turtle Creek and the Rock River has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years, as fertile land and abundant resources made it a very desirable place to live. Native American Indians settled here, fur traders used the waters as a trade route, and in the last 100 years, South Beloit has become a bustling community. On August 26 we’re celebrating South Beloit’s Centennial by offering guided tours of the facility.
On this tour you’ll learn about the history of the land, and the work to bring it back to life. Learn about the people who lived here, see our “secret” creek, visit our Italian heirloom garden and learn about the centennial prairie.
No registration needed. We will be walking on the gravel trails, and a bit on a grassy field (less than 1/4 mile). Free event
The confluence of Turtle Creek and the Rock River has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years, as fertile land and abundant resources made it a very desirable place to live. Native American Indians settled here, Fur Traders used the waters as a trade route. In the last 100 years, South Beloit has become a bustling community and in 2017 we’re celebrating South Beloit’s Centennial by offering a Centennial Paddle.
The Centennial Paddle is guided paddle trip on the Rock River, starting on Turtle Creek in South Beloit, and quickly entering the Rock River, enjoying a scenic paddle to Macktown Forest Preserve.
It’s a very popular trip offered by Rocktown Adventures. Sign up now to secure your spot!
This six mile guided paddle traces the route fur traders used back in the day when the Rock River acted like a Commerce Highway. Enjoy the wooded scenery and wildlife on a leisurely paddle as you follow the Fur Traders route down to the Macktown Trading post, where a shuttle will be waiting to take you back to the launch site at Nature at the Confluence. There is one portage required on this trip at the Rockton Dam.
The price for this experience is $50 and includes kayak, paddle, pfd, guide, shuttle, and a good time. Price is $20 for those that need a shuttle. Reservations required! To sign up please give Rocktown Adventures a call at 815-636-9066 or click here to register.
Join on the paddle trip for free if you have your own boat and shuttle!