Outdoor enthusiast and nature lovers alike, enjoy everything the Hennepin Canal and Trail has to offer. Fishing and paddling along the soft current of the Hennepin Feeder Canal makes for a relaxing fishing or kayaking trip! stroll or boke down the shaded trail that runs parallel to the city. Tucked away from the noise of the town, the canal is the perfect relaxation after a long day. Boat ramps are accessible right off of Rt.40, and East 2nd Street.
Looking for something a little more fast pace? Then look to the Rock River! Boaters, fishers, tubers, and sandbar goers enjoy the Rock River for its many uses. Dip in at the Harry Oppold Marina in Sterling, or the Arduini Boat Ramp in Rock Falls drop a tube in at the Dixon Page page, and float to Moonlight Bay, a delicious diner along the river! The Rock River hosts some great fishing including some record making Cat Fish! The Rock Falls Tourism Department hosts an annual Rock Falls Big Cat Quest. A Cat Fish Tournament that hands out $10,000 in cash prizes! Drop a line, or motor in at the Rock River.