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Welcome to
Cache Bayou Outfitters

Guided Tours and Canoe/kayak Rentals on the Lower Cache River near Perks Illinois. Welcome to Cache Bayou Outfitters, your gateway to nature's wonders nestled within the serene landscapes of the Cache River Wetlands State Natural Area and Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge. As a nonprofit organization, we are dedicated to providing a unique and immersive experience for outdoor enthusiasts. Embark on a journey through the waterways by canoe or kayak, where the beauty of the ancient wilderness comes to life. While navigating the waters, expect to be greeted by a diverse array of wildlife. Encounter graceful deer, industrious beavers, playful otters, elusive muskrats, and the vibrant plumage of wild turkeys. The skies above are adorned with the majestic flight of bald eagles, the elegant presence of herons, and the delicate grace of egrets. Beneath the surface, discover the aquatic world teeming with life. Encounter various species of fish, including gar, smallmouth bass, bowfin, crappie, and catfish, adding an exciting dimension to your exploration. Our 4.6-mile canoe trail loop guides you through the enchanting Bottomland Swamp, offering a captivating journey that culminates at the Cache Bayou Outfitters main office, located at 240 Dean Lane, Ullin, IL 62992. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature with Cache Bayou Outfitters – where every paddle stroke unveils a new chapter of the wilderness.


Reserve your Tour or Rental ahead of time to ensure availability, and check out our 2024 Calendar of Events.

No shuttle service is needed for our river tours or rentals. Dogs allowed with a leash


Our cancellation policy

You may cancel online or by phone for a 90% refund 72 hours in advance. If you have to cancel less than 72 hours in advance, a credit will be applied to your account to be used on another date.

Please feel free to contact us with any further questions
(618) 713-8215 (No calls after 5 p.m., please)


Our Location

Our location is right on the river.  It's the last stilt house on the right hand side of the road next to the river. Google for Directions 

240 Dean Lane
Ullin, Illinois 62992

We look forward to seeing you on the river!

Mark Denzer

Operator & Lead Guide


Our Mission Statment

Our mission is to promote, establish, develop and preserve historic and ecological understandings and ancient ways of life, which will be beneficial in understanding and caring for our natural resources and the health and well-being of people and community.  We will achieve this by providing:


1.  Educational wildlife tours via canoe, kayak or hiking to individuals, community organizations, schools, and religious groups on the lower Cache River wetlands.


2. Educational ancient technology, nature awareness, and traditional wilderness living skills programs, workshops, and camps for youth and adults to promote self-awareness through a heightened sense of nature and rediscovery of ancient understandings of the natural world.


3. Affordable canoe and kayak rentals to the general public and community groups.


Gift of Wetlands Education and Adventure


We believe all youth deserve the opportunity to emerge themselves in the wonders of nature and outdoor adventure. Cache Bayou Outfitters has been creating memorable experiences for almost 14 years now. We have achieved this through Cache River Tours, guided hikes, earth skills education, expeditions and workshops.  


We have created a fund exclusively for schools, churches, community organizations and less fortunate families to experience the Cache River and/or attend a workshop. 100% of your donation goes toward funding these programs and events. This may include staffing for the day, bus transportation to and from schools, or building materials for our workshop space called the Eagle Lodge.


Eagle Lodge is designed as a multiple purpose educational lodge for hosting earth skills workshops hosted by staff and special guests, and more.


We are also looking for used kayaks, canoes, building materials, treated and untreated lumber and woodworking tools. So please consider those donations if that is something for can afford to donate. Cache Bayou Outfitters Inc. is 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible allowed by law. TAX ID:  832366966 A tax deductible letter will be sent to your personal address or emailed upon your request.


Thank you 

Neth Hass ( Accounting Officer) 

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