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GUIDED TOURS

Our guided tours include boat rental, life jackets, paddles, canoe/kayak instruction, and are accompanied by a professionally trained guide/naturalist who will share knowledge of the Cache River’s history, its ecology, keys points of interest, and about its wildlife.

The Cache River in southern Illinois is a haven for nature enthusiasts, offering specially curated Wildlife Tours that provide a unique and enriching experience. Nestled in the heart of southern Illinois, the Cache River is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and diverse wildlife.

During these Wildlife Tours, participants have the opportunity to explore the tranquil waters and lush landscapes of the Cache River. The tours are designed to cater to the needs and interests of , ensuring a comfortable and leisurely pace.

As you navigate through the serene waterways, you'll encounter a variety of wildlife species native to the region. Keep your eyes peeled for majestic herons, graceful egrets, and the elusive river otters that call the Cache River home. The area is also a prime spot for birdwatching, with numerous species of migratory birds making it a seasonal haven.

Expert guides accompany the tours, providing valuable insights into the unique ecosystem of the Cache River. They share information about the flora and fauna, as well as the conservation efforts in place to protect this precious natural environment.

Wildlife Tours on the Beautiful Cache River offer a perfect blend of relaxation, education, and connection with nature. Whether you're an avid birdwatcher, a nature lover, or someone simply seeking a peaceful escape, these tours provide a memorable and rejuvenating experience in the heart of southern Illinois

You’ll enjoy a 4.6-mile canoe trail loop through the Cache River bottomland swamp starting from our office at 240 Dean Lane, Ullin, IL 62922.
Please take time to browse the bookings and find what best suits you. 


PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO BOOK YOUR DESIRED DATE OR HAVE ISSUES WITH THE PEEKPRO BOOKING APP. 

Call 618-201-4090 or email cacheoutfitters@gmail.com.

  • No shuttle service needed to or from our river tours or rentals. 

  • We recommend booking as early as possible, so book one of our tour packages online today. 

The Cache is waiting!

Public Tours

March-November. 7 days a week

Join one of our knowledgeable guides and other guests as we spend 2 hours in your choice of Canoe or Kayak paddling through the ancient waters of the Cache River. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the rivers history, geology and ecology while in the heart of Illinois’s hidden bayou. These tours are open to the public, and require a minimum of 2 guests. If you are a single person wanting a tour, please choose the private option or call us for availability on joining a public tour that already has guests. Additionally, we suggest if you have no prior experience that you choose the private option so are guides can work with you on your paddling strokes. Groups with small children are also encouraged to choose the private option. 

$45 for Adults 18-up

$21 for Teens 12-17

$18 for Youth 5-11

Children 2-4 are free with parental discretion.

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Private Tours

March-November, 7 days a week  

Private tours are for individuals and private groups wanting to explore the Cache one-on-one with a guide with kayaks, tandem kayaks or canoes. We will spend 2-2.5 hours in your choice of Canoe or Kayak paddling through the ancient waters of the Cache River.  Take this unique opportunity to learn about the rivers history, geology and ecology while in the heart of Illinois’s hidden bayou.

$55 for Adults 18-up

$25 for Teens 12-17

$23 for Youth 5-11

Children 2-4 are free with parental discretion.

Large Group Rates Available by calling 618-201-4090

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Private Sunset Tour

March-November: Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday

(other days call for availability)

Private sunset tours are available for individuals and private groups wanting to explore the Cache at sunset. We will spend 2 hours in your choice of canoe or kayak paddling through the ancient waters of the Cache River.  You'll learn about the rivers history, geology and ecology in the heart of Illinois’s hidden bayou.

$55  Adults (18-up)

$21 Teens (12-17)

$18 Youth (5-11)

Large group rates available by calling 618-201-4090.

Sunset Tours on the Cache

Cache River Wetland Field Trips for Schools, Churches and Camps

Each year, Cache Bayou Outfitters Inc.  hosts hundreds of youth and adults for a hands-on, environmental education experience where we emphasize the significance and importance of the Cache River Wetlands. This is accomplished via canoe/kayak or hiking through the Cache River Wetlands, or hiking trip through Wildcat Bluff, Glass Hill or Heron Pond Natural Areas.  These seasonal programs are available March through November.  All environmental education field trip programs are aligned to Illinois Academic Standards and the North American Association for Environmental Education K-12 Guidelines for Learning and are tailored to the needs of our visiting teachers and schools. Ideal for large groups with over 10 participants. Max 35 but splitting the group is an option.

 

Why Wetlands? Wetland Values

• Wetlands help to filter our water. • Wetlands act like sponges. • Wetlands help to keep our groundwater clean. • Wetlands provide a biodiverse habitat for fish & wildlife. • Wetlands provide recreational, educational, and important scientific opportunities throughout Cache River Wetlands• Wetlands help to store carbon, reducing its impact on our atmosphere.

Call for any further questions: 618-201-4090

 

Pricing for a 2-3 hour Paddle:

$19 per student for Cache River canoe/kayak Trip

$32 per adult for Cache River canoe/kayak Trip

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Ancestral Walks

Prehistoric Ancestral Living Skills

 

Join us on the trail as we explore the hills of Southern Illinois just as its early Native American inhabitants once did. These lands once held in common and conflict by many tribes throughout the centuries are rich in memory reflected in everyone’s ancestral past. We all lived as hunter/gatherers at sometime in our past and the ancient living skills that kept humans alive live within us all. This ancestral trek is a half-day program designed to share and teach participants the ancient knowledge of our ancestors, such as who lived here and when? Where did they go? What did they eat? How did they survive here? What did they believe in? What was daily life like? These answers lead to more questions which will lead us into some hands-on learning experiences such as sharing of old ancient stories, making primitive paint, learning what plants were good for healing and food, how they plant cordage, how they created fire with friction, how ancient pottery was made, how they made stone tools and how leather was made from animal hides.

 

Minimum of 2 guests and maximum of 20

$45 per adult

$23.per teen (13-17)

$20 per youth (6-12)  

Final location, time, and billing decided by both parties.

Please call Mark Denzer at 618-201-4090 or email cacheoutfitters@gmail.com.

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Senior Citizens/Persons with Disabilities Wildlife Tours 

 

This tour is specially designed for a participant that may or may not have the ability to paddle own their own. If needed we can pair a staff.  The Cache River in southern Illinois is a haven for nature enthusiasts, offering specially curated Senior Citizen Wildlife Tours that provide a unique and enriching experience. Nestled in the heart of southern Illinois, the Cache River is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and diverse wildlife. During these Senior Citizen Wildlife Tours, participants have the opportunity to explore the tranquil waters and lush landscapes of the Cache River. The tours are designed to cater to the needs and interests of senior citizens, ensuring a comfortable and leisurely pace.

 

(Private Tour Only) Seniors or Persons with Disabilities :

Prices $75.00 Per Person for Jon Boat Experience Max of 2

Prices $75.00 Per Person for assisted Paddle in Canoe, 2 person kayak (We do all the paddling while you sit back and relax ) 

Registration coming soon

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Full Moon Paddles

For information on upcoming dates please check out our 2024 Calendar of Events and book today! Private Groups Available upon request. Minimum of 4. 

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