Forest View in Cook County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Portage Creek Passage
The portage itself may have been long or short, depending on the season. In dry weather, travelers portaged their canoes and goods between here and Lake Michigan over a sandy ridge just to the north. In flood times, they could paddle up Portage Creek into Mud Lake and then directly into the South Branch of the Chicago River.
What would early travelers have seen as they made the portage? To the east and south was a vast marsh. To the north, the portage trail passed along a ridge with prairie grasses and large oak trees.
Erected by I&M Canal Heritage Corridor.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4800 S Harlem Ave, Berwyn IL 60402, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Chicago Portage (within shouting distance of this marker); Portage Passage (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eating on the Run (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cruising the Strip (approx. 1.4 miles away); Automobile Love Affair (approx. 1.8 miles away); A Road Well Traveled (approx. 2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Arthur J. Dunham Centennial Home (approx. 2.1 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 11, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.