Guide trips take place on the picturesque, upper Vermilion River outside of Pontiac, IL or near Leonore, IL. The North Vermilion, as it is often called, is one of the largest tributaries of the Illinois River. The Vermilion enters the Illinois River near Oglesby, IL. The upper Vermilion is relatively small, shallow, and quite rocky. As the river flows north toward Leonore, it gets a little larger, but still quite shallow on average. The waters run clear most of the time, which lends itself to great smallie action. The rifles and rapids are quite passive in this upper stretch of river. Some folks have heard of the big rapids on the Vermilion called the Wildcat. These rapids occur nowhere near our fishing areas, but downstream just a few miles above where the river empties its water into the Illinois. The Vermilion is a safe wade and paddle for all ages. The river's corridor is tree-lined, which adds a sense of wild adventure. There is not any development along the river. Only a few houses dot the river's corridor. After experiencing the Vermilion, every angler wants to come back.