Good to Know Info


Sugar Creek has a "carry-in, carry-out" policy for trash. Trash bags available at the office. DO NOT LITTER. Fines of $500 or more for littering Sugar Creek.

No styrofoam coolers or glass containers allowed on Sugar Creek.

No large coolers. All coolers must comfortably sit on your lap in the bus.

Turkey Run State Park and Shades State Park have outlawed swimming within its boundaries.  Conservation Officers have been known to ticket those who are swimming within the State Parks.

Avoid sunburn. Use sunscreen and wear sunglasses.

Wear "creek" shoes

Do not take keys or valuables on trip. Lock everything in your vehicle and check your keys in at the office.

Dogs are welcome but please keep dogs on leash and observe all polite doggie etiquette. We charge dogs as an extra family member.

Sugar Valley accepts cash, checks (must have contact info on it and drivers license number), or Visa and Mastercard for payment of rental fees. Deposits must be paid in cash or a credit card physically held at office during trip.

AGE RESTRICTIONS: Children must be old enough to walk/run on their own when creek levels are normal. Older age restrictions are enforced when creek levels are high. Please call in advance for current creek levels/restrictions. Children under 6 must always have one adult per child.

ALCOHOL: Limited amount of alcohol allowed on trips. Public intoxication and under-age drinking will not be permitted and laws will be enforced. We enforce a no tolerance policy with alcohol. Failure to comply with our policy with result in loss of deposit and loss of SV public transportation privileges. Sections of Sugar Creek are subject to state park regulations. Alcohol limit: 4 per person.

Alcohol policy agreement must be signed by all participants.
Additional $50 deposit or credit card physically held at office required when taking alcohol on the trips.
No profanity or rude behavior allowed.
We reserve the right to refuse service.
Do not trespass onto private property.
Be courteous and respectful to others.
Be responsible for your equipment.
Be knowledgeable of your trip pick-up location and times.

4 drinks per person.

No hard alcohol.

No glass bottles.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations must be called in 5 days before date for deposit return. We run Rain or Shine. Cancelled trips due to high water will be refunded.

DEPOSIT REQUIRED: Additional deposit ($20 minimum or $5 per canoe/kayak) required. Lost deposit and additional fees charged for missing your pick-up time. Lost deposit and additional fees charged for lost, destroyed, abandoned or lodged equip. An additional $50 cash deposit or credit card physically help at office if taking alcohol.

ARRIVAL: Sugar Valley is on Eastern Standard time. One hour before Illinois. Please be at our signup window 30 minutes before your departure time to allow time for registration, instructions, and other preparations. Buses leave on time. Be aware that if you miss your bus, there's a chance you will not get on the trip you want. At times, weekend trips can book many days in advance.