Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club

Upcoming events

    • 2019-02-23
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Donald E. Stephens Convention Center 5555 North River Rd., Rosemont, IL

    Date(s): February 23,2019
    Leader: Dan Kohler

    Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont, IL

    Details: 2019 Wild Things Conference - Wild Things Community


    This is a notice to PSC members and guests that the 2019 Wild Things Conference will be held on February 23, 2019. We would like to see 200 waterway users attend the 2019 conference. After attending the conference, please fill out the after-conference review questionnaire suggesting additional focus on waterways at future conferences, the conference will then be able to dedicate additional presentation sessions as well as conference floor space to Water content themes.


     Wild Things 2019 Conference Schedule

     Wild Things 2019 Registration

    • 2019-02-23
    • 6:00 PM
    • Famous Dave's, 1631 W Lake St. Addison, IL
    Register



    Date:  February 23, 2019 at 6:00 PM
    Leader:  Melinda Tury  630-234-7567

    Come on out and enjoy a fun filled evening with fellow paddlers at Famous Dave’s in Addison! Centrally located in the western suburbs 1/2 mile east of I-355 on Lake St (Rt. 20), south side of the street. 

    Cocktails at 6:00; dinner at 6:30. This is a great way to help break up the winter doldrums!!!! 

     

    • 2019-02-24
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Naperville North High School, Naperville, IL
    • 12
    Register


    Date(s):
      February 24, 2019
    Leader:   John Chase
    Location:  Naperville North High School, Naperville, IL
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  Join us for a two-hour skill-builder session where we will practice various deep-water kayak rescue techniques during the winter open pool session at Naperville North High School. 

    We will practice assisted and self rescue techniques. This is not a structured class but is an opportunity to practice skills with support. This program is perfect for paddlers who have previously performed rescues and are looking to refine their skills. These techniques are used when in deep water where shore access is not immediately available. We will not be practicing river rescue technique (i.e. throw bag use, entrapment, pinned boat, etc.)

    If you are bringing your own boat, it must be completely free of leaves, dirt, etc. before entering the pool.

    Participants must wear a properly fitted PFD. You are encouraged to bring your own boat and paddle. Whitewater kayaks and paddles are available for rent for $5.

    Payment to the Naperville Park District (cash only) is required on-site to participate. 

    • 2019-03-08
    • 2019-03-10
    • Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
    Register

    Date(s):  March 8 - 10, 2019
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson
    Location:  Alliant Energy Center 1919, Alliant Energy Way, Madison, WI
    Details:  We are looking for club members to volunteer an hour or two of their time to represent PSC at the club booth during Canoecopia. The goal is to promote the club, answer questions and to encourage paddlers to join us as new members! Click here to Sign-up for the PSC Booth during Canoecopia! 

    Check out the Canoecopia Show Guide... for more information about the show.


    • 2019-03-16
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Register


    Date(s):
    March 16, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU?
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-03-16
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Chicago River, South Branch
    Register


    Date:  March 16, 2019  
    Leader: 
     John Chase 
    Location:  Chicago River, South Branch
    Skill Level:  Advanced
    Details:  This trip is for advanced paddlers in a fun, yet challenging environment.

    We will meet at a location two miles south of downtown along the Chicago River's south branch. After assessing and discussing personal readiness, our group will travel up the river to the Main Stem where we will encounter boat traffic and thousands of revelers as we experience the river being dyed green.

    This is a cold water trip in an environment with very few accessible bailout options. There is no opportunity to exit your boat to the shore during this trip. For your safety and the safety of all others on the trip, all participants must wear a drysuit (splashwear or wetsuits will be not be accepted) and be prepared for travel in tight quarters with significant recreational and commercial boat traffic.

    All boats must have adequate flotation. Please note that recreational kayaks without either sealed bulkheads at the bow and stern or inflated float bags will not be adequate and will not be allowed to join the trip. 

    We will park and launch from a casual restaurant. It is customary to make a purchase from the establishment and enjoy post-paddle conversation with your friends following the trip. Please be prepared to join us.

    • 2019-03-17
    • 2019-03-31
    • West Plains, MO
    Register


    Date(s):
    March 17 - 31, 2019
    Leader: Greg Vitale
    Co-Leader:   Various
    Location:  West Plains, MO
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Day Trips
    Details: 
    Once again, we'll be heading south in March and  paddling many of the fine rivers in Southern MO and Northern AR. 

    Intermediate paddling skills are required as is emailing Greg at vitol_g@yahoo.com if you'd like to join us in early spring paddling.

    We will be based out of Twin Bridges Canoe and Campground, located on the Norfork River about 20 miles west of West Plains, MO. 

    Twin Bridges has cabins, camping, and an RV park lodging choices; and some meals are available at Twin Bridges.

    Rivers likely to be paddled may include:

    Big Piney River, MO

    Current River, MO

    Little Piney River, MO

    Little Piney Creek, MO

    Jacks Fork River, MO

    Norfork River, MO

    Sugar and Indian Creeks, MO

    Spring River, AR

    Eleven Point River, MO

    Bryant Creek,, MO

    And others depending on water levels.



    • 2019-03-24
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Register


    Date(s):
    March 24, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-03-24
    • 12:15 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 419 Trout Farm Road, Bolingbrook, IL
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    Date: 
    March 24, 2019

    Leader: 
     John Chase 
    Location:  Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook, IL
    Skill Level:  All levels
    Details:  

    This interactive class provide combines video with hands-on practical experience on the latest CPR skills, AED use, and basic first aid knowledge.

    ASHI PediatricPlus CPR, AED, and First Aid for Infants, Children, and Adults provides an ideal training solution to respond to medical emergencies. This versatile program is based upon the 2015 CPR and First Aid Guidelines, Caring for Our Children, 3rd Ed; and other evidence-based treatment recommendations.

    Certification will be valid for two years.

    Click here to register

    The link above will direct you to PaddlingExercises.com to register.

    The class is limited to 12 registrants. Please note that since registration is not occurring directly through the PSC site, the PSC site will show zero registered. The class maximum will be adjusted regularly to show the actual number of spots available. 

    • 2019-03-30
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Izaak Walton Home, 899 Jay Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120
    Register


    Date(s):
      March 30, 2019
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson
    Co-Leader:   John Chase
    Location:  Izaak Walton Home, 899 Jay Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120
    Details: 
    PSC board meetings are open to the general membership.

    • 2019-04-07
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • DuPage River from Naperville's Pioneer Park to Riverview Farmstead
    Register


    Date: 
    April 7, 2019  
    Leader: 
     John Chase 
    Location:  DuPage River from Naperville's Pioneer Park to Riverview Farmstead
    Skill Level:  Instructor and Trip Leader
    Details:  This workshop is for current or potential trip leaders, instructors, and anyone else wanting to develop greater skill organizing and leading groups on the water.

    We will begin on land reviewing best practices for pre-trip planning, pre-launch group management, expectation management, and pre-put-in discussion.

    From there we will put in and paddle the DuPage River from Pioneer Park to Riverview Farmstead. During the paddle, we will coach principles of group leadership on the move, including managing a few scenarios you might encounter on a regular trip. Brief snack stop at Knoch Knolls Park. 

    • 2019-04-13
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Register


    Date(s):
    April 13, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-04-17
    • 9:30 AM
    • South Elgin to St. Charles
    Register

    Date:  April 17, 2019

    Leader:  Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  South Elgin to St. Charles
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the first Wednesday trip of the year. This section of the Fox River is wide and appropriate for all skill levels. This about a 5-6 mile paddle and we will not stop for lunch. Bring water, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2019-04-27
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Register


    Date(s):
    April 27, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-04-27
    • 8:30 AM
    • 899 Jay Street Elgin, IL
    Register


    Date(s):
    April 27, 2019
    Leader:  John Ziegler
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  899 Jay Street Elgin, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Cleanup
    Details: 
    This is a walking stream/streambank cleanup due to low water and/or narrow stream. Meet at the Izaak Walton League lodge about 8:30 to sign in, get supplies (gloves, bags & some tools) and find out where to go. Wear clothes that you can get wet and dirty. Dress for the weather. Lunch is provided for the workers.

    Contact leader with questions. Please register for this free event.

    • 2019-05-01
    • 9:30 AM
    • Northeast Illinois
    Register


    Date(s):
      May 1, 2019
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue Allman
    Location: Northeast Illinois
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip                                                                                                Details:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 We will be paddling the DesPlaines River from Russell Rd. to Wadsworth Rd. This section is peaceful and senic, and is appropriate for anyone, regardless of skill level.

    Contact the trip leader for information. Steve (630) 665-5707

    Initial sign-up must be done through this page, but until the PSC website is fully functional, all updates will be done by personal e-mail from one of the trip leaders.

    I ask that all paddlers sign up. Please do not invite a guest without signing him or her up through the website.





    • 2019-05-05
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Register


    Date(s):
    May 5, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-05-08
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, Addison, IL
    Register


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    Date(s):
    Wednesday, May 08, 2019
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson  630-878-1194
    Co-Leader:  John Anderson  630-487-6865
    Location:  Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, near Fullerton & Villa Ave, Addison
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Evening Paddle
    Details:  We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 pm from Crickett Creek Forest Preserve in Addison. We will paddle to Eldridge Park in Elmhurst where a car will be spotted for a reverse shuttle. This will be a quick trip; about 2 hours, however there is one small dam we must portage. We will return drivers to the put-in to pick up cars and then return to Eldridge Park to load boats. We will meet after the paddle (approx. 9 pm) at HB Jones located at 551 South York Street in Elmhurst for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact the trip leader if you intend to paddle; the shuttle logistics are important! Please contact Steve Sinderson by phone 630-878-1194 if you have any questions. 


    • 2019-05-15
    • 9:30 AM
    • West Chicago, IL
    Register


    Date(s):
      May 15, 2019
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue Allman
    Location: West Branch of the DuPage River (St. Charles Rd  to Mack Rd.)
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    Category: Day
    Trip                                                                                                 Details: We will be paddling the West Branch of the DuPage River from St.Charles Rd. to Mack Rd. This section is peaceful and senic, but it is narrow and may have obstructions that you will need to maneuver or portage around. This trip is appropiate for anyone who has reliable paddling skills.

    Contact the trip leader for information. Steve (630) 665-5707

    Initial sign-up must be done through this page, but until the PSC website is fully functional, all updates will be done by personal e-mail from one of the trip leaders.

    I ask that all paddlers sign up. Please do not invite a guest without signing him or her up through the website.





    • 2019-05-19
    • Libertyville, IL (Marathon) Wheeling, IL (Minithon)


    Date(s):
     Sunday, May 19, 2019
    Leader: 
    Al Pilgrim
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Libertyville,IL (Marathon)  Wheeling, IL (Minithon)
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Paddling Event
    Details:
    This is a listing-only event for PSC points. All information is available at www.canoemarathon.com. Trip mileage recording can be made by contacting _________. 

     


     


    • 2019-05-19
    • 8:00 AM
    • 15545 West Oak Spring Road Libertyville, IL 60048


    Date: Sunday, May 19, 2019

    Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon

    • 2019-05-19
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Patterson Lake, Aurora
    • 8
    Register


    Date(s):  May 19, 2019
    Leader: Marlene Bertolozzi
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Patterson Lake, Aurora
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  

    This is the first in our PSC Training Series, Introduction to Paddling for Canoe & Kayak. It will be held at Oakhurst FP, a sheltered lake in Aurora. This ACA curriculum will teach you the basics of paddling your kayak. Some paddling strokes you will learn include: fwd, rev, stop, spin (pivot), sideways (abeam), turning and many other skills to paddle your craft skillfully on calm protected waters.

    Pricing:

    Early bird registration: $15 for PSC members, $35 for non-members (if registered by March 31)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members (between April 1 and May 16)

    Participants will need to bring their own boat, paddle, PFD, snacks, lunch, and all personal items. Instructors will contact participants prior to the event with special instructions or equipment needs.

    ACA membership is required for participation. You will be asked to purchase a $5 one-day membership or supply your ACA member number at checkout.

    Early bird rate is in effect until March 31. Registration will close on May 16.

    • 2019-05-19
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Patterson Lake, Aurora
    • 13
    Register


    Date(s):  May 19, 2019
    Leader: Dave Watts
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Patterson Lake, Aurora
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  

    This is the first in our PSC Training Series, Introduction to Paddling for Canoe & Kayak. It will be held at Oakhurst FP, a sheltered lake in Aurora. This ACA curriculum will teach you the basics of paddling your canoe. Some paddling strokes you will learn include: fwd, rev, stop, spin (pivot), sideways (abeam), turning and many other skills to paddle your craft skillfully on calm protected waters.

    Pricing:

    Early bird registration: $15 for PSC members, $35 for non-members (if registered by March 31)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members (between April 1 and May 16)

    Participants will need to bring their own boat, paddle, PFD, snacks, lunch, and all personal items. Instructors will contact participants prior to the event with special instructions or equipment needs.

    ACA membership is required for participation. You will be asked to purchase a $5 one-day membership or supply your ACA member number at checkout.

    Early bird rate is in effect until March 31. Registration will close on May 16.

    • 2019-05-22
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, Addison, IL
    Register


    Date(s):
    Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson  630-878-1194
    Co-Leader:  John Anderson  630-487-6865
    Location:  Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, near Fullerton & Villa Ave, Addison
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Evening Paddle
    Details:  We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 pm from Crickett Creek Forest Preserve in Addison. We will paddle to Eldridge Park in Elmhurst where a car will be spotted for a reverse shuttle. This will be a quick trip; about 2 hours, however there is one small dam we must portage. We will return drivers to the put-in to pick up cars and then return to Eldridge Park to load boats. We will meet after the paddle (approx. 9 pm) at HB Jones located at 551 South York Street in Elmhurst for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact the trip leader if you intend to paddle; the shuttle logistics are important! Please contact Steve Sinderson by phone 630-878-1194 if you have any questions. 


    • 2019-05-25
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Register


    Date(s):
    May 25, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-05-29
    • 9:30 AM
    • West Chicago, IL
    Register


    Date(s):
      May 29, 2019
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue Allman
    Location: West Chicago (Mack Rd to McDowell Grove)
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    Category: Day Trip                                                                                        Details: We will be paddling the West Branch of the DuPage River from Mack Rd. to McDowell Grove. This section is senic and has some riffles, and is appropiate for anyone who has basic paddling skills.

    Contact the trip leader for information. Steve (630) 665-5707

    Initial sign-up must be done through this page, but until the PSC website is fully functional, all updates will be done by personal e-mail from one of the trip leaders.

    I ask that all paddlers sign up. Please do not invite a guest without signing him or her up through the website.





    • 2019-06-02
    • 4:30 PM
    • Woodland Plastics, 1340 W. National Ave., Addison, Illinois 60101
    Register


    Date(s):
      June 02, 2019
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson
    Co-Leader:   John Chase
    Location: Woodland Plastics, 1340 W. National Ave., Addison, Illinois 60101
    Details: 
    PSC board meetings are open to the general membership.

    • 2019-06-05
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, Addison, IL
    Register


    Date(s):
    Wednesday, June 05, 2019
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson  630-878-1194
    Co-Leader:  John Anderson  630-487-6865
    Location:  Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, near Fullerton & Villa Ave, Addison
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Evening Paddle
    Details:  We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 pm from Crickett Creek Forest Preserve in Addison. We will paddle to Eldridge Park in Elmhurst where a car will be spotted for a reverse shuttle. This will be a quick trip; about 2 hours, however there is one small dam we must portage. We will return drivers to the put-in to pick up cars and then return to Eldridge Park to load boats. We will meet after the paddle (approx. 9 pm) at HB Jones located at 551 South York Street in Elmhurst for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact the trip leader if you intend to paddle; the shuttle logistics are important! Please contact Steve Sinderson by phone 630-878-1194 if you have any questions. 


    • 2019-06-08
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Register


    Date(s):
    June 8, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-06-08
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DuPage River, Shorewood (Hammel Woods)
    • 11
    Register

    Date:       June 8, 2019
    Leader:    Marlene Bertolozzi
    Location:  DuPage River, Shorewood (Hammel Woods)
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:     Instruction

    This class will teach basic moving water skills that every river kayaker should have. Students will build on the skills learned in the Introduction to Paddling class, and will learn such maneuvers as upstream ferries, downstream ferries, eddy turns and peel outs.

    Students will also receive instruction on reading the river and recognizing hazards.

    PREREQUISITE: Students must have completed the PSC Introduction to Paddling class. If you have not attended the PSC Introduction to Kayaking class, you must contact the Lead Instructor, Marlene Bertolozzi, by clicking on the blue name link, before registering.

    Pricing:

    Early bird registration: $15 for PSC members, $35 for non-members (if registered by May 25)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members (after May 25)

    Participants will need to bring their own boat, paddle, PFD, snacks, lunch, and all personal items. Instructors will contact participants prior to the event with special instructions or equipment needs.

    ACA membership is required for participation. You will be asked to purchase a $5 one-day membership or supply your ACA member number at checkout.

    • 2019-06-09
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DuPage River, Shorewood
    • 13
    Register

    Date: June 9, 2019

    Leader: Dave Watts
    Location: DuPage River, Shorewood
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
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    This class will teach basic moving water skills that every river canoeist should have. Students will build on the skills learned in the Introduction to Paddling class, and will learn such maneuvers as upstream ferries, downstream ferries, eddy turns and peel outs. This class is open to both tandem & solo canoes.

    Students will also receive instruction on reading the river and recognizing hazards.

    PREREQUISITE: Students must have completed the PSC Introduction to Paddling class. If you have not attended the PSC Introduction to Canoe class, you must contact the Lead Instructor, Dave Watts, by clicking on the blue name link, before registering.

    Pricing:

    Early bird registration: $15 for PSC members, $35 for non-members (if registered by May 25)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members (between May 26 and June 3)

    Participants will need to bring their own boat, paddle, PFD, snacks, lunch, and all personal items. Instructors will contact participants prior to the event with special instructions or equipment needs.

    ACA membership is required for participation. You will be asked to purchase a $5 one-day membership or supply your ACA member number at checkout.

    Registration will close on June 3

    • 2019-06-12
    • 9:30 AM
    • Sycamore
    Register

    Date(s):  June 12, 2019
    Leader: 
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  Rt. 64 (Sycamore) 
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the first section in a series of trips along the Kishwaukee River South Branch. This part is rarely paddled and has a rural feel. It will be a 9 mile paddle. Bring water, lunch, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2019-06-14
    • 2019-06-16
    • Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI
    Register


    Date(s):
      June 14 - 16, 2019
    Leader:   Tracy Hunt
    Co-Leader:
     
    Paul Klonowski 
    Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI

    Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
    Category:  Instruction
    Details: The Wisconsin Canoe Symposium (WCS) is an enjoyable weekend where you can receive coaching in a quiet water setting from experienced, ACA-certified instructors who will assess your skills and lead you on the path to improvement at your own pace. The location is approximately 60 minutes north of Madison, Wisconsin.

    Courses will be available for all skill levels in both solo and tandem open canoe, including Introduction, Touring, Advanced Touring, and Interpretive Freestyle. WCS also offers a “Creeking FreeStyle” course on a section of the nearby Mecan River.

    The student-to-instructor ratio is limited to 5 to 1.  Bring your own canoe, paddle, and PFD; rentals will be available on a very limited, first-come-first-served basis. 

    Arrive as early as Thursday evening and paddle through Sunday noon.  Accommodations include motel style rooms, bunkhouses, and camping (with or without electric hookup).  Pine Lake’s various camp activities such as archery and low ropes will be available to symposium participants and registered family and guests. Meals can be on your own, or are available throughout the event in the very sociable setting of the camp’s dining hall.

    The Wisconsin Canoe Symposium is organized and hosted by ACA-Certified instructors Tracy Hunt and Paul Klonowski.  For more information, contact Tracy at tracyhunt077@gmail.com   or Paul at pklonowski@comcast.net.

    For registration forms and general information, including the features of the camp and driving directions, refer to the FreeStyle Canoeing website:  www.freestylecanoeing.com.