Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club

Upcoming events

    • 2018-06-22
    • 2018-06-24
    • West of Danville, IL
    • 6
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    Date(s):
      June 22-24, 2018

    CANCELLED - HEAVY RAINS - RISING RIVER LEVELS - UNSAFE
    Leader:   Dave Watts
    Co-Leader: Regina Watts
    Location:  Kickapoo State Park, W of Danville, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner/Advanced Beginner (depends on water level)
    Category:  Paddling, Base Camping
    Details:  We will be base camping at Kickapoo State Park for two nights antrailsd will be paddling primarily the Middle Fork Vermilion River and possibly the Salt Fork of the Vermilion River. There are also several interesting lakes within the park that are worth an evening paddle or to get your line wet. Also, numerous hiking trails within the park.  Campsites will need to be reserved in advance. 

    Contact leader for more details and/or directions.



    • 2018-06-23
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need
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    Date(s):
    June 23, 2018
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  TBD, depending on river conditions & need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details: This is a scheduled workday for the Lake County Forest Preserve District's Des Plaines River Stewardship Project. It's always a fun day on the river, and PSC members get Double Points, too!

    Help clean up the Upper Des Plaines River! Time & Location TBD, depending on where it needs it the most.

    • 2018-06-23
    • 2018-06-24
    • Glacial Heritage Area - Between Milwaukee and Madison
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, June 23 - 24, 2018

    Leaders: John Anderson and Larry Jacklin
    Details: This is a great place for a weekend getaway...not too far from home...less than a 2 hour drive from most west/nw 'burbs...Join us for one or both days and camping Saturday night. We will paddle two stretches of the Bark River.  Contact us for details...

    • 2018-06-24
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Fox River, Oswego
    • 0
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    Date:       June 24, 2018 (Rescheduled from June 10, 2018)
    Leader:    Marlene Bertolozzi
    Location:  Fox River, Oswego
    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.

    Registration is full

    • 2018-06-24
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Marge Cline Park, Yorkville, IL
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    Date:       June 24, 2018
    Leader:    Marlene Bertolozzi
    Location:  Marge Cline Whitewater Park, Yorkville, IL
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:     Instruction

    This class will build on the moving water skills that were learned in Introduction to Kayaking and Moving Water I. Students will practice the maneuvers such as upstream ferries, downstream ferries, eddy turns and peel outs in the class 2 rapid at the Marge Cline Whitewater Park in Yorkville.

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

    PREREQUISITE: For your safety and to keep the class on pace, students must have completed the PSC Introduction to Paddling and Moving Water 1 classes. If you have not attended the PSC Introduction to Kayaking class and Moving Water 1 classes or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills, you must contact the Lead Instructor, Marlene Bertolozzi, by clicking on the blue name link, before registering.

    Pricing:

    Registration: $15 for PSC members, $35 for non-members

    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.

    Helmets and spray skirts will be required for this class.

    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.

    Registration will close on June 17

    • 2018-06-27
    • 9:30 AM
    • Genoa
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    Date(s):
      June 27, 2018
    Leader: 
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  Baseline Road to Kingston
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the next section of the Kishwaukee River South Branch. It is a 9 mile paddle. Bring water, lunch, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2018-06-27
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd
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    Check with us as this will be dependent on water levels....  

    Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and 
    John Anderson
    Details: We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 p.m. The trip will be under 2 hours ~4.5 miles (we will spot a car at the takeout for a reverse shuttle). After returning to load boats/gear,  we will head over to Two Brothers Tap House located @ 30w315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville (in the industrial area nw of Route 56 & 59 @ approx. 8:00 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2018-06-30
    • 2018-07-01
    • St Joseph County, Michigan (Three Rivers - Nottawa)
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, September 9-10, 2017

    Leaders:  John Anderson and Larry Jacklin
    Details: We will be helping with a cleanup on Saturday with the St Joseph County Conservation District and paddling another stretch on Sunday...camping in Amish County...$5/person/night....contact us for details.

    • 2018-07-04
    • 10:00 AM
    • Kishwaukee River from Cherrry Valley
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    Date(s):
      July 4, 2018
    Leader:  Tom Eckles
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Kishwaukee River from Cherry Valley
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details:  Car shift at 10AM. Breakfast beforehand at Cherry Valley Cafe at 8:30

    • 2018-07-07
    • 2018-07-08
    • Grant River, Southwest Wisconsin near Cassville
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    Date(s):  July 7 & 8, 2018
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader:
    Location: Grant River
    Skill Level: 
    Advanced Beginner (with solid AB skills)
    Category: Day trips        
    Details:
        Come and join us on one of the prettiest (and least paddled) rivers in the area.  The Grant is a narrow, meandering river in the Driftless area of southwest Wisconsin.  It features stunning bluffs, canopied sections of river, riffles and a remoteness that is hard to find on many rivers.

    This trip is rated “Advanced Beginner” for its tight turns and riffles.  Group size will be limited for this reason, because of parking considerations and because paddlers will tend to become strung out on this river.

    Please contact me if you want to join us on this trip.


    • 2018-07-07
    • 2018-07-08
    • Richland Center, WI
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, July 7 - 8, 2018

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: This is a great place for a weekend getaway...not too far from home...less than a 2 hour drive from most west/nw 'burbs...Join us for one or both days and camping Saturday night. We will paddle two stretches of the Bark River.  Camping will be at Alana Springs Campground in Richland Center, WI @$20/night. Contact us for details...

    • 2018-07-08
    • Nippersink Creek
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    Date:
    Sunday July 8, 2018
    Leaders:  Tom Eckels               
    Location:  Nippersink Creek  
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner          
    Category: 
    Day trip      
    Details:
    Contact leader for details.


    • 2018-07-11
    • 9:30 AM
    • Kingston
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    Date(s):
      July 11, 2018
    Leader: 
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  Kingston (to Kirkland)
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the final section of the Kishwaukee River South Branch series. It is about a 9 mile paddle. Bring water, lunch, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2018-07-11
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest preserve, Addison, IL
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    Date(s):
    Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    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. 


    • 2018-07-14
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need
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    Date(s):
    July 14, 2018
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  TBD, depending on river conditions & need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details: This is a scheduled workday for the Lake County Forest Preserve District's Des Plaines River Stewardship Project. It's always a fun day on the river, and PSC members get Double Points, too!

    Help clean up the Upper Des Plaines River! Time & Location TBD, depending on where it needs it the most.

    • 2018-07-14
    • 9:30 AM
    • Algonquin, IL
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    Date(s):
      July 14, 2018
    Leader:   John & Marilyn Ziegler
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  Algonquin, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Paddling
    Details:  Come and join us as we paddle from the Fox River from Buffalo Park in Algonquin to Voyager Landing in Elgin. There is a portage at the Carpentersville dam. Keep your eyes open for various birds and other wildlife. Boy Scout Troop 10, sponsored by the Izaak Walton League, will be joining us for the paddle.

    Make sure to bring water, lunch, raingear, sunscreen, a change of clothes in a dry bag and a hat. As usual PFD's will be required wear while on the water.

    Car shift is at 9:30.

    Contact leaders if you have questions.



    • 2018-07-15
    • 2018-07-20
    • tbd
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    Date(s):
     July 15 - 20, 2018 
    Leader: 
    Joan Taylor
    Co-Leader:   
    Location:  TBD
    Skill Level:  
    Category:  
    Details:  Contact trip leader for details.

    • 2018-07-18
    • 7:30 AM
    • Just west of the Busse Lake Boating Center dock
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    Date(s):
      July 18, 2018
    Leader:  Dan Kohler
    Co-Leader:  Karen Willden
    Location:  Busse Lake by the boat dock
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Cleanup/Community Partnership
    Details: 
    We would like to show the Cook County Forest Preserve that the PSC group are reliable partners in the care of this treasured local water system. We would like to have a consistent, longterm group Wednesday morning cleanup set for the third Wednesday of every month that will not conflict with the long standing PSC Wednesday morning River paddle event.

    Meet at 7:30 and be ready to paddle by 8AM.

    Please place this event on your ongoing todo calendar.

    Thanks so much.

    • 2018-07-18
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd
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    Check with us as this will be dependent on water levels....  

    Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and 
    John Anderson
    Details: We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 p.m. The trip will be under 2 hours ~4.5 miles (we will spot a car at the takeout for a reverse shuttle). After returning to load boats/gear,  we will head over to Two Brothers Tap House located @ 30w315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville (in the industrial area nw of Route 56 & 59 @ approx. 8:00 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2018-07-20
    • 2018-07-22
    • Southwest Wisconsin
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    Date(s):
      July 20 - 22, 2018
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Patti Fiorino
    Location:  Southwest Wisconsin
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  River Camping
    Details: 

    Come join us for our annual four-river trip on the Kickapoo River, the Wisconsin River, the Mississippi River and the Wyalusing Canoe Trail in southwestern Wisconsin.  In one weekend, you will paddle a narrow, meandering river (Kickapoo), a wide recreational river (Wisconsin), a maritime superhighway (Mississippi), and lush bayou (Wyalusing backwaters).  The put-in will depend on the condition of the Kickapoo River, but in no case will this trip be rated above “advanced beginner”.

    We plan to camp on sandbars on the Wisconsin River, but by Saturday night we will be in an area of the river where the sandbars are covered when the river is high.  I have reserved a campsite at Wyalusing State Park for 7/21/18, just in case we can’t camp on the river that night.  I recommend that anyone else who wants to join us do the same, and do it soon since Wyalusing is a very popular park.  (If you waited too long and Wyalusing is full, you can still come.  There are other campgrounds in the area, and Victora Park always has room in the primitive camping field, east of the boat ramp.)

    Information will be provided to anyone interested.

    Steve LaPorte:  slaporte2000@gmail.com; 630-665-5707


    • 2018-07-21
    • 2018-07-22
    • St Joseph County, Michigan (Three Rivers - Nottawa)
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, July 21 - 22, 2018

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: We will be helping with a cleanup on Saturday with the St Joseph County Conservation District and paddling another stretch on Sunday...camping in Amish County...$5/person/night....contact us for details.

    • 2018-07-21
    • 2018-07-22
    • Irons, Michigan
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    Date(s): July 21 & 22, 2018
    Leader: Regina Watts
    Location: Irons, Michigan
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trips
                                                                                               

    D
    etails: The Little Manistee River is a very small intimate stream with lots of twists and turns. Sure to keep you on your toes.This trip is an extension to Joan Taylor's trip of Pine, Pere Marquette and Manistee.

    We will be camping at the Coolwater Campground. $13 a night for the group site. Showers are available.  http://www.coolwatercamp.com

     

    • 2018-07-21
    • 9:00 AM
    • Upper Des Plaines Russell Rd to Wadsworth Rd
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    Date(s):
    Saturday July 21, 2018
    Leader:  Helen Gretz
    Co-Leader:   Bill Kessler
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River - Russell Rd to Wadsworth Rd
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Paddling
    Details:  It's July folks, could be a scorcher, so planning on a relatively early start. Be ready to car shuttle by 9AM. Snack break at Van Patten Woods, and please stay for BYOL (lunch) at the takeout. Bring plenty of water, bug spray, hats, smiles.

    • 2018-07-22
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Whalon Lake, Bolingbrook/Naperville, IL
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    Date(s):  July 22, 2018
    Leader:  John Chase
    Co-Leader:  Dave Watts
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Location:  Whalon Lake, Bolingbrook/Naperville, IL
    Category:  Instruction

    Details:  Join us for a Skill Building Day, this is a special two for one Skill Building Class

    The morning skill-builder session will be 'Camping from your Canoe or Kayak', where we will review practical tips & tricks for packing for a camping trip from your boat as well as 'packing your boat'. We also review on how to have a balanced & trim boat and the various scenarios that one may encounter. And many other's. We will wrap up the morning with a review from 'Leave No Trace' River Ethics. Also, to end this session, there will be a brief discussion on possible plans for a fall river camping trip to 'Practice' what you have leaned.

    The afternoon skill-builder session will be 'Flat Water Rescue', where we will practice various deep-water kayak and canoe rescue techniques. 

    We will review assisted and self rescue techniques and towing techniques. 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.)

    Come out for both the morning & afternoon Skill Building Sessions or just one, please let us know so we can plan accordingly.

    Kayaks must have sealed bulkheads at both the bow and stern ends or fully inflated and secured float bags. Kayaks without adequate flotation will not be permitted to participate.

    Canoe flotation is not required but would be very helpful.

    Participants must wear a properly fitted PFD and bring your own boat and all equipment you normally bring when paddling. All kayak participants will be asked to perform a wet exit prior to launching.

    ACA membership is required for this event. If you are already a member of the ACA you can enter your membership number during registration. If you are not yet a member, you must purchase a $5 one-day membership.

    Registration will close on July 15, 2018.

    • 2018-07-25
    • Southern WI.
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    Date(s):
      July 25, 2018
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue Allman
    Location: Sugar River (Nelson Rd. to Two Rivers)
    Skill Level: Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip                                                                                               Details:
       We will be paddling the Sugar River from Nelson Rd. to Two Rivers. This section is peaceful and senic, and is appropiate 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.





    • 2018-07-25
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest preserve, Addison, IL
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    Date(s):
    Wednesday, July 25, 2018
    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. 


    • 2018-07-28
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need
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    Date(s):
    July 28, 2018
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  TBD, depending on river conditions & need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details: This is a scheduled workday for the Lake County Forest Preserve District's Des Plaines River Stewardship Project. It's always a fun day on the river, and PSC members get Double Points, too!

    Help clean up the Upper Des Plaines River! Time & Location TBD, depending on where it needs it the most.

    • 2018-07-28
    • 8:30 AM
    • 6802 42nd St., Rockford, IL
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    Date(s):
      July 28, 2018
    Leader:  Darrel Grove
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  meet at Kishwaukee Paddle Fest
    Skill Level:  beginner
    Category:  paddling
    Details:  

    Meet at Kishwaukee Paddle Fest (6802 42nd St. Rockford, IL) at 8:30 am so we can get our boats and gear on the 9:00 am shuttle to Baumann Park. We will paddle downstream to the Paddle Fest and catch the live music.     

    There will be food and drink at the event so be sure to bring a chair and enjoy the 3 bands who will be performing. I believe you can camp out on Friday and Saturday night, if you want.

    Keep an eye on the Kishwaukee Paddlefest facebook page for more details as they develop.

    https://www.facebook.com/kishwaukeepaddlefest/

    Note: the Kishwaukee Paddle Fest is not a PSC-run event but there will be plenty of PSC members there.

    • 2018-07-28
    • 9:00 AM
    • 2018-07-29
    • Montello, WI
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    Date(s):
      July 28 & 29, 2018
    Leader:   John & Marilyn Ziegler
    Co-Leader:   Sherri Graham & John Anderson
    Location:  Montello, Wi
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Base camping
    Details:  The Mecan is a beautiful spring fed river with lots of twists and turns. We will be camping at Mecan River Outfitters ( 920-295-3439) Friday & Saturday nights and paddling both Saturday & Sunday. The camping is primitive -- pit toilets and no water (you need to bring enough water with you for the weekend). Contact leaders for more info.



    • 2018-08-01
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd
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    Check with us as this will be dependent on water levels....  

    Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and 
    John Anderson
    Details: We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 p.m. The trip will be under 2 hours ~4.5 miles (we will spot a car at the takeout for a reverse shuttle). After returning to load boats/gear,  we will head over to Two Brothers Tap House located @ 30w315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville (in the industrial area nw of Route 56 & 59 @ approx. 8:00 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2018-08-04
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need
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    Date(s):
    Aug 4, 2018
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  TBD, depending on river conditions & need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details: This is a scheduled workday for the Lake County Forest Preserve District's Des Plaines River Stewardship Project. It's always a fun day on the river, and PSC members get Double Points, too!

    Help clean up the Upper Des Plaines River! Time & Location TBD, depending on where it needs it the most.

    • 2018-08-04
    • 2018-08-05
    • St Joseph County, Michigan (Three Rivers - Nottawa)
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, Aug 4 - 5, 2018

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: We will be helping with a cleanup on Saturday with the St Joseph County Conservation District and paddling another stretch on Sunday...camping in Amish County...$5/person/night....contact us for details.

    • 2018-08-04
    • 8:30 AM
    • Fox River, Montgomery to Oswego
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