Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club

Upcoming events

    • 2018-05-25
    • 2018-05-28
    • Bloomington, IN
    • 2
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    Date(s):
      May 25 - 28, 2018
    Leader: 
     Dave Watts
    Co-Leader:   
    Location:  Bloomington, IN
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Category:  Lake Paddling / Camping
    Details:  
    Lake Monroe, Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area, SE of Bloomington, IN

    Lake Paddling & Camping from your canoe or kayak

    NOTE: You will be 'camping' out of your boat, you must bring all your own equipment. This is not 'base' camping from your vehicle. You will not have easy access to your vehicle, although, it will be within an hours paddle. The camp sites are paddle in only.

    Come enjoy a relaxing weekend of paddling, camping, fishing, swimming, etc. in this vast wilderness area. No portages required, but plan on moving campsites at least once.  Established hiking trails run throughout the wilderness area as well.

    The east side of Lake Monroe is where the Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area resides nestled inside the Hoosier National Forest. This side of Lake Monroe is set aside for fishing, pontoon type boats; the high speed ski boats & jet skis are relegated to the west side of Lake Monroe.

    Camping is free, plenty of designated camp sites, most along the lake shore.  State of Indiana Lake Permit stamp is required, but for a small fee.  Limit 6 paddlers

    Please contact me if interested or for more information.


    • 2018-05-26
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need
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    Date(s):
    May 26, 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.

    • 2018-05-30
    • West Chicago, IL
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    Date(s):
      May 30, 2018
    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.





    • 2018-05-30
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest preserve, Addison, IL
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    Date(s):
    Wednesday, May 30, 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. 


    • 2018-06-02
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Busse Lake boat house
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    Date(s):
      Saturday, June 2, 2018
    Leader: Dan Kohler
    Co-Leader:  Bill Kessler
    Location:  Busse Lake boat house, Elk Grove Village, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Cleanup---Lake and Shoreline
    Details: 
    The cleanup will run from 9AM to Noon. This is a twice annual Lake Cleanup as part of Cook County’s Adopt-A-Site program. There are 22 miles of shoreline for everyone to spread out and pickup as much as possible during 3 hours.  This project is great PR for PSC.  Please plan to join the fun.  Thanks.

    A marked site map will be posted later this week.

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

    Date: Wednesday, June 6, 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).


    • 2018-06-09
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • DuPage River, Shorewood
    • 11
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    Date:       June 9, 2018

    Leader: Dave Watts
    Location:  DuPage River, Shorewood
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:     Instruction

    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

    • 2018-06-10
    • Yorkville, IL
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    ----- CANCELLED -- Had to Change Plans -- Will Re Schedule
    Date(s):
      June 10, 2018
    Leader:   Dave Watts
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  Yorkville, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Paddling
    Details:  We will paddle from Yorkville, IL (below the Marge Cline White Water Park) to Millbrook, IL. (Shuh Shuh Gah Canoe Launch), approximately 7 mile paddle. [or to Millington, IL (Lois Landing), aproximately 11 mile paddle. PFD's must be worn at all times while on the water. Bring a snack/lunch, we will stop at Silver Springs State Park.

    Car Shift at 9:00am from Yorkville, IL.

    Contact leader for more details and/or directions.



    • 2018-06-10
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need
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    Date(s):
    June 10, 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.

    • 2018-06-10
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • DuPage River, Shorewood
    • 4
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    Date:       June 10, 2018

    Leader:    Marlene Bertolozzi
    Location:  DuPage River, Shorewood
    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 will close on June 3

    • 2018-06-13
    • 9:30 AM
    • Sycamore
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    Date(s):
      June 13, 2018
    Leader: 
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  Rt. 64 
    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.

    • 2018-06-13
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest preserve, Addison, IL
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    Date(s):
    Wednesday, June 13, 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. 


    • 2018-06-15
    • 2018-06-17
    • Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI
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    Date(s):
      June 15 - 17, 2018
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader:   Tracy Hunt
    Location:  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 participnts 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 or Paul at the above links.

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

    • 2018-06-16
    • 11:30 AM
    • Fox River, Batavia to Aurora
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    Date:
    Saturday June 16, 2018
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
    Location:  Fox River, Batavia to Aurora
    Skill Level: Beginner      
    Category:   Afternoon Trip to Music Festival       
    Details:

    Blues for Canoes  (or kayaks if you choose).

    Join us for a brief, breezy afternoon float down the Fox River to the bluesiest beach in the ‘burbs! Aurora’s popular “Blues on the Fox” again takes place at the sparkling River Edge Park. Let me know if you intend to go to the music festival after paddling, as it’s a consideration for the car shift. Call Ray: 630-669-7831.

    Plan on an 11:30 am car shift from a Batavia put-in. We will shuttle cars to a public lot right at the boat ramp. After the paddle we can load the boats onto cars and those who go to the festival can leave them parked right there. Let me know if you do intend to go to the music festival after paddling, or not, as it’s a consideration for the car shift.

    We don’t usually stop for lunch, since you can look forward to plenty of festival food and brews for your blues.  We’ll time our arrival for Saturday’s first act, opening at 3:00 p.m. It’s up to you if want to stick around for the legendary Sonny Landreth at 7:00 and then Aaron Neville at 9:00. Up until May 31, the price of admission is $20 this year, for general admission – bring your own chair or a blanket.   After that it’s a $30 ticket. Of course, you can laze around off shore in your boat as long as you like at no charge.

    DIRECTIONS: From IL Rte. 31 or 25, go to Wilson St. in Batavia. On the west side of the bridge over the Fox, turn north onto Island St., go north past Police Station to the North Lot area for put-in.

    Check out the full music program here:

    https://riveredgeaurora.com/events/botf-2018/


    • 2018-06-20
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd
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    Check with us as this will be dependent on water levels....  

    Date: Wednesday, June 20, 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).


    • 2018-06-22
    • 2018-06-24
    • West of Danville, IL
    • 9
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    Date(s):
      June 22-24, 2018
    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.

    • 2018-06-24
    • 8:00 AM - 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:

    Early bird registration: $15 for PSC members, $35 for non-members (if registered by June 11)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members (after June 11)

    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).


    • 2018-07-07
    • 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.


    • 2018-07-11
    • 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
    • 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
    • 9:00 AM
    • Upper Des Plaines Russell Rd to Wadsworth Rd
    • 14
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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
    • 12
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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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