Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club

Upcoming events

    • 2017-04-29
    • DuPage River from Weigand Park to Eaton Preserve

    TRIP CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER

    Date:  April 29, 2017  
    Leader: 
     Ray Ziemer
    Location:  DuPage River from Weigand Park to Eaton Preserve
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Details:  Relatively easy paddle through parks and preserves and out behind the suburbs to the outskirts of Plainfield. Lunch at Riverview Farmstead. Call leader for information.

    • 2017-04-30
    • Patterson Lake, Aurora
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Date(s):  April 30, 2017
    Leader: Marlene Bertolozzi
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Patterson Lake, Aurora
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  

    We have reached our registration limit for this class. We are accepting waitlist requests. Our next intro to kayak class is scheduled for August 27.

    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 certified course 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.

    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.

    • 2017-04-30
    • Patterson Lake, Aurora
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    Registration is closed


    Date(s):  April 30, 2017
    Leader:  Steve LaPorte
    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. 

    Come join us for a safe, fun, family friendly day of canoe instruction.  This class is taught by instructors who are certified by the American Canoe Association; the emphasis will be on safe and efficient paddling techniques.  By the end of the day, you will have more paddling skill than 75% of people who say that they know how to paddle.

    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.

    Contact Steve LaPorte for additional information.

    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.


    Early bird pricing ends March 30. Registration will close on April 23.

    • 2017-05-03
    • DuPage River at Shorewood


    Date:
      May 3, 2017
    Leader:  Marlene Bertolozzi
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  DuPage River - Shorewood
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category: Exploratory
    Details:  We are looking for a few good paddlers to join us on an exploratory run of the DuPage River starting in Shorewood to check out the river prior to the canoe and kayak classes.  If interested, contact either Marlene or Steve.

    • 2017-05-03
    • Desplaines River - Russell Road to Wadsworth


    Date:
      Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    Leader: 
    Melinda Tury
    Location: Desplaines River - Russell Road to Wadsworth
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  Flat water - day trip
    Details:  Car shift 10 am. Come join us on a leisurely paddle down the Desplaines River. PFD's must be worn while on the water. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, etc. Please leave a phone number where you can be reached in case of location change or trip cancellation. Map to the put in available upon request.

    • 2017-05-03
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek FP, Addison to Eldridge Park, Elmhurst


    Date:   Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    Leader:  
    Steve Sinderson
    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 p.m. from Cricket 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 p.m.) 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  630-878-1194

    • 2017-05-06
    • 10:00 AM
    • Riverside Parkway to Minooka Road


    Date:
     Saturday, May 6, 2017
    Leader:   Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Riverside Parkway to Minooka Road
    Skill Level: Beginner
    Category:  Paddle Trip
    Details:  Contact us if you are interested in paddling this river!  There is a portage required around the Dam in Hammel Woods. Google map to put in… You should be able to add your starting point to get directions. Riverside Parkway is on the west Frontage Road on I-55 just south of Caton Farm Road, in Joliet…there is a stoplight at the frontage road and it is the east edge of the Riverside Towns townhouse complex. Call if you need anything…815-353-2924 or 630-487-6865 

    • 2017-05-07
    • DuPage River from 135th St to Shorewood


    Date:
      May 7, 2017
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
    Location:  DuPage River from 135th St to Shorewood
    Skill Level: Beginner   
    Details: Easy paddle from Eaton Preserve through historic Plainfield to the edges of Shorewood. Call leader for details and updates. 


    • 2017-05-10
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd -

    Check with us for the location, it will be based on the water levels....  We generally paddle either from from the Canoe Launch at Mack Road, Warrenville to McDowell Grove FP in Naperville or from Lion's Park in Winfield to Mack Road, Warrenville.
    Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    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 - 8:15 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2017-05-13
    • Crystal Lake, IL


    Date(s):
      May 13, 2017
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader:   
    Location:  Hollows Conservation Area-Crystal Lake, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Event 
    Details: 
    The 9th annual Paddle In The Park event will be May 13th, at The Hollows Conservation Area, near Crystal Lake, IL; 10AM - 4PM.  No entry fee; BYO Boat, or pay $5 to test paddle many of the boats that will be there!  Includes canoes, kayaks, & SUPs.  Lots of fun, on a small lake!  Not a PSC event, unless someone wants to tend a club table, and a sign-in sheet.  I'll be working the event...

    • 2017-05-13
    • Dupage River from Hammel Woods to Channahon State Park


    Date:  May 13, 2017
      
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
    Location:  Dupage River from Hammel Woods to Channahon State Park
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Details:  Lower reaches of the DuPage, putting in below the Hammel Woods Dam and paddling the fast and slow bits to Channahon and the I & M  Canal. Lunch at the RR bridge. Call leader for details and updates

    • 2017-05-13
    • 8:30 AM
    • 899 Jay Street Elgin, IL


    Date(s):
      May 13, 2017
    Leader:  John Ziegler
    Co-Leader:   Brad DeArk
    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.

    • 2017-05-14
    • 2017-05-18
    • near West Union, Iowa


    Date(s):
      Sunday May 14 to Thursday May 18, 2017
    Leader:  Regina Watts
    Location:  NE Iowa
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner to Intermediate
    Category:  Moving water
    Details:  5 days of paddling the small and swift rivers and creeks of NE Iowa. Rivers may include the Upper Iowa, Volga, Turkey, Little Turkey and/or Yellow Rivers and Crane Creek. Water level dependant. Base camping at Gouldsburg County Park near West Union, IA. Iowa native Keith Garrett will be our local guide. Keith will be happy to answer any questions and can be reached at kgarrett61@gmail.com


    • 2017-05-14
    • 10:00 AM
    • tbd


    Date:
     Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: Contact us if you are interested in paddling this river! We are watching the weather and water levels closely to support a safe day on the river!

    • 2017-05-17
    • West DuPage River - Centennial Park to Knock Knolls Park


    Date:
      Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    Leader: 
    Melinda Tury
    Location:  West DuPage River - Centennial  Park to Knock Knolls Park
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  Flat water, with some riffles
    Details: Car shift 10am. Come join us on a fun paddle down the West DuPage River. This section has a lot of fun riffle zones (giggle zones!) and a surprising amount of wildlife to be seen! PFD's must be worn on the water. Bring water, sunscreen, etc. Lunch will be after the paddle at Colonial Café or similar because of private property along the way. This trip is water dependent! Please include a phone number where you can be reached in case of location change or trip cancellation. Map to the put in available upon request.

    • 2017-05-17
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek FP, Addison to Eldridge Park, Elmhurst


    Date:   Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    Leader:  
    Steve Sinderson
    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 p.m. from Cricket 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 p.m.) 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  630-878-1194

    • 2017-05-20
    • East Branch DuPage River section to be determined


    Date:
      May 20, 2017
    Leader:  Ray Ziemer
    Location:  East Branch DuPage River section TBD
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Clean Up
    Details:  Join crews on shore and in the water across DuPage County for the annual DuPage River Sweep sponsored by the Conservation Foundation. We will spend the morning loading up on all the trash that we can carry to make a difference on one of our favorite and most important local streams.

    • 2017-05-20
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hammel Woods, 554 Brook Forest Ave, Shorewood, IL 60404
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    Date(s):  May 20, 2017
    Leader:  Dave Watts
    Co-Leader:   Steve Laporte
    Location:  Hammel Woods, 554 Brook Forest Ave, Shorewood, IL 60404
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Training
    Details:  This classes purpose is to provide a good paddling foundation on moving water in line with the requirements the American Canoe Association (ACA).  The more you know, the more you will enjoy the sport. After some shore instruction, we will get on the water and practice ferries, eddy turns, peel-outs and similar moving water maneuvers.

    Prerequities: Participants must have attended “Introduction to Paddling” or the equivalent. If you have not attended the PSC Introduction to Paddling class, please contact the lead instructor prior to registering. Safety of all participants is critical. To ensure the class flows appropriately, we need to make sure all participants have the appropriate skills to safely and effectively participate in this class.

    Early bird pricing ends April 20. Registration will close for this class on May 13.

    • 2017-05-21
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need


    Date(s):
      May 21, 2017
    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!

    • 2017-05-21
    • Libertyville, IL


    Date(s):
     Sunday, May 21, 2017 
    Leader: 
    Al Pilgrim
    Co-Leader:   Sigrid Pilgrim
    Location:  Libertyville,IL to Dam #2 Forest Preserve,Mt Prospect,IL 
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Free Flowing River
    Details: 
    The Marathon celebrates it's 60th Anniversary, and for the first time there are no dams, no necessary portages for the entire length of the Event.  For details, see www.canoemarathon.com.  Registration begins March 1!

    (Since I am Co-Chair of the Event, there is no way to have a PSC sign-in sheet at the Start Line.  I will be in the HQ Tent and can make a sign-in sheet available.  Otherwise, inform the Vice President after the Race to credit you the miles.)

     


     


    • 2017-05-21
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • DuPage River, Shorewood


    Date:       May 21, 2017
    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 7)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members (after May 7)

    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 May 17 at 5 pm.

    • 2017-05-22
    • 2017-05-29
    • tbd
    • 3


    Date:
     Mondayday, May 22rd thru Monday, May 29th (Observation of Memorial Day) 2017

    Leaders: Regina Watts  
    Details: You can join us for a day or two...or the whole trip!  Where we go and what we do depends on those who go, but is a goal to be up north near Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Manistee National Forest. Rivers may include the Manistee, Little Mansitee, Boardman, Betsie, Pine, Jordan or others! Contact us for more details...

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    • 2017-05-27
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need


    Date(s):
      May 27, 2017
    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!

    • 2017-05-27
    • 2017-05-29
    • Near Bloomington, IN


    Date(s): May 27th - 29th 2017
      
    Leader: 
    Brad DeArk
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Lake Monroe
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Canoe Camping
    Details:  Canoe camping over Memorial day weekend at beautiful Lake Monroe. We will paddle in to the Deam wilderness on Sat. primitive camp on Sat. night and Sun. night and paddle out on Monday. Please contact trip leader for more information.

    • 2017-05-31
    • West DuPage River - Centennial Park to Weigand Park - water level dependent


    Date:
      Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    Leader: 
    Melinda Tury
    Location:  Kishwaukee River - Belvidere to Cherry Valley
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  Flat water - day trip
    Details:   Car shift 10 am. Come join us on a very popular stretch of the Kishwaukee river. Bring sunscreen, water, bug spray, lunch, etc. PFD's must be worn while on the water. Please include  a phone number where you can be reach in case of location change or trip cancellation. Map to put in available upon request. 

    • 2017-05-31
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd - based on water levels

    Check with us for the location, it will be based on the water levels....  We generally paddle either from from the Canoe Launch at Mack Road, Warrenville to McDowell Grove FP in Naperville or from Lion's Park in Winfield to Mack Road, Warrenville.
    Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    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 - 8:15 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2017-06-02
    • 2017-06-04
    • Boulder Junction, WI Area
    • 2


    Date(s):
      June 2,3,4
    Leader: 
    Dave Watts
    Co-Leader:   Karen Wilden
    Location:  Boulder Junction, WI
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  River Camping
    Details:  Manitowish River & connecting Lakes.  We will be paddling/river camping on a yet to be determined stretch of the river.  The trip will include river/lake camping, possibly portaging.  The trip will be limited to six (6) paddlers due to State Forest camp site restrictions.  Please contact the trip leaders for details.  Details will be sent out to only those registered.

    • 2017-06-03
    • 2017-06-04
    • Glacial Heritage Area - Between Milwaukee and Madison


    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4, 2017

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: This is a great place for a weekend getaway...not too far from home...less than 2 hour drive from the west 'burbs...Join us for one or both days and camping. We will paddle two stretches of the Bark River and camp at the Group campsite at Sandhill Station campground near Lake Mills, WI. Other plans may include visiting a local brewery/winery. Contact us for details...

    • 2017-06-04
    • West DuPage River - Weigand Park (Naperville)


    Date:
      Wednesday, June 3, 2017
    Leader: 
    Melinda Tury
    Location:  West DuPage River - Centennial Park to Weigand Park - water level  dependent
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  Flat water - day trip
    Details:  Car shift 10 am. Come join us on a leisurely paddle down the West Branch of the DuPage River. This section goes through mostly forest preserve land. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. Please include a phone number where you can be reached in case of location change or trip cancellation. Map to the put in available upon request.

    • 2017-06-07
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd - based on water levels

    Check with us for the location, it will be based on the water levels....  We generally paddle either from from the Canoe Launch at Mack Road, Warrenville to McDowell Grove FP in Naperville or from Lion's Park in Winfield to Mack Road, Warrenville.
    Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
    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 - 8:15 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact the us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2017-06-10
    • Yorkville, IL (Marge Cline White Water Park)
    • 8


    Date(s):
      June 10, 2017
    Leader: 
     Steve Voss
    Co-Leader: Dave Watts 
    Location:  Marge Cline White Water Park
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner 
    Category:  Instructor/Aid Swift Water Rescue
    Details:  The 'PSC Swift Water Rescue Workshop' is limited to PSC Instructors & Aids.  This workshop will focus on Swift Water rescue techniques for paddler/swimmer rescue & boat recovery, but will include many other swift water related skills. You need to have attended, at least, a PSC Moving Water I class or equivalent and be comfortable in swift moving water.                                               This will be an ACA event, Information will be sent to prior to the workshop regarding ACA waviers, insurance, etc. Class size is limited to 10.

    You must contact Steve Voss svoss1959@hotmail.com to Registration

    The class will run from 9am - 4pm, Personal safety gear is highly recommended (Rescue PFD, throw rope, etc.) but not required.  At a MINIMUM you will need a PFD and some form of wet suit/dry suit, as you will be in the water for the majority of the class. Bring your own water,lunch, boat, etc.

    • 2017-06-10
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need


    Date(s):
      June 10, 2017
    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!

    • 2017-06-10
    • 2017-06-11
    • near Montello, WI


    Date(s):
      June 10 & 11, 2017
    Leader:  Regina Watts
    Location:  Mecan River (near Montello, WI)
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  Moving water
    Details:  Relaxed paddling weekend. The Mecan River is a tiny, spring fed stream about 5 miles NE of Montello, WI. Day two of the paddle will test your skills in the almost constant convoluted tight turns. This is a beautiful clean, swimmable river which meanders thru open prairies as well as wooded sections. Primitive camping (bring your own water), will be at the Mecan River Outfitters http://mecanriveroutfitters.com/ 

    Mecan River Outfitters and Lodge

    • 2017-06-11
    • 9:00 AM
    • Wiegand Park, Naperville


    Date(s):
      June 11, 2017
    Leader:  Darrel Grove
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Wiegand Park, Naperville
    Skill Level:  beginner
    Category:  paddling
    Details:  meet at Wiegand Park (on S. Washington St) in Naperville at 9:00 to unload boats and gear.  The car shuttle will leave promptly at 9:30.

    • 2017-06-14
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek FP, Addison to Eldridge Park, Elmhurst


    Date:   Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    Leader:  
    Steve Sinderson
    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 p.m. from Cricket 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 p.m.) 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  630-878-1194

    • 2017-06-16
    • 2017-06-18
    • Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI


    Date(s):
      June 16 - 18, 2017
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader:   Tracy Hunt
    Location:  Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI
    Skill Level:  ALL
    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 arew 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 mor information contact Tracy or Paul at the above links.

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

    • 2017-06-17
    • Fox River Batavia to Aurora


    Date(s):
      June 17,  2017
    Leader: Ray Ziemer
    Location:  Fox River Batavia to Aurora
    Skill Level: Beginner 
     Details:   Blues for Canoes and Kayaks too, as we take a leisurely paddle down the Fox, arriving at River Edge Park just in time for the annual BLues on the Fox music festival. It's a short paddle, but could be a long day if you decide to stay for the festival goodies, the brews and the typically great line-up of blues artists. Contact leader for more information.

    • 2017-06-17
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Yorkville, IL
    • 10


    Date(s):
      June 17, 2017
    Leader:  Steve Laporte
    Co-Leader:   
    Location:  Marge Cline Whitewater Course, Yorkville, IL
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  Come join us for the third class in PSC’s spring training series.  The greater your skill, the more you will enjoy our sport.  Moving Water 2 will take the skills you learned in Moving Water 1 and apply them to faster and pushier current.  Students must have completed Moving Water 1 (or an equivalent eight hour class).

    Contact Steve LaPorte for more information.

    Prerequities: Participants must have attended “Moving Water I” or the equivalent eight hour class. 

    Early bird pricing ends May 17. Registration will close for this class on June 10.

    • 2017-06-17
    • 9:00 AM
    • 2017-06-18
    • Black River Falls, WI
    • 7


    Dates:
     June 17 and 18, 2017
    Leader:  
    Regina Watts 
    Location:  Black River Falls, Wisconsin
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Intermediate (depending on water levels)
    Category:  Day trips / Base Camping

    Details: Day One will be a day trip on the East Branch of the Black River starting at Pray, WI. Paddling down to East Fork Campground Landing (12 miles). The East Fork alternates between flat pools and small class one drops. There is one class two rapid. Difficulty depends on water level. Good boat handling skills a must.
    Day Two we will paddle the Robinson Creek (6 miles). The steep access is worth the climb down into the conifer and fern forest. The average gradient is about 10 fpm. Below is the beautiful Robinson Creek. Two completely different trips, in one beautiful place.
     Group size will be limited so sign up today!
    Camping at
    Castle Mound State Forest on Friday & Saturday nights. There are also several hotels in Black River Falls if you don't want to camp.

    • 2017-06-18
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Marge Cline Park, Yorkville, IL

     

    Date:       June 18, 2017
    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: 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, 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 3)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members (after June 3)

    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 13 at 5 pm.

    • 2017-06-21
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd - based on water levels

    Check with us for the location, it will be based on the water levels....  We generally paddle either from from the Canoe Launch at Mack Road, Warrenville to McDowell Grove FP in Naperville or from Lion's Park in Winfield to Mack Road, Warrenville.
    Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    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 - 8:15 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2017-06-24
    • 2017-06-25
    • tbd


    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25, 2017

    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.

    • 2017-06-25
    • Des Plaines River


    Date: SundayJune 25, 2017
    Leader:   Bill Kessler
    Co-Leader: Helen Gretz  
    Location:  Fox River
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Paddling
    Details: 
    This is a special invitation to NEW MEMBERS (and veteran members) to meet other club members and enjoy a trip on one of Illinois' most scenic river trails--the Fox River from Montgomery to Yorkville. You will learn about club practices that make our trips enjoyable and safe. If you are a novice, veteran paddlers will help you improve your skills. Remember, you must have your own canoe or kayak, paddles, and a well-fitting lifejacket. Bring lunch, drinking water, and a change of clothes in a dry bag. Contact the leader for directions, times, and other important information.


    • 2017-06-27
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Whalon Lake, Bolingbrook/Naperville, IL
    • 15


    Date(s):
      June 27, 2017
    Leader:   John Chase and Dave Watts
    Location:  Whalon Lake, Bolingbrook/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 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.)

    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 June 20, 2017.

    • 2017-06-28
    • South Branch of the Kishwaukee River - Genoa to Kirkland


    Date:
      Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    Leader: 
    Melinda Tury
    Location:  South Branch of the Kishwaukee River - Genoa to Kirkland
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  Flat water - day trip
    Details:  Car shift 10 am. Come paddle with us down a beautiful stretch of the Kish! Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. PFD's must be worn while on the water. Please include a phone number where you can be reached in case of location change or trip cancellation. Map to the put in available upon request. 

    • 2017-06-28
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek FP, Addison to Eldridge Park, Elmhurst


    Date:   Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    Leader:  
    Steve Sinderson
    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 p.m. from Cricket 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 p.m.) 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  630-878-1194

    • 2017-07-01
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need


    Date(s):
      July 1, 2017
    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!

    • 2017-07-05
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd - based on water levels

    Check with us for the location, it will be based on the water levels....  We generally paddle either from from the Canoe Launch at Mack Road, Warrenville to McDowell Grove FP in Naperville or from Lion's Park in Winfield to Mack Road, Warrenville.
    Date: Wednesday, July 05, 2017
    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 - 8:15 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2017-07-07
    • 2017-07-10
    • near Wellston, MI


    Date(s):
      Friday, July 7 thru Monday July 10th, 2017
    Leader:  Regina Watts
    Location:  Pine and Manistee Rivers, near Wellston, MI
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  Moving water
    Details: The Pine River is a small, cold swift moving river in the the beautiful Manistee National Forest. Being one of the first rivers designated "Wild and Scenic" is one of Michigan's most popular rivers for paddling. The mightly Manistee is a large and scenic river of great depths, pure and clear. Come for the weekend or all the days! For more info contact the leader.


    • 2017-07-08
    • 2017-07-09
    • tbd


    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, July 7-8, 2017

    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.

    • 2017-07-08
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Blackwell Forest Preserve


    Date(s): July 8, 2017 (Rain date: July 15, 2017)
    Leader:  Steve LaPorte
    Location:  Blackwell Forest Preserve
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  Class will begin with an introduction to fundamental navigation concepts and tools and then we will 
    head out to practice.  Our route will allow each student to follow their progress on their map and practice using the contour lines on the map and triangulation using surrounding terrain and landmarks.

    We will eat lunch at Blackwell, then paddle our boats from the Mack Rd. landing to McDowell Grove, following our progress on the map.

    Students should be prepared by bringing a compass, straight edge, and pencils. If you do not have a compass, please choose the registration option "plus compass" and we will supply you with a Silva compass for $12 (included at checkout).

    Students will receive a full day of instruction and printed copies of five maps and other handouts.

    Cost:

    • PSC member (bring your own compass): $15
    • PSC member (compass provided): $27
    • Non-PSC member (bring your own compass): $35
    • Non-PSC member (compass provided): $47
    If you need us to supply a compass, you will need to register by June 17.

    If you are supplying your own compass, registration will close on July 1 .
    • 2017-07-12
    • North Branch of the Kishwaukee River - County Line Road to Red Horse Bend


    Date:
      Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    Leader: 
    Melinda Tury
    Location:  North Branch of the Kishwaukee River - County Line Road to Red Horse Bend
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner / Intermediate
    Category:  Flat water - day trip
    Details:  Car shift 10 am.  This section of the Kish had numerous twists and turns and sometimes downfall requiring portages around blockages so good boat handling skills are a must. Bring lunch, sunscreen, water, bug spray, etc. Please include a phone number where you can be reached in case of location change or trip cancellation. Map to the put in available upon request.

    • 2017-07-12
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek FP, Addison to Eldridge Park, Elmhurst


    Date:   Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    Leader:  
    Steve Sinderson
    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 p.m. from Cricket 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 p.m.) 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  630-878-1194

    • 2017-07-19
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd - based on water levels

    Check with us for the location, it will be based on the water levels....  We generally paddle either from from the Canoe Launch at Mack Road, Warrenville to McDowell Grove FP in Naperville or from Lion's Park in Winfield to Mack Road, Warrenville.
    Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    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 - 8:15 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2017-07-21
    • 2017-07-23
    • Southwest Wisconsin


    Date(s):
      July 21 - 23, 2017
    Leader: 
     Patti Fiorino
    Co-Leader: Steve LaPorte
    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 7/22/17, 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.

    • 2017-07-22
    • 9:00 AM
    • 2017-07-23
    • Montello, WI


    Date(s):
      July 22 & 23, 2017
    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.



    • 2017-07-26
    • TBD


    Date:
      Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    Leader: 
    Melinda Tury
    Location:  TBD
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    Category: Flat water - day trip
    Details:  
    The location of this trip will be determined after looking at water levels to see which river will have enough water in it to paddle and posted approximately three to four days before the trip date.This time of year it is almost impossible to predict which river will have enough water in it to paddle. Sooo...... the location will be posted three or four days before the trip is to occur after looking at water levels and the weather forecasts. 

    • 2017-07-26
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek FP, Addison to Eldridge Park, Elmhurst


    Date:   Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    Leader:  
    Steve Sinderson
    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 p.m. from Cricket 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 p.m.) 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  630-878-1194

    • 2017-07-27
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Patterson Lake, Aurora, IL
    • 10


    Date:  Thursday, July 27, 2017
    Leader:   Bill Kessler
    Location:  Patterson Lake, Aurora, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction

    QuickStart is a short, 2-hour course on the introductory skills to safely paddle your canoe. If you've only got a couple hours, this is the class for you!

    Come out on a warm summer evening for a condensed yet powerful session on paddling tips, including time for some individual coaching. 

    Pricing:
    PSC Member: Early bird registration: $15 (if registered by June 27) Regular pricing: $20 (after June 27)

    Non-PSC Member: Early bird registration: $35 (if registered by June 27) Regular pricing: $40 (after June 27)

    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 July 20 at Midnight.

    • 2017-07-27
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Patterson Lake, Aurora, IL
    • 5


    Date:  Thursday, July 27, 2017
    Leader:   Gordon Elgelbach
    Location:  Patterson Lake, Aurora, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction

    QuickStart is a short, 2-hour course on the introductory skills to safely paddle your kayak. If you've only got a couple hours, this is the class for you!

    Come out on a warm summer evening for acondensed yet powerful session on paddling tips, including time for some individual coaching. 

    Pricing:
    PSC Member: Early bird registration: $15 (if registered by June 27) Regular pricing: $20 (after June 27)

    Non-PSC Member: Early bird registration: $35 (if registered by June 27) Regular pricing: $40 (after June 27)

    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 July 20 at Midnight.

    • 2017-07-29
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need


    Date(s):
      July 29, 2017
    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!

    • 2017-07-29
    • 9:30 AM
    • 6802 42nd St., Rockford, IL


    Date(s):
      July 29, 2017
    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 9:30 am so we can get our boats and gear on the first shuttle to Cherry Park. We will paddle downstream to the Paddle Fest and hopefully catch the live music.

    There will be food and drink at the event but feel free to bring a chair and your own food and cooler if you want. 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/search/top/?q=kishwaukee%20paddle%20fest

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

    • 2017-08-02
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd - based on water levels

    Check with us for the location, it will be based on the water levels....  We generally paddle either from from the Canoe Launch at Mack Road, Warrenville to McDowell Grove FP in Naperville or from Lion's Park in Winfield to Mack Road, Warrenville.
    Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    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 - 8:15 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2017-08-05
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need


    Date(s): 
    August 5, 2017
    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!

    • 2017-08-05
    • 2017-08-06
    • St Joseph County, Michigan (Three Rivers - Nottawa)


    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, August 5-6, 2017

    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.

    • 2017-08-09
    • TBD


    Date:
      Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    Leader: 
    Melinda Tury
    Location:  TBD
    Skill Level: 
    Category: 
    Details:  Location of this trip will be determined after looking at water levels and weather reports. It will be posted three to four days before the trip.

    • 2017-08-09
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek FP, Addison to Eldridge Park, Elmhurst


    Date:   Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    Leader:  
    Steve Sinderson
    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 p.m. from Cricket 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 p.m.) 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  630-878-1194

    • 2017-08-12
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Lake Atwood, at The Hollows Conservation Area, Cary, IL
    • 10


    Date(s):
      August 12, 2017
    Leader: 
    Tracy Hunt 630-329-4669
    Co-Leader:   Paul Klonowski 847-687-2477
    Location:  Lake Atwood, at The Hollows Conservation Area, Cary, IL
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Paddling, Instruction 

    Details:  F
    reeStyle Canoeing is the "art and science" of quietwater paddling. It emphasizes smooth, efficient flatwater paddling and precision boat control. FreeStyle techniques can be applied to all canoeing situations, from goofing off on a local pond to whitewater.

    FreeStyle canoeing requires no special equipment: justa canoe, a straight-shaft paddle, a life jacket (PFD), and for most folks, a kneeling pad.  Prerequisite to this class is the ability to make your solo canoe travel in a straight line.

    This class will primarily focus on Introductory FreeStyle technique for the solo canoeist.  Bring your own solo canoe, PFD, paddle, and kneeling pad if you have one.  Also bring lunch, plenty of non-alcoholic beverages to drink, and dress for the weather – we paddle unless there’s lightning.  Bring a couple of complete changes of clothing – we all may get wet. 

    FreeStyle technique is also used in conjunction with music, creating an expressive, interpretive art form. You can search YouTube for “Freestyle Canoe” for sample videos of this.  While Interpretive Freestyle is beyond the scope of this class, we may include short demos as time permits.

    This class will be led by Certified Instructors from the American Canoe Association.  To learn more about Freestyle Canoeing, visit http://freestylecanoeing.com/

    Cost of the class is $50 for ACA members (bring your membership card); $5 additional for non -American Canoe Association members.  Class size is limited to 10 participants. Fees to be paid on site, the day of the class.

    If you have questions or concerns, contact leaders.

    • 2017-08-16
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mack Road in Warrenville to McDowell Grove in Naperville

    Check with us for the location, it will be based on the water levels....  We generally paddle either from from the Canoe Launch at Mack Road, Warrenville to McDowell Grove FP in Naperville or from Lion's Park in Winfield to Mack Road, Warrenville.
    Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    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 - 8:15 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2017-08-19
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need


    Date(s): 
    August 19, 2017
    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!

    • 2017-08-19
    • 2017-08-20
    • St Joseph County, Michigan (Three Rivers - Nottawa)


    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, August 19-20, 2017

    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.

    • 2017-08-23
    • Pecatonica River - Harrison, IL to Rockton, IL


    Date:
      Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    Leader: 
    Melinda Tury
    Location:  Pecatonica - Two Rivers to Macktown
    Skill Level: Beginner
    Category:  Flat water - day trip
    Details:  Car shift 10 am. This trip will be a lazy trip down the Pecatonicia - a mostly straight flat water river but always has enough water to paddle in. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. PFD's must be worn while on the water. Please include a phone number in case of location change or trip cancellation due to weather. Map to the put in available upon request.

    • 2017-08-23
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek FP, Addison to Eldridge Park, Elmhurst


    Date:   Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    Leader:  
    Steve Sinderson
    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 p.m. from Cricket 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 p.m.) 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  630-878-1194

    • 2017-08-27
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hidden Lake, Downers Grove, IL


    Date:  Sunday, August 27, 2017
    Leader:   John Chase
    Location:  Hidden Lake, Downers Grove, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction

    This is the first in our PSC Training Series, Introduction to Paddling for Kayak. It will be held at Hidden Lake FP in Lisle/Downers Grove. This ACA course 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:
    PSC Member: Early bird registration: $15 (if registered by July 27) Regular pricing: $20 (after July 27)

    Non-member: Early bird registration: $35 (if registered by July 27) Regular pricing: $40 (after July 27)

    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 August 24 at Midnight.

    • 2017-08-27
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hidden Lake, Downers Grove, IL


    Date:  Sunday, August 27, 2017
    Leader:   Sherri Graham
    Location:  Hidden Lake, Downers Grove, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction

    This is the first in our PSC Training Series, Introduction to Paddling for Canoe. It will be held at Hidden Lake FP in Lisle/Downers Grove. This ACA course 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:
    PSC Member: Early bird registration: $15 (if registered by July 27) Regular pricing: $20 (after July 27)

    Non-PSC Member: Early bird registration: $35 (if registered by July 27) Regular pricing: $40 (after July 27)

    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 August 24 at Midnight.

    • 2017-08-30
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd - based on water levels

    Check with us for the location, it will be based on the water levels....  We generally paddle either from from the Canoe Launch at Mack Road, Warrenville to McDowell Grove FP in Naperville or from Lion's Park in Winfield to Mack Road, Warrenville.
    Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    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 - 8:15 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2017-08-31
    • 2017-09-03
    • Sylvania Wilderness


    Date:
      August 31 thru September 3
    Leader: 
     Joan Taylor 
    Location:  near Watersmeet, MI, on the Wisc/Michigan border
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Flat water
    Details:  Base camp at Silvania Wilderness. Canoeing in the wilderness and nearby rivers.  Pot luck on Saturday night. For more info contact leader.

    • 2017-09-02
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need


    Date(s): 
    September 2, 2017
    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!

    • 2017-09-02
    • 2017-09-04
    • Trego, WI
    • 6


    Date(s):  September 2-4, 2017
    Leader:   
    Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Co-Leader:   John & Marilyn Ziegler
    Location:  Trego, WI
    Skill Level:  Advance Beginner
    Category:  River Camping, Advance Beginner
    Details:  Contact trip leader for details.  There is a limit of 12 paddlers for this river camping trip so reserve your spot early if you plan to attend!

    • 2017-09-06
    • Kishwaukee River - Cherry Valley to Atwood Park


    Date:
      Wednesday, Sept 6, 2017
    Leader: 
    Melinda Tury
    Location:  Kishwaukee River - Cherry Valley to Atwood Park
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Flat water - day trip
    Details:  Car shift 10 am. come paddle down this beautiful stretch of the the Kishwaukee River. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. PFD's must be worn while on the water. Please include a phone number where you can be reached in case of location change or trip cancellation because of weather. Map to the put in available upon request. 

    • 2017-09-09
    • 2017-09-10
    • St Joseph County, Michigan (Three Rivers - Nottawa)


    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, September 9-10, 2017

    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.

    • 2017-09-09
    • 8:30 AM
    • 899 Jay Street Elgin, IL


    Date(s):
      September 9, 2017
    Leader:  John Ziegler
    Co-Leader:   Brad DeArk
    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.

    • 2017-09-20
    • West DuPage River - Centennial Park to Weigand Park - water level dependent


    Date:
      Wednesday, Sept 20, 2017
    Leader: 
    Melinda Tury
    Location:  West DuPage River - Centennial Park to Weigand Park - water level  dependent
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  Flat water, with some riffle zones
    Details:  Car shift 10 am. This is a delightful section of the river to paddle with numerous riffles, twists, and turns making for a fun paddle IF there is enough water in the river to paddle. Bring water, sunscreen, etc. Lunch will be after the paddle because of private property all along the trip route. PFD's must be worn while on the water. Please include a phone number where you can be reached in case of location change or cancellation due to weather. Map to the put in available upon request.

    • 2017-09-23
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need


    Date(s):
    September 23, 2017
    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!

    • 2017-09-23
    • 2017-09-24
    • Ontario, WI


    Date(s):
      September 23-24, 2017
    Leader:   Sherri Graham & John Anderson
    Co-Leader:  John & Marilyn Ziegler
    Location:  Ontario, Wi
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Base camping
    Details:  This is our annual fall appreciation trip. Usually the colors are phenomenal and the river valley as seen from the lookout at the Wildcat Mountain State Park is breathtaking. The Kickapoo is known as the 'crookedist river in Wisconsin'; it is intimate and unspoiled! It never disappoints paddlers! We have a group camp site reserved at Wildcat Mountain State Park (the one in the trees). We will have our traditional feast/community dinner and campfire on Saturday night. Call/e-mail for details, to sign up for what to contribute to the dinner and to reserve your spot for the weekend!

    • 2017-10-04
    • Nippersink Creek - Pioneer Park to Canoe Base


    Date:
      Wednesday, October 4, 2017
    Leader: 
    Melinda Tury
    Location:  Nippersink Creek - Pioneer Park to Canoe Base 
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  Flat water - day trip
    Details:  Car shift 10 am. This is another trip where the water level must be deep enough to paddle. Mostly forested along the way so the fall colors should be spectacular! Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, etc. PFD's must be worn while on the water. Please include a phone number in case of location change or cancellation due to weather. Map to the put in available upon request 

    • 2017-10-07
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need


    Date(s):
    October 7, 2017
    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!

    • 2017-10-07
    • 2017-10-15
    • tbd
    • 7


    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, October 08-16, 2016

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: You can join us for a day or two...or the whole trip!  Where we go and what we do depends on those who go, but is a goal to be up north near Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Manistee National Forest.  Contact us for more details...

    • 2017-10-18
    • Fox River, SEBA Park South Elgin to Ferson Creek Park St. Charles


    Date:
      Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    Leader: 
    Melinda Tury
    Location:   Fox River, SEBA Park South Elgin to Ferson Creek Park St. Charles
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Flat water - day trip
    Details:  Car shift 10 am. Alas - the paddling season is winding down. Come join us in a leisurely paddle down the Fox. Lunch will be at Salernos following the paddle to celebrate another wonderful year of paddling with the best people on the earth! PFD's must be worn while on the water. Bring water, sunscreen, dry bag, etc. Please include a phone number where you can be reached in case of location change or trip cancellation due to weather. Map to the put in available upon request. 

    • 2017-10-21
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need


    Date(s):
    October 21, 2017
    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!

    • 2017-11-11
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need


    Date(s):
    November 11, 2017
    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!

    • 2017-11-11
    • 4:00 PM
    • TBD


    Date(s):
      November 11, 2017
    Leader:  Ralf Jaeger
    Co-Leader:   Larry Jacklin
    Location:  Location TBD
    Details: Meeting details and location to be announced later. 

    PSC board meetings are open to the general membership.