Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club

Upcoming events

    • 2017-03-17
    • 2017-03-31
    • Licking, MO


    Date(s):
      March 17 - 31, 2017
    Leader: 
    Al Donaldson
    Co-Leader:   
    Location:  Licking, MO
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Category:  Day Trips
    Details:  

    Once again, we'll be heading south in March and basing out of Boiling Springs Resort, paddling many of the fine rivers in Southern MO and Northern AR. Intermediate paddling skills required. Camping and cabins available at winter rates at the resort, and there are two motels available in Licking, MO, 10 miles away.


    Details:
    31582405
    March 17 - March 31, 2017
    Basing out of Boiling Springs Resort near Licking, MO

    Rivers likely to be paddled:
    Big Piney River, MO
    Current River, MO
    Little Piney River, MO
    Little Piney Creek, MO
    Jacks Fork River, MO
    Norfork River, MO
    Sugar and Indian Creeks, MO
    Spring River, AR
    Eleven Point River, MO
    Bryant Creek,, MO
    ...and others depending on water levels.

    Please call or email if you'd like to join in.
    (319) 277-3194
    alandonaldson(AT)cfu.net

    Thanks!

    --al--

    • 2017-03-25
    • 10:00 AM
    • Izaak Walton Center


    Date(s):
      March 25, 2017
    Leader:  Ralf Jaeger
    Co-Leader:   Larry Jacklin
    Location:  Izaak Walton Center, 899 Jay St., Elgin IL
      Details:  The PSC board meetings are open to the general membership. The meeting will start at 10AM.

    • 2017-03-25
    • 12:00 PM
    • Izaak Walton Center


    Date(s):
      March 25, 2017
    Leader:  Ralf Jaeger
    Co-Leader:   Larry Jacklin
    Location:  Izaak Walton Center, 899 Jay St., Elgin, IL
    Details:  The pot luck will begin at noon (12:00 PM) with the meeting to start about 1:00PM.

    Presentation: "Our own" John Chase will present: "A Historical Tour of Isle Royale".

    In addition to dramatic scenery, this Lake Superior gem is rich with history. Join John as he explores the island as it was in centuries past as well as the present. Learn about former settlements, mine sites, private camps, and resorts of yesteryear along with firsthand info on some of today's finest camp locations accessible only to paddlers.

     

    • 2017-03-26
    • Nippersink Creek


    Date:
      March 26, 2017
    Leader: 
    Steve Shapiro  (847-791-5875)
    Co-Leader:   Steve Sinderson  (630-878-1194)
    Location: McHenry County/Solon Mills, IL (Glacial Park) 
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  River paddling
    Details:  
    This trip has been the traditional spring opener for PSC for over twenty years. Come join us on the "Two Steves Trip" for an early outing to limber up those rusty canoe muscles and joints.   Because of the time of year and cold weather, you must bring a dump bag with extra clothing.  PFDs are required.  Canoe registrations (WUS stickers) are occasionally checked  by DNR.  We will paddle from Glacial Park to Spring Grove. 

    DIRECTIONS: Take Route 12 (Rand Road) north through the town of Fox Lake to the intersection of Route 31 & Route 12. Continue straight on Tyron Grove Road a short way to Keystone Road and turn left (S) to the Park.  We will carshift at 10:00 a.m.  Bring lunch, water, coffee or whatever moves you.  Kids and dogs are welcome.  Occasionally, this trip gets cancelled due to the creek being frozen.  If you don't provide an accurate contact number and we have to cancel, you will not be notified.



    • 2017-03-29
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL


    Date:  Wednesday, March 29, 2017
      Leader:  
    Darrel Grove
    Location: Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith Street, Palatine, IL 
     

    The Chicago Whitewater Association is hosting the 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival on Wed, March 29th.
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    Ticket prices are the same as last year: $12 in advance; $15 on the day of the event. Go to Ticket River for tickets. All ages show.  Cash bar and food available.

    The location is the same as last year but a few changes were made to improve this year's experience. First, we were able to secure both the upstairs and main floor so it will be easier to hear the emcee and film soundtracks (last year there was spillover noise from the trivia night group upstairs). Secondly, we are opening the upstairs at 6:00 pm for dinner and drinks before the show.

    Rapid Media's 12th annual Film Festival showcases the world's best paddling films to audiences in Canada, the US and around the world.  The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle

    The film contest awards winners in 10 categories and then tours the films to more than 120 cities and 30,000 outdoor adventure enthusiasts. 

    Doors open for the upstairs at 6:00. Doors for the main floor open at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7:00. We will be showing 2 1/2 hours of kayaking, canoeing, conservation and other watersport films.

    • 2017-04-01
    • Yorkville, IL


    Date(s):
      April 1, 2017
    Leader: 
    Dave Watts
    Co-Leader:   
    Location:  Yorkville, IL
    Skill Level: Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details:  No, Not "Aprils Fool", Unless you want it to be. lol  Trip will be 'water level dependent'. Just a nice paddle on the Fox River through some islands and nice scenery.  Plenty of opportunity to 'critter' watch, explore an island or two. Enjoy paddling with good friends.  Length of trip will depend on paddler preference, either ~7 miles to Millbrook or ~11 miles to Millington.  Bring lunch, dress for the water not the weather, as the water will still be 'chilly'.  PFD must be worn at all times while on the river.  Car shift at 9:30am from Yorkville (not the WW Park).  Contact Trip Leader with questions or directions.

    • 2017-04-08
    • West Branch DuPage, St. Charles Rd. to Mack Rd.


    Date:
      April 8, 2017
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  West Branch DuPage, St. Charles Rd. to Mack Rd.
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  Soup trip!
    Details:  Join us as we paddle this narrow and windy upper section of the West Branch, most of it through DuPage forest preserves. We'll stop to cook up our communal soup in Winfield before heading down to Mack Rd. landing. Call leader for information or directions and check for updates as weather and water levels change.

    • 2017-04-15
    • West Branch DuPage from Mack Rd. to McDowell Grove or Naperville TBD


    Date:
      April 15, 2017
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
    Location:  West Branch DuPage from Mack Rd. to McDowell Grove or Naperville TBD
    Skill Level:  Beginner
     Details:  An easy paddle through historic Warrenville and McDowell Grove Forest Preserve. We might elect to portage or paddle through Fawell Dam if conditions are right. Call leader for details.

    • 2017-04-19
    • Fox River - South Elgin, SEBA Park to Ferson Creek Park, St. Charles


    Date:
      Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    Leader: 
    Melinda Tury (630-234-7567)
    Location: Fox River - South Elgin, SEBA Park to Ferson Creek Park, St. Charles
    Skill Level: Beginner
    Category:  Flat water - day trip
    Details: Come join us on our "Midweek Paddle Gang" season opener on the Fox River. Since the shoreline is all private property we will have lunch at Salernos after the paddle. 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 location. Map to the put in available upon request. Car shift at 10M.

    • 2017-04-19
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek FP, Addison to Eldridge Park, Elmhurst


    Date:   Wednesday, April 19, 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

    • 2017-04-23
    • West Branch DuPage from Hidden Spring Rd to Weigand or Knoch Knolls Parks.


    Date:
      April 23, 2017
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
    Location:  West Branch DuPage from Hidden Spring Rd to Weigand or Knoch Knolls Parks.
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Details:  A fun Sunday paddle through Naperville, the Riverwalk, Pioneer Park, and beyond. Lunch at Pioneer Park.

    • 2017-04-26
    • 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, 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 the us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


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


    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.

    • 2017-04-29
    • 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DuPage River from Weigand Park to Eaton Preserve


    Date:  
    April 29, 2017  
    Leader: 
     John Chase 
    Location:  DuPage River from Weigand Park to Eaton Preserve
    Skill Level:  Instructor
    Details:  This workshop is for ACA certified kayak instructors to refresh skills and learn new techniques.

    This group will meet prior to the PSC group paddle held on the same waterway. We will discuss instructional concepts and practice a few skills on land and in water. We will then join this relatively easy paddle through parks and preserves down the DuPage River from Weigand Park to Eaton Preserve. Lunch at Riverview Farmstead.

    • 2017-04-30
    • Patterson Lake, Aurora
    • 4


    Date(s):  April 30, 2017
    Leader:   Marlene Bertolozzi
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Patterson Lake, Aurora
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  This is the first in our PSC Training Series, Introduction to Paddling for Canoe & Kayak. It will be held at Oakhurst FP, a sheltered lake in Aurora. This ACA 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.


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

    • 2017-04-30
    • Patterson Lake, Aurora
    • 6


    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

    • 2017-05-07
    • 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 the 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


    • 2017-05-17
    • 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
    • 7


    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.

    • 2017-05-23
    • 2017-05-29
    • tbd
    • 7


    Date:
     Tuesday, May 23rd 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 the 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.

    • 2017-06-04
    • 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:  DuPage River, Shorewood
    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 the us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 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!

    • 2017-07-07
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 12, 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).


    • 2017-07-12
    • 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

    • 2017-07-21
    • 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
    • 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 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 the us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 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

    • 2017-07-29
    • 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 the 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!

    • 2017-08-09
    • 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

    • 2017-08-16
    • 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 the 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!

    • 2017-08-23
    • 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

    • 2017-08-30
    • 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 the 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 taylorjrs@gmail.com or 847-328-2628.

    • 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
    • 7


    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
    • 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!

    • 2017-10-04
    • 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!

    • 2017-10-18
    • 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.

    • 2017-11-11
    • 5:00 PM
    • Location TBD


    Date(s):
      November 11, 2017
    Leader:  Ralf Jaeger
    Co-Leader:   Larry Jacklin
    Location:  Location TBD
        Details:  The Social Hour will begin at 5:00 pm and Dinner will begin at 6:00 pm.

    Registration will be enabled when the details of location, cost, etc are set. An announcement will be sent at that time.

    • 2017-11-18
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need


    Date(s):
    November 18, 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!

    • 2017-12-02
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need


    Date(s):
      December 2, 2017
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  TBD, depending on river conditions & need