Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club

Upcoming events

    • 2019-03-17
    • 2019-03-31
    • West Plains, MO
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    Date(s):
    March 17 - 31, 2019
    Leader: Greg Vitale
    Co-Leader:   Various
    Location:  West Plains, MO
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Day Trips
    Details: 
    Once again, we'll be heading south in March and  paddling many of the fine rivers in Southern MO and Northern AR. 

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

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

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

    Rivers likely to be paddled may include:

    Big Piney River, MO

    Current River, MO

    Little Piney River, MO

    Little Piney Creek, MO

    Jacks Fork River, MO

    Norfork River, MO

    Sugar and Indian Creeks, MO

    Spring River, AR

    Eleven Point River, MO

    Bryant Creek,, MO

    And others depending on water levels.



    • 2019-03-30
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Izaak Walton Home, 899 Jay Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120
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    Date(s):
      March 30, 2019
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson
    Co-Leader:   John Chase
    Location:  Izaak Walton Home, 899 Jay Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120
    Details: 
    PSC board meetings are open to the general membership.

    • 2019-03-30
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Izaak Walton Home, 899 Jay Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120
    • 4
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    Date(s):
      March 30, 2019
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson
    Co-Leader:   John Chase
    Location:  Izaak Walton Home, 899 Jay Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120
    Details: Gear Swap will run 4 - 5 PM.  Potluck to follow at 5 PM. Please sign-up separately for the Potluck event. 

    If you are a long-time paddler or camper and have accumulated more gear than you know what to do with then this Gear Swap is for you.   We will have 8 full tables and 4 tables that we will split in half, for a total of 16 spaces available to display, sell, trade, or giveaway your gear. 

    Search your basements, closets, and garages for all your extra gear and then sign-up for your display table. When registering for a table, please comment as to a full or 1/2 table.

    If you are new to paddling or camping and are looking for a deal on equipment then this Gear Swap is for you!

    Please register for this event if you want to reserve a table to display your gear you wish to sell - you set the price and make the deal! Tables will be assigned first-come to members who register.

    • 2019-03-30
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Izaak Walton Home, 899 Jay Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120
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    Date(s):
      March 30, 2019
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson
    Co-Leader:   John Chase
    Location:  Izaak Walton Home, 899 Jay Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120
    Details: 
    Potluck will begin at 5 PM 

    When registering for the event please identify the type of dish and name of item you will bring in the comments field. Appetizer, Side Dish, Main Dish, and Dessert. (i.e. Dessert-Apple Pie). The registrants list of items for the Potluck will be added to this event as you register. Please consult the list to ensure a balanced meal.

    Please bring your own non-alcoholic beverage and dinner service (plates and utensils). 

    Current Menu

    Appetizers: 

    Cold cuts, cheese varieties

    Hearty Soup

    Side Dishes:

    Spanish Rice

    Caesar Salad

    Bean Salad

    Mediterranean pasta with sun dried tomatoes and fresh mozzarella

    Main Dishes:

    Ox Tails served with Broad Noodles

    Tamales

    Cranberry Chicken - Needs Mash Potatoes from someone

    Desserts:

    Cake

    • 2019-04-07
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • DuPage River-Shorewood
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    Date: 
    April 7, 2019  
    Leader: 
     Dave Watts/Marlena Bertolozzi
    Location:  DuPage River-Shorewood
    Skill Level:  Instructor and Trip Leader
    Details:  This workshop is for current or potential trip leaders, instructors, and anyone else wanting to develop greater skill organizing and leading groups on the water.

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

    Plan 'A':  Seil Rd to Shepley Rd. with a short light snack time (This trip will include scouting as well as Instructor / Trip Leading)

    Plan 'B': Pioneer Park to Riverview Farmstead. During the paddle, we will coach principles of group leadership on the move, including managing a few scenarios you might encounter on a regular trip. Brief snack stop at Knoch Knolls Park. 

    • 2019-04-13
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
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    Date(s):
    April 13, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-04-13
    • 9:30 AM
    • West Branch DuPage, St. Charles Rd. to Mack Rd.
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    Date:
      April 13, 2019
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  West Branch DuPage, St. Charles Rd. to Mack Rd. Canoe Launch, Blackwell Forest Preserve
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  Soup trip!
    Details: 
    Join us for a fun trip through this narrow, winding section of the West Branch, mostly through the DuPage forest preserves. This is a “Soup Trip” so plan to bring a can of soup you can add to the communal pot at the Winfield lunch stop.

    Car shuttle 9:30 a.m. from the put-in at St. Charles Road. Check here and in your email for updates a few days before, as log jams, water levels and weather always factor in.

     Directions to St. Charles Road Put-in for the West Branch DuPage River

     Take IL Rte. 64 North Avenue to the traffic signal at Prince Crossing Road – it’s a mile east of IL Rte. 59 or 8 miles  west of I-355 or IL Rte 53. Turn north on Prince Crossing and travel one short block to St. Charles Rd.; head east to the bridge over the river. You can unload and launch on either side, upstream or downstream – all are equally muddy!

    Don’t forget the soup! A can of some non-cream variety that will mix in the pot. Bring your own beverage, side dish, bowl and spoon.

    • 2019-04-17
    • 9:30 AM
    • South Elgin to St. Charles
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    Date:  April 17, 2019

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

    • 2019-04-20
    • 9:30 AM
    • West Branch Du Page River, Mack Rd. to McDowell Grove F.P.
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    Date(s):
      April 20, 2019
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:
    Location: West Branch of the DuPage River ( Mack Rd. to McDowell F.P.)
    Skill Level: Beginner
    Category: Day
    Trip                                                                                                 Details: This should be an easy day trip through historic Warrenville, with a possible stop at the Urban Streams Research Center at Blackwell Forest Preserve. Possible extension, depending on conditions, through/portage over Fawell Dam. Car shift 9:30.

    Directions to Mack Road Canoe Launch :  From I-88 – Exit I-88 at Winfield Road. Turn right and drive north approx. 3 ¼ miles to Mack Road. Turn left and drive 1 ¼ miles west to the Canoe Launch and Dog Park, parking lot entrance on left.

    From Route 59 – Mack Road is between Batavia Road and Roosevelt Rd. (IL Rte 38) between West Chicago and Warrenville. Turn east on Mack a half mile to cross the river and enter parking lot on south side of road.





    • 2019-04-27
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
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    Date(s):
    April 27, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-04-27
    • Yorkville, IL
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    Date(s):
      April 27, 2019
    Leader:   Dave Watts
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  Yorkville, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Paddling
    Details:  We will paddle from Yorkville, IL (below the Marge Cline White Water Park) to Millbrook, IL. (Shuh Shuh Gah Canoe Launch) Approximately a 7 mile paddle. PFD's must be worn at all times while on the water. Bring a snack/lunch, we will stop at Silver Springs State Park.

    Depending on the weather, cold water paddling gear and practices may be required.

    Car Shift at 10:00am from Yorkville, IL.

    Contact leader for more details and/or directions.



    • 2019-04-27
    • 8:30 AM
    • 899 Jay Street Elgin, IL
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    Date(s):
    April 27, 2019
    Leader:  John Ziegler
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  899 Jay Street Elgin, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Cleanup
    Details: 
    This is a walking stream/streambank cleanup due to low water and/or narrow stream. Meet at the Izaak Walton League lodge about 8:30 to sign in, get supplies (gloves, bags & some tools) and find out where to go. Wear clothes that you can get wet and dirty. Dress for the weather. Lunch is provided for the workers.

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

    • 2019-04-28
    • 9:30 AM
    • West Branch DuPage from "Three Diamonds" Put-in to Knoch Knolls Park.
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    Date(s):
      April 28, 2019
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:
    Location:
    Branch DuPage from "Three Diamonds" Put-in to Knoch Knolls Park. Skill Level: Beginner
    Category: Day
    Trip                                                                                              Details:  Enjoyable Sunday paddle through downtown Naperville along the Riverwalk with the carillon ringing in your ears.

    Car shift at 9:30 from the “Three Diamonds” put-in at the intersection of Hidden Spring and Stauffer Rds., Naperville. From Ogden Ave. Rte 34 go south on River Rd. across RR tracks and turn left onto Hidden Spring. Follow to Stauffer and the dead-end at Will-o-way Commons.

    We plan to stop at Pioneer Park for lunch and finish up at Knoch Knolls Park, a little under 7 miles paddle overall.

    When unloading at the Three Diamonds, please be quiet, courteous and respectful of the local folks sleeping in on Sunday morning.

    • 2019-04-28
    • 9:30 AM
    • Cherry Valley, IL
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    Date(s):  April 28, 2019

    Leader:  Jeff Fitch

    Co-Leader:   Dave Watts

    Location:  Cherry Valley to Atwood Park 
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is combined trip with the Mackinaw Canoe Club [MCC]

    Beautiful 8.5 mile stretch on the Kishwaukee River. Arrive at Cherry Valley (Bauman Park) at 9:30am to unload/check in, Car shift will be at 10:00am sharp

    This section, depending on the water level, of the Kishwaukee River can have downfall and swift current so good boat skills are required. Bring water, lunch, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2019-05-01
    • 9:30 AM
    • Northeast Illinois
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    Date(s):
      May 1, 2019
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue Allman
    Location: Northeast Illinois
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip                                                                                                Details:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 We will be paddling the DesPlaines River from Russell Rd. to Wadsworth Rd. This section is peaceful and senic, and is appropriate for anyone, regardless of skill level.

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

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

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





    • 2019-05-04
    • 9:30 AM
    • DuPage River from Knoch Knolls Park, Naperville to Eaton Preserve, Plainfield
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    Date:
      May 4, 2019
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
    Location: 
    DuPage River from Knoch Knolls Park, Naperville to Eaton Preserve, Plainfield
    Skill Level: Beginner   
    Details:
    Usually an easy paddle from the West Branch in South Naperville through the DuPage confluence and southward. Lunch at Riverview Farmstead, then take-out at Eaton Preserve Canoe Landing on the edge of Plainfield. Car shift at 9:30 a.m.

    DIRECTIONS TO KNOCH KNOLLS

    From Washington St. South, turn on Ring Rd., then left on Knoch Knolls Rd., south to the park and nature center parking lot.

    From Plainfield-Naperville Rd.. turn east onto 95th St., then left onto KNoch Knolls Rd. Continue to Knoch Knolls Park on right.


    • 2019-05-05
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
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    Date(s):
    May 5, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-05-05
    • St Charles, IL - Potawatomi Park, 8 North Ave
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    Date(s):
    May 5, 2019
    Leader:  Dan Kohler
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:
      St Charles, IL - Potawatomi Park,  8 North Ave   
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category: 
    Multi-Category Paddle Racing Event
    Details: 
    This is a local paddling event which is published as a public service announcement only,  not a PSC sponsored event. 

    All information is available on the event sponsor website, StCharlesCanoeClub.com.  Recreational boating will take place during the afternoon.  I will participate in both the morning races as well as the afternoon recreational boating session, plus I am available anytime to respond to any inquiries.  The paddle course begins at Potawatomi Park in St. Charles, IL and proceeds north about 4.5 miles to the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve paddle boat put-in and then back to Potawatomi Park.




    • 2019-05-08
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, Addison, IL
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    Date(s):
    Wednesday, May 08, 2019
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson  630-878-1194
    Co-Leader:  John Anderson  630-487-6865
    Location:  Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, near Fullerton & Villa Ave, Addison
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Evening Paddle
    Details:  We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 pm from Crickett Creek Forest Preserve in Addison. We will paddle to Eldridge Park in Elmhurst where a car will be spotted for a reverse shuttle. This will be a quick trip; about 2 hours, however there is one small dam we must portage. We will return drivers to the put-in to pick up cars and then return to Eldridge Park to load boats. We will meet after the paddle (approx. 9 pm) at HB Jones located at 551 South York Street in Elmhurst for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact the trip leader if you intend to paddle; the shuttle logistics are important! Please contact Steve Sinderson by phone 630-878-1194 if you have any questions. 


    • 2019-05-11
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tampier Lake, 131st & Wolf Road
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    Date(s):
    May 11, 2019
    Leader:  Dan Kohler
    Co-Leader:  Please Volunteer
    Location:
      Tampier Lake,  131st & Wolf Road,  in Cook County’s Palos Forest Preserves area
    Skill Level:  Beginner 
    Category: 
    Cleanup sponsored by Cook County Forest Preserve
    Details:
    The cleanup session will begin at 8am and conclude at Noon. Plus, we can practice lake boating skills during the afternoon.  Meet at the Tampier Lake Boating Center, which is located 200ft east of Wolf Road and south of 131st Street.   

    You can cleanup either from your boat or by walking along the shore.





    • 2019-05-11
    • 9:30 AM
    • DuPage River from Plainfield to Shorewood
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    Date:
      May 11, 2019
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
    Location: 
    DuPage River, from Eaton Preserve (135th St.) to Rivertowne Parkway (Caton Farm Rd.), Shorewood
    Skill Level: Beginner   
    Details:
    Mostly slow easy paddle through historic Plainfield areas with some nice green corridors. Car shift 9:30 a.m. Lunch someplace along the way.

    DIRECTIONS TO EATON PRESERVE CANOE LAUNCH AT 135TH ST. PLAINFIELD: From IL Route 59 go east less than ½ mile on 135th Street, cross the river and turn south into the canoe launch access. Or from Naperville-Plainfield Rd., go west on 135th St. (Pilcher Road at that point) and the canoe launch access will be on the left before you cross the river.


    • 2019-05-15
    • 9:30 AM
    • West Chicago, IL
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    Date(s):
      May 15, 2019
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue Allman
    Location: West Branch of the DuPage River (St. Charles Rd  to Mack Rd.)
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    Category: Day
    Trip                                                                                                 Details: We will be paddling the West Branch of the DuPage River from St.Charles Rd. to Mack Rd. This section is peaceful and senic, but it is narrow and may have obstructions that you will need to maneuver or portage around. This trip is appropiate for anyone who has reliable paddling skills.

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

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

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





    • 2019-05-18
    • 9:00 AM
    • TBD
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    Date(s):
      Saturday, May 18, 2019

    Leader:  Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:   Kathi Landow
    Location:  TBD
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Cleanup
    Details:
    This year’s annual DuPage River Sweep gets under way Saturday, 5/18 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The Sweep is organized by The Conservation Foundation and supported by DuPage County Stormwater Management. Over 12,500 volunteers have removed nearly 300 tons of garbage from DuPage County waterways since the event was launched in 1991. Joining  hundreds of volunteers across the county, our crew will return to the West Branch this year to work on the river in the Naperville area. Contact Ray or Kathi for details. Car shuttle at 9:00 a.m.


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


    Date(s):
     Sunday, May 19, 2019
    Leader: 
    Al Pilgrim
    Co-Leader: Steve Sinderson 
    Location:  Libertyville,IL (Marathon)  Wheeling, IL (Minithon)
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Paddling Event
    Details:
    This is a listing-only event for PSC points. All information for the Marathon can be found at: www.canoemarathon.com. To receive club points for this trip you must register for this PSC event and also be registered for the Marathon at www.canoemarathon.com.  Upon completion of this event we will cross-reference PSC sign-up with Marathon finish results. 

     


     


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


    Date: Sunday, May 19, 2019

    Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon

    • 2019-05-19
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hidden Lake Forest Preserve, Downers Grove
    • 7
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    Date(s):  May 19, 2019
    Leader: Marlene Bertolozzi
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Hidden Lake Forest Preserve, Downers Grove
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  

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

    Pricing:

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

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

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

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

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

    • 2019-05-19
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hidden Lake Forest Preserve, Downers Grove
    • 10
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    Date(s):  May 19, 2019
    Leader: Dave Watts
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Hidden Lake Forest Preserve, Downers Grove
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  

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

    Pricing:

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

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

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

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

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

    • 2019-05-22
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, Addison, IL
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    Date(s):
    Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson  630-878-1194
    Co-Leader:  John Anderson  630-487-6865
    Location:  Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, near Fullerton & Villa Ave, Addison
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Evening Paddle
    Details:  We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 pm from Crickett Creek Forest Preserve in Addison. We will paddle to Eldridge Park in Elmhurst where a car will be spotted for a reverse shuttle. This will be a quick trip; about 2 hours, however there is one small dam we must portage. We will return drivers to the put-in to pick up cars and then return to Eldridge Park to load boats. We will meet after the paddle (approx. 9 pm) at HB Jones located at 551 South York Street in Elmhurst for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact the trip leader if you intend to paddle; the shuttle logistics are important! Please contact Steve Sinderson by phone 630-878-1194 if you have any questions. 


    • 2019-05-24
    • 2019-05-27
    • Bloomington, IN
    • 5
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    Date(s):  May 24 - 27, 2019
    Leader: 
     Dave Watts
    Co-Leader:   
    Location:  Bloomington, IN
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Category:  Lake Paddling / Camping
    Details:  
    Lake Monroe, Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area, SE of Bloomington, IN

    Lake Paddling & Camping from your canoe or kayak  

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

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

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

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

    Please contact me if interested or for more information.


    • 2019-05-25
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
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    Date(s):
    May 25, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-05-25
    • 9:30 AM
    • DuPage River from Rivertowne Landing to Minooka Rd.
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    Date:
      May 25, 2019
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
    Location: 
    DuPage River from Rivertowne Landing to Minooka Rd.
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner   
    Details:
    We will paddle through the channels of Hammel Woods, portage around the dam, and challenge the riffles downstream around the railroad bridge.

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