Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club

Upcoming events

    • 2018-04-25
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Prairie Street Brewhouse, Rockford, IL
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    Date(s):
      Wednesday, April 25, 2018                                                                  Leader:  Tom & Anna Croak
    Location:
    Prairie Street Brewhouse 200 Prairie Street
    Rockford, IL 61107 United States + Google Map                                                Details:

    Since 2006, the Reel Paddling Film Festival has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world. Join us for a screening of some of this year’s best paddling films on April 25 in downtown Rockford at the Prairie Street Brewhouse. You’ll be inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace an active outdoor lifestyle and appreciate the wild places. All while enjoying a craft brew, great food, and great company.

    In addition to the great films, there will be raffle tickets sold for awesome prizes (Loon SUP, Paddle Clothing and Gear), with proceeds from the raffle benefiting the Rock River Trail and Friends of the Fox River. PLUS fill out a entry form at the event and be entered into a drawing for your chance to win an Aqua-Bound canoeing, kayaking, kayak fishing, or SUP prize pack (up to a $375 value).

    The schedule for the evening’s festivities is:

    6:00 PM: Doors Open. Happy Hour!

    7:00 PM: Films start

    8:00 PM: Intermission

    8:20 PM: Draw raffle tix for door prizes

    8:30 PM: Resume Films

    9:15: Films end

    Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door the day of the event. Please click here to purchase tickets. Hope to see you at the Paddling Film Festival on April 25th!

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    Date: April 25 Time:

    6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Event Tags:Paddling Film Festival World Tour, Prairie Street Brewhouse, Prairie Street Brewhouse Movies, Rapid Media, Reel Paddling Film Festival, Rocktown Adventures Rockford

    Festival, Rocktown Adventures Rockford

    • 2018-04-28
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • DuPage River from Fawell Dam to Weigand Park
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    Date:  
    April 28, 2018  
    Leader: 
     John Chase 
    Location:  DuPage River from Fawell Dam to Weigand Park
    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.

    From there we will put in and paddle the DuPage River from Fawell Dam to Weigand Park. 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. Lunch at Pioneer Park. 

    Please note that this trip will include a lengthy carry to the put in from the parking lot to Fawell Dam. The carry will be worth it as the stretch of river features numerous opportunities to sharpen leadership skills.

    • 2018-04-28
    • 10:00 AM
    • tbd


    Date:
     Saturday, April 28, 2018

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  RT 113 to Pine Bluff Road near Morris, IL
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details: 
    Please contact leaders to sign up.... it has become difficult to get on and off this sweet river...it takes some determination and physical stamina to make it worth the day...so we have to speak to each person who wants to do this trip.

    The put in is a long walk along a busy highway then down a steep hill with unstable footing. The takeout is even worse!   They blocked the access lane to keep local troublemakers from creating a nuisance and vandalizing the area. Last year we did not know this and had to drag our boats and gear over a 5 foot pile of brush and climb around riprap then up the >12' hill and carry along the should of another very busy road 1/8 mile to our cars....we have not scouted this spring but expect the same conditions...

    • 2018-04-29
    • 9:30 AM
    • Naperville from "Three Diamonds" put in
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    Date:  April 29, 2018
    Leader: 
     Ray Ziemer
    Location: Naperville from "Three Diamonds" put in
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Details: 9:30 Car shuttle from "Three Diamonds" put in.

    • 2018-05-02
    • Northeast Illinois
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    Date(s):
      May 2, 2018
    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.





    • 2018-05-05
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need
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    Date(s):
    May 5, 2018
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  TBD, depending on river conditions & need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details: This is a scheduled workday for the Lake County Forest Preserve District's Des Plaines River Stewardship Project. It's always a fun day on the river, and PSC members get Double Points, too!

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

    • 2018-05-05
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Willow Road Dam, Winnetka (Skokie Lagoons)
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    Don't Miss this event
    Date(s):
     Saturday, May 5, 2018
    Leader: 
     Sigrid Pilgrim
    Co-Leader:  Bill Kessler
    Location:  Willow Road Dam, Winnetka (Skokie Lagoons)
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Paddling Event
    Details:
    Bring your canoe or kayak and celebrate the legacy of canoe legend Ralph Frese by paddling down the Chicago River from Willow Road Dam to Linne Woods in Morton Grove. A free shuttle bus will be provided and will run from 8 am – 2 pm from Linne Woods to Willow Road Dam. Official launch at 9am.  The event is free and concludes with a celebration at Linne Woods where refreshments will be served

    For more details visit
    http://fpdcc.com/event/ralph-frese-memorial-paddle/

    To register (free) with the Forest Preserve go to  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ralph-frese-memorial-paddle-tickets-32820819956



     


     


    • 2018-05-05
    • 9:30 AM
    • Naperville to Plainfield
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    Date:
      May 5, 2018
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
    Location:  DuPage River from Naperville to Plainfield
    Skill Level: Beginner   
    Details: Car shuttle at 9:30.


    • 2018-05-06
    • 2018-05-12
    • near Wolverine, Michigan
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    Date(s): Saturday, May 5th thru Saturday, May 12th, 2018
    Leader: Gary Konecny
    Co-Leader: Regina Watts
    Location: Near Wolverine, Michigan
    Skill Level: Intermediate, cold water paddling
    Category:  Day trips
                                                                                               

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    etails: Join us for a unique paddling experience in the northern end of the lower Michigan peninsula in early spring. This is in the Pigeon River Country covered with miles of forests, roaming elk herds and laced with plenty of great rivers to paddle. We will paddle 8 days (May 5-12 weather permitting) on sections of the surrounding rivers with some less known but still great paddles. Drawing from the Pigeon River, Black River, Canada Creek, Ocqueoc River and the Sturgeon River to the east and the Bear River, Jordan River and the Maple River in Emmet County to the west, we will have a great selection to keep it interesting. We intend to base camp at Sturgeon Valley Campground in Wolverine, MI. The private campground is located on the Sturgeon River and has the advantage to hot showers at night with the town of Wolverine close by for gas, supplies, groceries and restaurants. Cost is $25/night/campsite with 2 tents allowed per site. Open all year round. Come for part or all week. Contact leaders thru links above,

    • 2018-05-12
    • The Hollows Conservation Area, Crystal Lake, IL
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    Date(s):
      May 12, 2018
    Leader:  Larry Jacklin
    Co-Leader:   Helen Gretz
    Location:  The Hollows Conservation Area, Crystal Lake, IL
    Skill Level:  Friendly, welcoming manner
    Category:  Booth at event
    Details:  We are looking for volunteers to spend an hour or two at the PSC booth at this event between 10AM and 4PM to represent the club and answer questions. The goal is to promote the club and to encourage paddlers to join us as new members! Let us know if you will be attending and can assist us.

    • 2018-05-12
    • 9:30 AM
    • DuPage River from Plainfield to Shorewood
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    Date:
      May 12, 2018
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
    Location:  DuPage River from Naperville to Shorewood
    Skill Level: Beginner   
    Details: 9:30 Car shuttle.


    • 2018-05-12
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Crystal Lake, IL
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    Date(s):
      May 12, 2018
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader:   
    Location:  Hollows Conservation Area-Crystal Lake, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Event 
    Details:
    The 10th annual Paddle In The Park, at McHenry County Conservation District's The Hollows Conservation Area, will be May 12, 10AM to 4PM. Bring your own boat, test paddle the boats that will be there, paddle a 26 foot Voyageur Canoe, listen to live music, and there will be a food vendor or two... $5 allows you to take introductory-level instruction classes, test paddle as many boats as you like, and participate in all on-water activities. BYO boat, and you can paddle all day for free (just like all other days at this site....)!

    • 2018-05-13
    • 10:00 AM
    • tbd


    Date:
     Sunday, May 13, 2018

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  RT 113 to Pine Bluff Road near Morris, IL
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details:   
    Please contact leaders to sign up.... it has become difficult to get on and off this sweet river...it takes some determination and physical stamina to make it worth the day...so we have to speak to each person who wants to do this trip.

    The put in is a long walk along a busy highway then down a steep hill with unstable footing. The takeout is even worse!   They blocked the access lane to keep local troublemakers from creating a nuisance and vandalizing the area. Last year we did not know this and had to drag our boats and gear over a 5 foot pile of brush and climb around riprap then up the >12' hill and carry along the should of another very busy road 1/8 mile to our cars....we have not scouted this spring but expect the same conditions...

    • 2018-05-16
    • West Chicago, IL
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    Date(s):
      May 16, 2018
    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.





    • 2018-05-16
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest preserve, Addison, IL
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    Date(s):
    Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson  630-878-1194
    Co-Leader:  John Anderson  630-487-6865
    Location:  Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, near Fullerton & Villa Ave, Addison
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Evening Paddle
    Details:  We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 pm from Crickett Creek Forest Preserve in Addison. We will paddle to Eldridge Park in Elmhurst where a car will be spotted for a reverse shuttle. This will be a quick trip; about 2 hours, however there is one small dam we must portage. We will return drivers to the put-in to pick up cars and then return to Eldridge Park to load boats. We will meet after the paddle (approx. 9 pm) at HB Jones located at 551 South York Street in Elmhurst for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact the trip leader if you intend to paddle; the shuttle logistics are important! Please contact Steve Sinderson by phone 630-878-1194 if you have any questions. 


    • 2018-05-19
    • 8:30 AM
    • 899 Jay Street Elgin, IL
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    Date(s):
      May 19, 2018
    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.

    • 2018-05-19
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Patterson Lake, Aurora
    • 13
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    Date(s):  May 19, 2018
    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 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 12)

    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 12.

    • 2018-05-19
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Patterson Lake, Aurora
    • 13
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    Date(s):  May 19, 2018
    Leader: Dave Watts
    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 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 12)

    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 12.

    • 2018-05-20
    • Libertyville, IL
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    Date(s):
     Sunday, May 20, 2018
    Leader: 
    Al Pilgrim
    Co-Leader:   Sigrid Pilgrim
    Location:  Libertyville,IL
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Paddling Event
    Details: 
    The event is listed for PSC credit. Registration and payments are online at www.signmeup.com/canoemarathon beginning March 1, 2018. See www.canoemarathon.com for complete information.


     


     


    • 2018-05-25
    • 2018-05-28
    • Bloomington, IN
    • 4
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    Date(s):
      May 25 - 28, 2018
    Leader: 
     Dave Watts
    Co-Leader:   
    Location:  Bloomington, IN
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Category:  Lake Paddling / Camping
    Details:  
    Lake Monroe, Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area, SE of Bloomington, IN

    Lake Paddling & Camping from your canoe or kayak

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

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

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

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

    Please contact me if interested or for more information.


    • 2018-05-26
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need
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    Date(s):
    May 26, 2018
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  TBD, depending on river conditions & need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details: This is a scheduled workday for the Lake County Forest Preserve District's Des Plaines River Stewardship Project. It's always a fun day on the river, and PSC members get Double Points, too!

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

    • 2018-05-30
    • West Chicago, IL
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    Date(s):
      May 30, 2018
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue Allman
    Location: West Chicago (Mack Rd to McDowell Grove)
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    Category: Day Trip                                                                                        Details: We will be paddling the West Branch of the DuPage River from Mack Rd. to McDowell Grove. This section is senic and has some riffles, and is appropiate for anyone who has basic paddling skills.

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

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

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





    • 2018-05-30
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest preserve, Addison, IL
    Register


    Date(s):
    Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson  630-878-1194
    Co-Leader:  John Anderson  630-487-6865
    Location:  Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, near Fullerton & Villa Ave, Addison
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Evening Paddle
    Details:  We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 pm from Crickett Creek Forest Preserve in Addison. We will paddle to Eldridge Park in Elmhurst where a car will be spotted for a reverse shuttle. This will be a quick trip; about 2 hours, however there is one small dam we must portage. We will return drivers to the put-in to pick up cars and then return to Eldridge Park to load boats. We will meet after the paddle (approx. 9 pm) at HB Jones located at 551 South York Street in Elmhurst for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact the trip leader if you intend to paddle; the shuttle logistics are important! Please contact Steve Sinderson by phone 630-878-1194 if you have any questions. 


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

    A marked site map will be posted later this week.

    • 2018-06-09
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • DuPage River, Shorewood
    • 13
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    Date:       June 9, 2018

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

    This class will teach basic moving water skills that every river canoeist should have. Students will build on the skills learned in the Introduction to Paddling class, and will learn such maneuvers as upstream ferries, downstream ferries, eddy turns and peel outs. This class is open to both tandem & solo canoes.

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

    PREREQUISITE: Students must have completed the PSC Introduction to Paddling class. If you have not attended the PSC Introduction to Canoe class, you must contact the Lead Instructor, Dave Watts, by clicking on the blue name link, before registering.

    Pricing:

    Early bird registration: $15 for PSC members, $35 for non-members (if registered by May 25)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members (between May 26 and June 3)

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

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

    Registration will close on June 3

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

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

    Contact leader for more details and/or directions.



    • 2018-06-10
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need
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    Date(s):
    June 10, 2018
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  TBD, depending on river conditions & need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details: This is a scheduled workday for the Lake County Forest Preserve District's Des Plaines River Stewardship Project. It's always a fun day on the river, and PSC members get Double Points, too!

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

    • 2018-06-10
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • DuPage River, Shorewood
    • 8
    Register

    Date:       June 10, 2018

    Leader:    Marlene Bertolozzi
    Location:  DuPage River, Shorewood
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:     Instruction

    This class will teach basic moving water skills that every river kayaker should have. Students will build on the skills learned in the Introduction to Paddling class, and will learn such maneuvers as upstream ferries, downstream ferries, eddy turns and peel outs.

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

    PREREQUISITE: Students must have completed the PSC Introduction to Paddling class. If you have not attended the PSC Introduction to Kayaking class, you must contact the Lead Instructor, Marlene Bertolozzi, by clicking on the blue name link, before registering.

    Pricing:

    Early bird registration: $15 for PSC members, $35 for non-members (if registered by May 25)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members (after May 25)

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

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

    Registration will close on June 3

    • 2018-06-13
    • 9:30 AM
    • Sycamore
    Register


    Date(s):
      June 13, 2018
    Leader: 
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  Rt. 64 
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the first section in a series of trips along the Kishwaukee River South Branch. This part is rarely paddled and has a rural feel. It will be a 9 mile paddle. Bring water, lunch, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2018-06-13
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest preserve, Addison, IL
    Register


    Date(s):
    Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson  630-878-1194
    Co-Leader:  John Anderson  630-487-6865
    Location:  Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, near Fullerton & Villa Ave, Addison
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Evening Paddle
    Details:  We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 pm from Crickett Creek Forest Preserve in Addison. We will paddle to Eldridge Park in Elmhurst where a car will be spotted for a reverse shuttle. This will be a quick trip; about 2 hours, however there is one small dam we must portage. We will return drivers to the put-in to pick up cars and then return to Eldridge Park to load boats. We will meet after the paddle (approx. 9 pm) at HB Jones located at 551 South York Street in Elmhurst for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact the trip leader if you intend to paddle; the shuttle logistics are important! Please contact Steve Sinderson by phone 630-878-1194 if you have any questions. 


    • 2018-06-15
    • 2018-06-17
    • Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI
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    Date(s):
      June 15 - 17, 2018
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader:   Tracy Hunt
    Location:  Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI
    Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
    Category:  Instruction
    Details: The Wisconsin Canoe Symposium (WCS) is an enjoyable weekend where you can receive coaching in a quiet water setting from experienced, ACA-certified instructors who will assess your skills and lead you on the path to improvement at your own pace. The location is approximately 60 minutes north of Madison, Wisconsin.

    Courses will be available for all skill levels in both solo and tandem open canoe, including Introduction, Touring, Advanced Touring, and Interpretive Freestyle. WCS also offers a "Creeking Freestyle" course on a section of the nearby Mecan River.

    The student-to-instructor ratio is limited to 5 to 1. Bring your own canoe, paddle and PFD; rentals will be available on a very limited, first-come-first-served basis.

    Arrive as early as Thursday evening and paddle through Sunday noon. Accommodations include motel style rooms, bunkhouses and camping (with or without electric hookup). Pine Lake's various camp activities, such as archery and low ropes, will be available to symposium participnts and registered family and guests. Meals can be on your own, or are available throughout the event in the very sociable setting of the camp's dining hall.

    The Wisconsin Canoe Symposium is organized and hosted by ACA-Certified instructors Tracy Hunt and Paul Klonowski. For more information contact Tracy or Paul at the above links.

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

    • 2018-06-22
    • 2018-06-24
    • West of Danville, IL
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    Register


    Date(s):
      June 22-24, 2018
    Leader:   Dave Watts
    Co-Leader: Regina Watts
    Location:  Kickapoo State Park, W of Danville, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner/Advanced Beginner (depends on water level)
    Category:  Paddling, Base Camping
    Details:  We will be base camping at Kickapoo State Park for two nights antrailsd will be paddling primarily the Middle Fork Vermilion River and possibly the Salt Fork of the Vermilion River. There are also several interesting lakes within the park that are worth an evening paddle or to get your line wet. Also, numerous hiking trails within the park.  Campsites will need to be reserved in advance. 

    Contact leader for more details and/or directions.