Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club founded in 1971

"Connecting paddlers through safe and fun group events"

To adhere to Illinois Governor Pritzker’s stay-at-home order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the PSC Board decided that all events will be suspended until further notice. The Events scheduled through May 30 have been canceled and registrants will be notified.

Upcoming events

    • 2020-04-09
    • (CDT)
    • 2020-10-08
    • (CDT)
    • 7 sessions
    • Marge Cline Whitewater Park, Yorkville, IL
    • 15

    Canceled through May 30
    Date(s):
      Second Thursday, starting April 9
    Leader:   Steve Voss
    Location:  Marge Cline Whitewater Park, Yorkville, IL
    Skill Level:  Everyone welcome
    Category:  Instruction
    Details: 

    These moving water coached canoe workshops are ideal for anyone looking to practice or develop greater skills on the river. We will individually address your needs, your frustrations, your desire for new skills or techniques. Focused training, focused learning—repetition is the key to perfection.

    You will be exposed to proven techniques that will improve your skills in Body/ Boat/Blade awareness, eddy turns, peel-outs, ferries and surfing. The real fun begins when we practice linking moves up and down the river.

    These are ongoing, monthly workshops. Beginning on April 9, we’ll meet on the second Thursday afternoon of the month at 3:00 pm and play until dark. Sessions will run through the second Thursday of October. 

    Please bring the following equipment:

    • Canoe—solo or tandem
    • Paddle and spare
    • Helmet
    • Throw Bag
    • PFD
    • River Shoes
    • Water Bottle/Snacks
    • Weather/Season/Water Temperature-Appropriate Clothing
    • Positive Mental Attitude

    Questions? Call Steve at 847-687-2406

    • 2020-04-11
    • (CDT)
    • 2020-11-14
    • (CST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Marge Cline Whitewater Park, Yorkville, IL
    • 15

    Canceled through May 30
    Date(s):
      Second Saturday, starting April 11
    Leader:   Steve Voss
    Location:  Marge Cline Whitewater Park, Yorkville, IL
    Skill Level:  Everyone welcome
    Category:  Instruction
    Details: 

    These moving water coached canoe workshops are ideal for anyone looking to practice or develop greater skills on the river. We will individually address your needs, your frustrations, your desire for new skills or techniques. Focused training, focused learning—repetition is the key to perfection.

    You will be exposed to proven techniques that will improve your skills in Body/ Boat/Blade awareness, eddy turns, peel-outs, ferries and surfing. The real fun begins when we practice linking moves up and down the river.

    These are ongoing, monthly workshops. Saturday sessions will begin April 11 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm and continue on the second Saturday of each month. Sessions will run through the second Saturday of October. 

    Please bring the following equipment:

    • Canoe—solo or tandem
    • Paddle and spare
    • Helmet
    • Throw Bag
    • PFD
    • River Shoes
    • Water Bottle/Snacks
    • Weather/Season/Water Temperature-Appropriate Clothing
    • Positive Mental Attitude
    Questions? Call Steve at 847-687-2406
    • 2020-05-23
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • 2020-05-25
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Birchwood, WI
    • 5


    Date(s):
      May 23-25, 2020
    Leader: 
     Dave Watts
    Co-Leader:
    Location:  Birchwood, Wisconsin
    Skill Level:  Beginner - Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Memorial Day Wkend - 2 Day - Lake Camping - Small Portages
    Details: We will be paddling and camping on the Sawmill Lake Canoe Trail for two nights over Memorial Weekend.  This is my first trip to this Canoe Trail, so its sorta a 'scouting' trip.  Its based out of Sawmill Lake Campground and has five small glacier 'pothole' lakes with short marked portages.  You will camping out of your boat, but you must transport all your own gear.  The camping is 'dispersed' (no marked camp sites) and requires a Washburn Co. Dispersed camping permit, it is only $10.00 for two nights.

    Please contact me for details.  The group will be limited to 6 as I do not know the size of the dispersed camping sites.

    http://www.bullmoosepatrol.com/bmp/2017/9/9/pristine-potholes-birchwood-canoe-routes-loyhead-and-sawmill-lake-canoe-routes



    • 2020-05-27
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • West Chicago, IL

    CANCELLED
    Date(s):
      May 27, 2020
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue Allman
    Location: West Chicago (Mack Rd to McDowell Grove)
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    Category: Day Trip                                                                                 Details:
      Regretfully, I have decided to cancel this trip due to Covid 19.  While paddling poses no increased risk of acquiring the disease, car shifts are a petri dish.  Under the current circumstances, it would be the height of irresponsibility to conduct a car shift.

     Please keep an eye on the PSC schedule.  I have a couple of ideas for no-shuttle trips, including the Confluence Loop and possibly some couples’ trips, in which couples would shuttle themselves.

     Needless to say, when this situation changes, I will be scheduling trips again.

     

     

    We will be paddling the West Branch of the DuPage River from Mack Rd. to McDowell Grove. This section is scenic 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.





    • 2020-05-30
    • (CDT)
    • TBD

    CANCELLED

    Date(s):  May 30, 2020
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Dave Watts
    Location: TBD 
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Training         
    Details:
     

    Regretfully, I have decided to cancel this trip due to Covid 19.  While paddling poses no increased risk of acquiring the disease, car shifts are a petri dish.  Under the current circumstances, it would be the height of irresponsibility to conduct a car shift.

     Please keep an eye on the PSC schedule.  I have a couple of ideas for no-shuttle trips, including the Confluence Loop and possibly some couples’ trips, in which couples would shuttle themselves.

     Needless to say, when this situation changes, I will be scheduling trips again.

     

     

    This is a trip for anyone who has moving water skills and would like to practice them.  Coaching will be provided by certified instructors.  Call or e-mail the lead instructor for additional information.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         



    • 2020-06-05
    • (CDT)
    • 2020-06-07
    • (CDT)
    • Milltown, IN
    Register


    Date(s):
      June 5 to 7, 2020
    Leader: Brad DeArk
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Blue River, Milltown, IN
    Skill Level: 
    Advanced Beginner
    Category: 
    Moving water
    Details: 
    Blue River paddling festival includes 3 days of paddling, camping, music and food! Sections of the Blue not often paddled will have pre-arranged shuttles! Cost is $59 including camping and shuttles. Please contact me for additional details. bdeark@gmail.com 270-945-5014

    • 2020-06-10
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • Sycamore
    Register

    Date(s):  June 10, 2020
    Leader: 
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  Rt. 64 (Sycamore) 
    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.

    • 2020-06-19
    • (CDT)
    • 2020-06-21
    • (CDT)
    • Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI
    Register

    CANCELLED due to the Covid-19 concerns

    Date(s):  June 19 to 21, 2020
    Leader:   Tracy Hunt
    Co-Leader:
     
    Paul Klonowski 
    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, 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 (very limited availability this year), bunkhouses, and camping (with or without electric hookup).  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 Tracy Hunt and Paul Klonowski.  For more information, contact Tracy at tracyhunt077@gmail.com   or Paul at pklonowski@comcast.net.

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

    • 2020-06-22
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CDT)
    • TBD
    Register


    Date(s):
      June 22, 2020
    Leader:  John Chase
    Co-Leader:   Susan Allman
    Location: TBD


    • 2020-06-24
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • Genoa
    Register


    Date:
      June 24, 2020
    Leader: 
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  Baseline Road to Kingston
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the second section of the Kishwaukee River South Branch series. It is a 9 mile paddle. Bring a drink, lunch, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. 9:30 car shift. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2020-07-04
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • TBD based on conditions
    Register


    Date(s):
      July 4, 2020
    Leader:  Tom Eckels
    Co-Leader:  
    Location: 
    TBD based on conditions
    Skill Level: 
    Advanced Beginer
    Category: 
    Day Trip
    Details: 
    Look for more details as the date draws closer.  Car Shift 10:00am.   Plan for a full day on the river.  Typical choices from previous years have included the Pecitonica, Sugar, Kishwaukee, Nippersink, DesPlaines, etc.

    • 2020-07-08
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • Kingston
    Register


    Date(s):
      July 8, 2020
    Leader: 
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  Kingston (to Kirkland)
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the final section of the Kishwaukee River South Branch series. It is about a 9 mile paddle. Bring water, lunch, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Car shift 9:30. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2020-07-12
    • (CDT)
    • Jon Duerr Forest Preserve (on the Fox River)
    Register


    Date(s):
      Sunday, July 12, 2020
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader:
    Location:
    Jon Duerr Forest Preserve (on the Fox River)
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  
    See narrative                                                                        Details:
    Save the date.  The Lindblade family, in conjunction with PSC, will be remembering Tom Lindblade’s many contributions to PSC, to paddlesports, and to education.  Details will be added to this announcement as they are determined.





    • 2020-07-17
    • (CDT)
    • 2020-07-19
    • (CDT)
    • Southwest Wisconsin
    Register


    Date(s):
      July 17 - 19, 2020
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader:
    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 7/18/20, 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.





    • 2020-07-18
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • DuPage River (Hammel Woods to Shepley Rd.)
    • 10
    Register


    Date: July 18, 2020
    Leader: Marlena Bertolozzi
    Location: DuPage River, Shorewood, IL
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    CategoryInstruction

    This class will teach basic moving water skills that every river kayaker should know. 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 arrange to demonstrate appropriate skills prior to participation. Please contact the Lead Instructor, Marlena Bertolozzi before registering.

    Pricing:

    $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members 

    Registration will close on July 16, 2020

    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.

    • 2020-07-22
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • Southern WI.
    Register


    Date(s):
      July 22, 2020
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue Allman
    Location: Sugar River (Nelson Rd. to Two Rivers)
    Skill Level: Beginner
    Category: Day Trip                                                                                                                      Details:
       We will be paddling the Sugar River from Nelson Rd. to Two Rivers. This section is peaceful and senic, and is appropiate 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.





    • 2020-07-24
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • 2020-07-26
    • (CDT)
    • Montello, WI
    Register

    Date(s):  July 25 & 26, 2020
    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.

    • 2020-08-01
    • (CDT)
    • Lake Atwood, The Hollows Conservation Area, Cary, IL
    • 9
    Register


    Date(s):
      August 1, 2020
    Leader:  Tracy Hunt
    Co-Leader:
    Paul Klonowski       
    Location: Lake Atwood, The Hollows Conservation Area, Cary IL
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Training
    Details:

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

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

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

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

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

    Cost of the class is $50 for ACA members (bring your membership card); $5 additional for non -American Canoe Association members.  Class size is limited to 10 participants. FEES TO BE PAID ON SITE THE DAY OF THE CLASS.

    To register, contact:

    Tracy Hunt                  tracyhunt077@gmail.com    

    or 

    Paul Klonowski          pklonowski@comcast.net




    • 2020-08-05
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • Spring Grove
    Register


    Date(s):
      August 5, 2020
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue Allman
    Location: Glacial Park
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip                                                                                                                       Details:    We will be paddling Nippersink Creek from Glacial Park to Lyle Thomas Park. This section is scenic with a few riffles and is appropriate for anyone who has reasonable 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.





    • 2020-08-08
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • Marge Cline Park, Yorkville, IL
    • 0
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    Date: August 8, 2020
    Leader: Marlena Bertolozzi
    Location: Marge Cline Whitewater Park, Yorkville, IL
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    Category: Instruction

    This class will build on the moving water skills learned in Introduction to Kayaking and Moving Water I. Students will practice various maneuvers such as upstream ferries, downstream ferries, eddy turns and peel outs in the class 2 rapid at the Marge Cline Whitewater Park in Yorkville.

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

    PREREQUISITE: For your safety and to keep the class on pace, students must have completed the PSC Introduction to Paddling and Moving Water 1 classes. If you have not attended the PSC Introduction to Kayaking class and Moving Water 1 classes, you must arrange to demonstrate equivalent skills prior to participation in this class. Please contact the Lead Instructor, Marlena Bertolozzi before registering.

    Pricing:

    Registration: $15 for PSC members, $35 for non-members

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

    Helmets and spray skirts will be required for this class.

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

    Registration will close on August 6.

    • 2020-08-19
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • Garden Prairie
    Register


    Date(s):
      August 19, 2020
    Leader: 
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  County Line Road (Garden Prairie to Belvidere)
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the "up north" section of the Kishwaukee River. It is about an 8 mile paddle with a little of everything; straight, curves, ripples, and possible downfall. Bring water, lunch, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Car shift 9:30. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2020-08-24
    • (CDT)
    • 2020-08-28
    • (CDT)
    • Namekagon River
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Date(s):
     
    8/24/202 through 8/28/2020
    Leader:  Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader:  
    Location: 
    Namekagon River
    Skill Level:  
    Advanced Beginner
    Category:River camping
    Details: 
    If you ever wanted to paddle the Namekagon when it wasn’t jammed with party animals, this might be just what you’re looking for.  We will be doing two day trips between Hayward and Trego, then doing a three day river camping trip on the usual section.  The upper section has some mild rapids, so good boat control will be required.  (The trip may be extended, either before or after, if there is interest.)

    Contact me for details.

    • 2020-09-02
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • Shopiere, WI
    Register


    Date(s):
      Sept. 2, 2020
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue  Allman
    Location:  Shopiere, Wisconsin
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details: We will be paddling Turtle Creek from O'Riley Rd. to County Hwy J. This section is senic, and is appropiate 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.


    • 2020-09-10
    • (CDT)
    • 2020-09-13
    • (CDT)
    • Wisconsin River (Arena to Woodman)
    Register

    Date(s):  Sept. 10 - Sept. 13, 2020
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader:
    Location: Wisconsin River 
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  River camping         
    Details:
     
     
    If you wanted to take a river trip over the Labor Day weekend but were unable to, this trip is just what you need.  (People who paddled on Labor Day are welcome, too.)  All the liveries know that the weekend after Labor Day is the deadest weekend of the season, so we can expect to have the Wisconsin River to ourselves.

    This is a four day trip for those who can get a couple of days off work, and a weekend trip for those who can’t.  We will launch from Arena on 9/10/20 and take two days to paddle down to Muscoda.  On 9/12/20 we will pick up the weekenders in Muscoda and paddle two more days down to Woodman.

    This trip is river camping, and is appropriate for any skill level.

    E-mail for more information.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         



    • 2020-09-16
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • Plainfield, Illinois
    Register


    Date(s):
      Sept. 16, 2020
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader:   Susan Allman
    Location: Plainfield, Illinois
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip                                                                                                                           Details:   
    We will be paddling the DuPage River from Plainfield to Seil Rd.  This section is peaceful and scenic and is appropriate for any skill level, but it does require a portage around the Hammel Woods Dam.

    Contact the trip leader for information. Steve LaPorte (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.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  




    • 2020-09-19
    • 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • 899 Jay Street Elgin, IL
    Register


    Date(s):
    September 19, 2020
    Leader: John Ziegler
    Co-Leader: Marilyn Ziegler                                                                                                           Loca
    tion: 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.

    • 2020-09-27
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • TBD
    Register


    Date(s):
      September 27, 2020
    Leader:  John Chase
    Co-Leader:   Susan Allman
    Location: TBD


    • 2020-09-30
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • Belvidere
    Register


    Date(s):  September 30,2020
    Leader:  Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  Belvidere to Cherry Valley 
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This section of the Kishwaukee River can have downfall and swift current so good boat skills are required. It will be an 8 mile paddle. Bring water, lunch, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2020-10-10
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • Tower Road boat laucnh


    Date(s):
      Saturday October 10, 2020
    Leader: 
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Tower Road boat launch, west of Forestway Dr.
    Skill Level:  
    Category:  
    Details: 

    Embrace the fall season with nature-based activities on and off the water. Paddle in a canoe, kayak, or take a group trip in a Voyageur Canoe with Wilderness Inquiry.  Try your hand at archery, pumpkin painting, nature play with BackYard Nature Center, and more.

    There will also be a raffle for boat package that includes a kayak, paddle, spray skirt from L.L. Bean, a certificate for a personal flotation device from Rocktown Adventures, and a two-hour private paddling lesson from Northwest Passage. Sponsored by the Illinois Paddling Council to benefit the Forest Preserves’ Youth Paddling program. Canoe spots are limited.

    Contact:

    • 708-386-4042
    • experience.nature@cookcountyil.gov
    • 2020-10-14
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • South Elgin to St. Charles
    Register

    Date:  October 14, 2020

    Leader:  Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  South Elgin to St. Charles
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the last 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.

    • 2020-11-15
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • TBD


    Date(s):
      November 15, 2020
    Leader:  John Chase
    Co-Leader:  Susan Allman
    Location: TBD
    Details: 
    Save the date!  Details to follow.

Past events

2020-05-23 Canceled - DuPage River - Shorewood
2020-05-17 PSC involvement canceled - 63rd Annual Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon & Minithon
2020-05-16 Canceled - Moving Water I Kayak
2020-05-16 CANCELLED----Moving Water I Canoe
2020-05-16 Canceled - DuPage River Sweep
2020-05-13 CANCELLED----West Branch of the DuPage River
2020-05-09 Canceled - DuPage River - Plainfield
2020-05-09 CANCELLED---COACHED TRIP (FLAT WATER)
2020-05-03 Canceled: Introduction to Paddling - Kayak
2020-05-03 Canceled----Introduction to Paddling - Canoe
2020-05-02 Canceled - DuPage River - Naperville to Plainfield
2020-05-02 PSC involvement canceled - Ralph Frese Memorial Paddle
2020-04-29 Canceled - DesPlaines River (Russell Rd. to Wadsworth Rd.)
2020-04-26 Canceled - West Branch DuPage - Naperville
2020-04-25 Canceled - West Branch DuPage - Warrenville
2020-04-25 Canceled - Willow Creek Cleanup--Rain date if needed
2020-04-18 Canceled - Willow Creek Cleanup
2020-04-15 Canceled - Fox River
2020-04-11 Canceled - West Branch DuPage (Soup Trip)
2020-03-29 Rock Run Rookery---CANCELLED
2020-03-29 PSC March Board Meeting
2020-03-14 2020 Southern Missouri Paddling
2020-03-13 PSC Booth at Canoecopia
2020-03-01 PSC Pool Party
2020-03-01 Leadership skills development workshop
2020-02-16 PSC Pool Party
2020-01-12 PSC Pool Party
2020-01-12 2020 Season Kickoff Pizza Party
2020-01-04 PSC January Social 2020
2020-01-01 New Years Day Paddle - 2020
2019-12-08 PSC Pool Party
2019-12-07 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-11-24 Kishwaukee River-south branch (Baseline to Kingston)
2019-11-23 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-11-10 2019 Fall PSC Dinner & Meeting
2019-11-10 PSC November Board Meeting
2019-11-09 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-11-03 Florida Rivers - November 2019
2019-10-27 First Annual Fall Busse Lake Colors Paddle.
2019-10-27 Kishwaukee River (North section)
2019-10-26 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-10-19 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Rt. 64 to Baseline)
2019-10-16 Kishwaukee River-south branch (Baseline to Kingston)
2019-10-12 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-10-06 Skokie Lagoon
2019-10-05 Busse Lake Cleanup
2019-10-05 Michigan Fall Colors Trip
2019-10-02 Kishwaukee River (Belvidere to Espenscheid)
2019-09-29 2019 Fall Fox River Classic
2019-09-28 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-09-21 Annual Fox River Cleanup with National 'Its Our River Days'
2019-09-21 Kickapoo River
2019-09-18 DuPage River (Plainfield to Hammel Woods)
2019-09-15 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-09-14 Moving Water II Kayaking
2019-09-14 Willow Creek Cleanup
2019-09-14 Southern Michigan Rivers - rivers tbd
2019-09-11 Turtle Creek ---- CANCELLED
2019-09-05 LABOR DAY PROCRASTINATORS' TRIP
2019-09-02 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-09-01 Kishwaukee River (Belvidere to Espenscheid)
2019-08-31 Turtle Creek - Shopiere, WI
2019-08-31 Namekagon River Labor Day trip
2019-08-28 Canceled - Salt Creek Evening Paddle & Dinner
2019-08-25 Essentials of Kayak Touring
2019-08-24 22 Mile Busse Lake Shoreline Paddle
2019-08-24 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-08-24 Southern Michigan Rivers - Pigeon River
2019-08-21 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2019-08-21 Kishwaukee River (North section)
2019-08-18 PSC August Board Meeting
2019-08-14 Salt Creek Evening Paddle & Dinner
2019-08-11 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-08-10 Solo Freestyle Canoe Clinic
2019-08-10 Bad Fish Creek
2019-08-10 Southern Michigan Rivers - Portage and Rocky Rivers
2019-08-08 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2019-08-07 Nippersink Creek
2019-08-04 Moving Water I Canoe
2019-08-03 Fox River Cleanup
2019-08-03 Southern Wisconsin Rivers - Pine River
2019-07-31 Salt Creek Evening Paddle & Dinner
2019-07-29 Namekagon River
2019-07-28 New Member Paddle
2019-07-28 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-07-27 Kishwaukee Paddle Festival
2019-07-27 Southern Michigan Rivers - Prairie & Portage Rivers
2019-07-24 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2019-07-24 Sugar River (Nelson Rd. to Two Rivers)
2019-07-20 (copy) Kishwaukee River - Combined Paddle Clubs [MCC & PSC]
2019-07-20 Southern Wisconsin Rivers - Bark River
2019-07-19 Four Rivers Trip
2019-07-17 Salt Creek Evening Paddle & Dinner
2019-07-17 Des Plaines River Isle le cache
2019-07-14 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-07-13 Moving Water I Kayaking
2019-07-11 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2019-07-10 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Kingston to Kirkland)
2019-07-07 DuPage River, Shorewood to Shepley Rd
2019-07-06 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-07-04 4TH of July Paddle
2019-07-04 Southern Michigan Rivers - July 4th Edition!
2019-06-29 Southern Michigan Rivers - Prairie & Portage Rivers
2019-06-26 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2019-06-26 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Baseline to Kingston)
2019-06-22 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-06-19 Salt Creek Evening Paddle & Dinner
2019-06-18 West Branch DuPage River
2019-06-14 Mecan River
2019-06-14 Wisconsin Canoe Symposium
2019-06-12 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2019-06-12 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Rt. 64 to Baseline)
2019-06-09 DuPage River
2019-06-08 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-06-05 Salt Creek Evening Paddle & Dinner
2019-06-02 PSC June Board Meeting
2019-06-02 Busse Lake Paddle
2019-06-02 ACA L1/2 Essentials of River Canoe Instructor Update
2019-06-02 CANCELLED----Mid America Canoe Race
2019-06-01 White River
2019-06-01 ACA L1/2 River Kayak Instructor Update
2019-05-29 canceled...West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2019-05-29 West Branch of the DuPage River(Mack Rd to McDowell Grove)
2019-05-27 Memorial Paddle on the Fox River in memory of Fran Almquist and Carol Klug
2019-05-25 DuPage River, Shorewood to Channahon
2019-05-25 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-05-24 Lake Monroe - Deam Wilderness Area - Paddling/Camping
2019-05-22 Salt Creek Evening Paddle & Dinner
2019-05-22 west branch dupage river st charles rd - mack rd
2019-05-19 Introduction to Paddling - Kayak
2019-05-19 Introduction to Paddling - Canoe
2019-05-19 62nd Des Plaines River Marathon
2019-05-19 62ST ANNUAL DES PLAINES RIVER CANOE & KAYAK MARATHON
2019-05-18 Annual DuPage River Sweep (Clean-up)
2019-05-15 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2019-05-15 West Branch of the DuPage River
2019-05-12 Canceled - high water - Mazon River
2019-05-11 canceled - DuPage River
2019-05-11 DuPage River from through Plainfield to Shorewood
2019-05-11 Tampier Lake Cleanup
2019-05-08 Canceled - Salt Creek Evening Paddle & Dinner
2019-05-05 Annual Current Buster Race---CANCELLED
2019-05-05 Des Plaines River Cleanup! CANCELLED
2019-05-04 DuPage River from Naperville to Plainfield--CANCELLED
2019-05-04 Ralph Frese Memorial Paddle--SEE UPDATE
2019-05-01 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub! - canceled
2019-05-01 DesPlaines River (Russell Rd. to Wadsworth Rd.)
2019-04-28 Kishwaukee River - Combined Paddle Clubs [MCC & PSC]
2019-04-28 West Branch, DuPage through Naperville
2019-04-27 Willow Creek Cleanup
2019-04-27 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-04-27 Fox River - Yorkville to Millbrook "CANCELLED"
2019-04-20 West Branch DuPage River, Mack Road to McDowell Grove
2019-04-17 Fox River
2019-04-13 West Branch DuPage, St.Charles Rd to Mack Rd.(with soup)
2019-04-13 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-04-07 Instructor and leader on-water skills WILL RESCHEDULE
2019-03-30 PSC Potluck
2019-03-30 PSC Gear Swap
2019-03-30 PSC March Board Meeting
2019-03-24 CPR/AED/First Aid Certification
2019-03-24 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-03-17 2019 March Southern Missouri Paddling
2019-03-16 St. Patrick's Day Chicago River Paddle
2019-03-16 Sterling Lake Clean Up - Van Patten Woods
2019-03-08 PSC Booth at Canoecopia
2019-02-24 Kayak Rescue Tune Up Skill Builder-Indoor Pool Session
2019-02-23 PSC Febuary Social 2019
2019-02-23 2019 Wild Things Conference - Wild Things Community
2019-02-10 Kayak Rescue Tune Up Skill Builder-Indoor Pool Session
2019-01-27 PSC January Board Meeting
2019-01-06 Kayak Rescue Tune Up Skill Builder-Indoor Pool Session
2019-01-05 PSC January Social 2019
2019-01-01 NYD 2019 - Kishwaukee River Paddle
2018-12-16 Kayak Rescue Tune Up Skill Builder-Indoor Pool Session
2018-12-09 Kayak Rescue Tune Up Skill Builder-Indoor Pool Session
2018-12-01 Des Plaines River Cleanup
2018-11-17 Des Plaines River Cleanup
2018-11-10 2018 Fall PSC Dinner & Meeting
2018-11-10 November Board Meeting
2018-11-04 Turtle Creek
2018-11-03 Des Plaines River Cleanup
2018-10-30 Fox River-- Wedron to Ayers Landing
2018-10-27 Halloween Trip
2018-10-24 3RD Wednesday of the month Busse Lake Cleanup
2018-10-20 Annual Illinois Paddling Council Dinner
2018-10-17 Fox River-Changed to Kishwaukee River
2018-10-14 Kishwaukee River South Branch
2018-10-06 Busse Lake cleanup
2018-10-06 Michigan Fall Colors Trip
2018-10-06 Des Plaines River Cleanup
2018-10-03 Kishwaukee River
2018-10-02 Au Sable River Grayling, MI
2018-09-30 CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER/LOW WATER Rescheduled (from July 21) New Member Paddle---Upper Des Plaines River
2018-09-29 Canceled - Southern Michigan Rivers
2018-09-26 3RD Wednesday of the month Busse Lake Cleanup
2018-09-22 Des Plaines River Cleanup
2018-09-22 Kickapoo River
2018-09-19 DuPage River (Plainfield to Hammel Woods)
2018-09-15 Annual Fox River Cleanup with National 'Its Our River Days'
2018-09-15 Willow Creek Cleanup
2018-09-15 Canceled - Southern Wisconsin Rivers - Baraboo River
2018-09-15 Fox River 'Dells Section'
2018-09-08 Turtle Creek
2018-09-06 Canceled - LABOR DAY PROCRASTINATORS' TRIP
2018-09-05 Turtle Creek
2018-09-02 Des Plaines River Cleanup
2018-09-01 Namekagon River Labor Day trip
2018-08-29 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2018-08-26 Introduction to Paddling - Canoeing
2018-08-26 Introduction to Paddling - Kayaking
2018-08-25 Kishwaukee River
2018-08-24 NW Michigan Rivers
2018-08-24 Cancelled - St. Croix River
2018-08-22 Salt Creek
2018-08-22 Kishwaukee River (North section)
2018-08-18 DuPage River
2018-08-18 Des Plaines River Cleanup
2018-08-18 Southern Michigan Rivers - Prairie River
2018-08-15 Cancelled - West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2018-08-13 Namekagon River
2018-08-11 Exploratory Trip: East Branch Milwaukee River
2018-08-11 Solo Freestyle Canoe Clinic
2018-08-08 Salt Creek
2018-08-08 Nippersink Creek
2018-08-06 3RD Wednesday of the month Busse Lake Cleanup
2018-08-05 Sugar River 'Bottoms'
2018-08-04 Fox River Cleanup
2018-08-04 Des Plaines River Cleanup
2018-08-04 Southern Michigan Rivers - St Joseph River
2018-08-01 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2018-07-29 Moving Water II Kayaking
2018-07-28 Mecan River
2018-07-28 Kishwaukee Paddlefest
2018-07-28 Des Plaines River Cleanup
2018-07-25 Salt Creek
2018-07-25 Sugar River (Nelson Rd. to Two Rivers)
2018-07-22 PSC Skill Builder Combo - Canoe and Kayak Camping and Rescue Skills
2018-07-21 Southern Michigan Rivers - Rocky River
2018-07-21 Little Manistee River Michigan
2018-07-20 Four Rivers Trip
2018-07-18 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2018-07-18 3RD Wednesday of the month Busse Lake Cleanup
2018-07-15 Coached Trip for Moving Water 1 Graduates
2018-07-15 Pine,Pere Marquette & Big Manistee Rivers
2018-07-14 Fox River
2018-07-14 Des Plaines River Cleanup
2018-07-11 Salt Creek
2018-07-11 Kishwaukee River South Branch
2018-07-08 Nippersink Creek
2018-07-07 Moving Water I Kayaking
2018-07-07 Grant River
2018-07-07 Southern Wisconsin Rivers - Pine River
2018-07-04 Kishwaukee River
2018-07-04 Badfish Creek / Yahara River
2018-06-30 Kishwaukee River South Branch
2018-06-30 Southern Michigan Rivers - Nottawa Creek
2018-06-27 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2018-06-23 Southern Wisconsin Rivers - Bark River
2018-06-23 Des Plaines River Cleanup
2018-06-22 Kickapoo State Park - Middle Fork Vermilion River
2018-06-20 Kishwaukee River South Branch
2018-06-19 Canceled - West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2018-06-17 DuPage River
2018-06-17 Kishwaukee River
2018-06-16 Blues on the Fox
2018-06-15 Wisconsin Canoe Symposium
2018-06-13 Salt Creek
2018-06-13 Kishwaukee River South Branch
2018-06-10 Des Plaines River Cleanup
2018-06-10 Fox River - Yorkville to Millbrook/Millington
2018-06-09 Moving Water I Canoe
2018-06-09 Southern Michigan Rivers - Fawn River
2018-06-06 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2018-06-02 Busse Lake cleanup
2018-05-30 Salt Creek
2018-05-30 West Branch of the DuPage River(Mack Rd to McDowell Grove)
2018-05-26 Des Plaines River, Lake County
2018-05-26 Coached Trip (Flatwater)
2018-05-25 Lake Monroe - Deam Wilderness Area - Paddling/Camping
2018-05-20 61ST ANNUAL DES PLAINES RIVER CANOE & KAYAK MARATHON
2018-05-19 Introduction to Paddling - Canoe
2018-05-19 Introduction to Paddling - Kayak
2018-05-19 Annual DuPage River Sweep (Clean-up)
2018-05-19 Willow Creek Cleanup
2018-05-16 Salt Creek
2018-05-16 West Branch of the DuPage River
2018-05-13 canceled - Mazon River
2018-05-12 Canceled - Paddle in the Park
2018-05-12 DuPage River - Plainfield to Shorewood
2018-05-12 Canceled - PSC booth at Paddle in the Park
2018-05-09 Canceled - West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2018-05-05 Canceled - Mazon River
2018-05-05 DuPage River
2018-05-05 Ralph Frese Memorial Paddle
2018-05-05 Des Plaines River, Lake County
2018-05-05 Michigan Spring Trip in Pigeon River Country State Forest
2018-05-02 Canceled - West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2018-05-02 DesPlaines River (Russell Rd. to Wadsworth Rd.)
2018-04-29 West Branch, DuPage River
2018-04-28 cancelled - Mazon River
2018-04-28 Instructor and leader on-water skills development day
2018-04-25 Reel Paddling Film Festival
2018-04-22 Kishwaukee River w/Mackinaw Canoe Club
2018-04-21 West Branch DuPage, St.Charles Rd to Mack Rd.(with soup)
2018-04-21 Fox River - Yorkville to Millbrook
2018-04-18 Fox River
2018-04-14 Chain O Lakes State Park
2018-03-31 Des Plaines River, Lake County
2018-03-24 Spring Potluck and Member Meeting
2018-03-24 Spring Board Meeting
2018-03-24 Nippersink Creek
2018-03-18 MISSOURI PADDLING -- MARCH 2018
2018-03-17 Fix-it clinic
2018-03-17 Leadership skills development workshop
2018-03-09 PSC Booth at Canoecopia
2018-02-24 PSC Febuary Social
2018-02-10 CANCELLED - Winter Potluck and Member Meeting
2018-02-10 CANCELLED - Winter Board Meeting
2018-01-06 PSC January Social 2018
2018-01-01 CANCELLED - ICE [ Kishwaukee River - Jan 1, 2018 ]