Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club

Upcoming events

    • 2018-02-24
    • 5:30 PM
    • Famous Dave's, 1631 W Lake St. Addison, IL
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    Date:  February 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM
    Leader:  Melinda Tury  630-234-7567

    Come on out and enjoy a fun filled evening with fellow paddlers at Famous Dave’s in Addison! Centrally located in the western suburbs 1/2 mile east of I-355 on Lake St (Rt. 20), south side of the street. 

    Cocktails at 5:30; dinner at 6:30. This is a great way to help break up the winter doldrums!!!! 

     

    • 2018-03-09
    • 2018-03-11
    • Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
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    Date(s):
      March 9 - 11, 2018
    Leader:  Larry Jacklin
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Alliant Energy Center 1919, Alliant Energy Way, Madison, WI
    Details:  We are looking for volunteers to spend an hour or two at the PSC booth 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. Check out the Canoecopia Show Guide... for more information.

    • 2018-03-17
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Woodland Plastics, 1340 National Avenue, Addison, IL
    • 2
    Register


    Date: 
    March 17, 2018 
     
    Leader: 
     John Chase 
    Location:  Woodland Plastics, 1340 National Avenue, Addison, IL
    Skill Level:  Instructor and Trip Leader
    Details:  

    This workshop is ideal for both long-time and potential trip leaders, instructors, and anyone else wanting to develop greater skill organizing and safely leading groups on the water.

    Examples of topics of focus include:

    • Pre-trip planning
    • Pre-launch group management
    • Participant and leader expectation management
    • Instructional models
    • Group abilities
    • Environmental awareness
    • On-Water group management
    • Risk assessment, incident avoidance and management
    • Communication on and off the water
    • Positioning
    • Dealing with the unexpected
    If you're looking for three hours of war stories about how Cousin Eddie got pinned on that nasty rock, this isn't the place. Just practical stuff you can use to lead your first, or 100th trip.

    This program will be held indoor at Woodland Plastics and will precede the PSC fix-it clinic. Please make a day of it by joining us for both programs.



    • 2018-03-17
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Woodland Plastics, 1340 National Avenue, Addison, IL
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    Date: 
    March 17, 2018  
    Leader: 
     John Chase 
    Location:  Woodland Plastics, 1340 National Avenue, Addison, IL
    Skill Level:  All levels
    Details:  

    Calling all handypersons and those needing to make minor repairs to their boats! This first ever PSC fix-it clinic is the perfect opportunity to come together and learn how to make those repairs of help a club member in need.

    Examples of repairs:

    • Adding or replacing decklines
    • Repairing or replacing seats
    • Adding outfitting foam, attachment points, and more
    • Installing float bags
    • Minor glasswork
    • Adding keel strips
    • Adding reflector tape

    Bring your tools and supplies needed to make your repairs and let's have fun together. If you have questions about equipment needed, please email John Chase.

    This program will be held indoor at Woodland Plastics and will precede the PSC Leadership Development Workshop. Please make a day of it by joining us for both programs.



    • 2018-03-18
    • 2018-03-31
    • West Plains, MO
    Register


    Date(s):
      March 18 - 31, 2018
    Leader: 
    Al Donaldson
    Co-Leader:   
    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 required.
    We will be basing out of Twin Bridges Canoe and Campground, located on the Norfork River about 20 miles west of West Plains, MO. Cabins, camping and meals are available at twin Bridges.



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

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

    Thanks!

    --al--

    • 2018-03-24
    • 10:00 AM
    • McHenry County/Solon Mills, IL (Glacial Park)
    Register


    Date(s):
    Saturday March 24, 2108
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson  630-878-1194
    Co-Leader:   Steve Shapiro  847-791-5875
    Location:  Nippersink Creek - Pioneer Park to Lyle Thomas Memorial Park
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Flat water - day trip
    Details:  Car shift at 10 am. This is our annual inaugural ice-breaking trip. The water will be cold. You must dress for the weather and you must have a complete change of clothes in a dry bag! Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, etc. PFD's must be worn while on the water. Please include a phone number in case of location change or cancellation due to weather. Map to the put in available upon request. Please contact Steve Sinderson by phone 630-878-1194 if you have any questions. 


    • 2018-03-24
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hanover Park Township Izaak Walton Center, 899 Jay St, Elgin, IL


    Date(s):
      March 24, 2018
    Leader:  Larry Jacklin
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Hanover Park Township Izaak Walton Center, 899 Jay St, Elgin, IL
    Details:  The PSC board meetings are open to the general membership; the meeting will start at 10AM,

    • 2018-03-24
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Izaak Walton Center, 899 Jay St., Elgin, IL
    Register


    Date(s):
      March 24, 2018
    Leader:   Larry Jacklin
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Izaak Walton Center, 899 Jay St., Elgin, IL
    Details:  The pot luck will begin at noon (12:00 PM) with the meeting to start about 1:00PM.

    Presentation: tbd...

     

    • 2018-03-31
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need
    Register


    Date(s):
    March 31, 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.

    • 2018-03-31
    • Northfield, IL
    Register


    Date(s):
     Saturday, March 31, 2018
    Leader: 
     Sigrid Pilgrim
    Co-Leader:   
    Location:  Northfield,IL
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Paddling Event
    Details: 
    The Forest Preserve of Cook County will sponsor again the Ralph Frese Memorial Paddle.  Put In at Skokie Lagoons, Tower Road Launch  -  Take out at Lynne Woods.

    More details will follow



     


     


    • 2018-04-14
    • Albion, IN
    • 6
    Register


    Date(s):
      April 14, 2018
    Leader:   Dave Watts
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  Albion, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Paddling
    Details:  Weather Dependant

    We will paddle the Chain O Lakes State Park in Indiana.  The plan is to paddle into a camp area on one of the lakes and spend Saturday / Sunday exploring the lake chain. If the weather is cooler and/or wet, we may base camp in the campground. PFD's must be worn at all times while on the water.

    Details on camping fee's and lake permits later

    Contact leader for more details and/or directions.



    • 2018-04-18
    • 9:30 AM
    • Elgin to St. Charles
    Register


    Date(s):
      April 18, 2018
    Leader: 
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  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.

    • 2018-04-21
    • Yorkville, IL
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    Date(s):
      April 21, 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 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.



    • 2018-04-28
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • DuPage River from Fawell Dam to Weigand Park
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    Date:  
    April 28, 2017  
    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.

    • 2018-05-02
    • 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
    Register


    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.

    • 2018-05-06
    • 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
                                                                                               

    D
    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
    • 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....)!

    • 2018-05-16
    • 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
    Register


    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
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Patterson Lake, Aurora
    • 15
    Register


    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 (after 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
    • 14
    Register


    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 (after 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
    Register


    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
    Register


    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
    Register


    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
    Register


    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. 


    • 2018-06-09
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • DuPage River, Shorewood
    • 14
    Register

    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 (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

    • 2018-06-10
    • Yorkville, IL
    Register


    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
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • DuPage River, Shorewood
    • 14
    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
    • 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

    • 2018-06-24
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Marge Cline Park, Yorkville, IL
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    Date:       June 24, 2018
    Leader:    Marlene Bertolozzi
    Location:  Marge Cline Whitewater Park, Yorkville, IL
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:     Instruction

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

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

    PREREQUISITE: 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 or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills, you must contact the Lead Instructor, Marlene Bertolozzi, by clicking on the blue name link, before registering.

    Pricing:

    Early bird registration: $15 for PSC members, $35 for non-members (if registered by June 11)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members (after June 11)

    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 June 17

    • 2018-07-11
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest preserve, Addison, IL
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    Date(s):
    Wednesday, July 11, 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. 


    • 2018-07-14
    • Algonquin, IL
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    Date(s):
      July 14, 2018
    Leader:   John & Marilyn Ziegler
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  Algonquin, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Paddling
    Details:  We will paddle from Buffalo Park in Algonquin to Voyager Landing in Elgin. Boy Scout Troop 10 sponsored by the Izaak Walton League will be joining us for the paddle.

    More details to follow.



    • 2018-07-20
    • 2018-07-22
    • Southwest Wisconsin
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    Date(s):
      July 20 - 22, 2018
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Patti Fiorino
    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 7/21/18, 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.

    Steve LaPorte:  slaporte2000@gmail.com; 630-665-5707


    • 2018-07-22
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Whalon Lake, Bolingbrook/Naperville, IL
    • 13
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    Date(s):  July 22, 2018
    Leader:  John Chase
    Co-Leader:  Dave Watts
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Location:  Whalon Lake, Bolingbrook/Naperville, IL
    Category:  Instruction

    Details:  Join us for a Skill Building Day, this is a special two for one Skill Building Class

    The morning skill-builder session will be 'Camping from your Canoe or Kayak', where we will review practical tips & tricks for packing for a camping trip from your boat as well as 'packing your boat'. We also review on how to have a balanced & trim boat and the various scenarios that one may encounter. And many other's. We will wrap up the morning with a review from 'Leave No Trace' River Ethics. Also, to end this session, there will be a brief discussion on possible plans for a fall river camping trip to 'Practice' what you have leaned.

    The afternoon skill-builder session will be 'Flat Water Rescue', where we will practice various deep-water kayak and canoe rescue techniques. 

    We will review assisted and self rescue techniques and towing techniques. This program is perfect for paddlers who have previously performed rescues and are looking to refine their skills. These techniques are used when in deep water where shore access is not immediately available. We will not be practicing river rescue technique (i.e. throw bag use, entrapment, pinned boat, etc.)

    Come out for both the morning & afternoon Skill Building Sessions or just one, please let us know so we can plan accordingly.

    Kayaks must have sealed bulkheads at both the bow and stern ends or fully inflated and secured float bags. Kayaks without adequate flotation will not be permitted to participate.

    Canoe flotation is not required but would be very helpful.

    Participants must wear a properly fitted PFD and bring your own boat and all equipment you normally bring when paddling. All kayak participants will be asked to perform a wet exit prior to launching.

    ACA membership is required for this event. If you are already a member of the ACA you can enter your membership number during registration. If you are not yet a member, you must purchase a $5 one-day membership.

    Registration will close on July 15, 2018.

    • 2018-07-25
    • Southern WI.
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    Date(s):
      July 25, 2018
    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.





    • 2018-07-25
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest preserve, Addison, IL
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    Date(s):
    Wednesday, July 25, 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. 


    • 2018-07-