Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club

Upcoming events

    • 2019-08-21
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd
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    Check with us as this will be dependent on water levels....  

    Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and 
    John Anderson
    Details: We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 p.m. The trip will be under 2 hours ~4.5 miles (we will spot a car at the takeout for a reverse shuttle). After returning to load boats/gear,  we will head over to Two Brothers Tap House located @ 30w315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville (in the industrial area nw of Route 56 & 59 @ approx. 8:00 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2019-08-24
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
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    Date(s):
    August 24, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need

    CANCELLED

    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-08-24
    • 2019-08-25
    • St Joseph County, Michigan (Three Rivers - Nottawa)
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, August 24 - 25, 2019

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: These are sweet streams with little develpment and lots of personality.  We camp in Amish County... $5/person/night....contact us for more details.

    • 2019-08-24
    • 1:00 PM
    • Busse Lake Boating Center
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    Date(s):
      August 24, 2019
    Leader: Dan Kohler
    Co-Leader:   
    Quinton Jensen
    Location:  Busse Lake Boating Center, Elk Grove Village
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner--see note below *
    Category:  Community Engagement Lake Paddles
    Details:  
    This is a fun paddle of the entire Busse Lake shoreline on the same day as the annual Cook County FP sponsored Night Bike Ride,  which mean’s lots of activity.  There is no cost for the paddle session. The night bike ride is a CCFP fundraiser and requires an entrance fee.  I am going to attend both the paddle session as well as night ride.  The paddle session will begin at 1pm and end about 5:30pm.  The Nite Ride begins about 5:30pm. Many members of the Elk Grove Bicycle Club will attend the Nite Ride.  I am also going to paddle the Fox River from St Charles to South Elgin and back early that morning. You are welcome to join that paddle session too.

    *Must be able to paddle 22 miles at the rate of about 5 miles per hour.

    Please feel free to contact me with any inquiries.

    • 2019-08-25
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Jackson Harbor, Chicago
    • 2
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    Date:  August 25, 2019
    Leader: John Chase
    Location:  Jackson Harbor, Chicago
    Skill Level:  Beginner, with prior paddling experience
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  

    The Essentials of Kayak Touring skills course is a full-day program that will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and abilities to be safe and confident on inland lakes and calm, protected Great Lakes environments.

    A boat with sealed bow and stern bulkheads is required for this class. A spray skirt is highly recommended but not required to participate.

    Topics covered include:

    • Controlled capsize and wet exit with a spray skirt
    • Develop strokes to maneuver your boat forward, backward, stopping, turning, and sideways
    • Using edging to improve maneuverability
    • Use of low brace for support and to avoid capsize
    • Introduction of low brace turns and draw strokes
    • Solo and assisted rescue techniques
    • Safety procedures, preparedness, and equipment

    Pricing:

    Early bird registration: $15 for Prairie State Canoeists members, $35 for non-members (if registered by August 17)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-Prairie State Canoeists members (between August 18-23)

    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 August 17. Registration will close on August 23.

    • 2019-08-28
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, Addison, IL
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    Date(s):
    Wednesday, August 28, 2019
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson  630-878-1194
    Co-Leader:  John Anderson  630-487-6865
    Location:  Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, near Fullerton & Villa Ave, Addison
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Evening Paddle
    Details:  We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 pm from Crickett Creek Forest Preserve in Addison. We will paddle to Eldridge Park in Elmhurst where a car will be spotted for a reverse shuttle. This will be a quick trip; about 2 hours, however there is one small dam we must portage. We will return drivers to the put-in to pick up cars and then return to Eldridge Park to load boats. We will meet after the paddle (approx. 9 pm) at HB Jones located at 551 South York Street in Elmhurst for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact the trip leader if you intend to paddle; the shuttle logistics are important! Please contact Steve Sinderson by phone 630-878-1194 if you have any questions. 


    • 2019-08-31
    • 2019-09-02
    • Trego, WI
    • 5
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    Date(s):  August 31 - September 2, 2019
    Leader:   
    Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  Trego, WI
    Skill Level:  Advance Beginner
    Category:  River Camping, Advance Beginner
    Details:  The Namekagon River is part of the St Croix National Scenic Riverway and is manages as a National Park. Contact trip leader for details and to get the registration code. There is a limit of 12 paddlers for this river camping trip so reserve your spot early!

    • 2019-09-02
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
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    Date(s):
    September 2, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-09-04
    • 9:30 AM
    • Shopiere, WI
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    Date(s):
      Sept. 4, 2019
    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.


    • 2019-09-05
    • 2019-09-08
    • Wisconsin River (Arena to Woodman)
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    Date(s):  Sept. 5 to 8, 2019
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader:
    Location: Wisconsin River (Arena to Woodman)
    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 9/5/19 and take two days to paddle down to Muscoda.  On 9/7/19 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.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         



    • 2019-09-14
    • 2019-09-15
    • St Joseph County, Michigan (Three Rivers - Nottawa)
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, September 14 - 15, 2019

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: These are sweet streams with little develpment and lots of personality.  We camp in Amish County... $5/person/night....contact us for more details.

    • 2019-09-14
    • 8:30 AM
    • 899 Jay Street Elgin, IL
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    Date(s):
      September 14, 2019
    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.

    • 2019-09-14
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Marge Cline Park, Yorkville, IL
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    Date:       September 14, 2019
    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:

    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.

    • 2019-09-15
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
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    Date(s):
    September 15, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-09-18
    • 9:30 AM
    • Plainfield, Illinois
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    Date(s):
      Sept. 18, 2019
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue Allman
    Location: Plainfield, Illinois
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip                                                                                                Details:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 We will be paddling the DuPage River from Plainfield to Hammel Woods. This section is peaceful and senic, and is appropriate for anyone, regardless of skill level.

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

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

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





    • 2019-09-21
    • 2019-09-22
    • Ontario, WI
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    Date(s):
      September 21-22, 2019
    Leader:   Sherri Graham & John Anderson
    Co-Leader:  John & Marilyn Ziegler
    Location:  Ontario, Wi
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Base camping
    Details:  This is our annual fall appreciation trip. Usually the colors are phenomenal and the river valley as seen from the lookout at the Wildcat Mountain State Park is breathtaking. The Kickapoo is known as the 'crookedist river in Wisconsin'; it is intimate and unspoiled! It never disappoints paddlers! We have a group camp site reserved at Wildcat Mountain State Park (the one in the trees). We will have our traditional feast/community dinner and campfire on Saturday night. Call/e-mail for details, to sign up for what to contribute to the dinner and to reserve your spot for the weekend!

    • 2019-09-21
    • 1:00 PM
    • Fox River, Algonquin
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    Date(s):
      September 21, 2019
    Leader: Jodie Auliff
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Fox River, Algonquin
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    Category:  River Cleanup
    Details:
      Annual Fox River Clean up with National Its Our River Days

    We usually go out to Scorched Earth Brewery after the event

    We put in at the Algonquin Dam (Cornish Park) and take out at Fox River Shores before the Carpentersville Dam.   This is part of it's a river days and Algonquins community days.  Last year we did a initial shuttle and a reverse shuttle.  Expect launch shortly after 1:00PM


    • 2019-09-28
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
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    Date(s):
    September 28, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-09-28
    • 2019-09-29
    • St Joseph County, Michigan (Three Rivers - Nottawa)
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, September 28 - 29, 2019

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: The Prairie and Portage Rivers are sweet streams with little develpment and lots of personality. We camp in Amish County... $5/person/night....contact us for more details.

    • 2019-09-29
    • Potawatomi Park, St. Charles, IL
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    Date(s):
      September 29, 2019
    Leader:  Dan Kohler
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Potawatomi Park, St. Charles, IL
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  Multi level races and recreational paddles
    Details: 
    This event is shown as a public service announcement of a local paddling event which is sponsored by the St Charles Canoe Club.  This event is not sponsored by PSC.

    There are morning competitive races as well as afternoon recreational paddles.  The course begins at St Charles’ Potawatomi Park and heads north 4.5 miles to Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve paddle boat put-in,  then returns via paddling back to Potawatomi Park.  I will participate in both the morning as well as afternoon sessions.  The Registration Fee can be paid on the StCharlesCanoeClub.com website.  I am available to respond to inquiries. 



    • 2019-10-02
    • 9:30 AM
    • Belvidere
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    Date(s):  October 2, 2019
    Leader:  Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  Belvidere to Espenscheid 
    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 a 10.5 mile paddle. Bring water, lunch, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2019-10-05
    • 2019-10-13
    • tbd
    • 7
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, October 05-13, 2019

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: You can join us for a day or two...or the whole trip!  Where we go and what we do depends on those who go, but is a goal to be up north near Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Manistee National Forest.  Contact us for more details...and to get the registration code needed to sign up.

    • 2019-10-05
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Busse Lake Boating Center
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    Date(s):
      October 5, 2019
    Leader:  Dan Kohler
    Co-Leader:   Quinton Jensen
    Location:  
    Busse Lake Boating Center
    Skill Level:  
    Beginner— Boating and lakeshore walkers are both welcome.
    Category: 
    Cleanup---Community Engagement-Cook County Forest Preserve Sponsored Event
    Details: 
    This event begins from the Busse Lake Boating Center at 8am and ends at Noon.  We can practice lake boating skills during the afternoon.  The boating center is found on Google Maps, and is located in Elk Grove Village, IL
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    • 2019-10-12
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
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    Date(s):
    October 12, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-10-16
    • 9:30 AM
    • South Elgin to St. Charles
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    Date(s):  October 16, 2019
    Leader:
     
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  South Elgin to St. Charles
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the final Wednesday trip of the year. This section of the Fox River is wide and appropriate for all skill levels. This about a 5-6 mile paddle and we will not stop for lunch. Bring water, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2019-10-26
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
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    Date(s):
    October 26, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-11-03
    • 9:30 AM
    • 2019-11-11
    • Florida
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    Date(s):
     
    November 3-11, 2019
    Leader: 
     Bob Tyler
    Co-Leader:   Ed Nelson
    Location:  Florida
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Base Camping / Day trips
    Details: 
    This trip has been a yearly event for more than 25 years. But its been a few years since it was listed as a Prairie State trip. This trip needs to be flexible so the rivers may change, as happened this past year when a hurricane changed the itinerary.  Those attending can hope to see a great variety of birds, manatees, monkeys, and of course alligators.Some of these rivers are pretty wild others have a fair amount of housing along their banks. Bring your swim suit as we stop and swim in some of the springs we pass or paddle into. The participants will meet at Juniper Springs Recreation Area on November 3, and will paddle the following rivers.

    Contact Trip Leaders for more Information:  Bob Tyler: 501-922-1716                     Ed Nelson: 708-215-1026

    Rivers:

    Monday- November 4- Juniper Springs Creek 7 miles

    Tuesday- November 5- Oklawaha River- 10 miles

    Wednesday- November 6- Silver River (Silver Springs) 5 miles up, 5 miles back 10 mile.

    Thursday- November 7- Travel day to Chassahowwitzka Campground.

    I’ll be doing Juniper Creek again before I make the drive

    Friday- November 8 -Weeki Wache 6 miles or 9 miles depending on take-out

    Saturday-November 9- Hillsborough 8 miles

    Sunday- November 10-  Crystal River ? miles

    Monday- November 11- Withlacoochee River 9 miles

    Camping

     First half : Juniper Springs Recreation Area Reservations at 1-877-444-6777 or online at Recreation.gov

     Second half : Chassahowitzka River Campground 8600 West Maggie Drive Homosassa Florida 34448  1-352-382-2200




    • 2019-11-09
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
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    Date(s):
    November 9, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year! 

    • 2019-11-10
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Woodland Plastics, 1340 W. National Ave., Addison, Illinois 60101
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    Date(s):
      November 10, 2019
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson
    Co-Leader:   John Chase
    Location: Woodland Plastics, 1340 W. National Ave., Addison, Illinois 60101
    Details: 
    PSC board meetings are open to the general membership.

    • 2019-11-10
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Addison VFW, 446 Lake Street, Addison, Illinois 60101


    Date(s):
      November 10, 2019
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson
    Co-Leader:   John Chase
    Location: Addison VFW, 446 Lake Street, Addison, Illinois 60101
    Details: 
    Save the date!  Details to follow.

    • 2019-11-23
    • Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
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    Date(s):
    November 23, 2019
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: Why not YOU???
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River, location TBD, based on need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details:  This is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s River Stewardship Project.  The river’s looking better every year, but there’s always more junk coming downstream.  Last year we had to cancel several clean up trips due to high water; we’re hoping for improved conditions this year!