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 April 30 have been canceled and registrants have been notified.

Upcoming events

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

    Canceled through April 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
    • 9:30 AM
    • St. Charles Rd Put-in near Carol Stream

    Canceled
    Date(s):
    Saturday April 11, 2020
    Leader:  Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location: 
    St. Charles Rd Put-in near Carol Stream
    Skill Level:  
    Advanced Beginner, depending on conditions.
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details: 
    Sign up early for one our most popular trips! From St. Charles Rd Put-in near Carol Stream, we wind our way through the narrows of the upper West Branch. Bring your canned soup to the communal lunch at Lions Park in Winfield and enjoy the break before pushing on to Mack Road Landing.

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

    Canceled through April 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
    • 2020-04-15
    • 9:30 AM
    • South Elgin to St. Charles

    Canceled
    Date:
      April 15, 2020
    Leader:  Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  South Elgin to St. Charles
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the first Wednesday trip of the year. This section of the Fox River is wide and appropriate for all skill levels. This is 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.

    • 2020-04-18
    • 8:30 AM
    • 899 Jay Street Elgin, IL

    Canceled
    Date(s):
    April 18, 2020
    Leader:  John Ziegler
    Co-Leader:
    Marilyn Ziegler
    Location:  899 Jay Street Elgin, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Cleanup
    Details: 
    This is a walking stream/streambank cleanup due to low water and/or narrow stream. Meet at the Izaak Walton League lodge about 8:30 to sign in, get supplies (gloves, bags & some tools) and find out where to go. Wear clothes that you can get wet and dirty. Dress for the weather. Lunch is provided for the workers.

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

    • 2020-04-25
    • 8:30 AM
    • 899 Jay Street Elgin, IL

    Canceled
    Date(s):
    April 25, 2020
    Leader:  John Ziegler
    Co-Leader:
    Marilyn Ziegler
    Location:  899 Jay Street Elgin, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Cleanup
    Details: 
    This is a walking stream/streambank cleanup due to low water and/or narrow stream. Meet at the Izaak Walton League lodge about 8:30 to sign in, get supplies (gloves, bags & some tools) and find out where to go. Wear clothes that you can get wet and dirty. Dress for the weather. Lunch is provided for the workers.

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

    • 2020-04-25
    • 10:00 AM
    • Mack Road Landing to McDowell Grove

    Canceled
    Date(s):
      Saturday April 25, 2020
    Leader: Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  
    Mack Road Landing to McDowell Grove
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details: 
    A nice easy paddle through historic Warrenville, from Mack Road Landing to McDowell Grove. We will stop for lunch and a guided tour at the Urban Streams Research Center at Blackwell Forest Preserve.

    Car Shift 10:00am from Mack Rd.

    • 2020-04-26
    • 9:30 AM
    • “Three Diamonds” put-in

    Canceled
    Date(s):
      Sunday April 26, 2020
    Leader:  Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:  
    Location: 
    “Three Diamonds” put-in to Knoch Knolls Park
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details: 

    Looking forward to a beautiful day on the West Branch making our way through Naperville, along the Riverwalk, and out to Knoch Knolls Park. Beginner level, but call leader for an update on conditions.

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

    We plan to stop at Pioneer Park for lunch, overall about a 7-mile paddle.

    Any problems, try my cell phone: 630-669-7831

    • 2020-04-29
    • 9:30 AM
    • Northeast Illinois

    Canceled
    Date(s):
      April 29, 2020
    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.





    • 2020-05-02
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Skokie Lagoons


    Date(s):
      Saturday May 2, 2020
    Leader: 
    Sig Pilgrim
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  Tower Road, west of Forestway Dr.
    Details: 

    Bring your canoe or kayak and celebrate the legacy of canoe legend Ralph Frese by paddling Skokie Lagoons 1-5. Launch at 9 am.

    Registration Required: Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ralph-frese-memorial-paddle-tickets-60886014709.

    Contact:

    • 708-386-4042
    • experience.nature@cookcountyil.gov

    Rain date is Sunday May 3rd.

    • 2020-05-02
    • 9:30 AM
    • Knoch Knolls Park, Naperville

    Canceled
    Date(s):
      Saturday May 2, 2020
    Leader:  Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:  
    Location: 
    Knoch Knolls Park, Naperville
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details: 
    Car shift: 9:30

    A mostly easy paddle from Naperville to Plainfield. We'll visit the confluence of the East and West Branches, have lunch at the Riverview Farmstead and take out at Eaton Preserve.

    Call leader to check conditions and status.

    • 2020-05-03
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Patterson Lake, Aurora
    • 8
    Register


    Date:  May 3, 2020
    Leader: Marlena Bertolozzi
    Co-Leader:  John Chase
    Location:  Patterson Lake, Aurora
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  

    This ACA-developed curriculum will teach you the basics of paddling your kayak. Instructors will guide you on:

    • Fitting yourself and your gear comfortably and safely in your boat
    • Understanding essential gear and it's use
    • Techniques to effectively and efficiently paddle your craft in all directions skillfully on calm protected waters.
    • Time and weather permitting. we will have an opportunity to learn and practice capsize drills and re-entry techniques

    Pricing:

    Early bird registration: $15 for PSC members, $35 for non-members (if registered by April 1)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members (between April 2 and April 29)

    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 April 1. Registration will close on April 29.

    • 2020-05-03
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Patterson Lake, Aurora, IL
    • 6
    Register

    Date(s):  May 3, 2020
    Leader: Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader:  Dave Watts
    Location:  Patterson Lake, Aurora, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  

    This is the first in the PSC Training Series, Introduction to Paddling for Canoe. 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.

    There will be a coached trip (free of charge) on May 9th.  Students are encouraged to attend, to practice the skills they learned in Introduction to Paddling.  In the event that Intro must be postponed, May 9th will be the new date for the class.

    Pricing:

    Early bird registration: $15 for PSC members, $35 for non-members (if registered by February 29)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members (between March 1 and April 30)

    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.

    (A limited number of canoes, paddles and/or life jackets may be available to anyone who wishes to take this class but does not have his own boat or gear. 

    [ Contact the lead instructor for details, Steve (630) 665-5707 ] 

    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 February 29. Registration will close on April 30.

    • 2020-05-09
    • TBD
    Register

    Date(s):  May 9, 2020
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Dave Watts
    Location: TBD 
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Training         
    Details:
     
     

    This is a trip for anyone who has taken Introduction to Paddling - Canoe and would like to practice the skills they learned.  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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         



    • 2020-05-09
    • 9:30 AM
    • Eaton Preserve, Plainfield
    Register


    Date(s):
    Saturday May 9, 2020
    Leader:  Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Eaton Preserve, Plainfield
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details: 

    An easy,  interesting paddle through Plainfield, from the Eaton Preserve put-in at 135th St. We'll travel see the sites of the old Electric Park, the original settlement once known as Walker's Grove, Old Fort Biggs, and what was once the largest Pottawatomie village in the area.

    • 2020-05-13
    • 9:30 AM
    • West Chicago, IL
    Register

    CANCELLED
    Date(s):
      May 13, 2020
    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: 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 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.





    • 2020-05-16
    • 9:00 AM
    • Winfield's Lion Park
    Register


    Date(s):
    Saturday May 16, 2020
    Leader:  Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:   Kathi Landow
    Location: 
    Winfield’s Lions Park to the Mack Road
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Cleanup
    Details: 

    Join us for the annual DuPage River Sweep Saturday, 5/16 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The Sweep is organized by The Conservation Foundation and supported by DuPage County Stormwater Management, with hundreds of volunteers cleaning up DuPage County waterways since the event was launched in 1991. Our crew will return to the West Branch this year to work on the popular section from Winfield’s Lions Park to the Mack Road canoe launch. Contact Ray or Kathi for details.

    Lions Park in Winfield is two blocks west of Winfield Road on Beecher St., just south of the Metra RR tracks. Car shuttle at 9:00 a.m.

    • 2020-05-16
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • DuPage River (Hammel Woods to Shepley Rd.)
    • 3
    Register

    CANCELED

    Date: May 16, 2020
    Leader:           Steve LaPorte                                                                                                     Co-Leader: Dave Watts
    Location: DuPage River (Hammel Woods to Shepley Rd.)
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    CategoryInstruction                                                                                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 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 or its equivalent. Additional Information will be provided to anyone interested. If you have not attended the PSC Introduction to Canoe class, you must contact the Lead Instructor, Steve LaPorte, by clicking on the blue name link, before registering.

    There will be a coached trip (free of charge) on May 30th.  Students are encouraged to attend, to practice the skills they learned in Moving Water 1.  In the event that Moving Water 1 must be postponed, May 30th will be the new date for the class.

    [ Contact the lead instructor for details, Steve (630) 665-5707 ] 

    Pricing:

    Early bird registration: $15 for PSC members, $35 for non-members (if registered by April 30)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members (after April 30)

    Registration will close on May 14, 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.


    • 2020-05-16
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DuPage River (Hammel Woods to Shepley Rd.)
    • 4
    Register


    Date: May 16, 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:

    Early bird registration: $15 for PSC members, $35 for non-members (if registered by April 30)

    Regular pricing: $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members (after April 30)

    Registration will close on May 14, 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.

    • 2020-05-17
    • 8:00 AM
    • 15545 West Oak Spring Road Libertyville, IL 60048
    Register

    Date(s): May 17, 2020
    Leader: 
    Alan Pilgrim
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  Paddling evemt
    Details:  

    Mark your calendar for the 63rd annual Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon & Minithon, May 17, 2020.

    Paddle the scenic Des Plaines River and enjoy the camaraderie and friendship of other paddlers at the takeout.

    Be part of a tradition - make it your tradition.

    Registration starts March 1st.

    http://www.canoemarathon.com/

    • 2020-05-23
    • 9:30 AM
    • Hammel Woods
    Register


    Date(s):
      Saturday May 23, 2020
    Leader:  Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Hammel Woods - Shorewood
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details: 
    An easy paddle planned to go through Hammel Woods and beyond.

    • 2020-05-23
    • 9:30 AM
    • 2020-05-25
    • 5:00 PM
    • Birchwood, WI
    • 5
    Register


    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
    • West Chicago, IL
    Register

    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
    • TBD
    Register

    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
    • 2020-06-07
    • 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
    • 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
    • 2020-06-21
    • Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI
    Register

    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
    • TBD
    Register


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


    • 2020-06-24
    • 9:30 AM
    • Genoa
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    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.

    • 2020-06-27
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Marge Cline Park, Yorkville, IL
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    Date: June 27, 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 June 25.

    • 2020-07-04
    • 10:00 AM
    • TBD based on conditions
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    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
    • Kingston
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    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
    • Jon Duerr Forest Preserve (on the Fox River)
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    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
    • 2020-07-19
    • Southwest Wisconsin
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    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.





    • 2020-07-22
    • 9:30 AM
    • Southern WI.
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    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
    • 2020-07-26
    • Montello, WI
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    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
    • Lake Atwood, The Hollows Conservation Area, Cary, IL
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    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
    • Spring Grove
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