Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club founded in 1971

"Connecting paddlers through safe and fun group events"

Upcoming events

    • 2020-03-01
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • TBD Naperville-to be provided to participants directly
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Date: 
     March 1, 2020 
     
    Leader: 
     John Chase 
    Location:  TBD Naperville area
    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 a location in the Naperville area and will precede the PSC Pool Party at Naperville North High School. Please make a day of it by joining us for both programs.



    • 2020-03-01
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Naperville North High School, Naperville, IL
    • 10
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    Date(s):
      March 1, 2020
    Leader:   John Chase
    Location:  Naperville North High School, Naperville, IL
    Skill Level:  Everyone welcome
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  Join us for a two-hour skill-builder session where we will play around in boats winter open pool session at Naperville North High School. 

    Some will choose practice assisted and self rescue techniques, others will play with dirfferent strokes, others might just want to paddle around the pool and watch along. This is not a structured class but is an opportunity to practice skills with support. This program is perfect for paddlers who 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.)

    If you are bringing your own boat, it must be completely free of leaves, dirt, etc. before entering the pool.

    Participants must wear a properly fitted PFD. You are encouraged to bring your own boat and paddle. Whitewater kayaks and paddles are available for rent for $5.

    Payment of $10 for the pool session time to the Naperville Park District (cash only) is required on-site to participate. 

    • 2020-03-13
    • 2020-03-15
    • Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
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    Date:  March 13-15, 2020  
    Leader: 
     John Chase 
    Location:  Canoecopia, Madison, WI
    Skill Level:  All PSC members

    Details:  We are looking for club members to volunteer an hour or two of their time to represent PSC at the club booth during Canoecopia. The goal is to promote the club, answer questions and to encourage paddlers to join us as new members!

    Click here to Sign-up for the PSC Booth during Canoecopia! 

    Check out the Canoecopia Show Guide for more information about the show.


    • 2020-03-14
    • 2020-03-29
    • West Plains, MO
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    Date(s):
    March 14 - 29, 2020
    Leader: Greg Vitale
    Co-Leader: 
    Steve LaPorte
    Location:  West Plains, MO
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Day Trips
    Details: 
     

    Once again, we'll be heading south in early spring and paddling many of the fine rivers in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas.

    We will again be based out of Twin Bridges Canoe and Campground (http://twinbridgescanoe.com) located on the North Fork of the White River about 20 miles west of West Plains, MO.

    Twin Bridges has cabins, camping, and an RV park lodging choices; and some meals are available at Twin Bridges. The cabins generally have at least a kitchenette, dorm refrigerator, heat, a bathroom and shower. The cabins vary, but rent for $200 a week. Let Twin Bridges know that you are with the March paddling group.

    Rivers likely to be paddled may include:

    Big Piney River, MO

    Current River, MO

    Little Piney River, MO

    Little Piney Creek, MO

    Jacks Fork River, MO

    North Fork of the White River, MO

    Sugar and Indian Creeks, MO

    Spring River, AR

    Eleven Point River, MO

    Bryant Creek,, MO

    And others depending on water levels.

    Additional information about these paddles, accesses, distances and routings are in the wonderful book, "A Paddler's Guide to Missouri".

    Expect our first paddle on March 14 and our last no later than March 29. Since this will be early spring paddling, extra warm synthetic or wool clothes are essential; and, if you already have one, a wet or dry suit might be handy. Bridges are far apart, the roads are roundabout and cell phone service is spotty, especially on the rivers.

    The rivers and creeks are beautiful, but often twisty and obstacles common. Best to come prepared. Under these circumstances, intermediate paddling skills are required. If you have the skills, then I hope you consider joining us in 2020 for as long as you can.

    Please email me if you plan to join us in early spring paddling in Southern Missouri. Include in the email your:

    1. Planned arrival date

    2. Planned departure date

    3. Cell phone number and email or address

    4. Alternative contact person and how to contact them

    Thanks for your interest. Greg Vitale 


    • 2020-03-29
    • 2020-05-03
    • 2 sessions
    • Naperville North HS Pool and Patterson Lake, Aurora
    • 9
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    Date:  March 29 and May 3, 2020
    Leader: Marlena Bertolozzi
    Co-Leader:  John Chase
    Location:  Patterson Lake, Aurora
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  

    This is the first in the Prairie State Canoeists Training Series. 

    This class will be split into two components to create an optimal learning experience:

    March 29: We will meet at Naperville North High School where we will learn basic boat fit, discuss gear and it's use, and practice capsize drills in a nice 82 degree pool. Participants will need to pay a $10 admission fee to the school on-site. Participants must supply their own boat, paddle, and PFD. A sprayskirt is optional. Boats must be clean with no leaves, mud, etc. A host is available at the school if needed and boats will be inspected prior to being allowed in the pool. We highly encourage using your own boat, but if you wish to rent a boat, add $5 if you wish to rent a whitewater boat from the school.

    May 3: We will meet at Patterson Lake in Aurora. This ACA-developed curriculum will teach you the basics of paddling your kayak. Instructors will focus on guiding you to effectively and efficiently paddle your craft in all directions skillfully on calm protected waters.

    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 March 26)

    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 February 29. Registration will close on March 26.

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


    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
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    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


    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
    • 2020-04-15
    • 9:30 AM
    • South Elgin to St. Charles
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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, IL
    • 9
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    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
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    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
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    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: 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.)
    • 7
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    Date: May 16, 2020
    Leader: Steve LaPorte

    Co-Leader: Dave Watts
    Location: DuPage River (Hammel Woods to Shepley Rd.)
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    CategoryInstruction

    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.)
    • 6
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    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.

    • 2020-05-27
    • 9:30 AM
    • West Chicago, IL
    Register


    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: 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

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

    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
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    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.

    • 2020-06-24
    • 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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