Prairie State Canoeists

A Northeast Illinois Canoe and Kayak Club

PSC follows current Illinois State COVID guidelines.

Note: If more than one person from your family is attending a trip, please register them separately so that the Trip Leader can have an accurate count of attendees.

Upcoming events

    • 2022-05-28
    • DuPage River - Hammell Woods
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    Date(s):  Saturday, May 28, 2022
    Leader: 
     Steve Voss
    Co-Leader:   
    Location:  DuPage River - Hammell Woods
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  
    If you attended a Moving Water 1 canoe class, or obtained approval from instructor/coach, this is an opportunity to practice what you have learned.

    It’s important to practice your newly-acquired skills and get them into muscle memory before they begin to fade.

    Instructors are ACA certified and will be on-hand to provide the appropriate coaching.

    DETAILS & UPDATES:  Paddlers must register/sign up, as only registered paddlers will receive details and updates.

    LOCATION: DuPage River, Hammell Woods

    COST:  There is no fee for PSC members. Non-members—$40.

    CONTACT INFO FOR INSTRUCTOR/COACH:

    Steve Voss - svoss1959@hotmail.com or 847/687-2406


    • 2022-06-08
    • 10:30 AM
    • Sycamore
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    Date(s):  June 8, 2022
    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. Car shift 9:30. Launch time 10:30. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2022-06-10
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Busse Lake Canoe Center
    • 10
    Register

    Date:  Friday,  June 10, 2022

    Leader:  Bill Kessler

    Co-leader:  Tracy Hunt

    Location:  Busse Lake Canoe Launch

    Skill Level:  Beginner

    Category:  Instruction

    Details:  This is a short introduction to paddling following the syllabus of the American Canoe Association and taught by ACA-accredited instructors. This class is on flat water and will prepare you for the next instructional step, Moving Water 1. Whether you are a beginning canoe paddler or a veteran of many years, this methodical review of equipment, safety issues, and paddling techniques will help you move through the water and control your boat more efficiently. The first part of the class will be spent demonstrating, practicing, assessing your skills, and charting an individual plan for progress. A period of individual coaching and practice will follow until sundown. Note that rain or even a gentle wind will make it necessary to move the class a week later, June 17. Watch this notice and be sure that your phone or email address is listed.


    The cost is $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members

     

    You will need your own boat, paddle, a properly-fitted PFD (this will be tested on site), at least a liter of water, and snacks to get you through the three-hour session. A complete change of clothes and personal items can remain in your car.

    • 2022-06-11
    • 10:00 AM
    • Busse Lake Boating Center, Elk Grove Village, IL
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    Date(s):
      Saturday, June 11, 2022
    Leader:  Bill Kessler
    Co-Leader: 

    Location:  Busse Lake Boating CenterElk Grove Village, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details:
    This is a special invitation to everyone who has joined PSC since our last paddling season in 2021. We will meet at Busse Lake for a pleasant paddle. We will play water games, practice our paddling technique, get acquainted, eat lunch. You must have your own boat and paddles, and your properly-fitting PFD must be worn at all times on the water. Bring lunch, drinking water, and a change of clothes, which you can leave in your car if you wish. We plan to hit the water about 10:00 AM for about 3 hours of (more or less) organized activity; you can stay as long as you like. Bring a chair for the lunch break.

     

    The Busse Lake Boating Center is accessed from Higgins Road; look for the sign on the south side of Higgins just east of I-290. (Map: https://map.fpdcc.com/#/?poi=189-Busse+Lake+Boating+Center)






    • 2022-06-12
    • 10:00 AM
    • Busse Lake
    • 15
    Register

    Date: Sunday, June 12, 2022

    Leader: Marlene Bertolozzi

    Location:

    Skill Level: Beginner 

    Category: Instruction

    Details:  This is a half day class spotlighting proper paddle stroke techniques, which will help you paddle more efficiently with less tiring on those day long trips. Strokes covered are forward/back, sweep, draw and others.


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


    Registration will close on Thursday, June 9.


    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 $10 one-day membership or supply your ACA member number at checkout.



    • 2022-06-15
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, Addison, IL
    Register


    Date(s):
    Wednesday, June 15, 2022
    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. 


    • 2022-06-17
    • 2022-06-19
    • Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI


    Date(s):
      June 17 - 19, 2022
    Leader:   Tracy Hunt
    Co-Leader:
     
    Paul Klonowski 
    Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI
    Skill Level: Advanced beginner
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:     We’re looking forward to the 2022 edition, June 17-19…


    Tune-up Your Paddling at The First Canoe Symposium of the Season!

    You are invited to the Wisconsin Canoe Symposium (WCS)! The symposium is located in Westfield, WI, approximately 60 minutes north of Madison, WI. Arrive as early as Thursday afternoon and paddle through mid-day on Sunday.
    The WCS offers excellent instruction in a quiet water venue for people wishing to improve their skills in paddling and precise control of their canoes. The quiet water classes are offered for all skill levels, and all WCS classes are taught by certified canoe instructors. Student/instructor ratio is limited to 5 to 1. Other special topic classes will include classes such as Touring Technique (Sit & Switch), Moving Around in Your Canoe, Forward Stroke Clinic, and Nail the Rail.

    We’ll have a 2-hour Intro to Canadian Style Paddling class on Friday morning! More info is on the Class Descriptions document, and the registration form has been updated as well.

    Other activities will include a Giant Schlalom Fun Race, and an Interpretive FreeStyle Recital. All participants are encouraged to bring musical instruments, and join in the jam session!

    Meals are available, served family style in Amphlett Hall in front of a large fireplace
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    LODGING:
    There are several lodging options available:

    Wildwood Tent and Trailer Campground: This is a public campground owned and operated by Pine Lake Camp, and is located on the western shore of Pine Lake. The campground is accessible by footpath (approximately ½ mi.) to Pine Lake Camp or by car, and of course, you can always paddle your canoe to the camp. The campground features 40 wooded campsites, 22 of which have electricity and water. Campsite capacity is up to 6 persons over age two. Pine Lake Camp will have a number of the sites set aside for WCS.

    Bishop Rader Retreat Center: Features 28 double or triple occupancy hotel style rooms with fully accessible baths, one queen and one twin size bed; 16 of these rooms have an additional pull-out trundle bed. Bed linens are included, but you do need to furnish your own towels.

    Birch Cabin: This is a two-room cabin, each room having 10 bunk beds and one full bathroom. The rooms will be designated by gender. There is a meeting room with fireplace in the center and also a small kitchenette. You will need to bring your own linens, pillows, blankets, and towels.

    registration documents are available at on the FreeStyle Canoeing website: www.freestylecanoeing.com

    We hope to see you there!

    Your hosts,
    Paul Klonowski, Tracy and Cathy Hunt

    Begin Date Friday, June 17, 2022
    End Date Sunday, June 19, 2022
    Requirements
    • PFD


    • 2022-06-17
    • 6:30 PM
    • Stillman Nature Center, South Barrington
    Register


    Date(s):
      Friday, June 17, 2022
    Leader: Susan Allman
     

    Co-Leader: Steve Voss 

    Location: Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, South Barrington

    Category: Business meeting

    Details: This will be an outside meeting in the campfire area. Bring a folding chair & your choice of beverage/snacks. You are welcome to come early to sit by the lake at the picnic tables and have dinner or take a short walk to view the raptor exhibit. Meeting will begin at 6:30 PM. Go to: stillmannc.org for a map & directions.


    • 2022-06-18
    • 2022-06-19
    • St Joseph County, Michigan (Three Rivers - Nottawa)
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, June 18 - 19, 2022

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: This is a great place for a weekend getaway...not too far from home...less than a 3 hour drive from the west 'burbs...in Amish country.

    We will help the St Joseph County Conservation District with a cleanup on the Prairie River on Saturday and we will paddle another stretch of a river in the area on Sunday -  which one depnds on the water levels and/or votes.  

    Join us for one or both days and camping Friday &/or Saturday nights. Camping is at a small private campground with a nice lake for swimming! @$5/person/night. Other accomodations are available in the area.

    Contact us for details...Check out the river trails information @StJoeH2O 

    • 2022-06-18
    • 12:00 PM
    • Fox River - Batavia to Aurora
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    Date:
      Saturday, June 18, 2022
    Leader:  Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader: 

    Location:  Fox River - Batavia to Aurora
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details: 
    Blues for Canoes (or kayaks if you choose).

    Join us for a brief, breezy afternoon float down the Fox River to the bluesiest beach in the ‘burbs! Aurora’s popular “Blues on the Fox” again takes place at the sparkling River Edge Park. Call Ray: 630-669-7831.

    Plan on a 12:00 noon car shift from a Batavia put-in. We will shuttle cars to a public lot near the boat ramp. After the paddle we can load the boats onto cars and those who go to the festival can leave them parked right there. Let me know if you do intend to go to the music festival after paddling, or not, as it’s a consideration for the car shift. 

    We don’t usually stop for lunch, since you can look forward to plenty of festival food and brews for your blues. We’ll time our arrival for Saturday’s first act, opening at 3:00 p.m. It’s up to you if want to stick around for any part of the festival. Of course, you can laze around off shore in your boat as long as you like at no charge.

    A new event this year is a free party at the Wilder Park Promenade on the west side of the river, with music and food available. The line-up at River Edge Park this year includes Melody Angel (3pm), Billy Branch (5pm), Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers (7pm) and finishes up with Chicago Blues legend Buddy Guy. I recommend you get your tickets online early. 


    DIRECTIONS to PUT-IN: From IL Rte. 31 or 25, go to Wilson St. in Batavia. On the west side of the bridge over the Fox, turn north onto Island St., go north past Police Station to the North Lot area for put-in. 

    Check out the full music program here:

    https://paramountaurora.com/events/botf-2022/
    • 2022-06-21
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd Either Mack Rd to McDowell Grove FP or Winfield to Mack Rd
    Register

    Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    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).


    • 2022-06-22
    • 10:30 AM
    • Genoa
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    Date:
      June 22, 2022
    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. Car shift 9:30. Launch time 10:30. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2022-06-24
    • 2022-06-27
    • Lake Mohawksin, Tomahawk, WI
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    Date(s):  June 24 - June 27, 2022
    Leader: 
     Russell Block

    Co-Leader:
    Location: Lake Mohawksin, Tomahawk, WI

    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Weekend camping/paddle trips

    Details:  This is usually a slow and easy flat-water paddle, with much wildlife to be seen. One of my favorite places to kayak and fish, I have been paddling this lake for over 30 years.

    However, this is a HUGE lake (almost 2,000 acres). There are extremely large open-water areas. And, the lake is usually very busy with motorboat traffic, water skiers, and fishermen in the Summer. As such, we will follow the shoreline around the lake.

    We will be base camping at the Sara Park Campground, in Tomahawk WI, right at the river’s edge, only steps away from the put-in.

    This is a 4 to 5-hour drive from the Chicago area, depending on your location. Reservations have been made in advance for 3 nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As such, I am requesting $20 each to cover the cost of the campground (due at the time of your arrival). We have been given camping sites 1 & 2, near the beach. Each camping spot has electric and water, with nearby bathrooms and showers.

    We will arrive at the campsite Friday afternoon/evening to setup. Over the course of the next 2 days, Saturday & Sunday, we plan to circumnavigate the lake and parts of the Wisconsin, Tomahawk, and Somo Rivers. We will paddle to and from 3 of the 4 dams that make up the lake. Each day we will paddle roughly 10 miles, with a lunch break around midday. As this is a scenic trip, and depending upon our stamina, I figure we will be on the water for 4, or 5 hours each day.

    In the evenings, we can eat in camp, or have our pick of local restaurants. Many of which are within walking distance of our campsite.



    • 2022-06-24
    • 4:00 PM
    • 2022-06-26
    • Montello, WI
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    Date(s):  June 24 to 26, 2022
    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 in the large group site 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.




    • 2022-06-25
    • Marge Cline, Yorkville, IL - Fox River
    • 6
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    Date(s):  Saturday, June 25, 2022
    Leader: 
     Steve Voss
    Co-Leader:   
    Location:  Marge Cline, Yorkville, IL - Fox River
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  
    Join us for this intermediate skill-building session led by ACA certified instructors. This Moving Water 2 class is designed to take the skills learned at Moving Water 1 and apply them to faster current. Students will refine their timing and techniques, and will learn to tame faster and pushier current.

    Prerequisite: Students must have completed the PSC Moving Water 1 class or attended the River Skills Workshop.

    Class size will depend on the number of instructors; if you want to take the class, sign up sooner than later.

    ACA membership is required for participation. You will be asked to purchase a $10 one-day membership or supply your ACA member number at check in.

    DETAILS & UPDATES:

    Paddlers must register/sign up, as only registered paddlers will receive details and updates.


    COST:

    PSC members—$20 Non-members—$40

    CONTACT INFO FOR INSTRUCTOR/COACH:

    Steve Voss - svoss1959@hotmail.com or 847/687-2406


    • 2022-06-25
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TBD
    • 11
    Register

    Date: June 25, 2022

    Leader: Marlene Bertolozzi
    Location: TBD
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    CategoryInstruction

    Details: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, Marlene Bertolozzi, before registering.

    Registration will close on Wednesday, June 22.

    Pricing:

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

    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 $10 one-day membership or provide your membership number.


    • 2022-07-02
    • Marge Cline, Yorkville, IL - Fox River
    • 6
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    Date(s):  Saturday, July 2, 2022
    Leader: 
     Steve Voss
    Co-Leader:   
    Location:  Marge Cline, Yorkville, IL - Fox River
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Instruction
    Details: 
    If you attended a Moving Water 1 and 2 canoe class, or obtained approval from instructor/coach, this is an opportunity to practice what you have learned.

    It’s important to practice your newly-acquired skills and get them into muscle memory before they begin to fade.

    Instructors are ACA certified and will be on-hand to provide the appropriate coaching.

    DETAILS & UPDATES:  Paddlers must register/sign up, as only registered paddlers will receive details and updates.

    COST:  There is no fee for PSC members. Non-members—$40.

    CONTACT INFO FOR INSTRUCTOR/COACH:

    Steve Voss - svoss1959@hotmail.com or 847/687-2406

    • 2022-07-06
    • 10:30 AM
    • Kingston
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    Date(s):
      July 6, 2022
    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. Launch time 10:30. Contact trip leader for more details.


    • 2022-07-09
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TBA
    • 10
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    Date:  Saturday, July 9, 2022

    Leader:  Bill Kessler

    Co-Leader:  Tracy Hunt

    Location:  TBA

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Category:  Instruction

    Details:  This is a short introduction to paddling following the syllabus of the American Canoe Association and taught by ACA-accredited instructors. This class is on flat water and will prepare you for the next instructional step, Moving Water 1. Whether you are a beginning canoe paddler or a veteran of many years, this methodical review of equipment, safety issues, and paddling techniques will help you move through the water and control your boat more efficiently. Approximately two hours will be spent demonstrating, practicing, assessing your skills, and charting an individual plan for progress. The third hour will be for individual coaching and practice. Note that rain or even a gentle wind will make it necessary to move the class a week later, July 16. Watch this notice and be sure that your phone or email address is listed.


    The cost is $20 for PSC members, $40 for non-PSC members 

    You will need your own boat, paddle, a properly-fitted PFD (this will be tested on site), at least a liter of water, and snacks to get you through the three-hour session. A complete change of clothes and personal items can remain in your car.


    • 2022-07-12
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd either Mack Rd to McDowell Grove FP or Winfield to Mack Rd
    Register

    Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
    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).


    • 2022-07-13
    • Southern WI.
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    Date(s):  July 13, 2022
    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 scenic. Contact the trip leader for information.

    Steve (630) 665-5707

    Initial sign-up must be done through this page, but 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.








    • 2022-07-22
    • 2022-07-24
    • Southwest Wisconsin
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    Date(s):  July 22 - 24, 2022
    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 7/23/22, 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.



    • 2022-07-23
    • 2022-07-24
    • St Joseph County, Michigan (Three Rivers - Nottawa)
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, July 23 - 24, 2022

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: This is a great place for a weekend getaway...not too far from home...less than a 3 hour drive from the west 'burbs...in Amish country.

    We will help the St Joseph County Conservation District with a cleanup on the Rocky River on Saturday and we will paddle another stretch of a river in the area on Sunday -  which one depnds on the water levels and/or votes.  

    Join us for one or both days and camping Friday &/or Saturday nights. Camping is at a small private campground with a nice lake for swimming! @$5/person/night. Other accomodations are available in the area.

    Contact us for details...Check out the river trails information @StJoeH2O 

    • 2022-07-27
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, Addison, IL
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    Date(s):
    Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    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. 


    • 2022-08-03
    • Spring Grove
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    Date(s):
      August 3, 2022
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue Allman
    Location: Glacial Park
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip 

    Details:  We will be paddling Nippersink Creek from Glacial Park to Lyle Thomas Park. This section is scenic with a few riffles and is appropriate for anyone who has reasonable paddling skills.

                           

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

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

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








    • 2022-08-06
    • Marge Cline - Yorkville, IL - Fox River
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    Date(s):  Saturday, August 6, 2022

    Leader:  Steve Voss

    Co-Leader:   

    Location:  Marge Cline, Yorkville, IL - Fox River

    Skill Level:  

    Category:  Instruction

    Details:  This workshop teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed on both personal safety and on simple, commonly-used skills.Techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments and pins, also are practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.

    Course Objectives:

     Promote proactive prevention of river accidents and injuries.

     Develop and practice key self-rescue skills.

     Identify and avoid river hazards by understanding hydrology, hazards and river features.

     Focus on fast, low-risk strategies for early management of river accidents.

     Develop and practiced methods for recovering swimmers and loose boats/equipment.

     Develop and practice more advanced rope-based and in-water skills.

    ACA membership is required for participation. You will be asked to purchase a $10 one-day membership or supply your ACA member number at check in.

    DETAILS & UPDATES: Paddlers must register/sign up, as only registered paddlers will receive details and updates.

    LOCATION: Marge Cline, Yorkville, IL (Fox River)

    COST: PSC members—$20, Non-members—$40.

    CONTACT INFO FOR INSTRUCTOR/COACH:

    Steve Voss - svoss1959@hotmail.com or 847/687-2406

    • 2022-08-06
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Lake Atwood, The Hollows Conservation Area, Cary, IL
    • 8
    Register

    Date(s):  August 6, 2022
    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 United States Canoe Association. To learn more about Freestyle Canoeing, visit http://freestylecanoeing.com/

    Cost of the class is $55 to be paid on-site the day of the class. Class size is limited to 10 participants.





    To register, contact:

    Tracy Hunt or Paul Klonowski
    tracyhunt077@gmail.com pklonowski@comcast.net
    630-329-4669 847-687-2477


    • 2022-08-10
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, Addison, IL
    Register


    Date(s):
    Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    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. 


    • 2022-08-13
    • 2022-08-14
    • St Joseph County, Michigan (Three Rivers - Nottawa)
    Register


    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, August 13 - 14, 2022

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: This is a great place for a weekend getaway...not too far from home...less than a 3 hour drive from the west 'burbs...in Amish country.

    We will paddle two stretches of rivers in the area -  which ones depnds on the water levels and/or votes.  

    Join us for one or both days and camping Friday &/or Saturday nights. Camping is at a small private campground with a nice lake for swimming! @$5/person/night. Other accomodations are available in the area.

    Contact us for details...Check out the river trails information @StJoeH2O 

    • 2022-08-15
    • 2022-08-19
    • Namekagon River
    Register

    Date(s):  8/15/2022 through 8/19/2022 
    Leader:  Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Greg Vitale 
    Location: 
    Namekagon River
    Skill Level:  
    Advanced Beginner
    Category:River camping
    Details: 
    If you ever wanted to paddle the Namekagon when it wasn’t jammed with party animals, this might be just what you’re looking for.  We will be doing two day trips between Hayward and Trego, then doing a three day river camping trip on the usual section.  The upper section has some mild rapids, so good boat control will be required.  (The trip may be extended, either before or after, if there is interest.)

    Contact me for details.


    • 2022-08-20
    • 2022-08-21
    • near Montello, WI


    Date(s):
      August 20 & 21, 2022
    Leader:  Regina Watts
    Location:  Mecan River (near Montello, WI)
    Skill Level:  Advanced beginner
    Category:  Moving water
    Details:  Relaxed paddling weekend. The Mecan River is a tiny, spring fed stream about 5 miles NE of Montello, WI. Day two of the paddle will test your skills in the almost constant convoluted tight turns. This is a beautiful clean, swimmable river which meanders thru open prairies as well as wooded sections. Primitive camping (bring your own water), will be at the Mecan River Outfitters http://mecanriveroutfitters.com/ 

    Mecan River Outfitters and Lodge

    • 2022-08-23
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd either Mack Rd to McDowell Grove FP or Winfield to Mack Rd
    Register

    Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022
    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).


    • 2022-08-24
    • 10:30 AM
    • Garden Prairie
    Register