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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

    • 2023-02-04
    • 5:30 PM
    • El Barrio Restaurant, Mundelein, IL
    Register


    Date:  Saturday, February 4, 2023
    Leader: 
    Tom Croak
    Location:  El Barrio Restaurant, 1122 Diamond Lake Road, Mundelein, IL

    (847) 566-0475
    Details: 
    PSC February Social 2023


    Cash Bar: 5:30 p.m. Pay individually. 


    Supper: 6:30 p.m. Order individually from the menu. We expect to pay individually for supper.


    We will have a semi-private room on the balcony overlooking the main floor. 


    Directions: 

    The restaurant is on Diamond Lake Road, between Route 60/83 and Route 45.


    Please contact Tom Croak at paddler6@earthlink.net or 847-948-8794 by January 30, 2023 so we can provide a count for the restaurant.


    • 2023-02-04
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway


    Date:  Saturday, February 4, 2023

    Leader:
    Co-Leader:  

    Location:  Vernon Hills High School

    Skill Level:  Everyone

    Category:  training, skills

    Details: Bring your own boat or rent one on site.  

    The cost is $10 per person.

    Boat & equipment rental is $5.

    Families of 3 or more with boat rental is $30.

    No formal instruction is provided.

    If you bring your own boat, please make sure that it is very, very clean before putting it into the pool. We do not want to get the facility dirty.

    A lifeguard will be on duty at all times. No advanced registration is necessary.

     


    • 2023-02-05
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St.


    Date:  Sunday, February 5, 2023

    Leader:
    Co-Leader:  

    Location:  Naperville North High School

    Skill Level:  Everyone

    Category:  training, skills

    Details: There is a pool use fee of $15 which needs to be paid to the High School and a waiver signed. Please bring exact change in cash. Old school whitewater kayaks and paddles are available to rent for $5.

     

    This is open pool time for practicing various skills and does not include any formal classes or lessons. 


    The NNHS pool is a great facility with a HUGE remodeled square 12-lane pool. It includes a 12- foot deep area suitable for sea kayak rescue practice. There is also a large 3.5 foot deep area suitable for the practicing skills such as Wet Exits, Eskimo Rescues and Eskimo Rolls

     

    Please make sure your boat is clean INSIDE and OUT, ensuring there is no debris such as leaves or mud remaining inside the boat. There should be a hose near the diving boards to rinse boats.

     

    Naperville North High School is located at the SW corner of Ogden and Mill streets in Naperville. The pool entrance is at the northwest corner of the NNHS building – where the building is closest to Ogden Avenue.

     




    • 2023-02-12
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St.


    Date:  Sunday, February 12, 2023

    Leader:
    Co-Leader:  

    Location:  Naperville North High School

    Skill Level:  Everyone

    Category:  training, skills

    Details: There is a pool use fee of $15 which needs to be paid to the High School and a waiver signed. Please bring exact change in cash. Old school whitewater kayaks and paddles are available to rent for $5.

     

    This is open pool time for practicing various skills and does not include any formal classes or lessons. 


    The NNHS pool is a great facility with a HUGE remodeled square 12-lane pool. It includes a 12- foot deep area suitable for sea kayak rescue practice. There is also a large 3.5 foot deep area suitable for the practicing skills such as Wet Exits, Eskimo Rescues and Eskimo Rolls

     

    Please make sure your boat is clean INSIDE and OUT, ensuring there is no debris such as leaves or mud remaining inside the boat. There should be a hose near the diving boards to rinse boats.

     

    Naperville North High School is located at the SW corner of Ogden and Mill streets in Naperville. The pool entrance is at the northwest corner of the NNHS building – where the building is closest to Ogden Avenue.

     




    • 2023-02-18
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway


    Date:  Saturday, February 18, 2023

    Leader:
    Co-Leader:  

    Location:  Vernon Hills High School

    Skill Level:  Everyone

    Category:  training, skills

    Details: Bring your own boat or rent one on site.  

    The cost is $10 per person.

    Boat & equipment rental is $5.

    Families of 3 or more with boat rental is $30.

    No formal instruction is provided.

    If you bring your own boat, please make sure that it is very, very clean before putting it into the pool. We do not want to get the facility dirty.

    A lifeguard will be on duty at all times. No advanced registration is necessary.

     


    • 2023-02-19
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St.


    Date:  Sunday, February 19, 2023

    Leader:
    Co-Leader:  

    Location:  Naperville North High School

    Skill Level:  Everyone

    Category:  training, skills

    Details: There is a pool use fee of $15 which needs to be paid to the High School and a waiver signed. Please bring exact change in cash. Old school whitewater kayaks and paddles are available to rent for $5.

     

    This is open pool time for practicing various skills and does not include any formal classes or lessons. 


    The NNHS pool is a great facility with a HUGE remodeled square 12-lane pool. It includes a 12- foot deep area suitable for sea kayak rescue practice. There is also a large 3.5 foot deep area suitable for the practicing skills such as Wet Exits, Eskimo Rescues and Eskimo Rolls

     

    Please make sure your boat is clean INSIDE and OUT, ensuring there is no debris such as leaves or mud remaining inside the boat. There should be a hose near the diving boards to rinse boats.

     

    Naperville North High School is located at the SW corner of Ogden and Mill streets in Naperville. The pool entrance is at the northwest corner of the NNHS building – where the building is closest to Ogden Avenue.

     




    • 2023-02-26
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St.


    Date:  Sunday, February 26, 2023

    Leader:
    Co-Leader:  

    Location:  Naperville North High School

    Skill Level:  Everyone

    Category:  training, skills

    Details: There is a pool use fee of $15 which needs to be paid to the High School and a waiver signed. Please bring exact change in cash. Old school whitewater kayaks and paddles are available to rent for $5.

     

    This is open pool time for practicing various skills and does not include any formal classes or lessons. 


    The NNHS pool is a great facility with a HUGE remodeled square 12-lane pool. It includes a 12- foot deep area suitable for sea kayak rescue practice. There is also a large 3.5 foot deep area suitable for the practicing skills such as Wet Exits, Eskimo Rescues and Eskimo Rolls

     

    Please make sure your boat is clean INSIDE and OUT, ensuring there is no debris such as leaves or mud remaining inside the boat. There should be a hose near the diving boards to rinse boats.

     

    Naperville North High School is located at the SW corner of Ogden and Mill streets in Naperville. The pool entrance is at the northwest corner of the NNHS building – where the building is closest to Ogden Avenue.

     




    • 2023-03-04
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway


    Date:  Saturday, March 4, 2023

    Leader:
    Co-Leader:  

    Location:  Vernon Hills High School

    Skill Level:  Everyone

    Category:  training, skills

    Details: Bring your own boat or rent one on site.  

    The cost is $10 per person.

    Boat & equipment rental is $5.

    Families of 3 or more with boat rental is $30.

    No formal instruction is provided.

    If you bring your own boat, please make sure that it is very, very clean before putting it into the pool. We do not want to get the facility dirty.

    A lifeguard will be on duty at all times. No advanced registration is necessary.

     


    • 2023-03-05
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St.


    Date:  Sunday, March 5, 2023

    Leader:
    Co-Leader:  

    Location:  Naperville North High School

    Skill Level:  Everyone

    Category:  training, skills

    Details: There is a pool use fee of $15 which needs to be paid to the High School and a waiver signed. Please bring exact change in cash. Old school whitewater kayaks and paddles are available to rent for $5.

     

    This is open pool time for practicing various skills and does not include any formal classes or lessons. 


    The NNHS pool is a great facility with a HUGE remodeled square 12-lane pool. It includes a 12- foot deep area suitable for sea kayak rescue practice. There is also a large 3.5 foot deep area suitable for the practicing skills such as Wet Exits, Eskimo Rescues and Eskimo Rolls

     

    Please make sure your boat is clean INSIDE and OUT, ensuring there is no debris such as leaves or mud remaining inside the boat. There should be a hose near the diving boards to rinse boats.

     

    Naperville North High School is located at the SW corner of Ogden and Mill streets in Naperville. The pool entrance is at the northwest corner of the NNHS building – where the building is closest to Ogden Avenue.

     




    • 2023-03-11
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway


    Date:  Saturday, March 11, 2023

    Leader:
    Co-Leader:  

    Location:  Vernon Hills High School

    Skill Level:  Everyone

    Category:  training, skills

    Details: Bring your own boat or rent one on site.  

    The cost is $10 per person.

    Boat & equipment rental is $5.

    Families of 3 or more with boat rental is $30.

    No formal instruction is provided.

    If you bring your own boat, please make sure that it is very, very clean before putting it into the pool. We do not want to get the facility dirty.

    A lifeguard will be on duty at all times. No advanced registration is necessary.

     


    • 2023-03-18
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway


    Date:  Saturday, March 18, 2023

    Leader:
    Co-Leader:  

    Location:  Vernon Hills High School

    Skill Level:  Everyone

    Category:  training, skills

    Details: Bring your own boat or rent one on site.  

    The cost is $10 per person.

    Boat & equipment rental is $5.

    Families of 3 or more with boat rental is $30.

    No formal instruction is provided.

    If you bring your own boat, please make sure that it is very, very clean before putting it into the pool. We do not want to get the facility dirty.

    A lifeguard will be on duty at all times. No advanced registration is necessary.

     


    • 2023-04-12
    • 10:30 AM
    • Cherry Valley
    Register


    Date:
      Wednesday, April 12, 2023

    Leader: Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  Cherry Valley
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the first Wednesday trip of the year. We will begin at Baumann Park in Cherry Valley. Depending on weather & water conditions this could be a 5 mile trip or 9 mile trip. TBD. Bring lunch, water, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Car shift 9:30. Launch time 10:30. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2023-04-15
    • 9:30 AM
    • West Branch DuPage River, St. Charles Rd. - Blackwell FP
    Register

    Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023
    Leader:  Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location: 
    West Branch Dupage, St. Charles Rd. - Blackwell FP
    Skill Level:  
    Beginner, depending on conditions.
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details:Join us for a fun trip on the upper reach of the West Branch, where the stream is narrow and twisty (with rocks and riffles depending on the water level). We will paddle miles through Timber Ridge, Winfield Mounds, West Branch Woods and Blackwell Forest Preserves. And for lunch... Soup! Contact trip leaders for details. 
     




    • 2023-04-26
    • Northeast Illinois
    Register


    Date(s):
     Wednesday,  April 26, 2023
    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 scenic, and is appropriate for anyone, regardless of skill level.


    Contact the trip leader for information.

    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        




    • 2023-05-10
    • West Chicago, IL
    Register


    Date(s):
      Wednesday, May 10, 2023
    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 DuPage River from St. Charles Rd. to Mack Rd. This section is peaceful and scenic, but it is narrow and may have obstructions that you will need to maneuver or portage around. This trip is appropriate for anyone who has reliable paddling skills.

    Contact the trip leader for information.

    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.




    • 2023-05-13
    • 9:30 AM
    • Busse Lake
    Register

    Date:  Saturday, May 13, 2023

    Leader:  Marlene Bertolozzi

    Location:  Busse Lake

    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.

    Pricing: $30 for PSC members, $50 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 supply your ACA member number at checkout.


    • 2023-05-20
    • 8:30 AM
    • West Branch Dupage River
    Register


    Date:
    Saturday, May 20, 2023
    Leader:  Ray Ziemer
    Location:  West Branch Dupage River

    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Cleanup
    Details:
    J
    oin us on the West Branch of the DuPage for the annual clean-up, sponsored by the Conservation Foundation and others. We join citizens on the water and on the shore to collect trash and help maintain the beauty of the DuPage. 9:00 -12:00, specific location TBD. All ages, all boats!


    Car shift: 8:30

    Launch:  9:00

    • 2023-05-24
    • West Chicago, IL
    Register


    Date:
      Wednesday, May 24, 2023
    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 from Mack Rd. to McDowell Grove. This section is scenic and has some riffles, and is appropriate for anyone who has basic paddling skills.

    Contact the trip leader for information.

    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.




    • 2023-05-28
    • 9:00 AM
    • DuPage River, Shorewood
    Register

    Date:  Sunday, May 28, 2023

    Leader: Marlene Bertolozzi
    Location: DuPage River, Shorewood, Il.
    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 river skilld as upstream ferries, downstream ferries, eddy turns and peel outs.

    Students will also receive instruction on reading the river and recognizing hazards such as strainers (downed trees) and foot entrapment.

    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 with the instructor before signing up.

    Pricing:

     $30 for PSC members, $50 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. 

     

    • 2023-06-07
    • 10:30 AM
    • Sycamore
    Register

    Date(s):  Wednesday, June 7, 2023
    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.

    • 2023-06-21
    • 10:30 AM
    • Genoa
    Register


    Date:
      Wednesday, June 21, 2023
    Leader: 
    Susan Allman

    Co-Leader: Steve LaPorte 
    Location:  Baseline Road to Kingston
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:   A lovely section of the Kishwaukee River South Branch through farms & forest. It is a 9 mile paddle. We will stop for lunch at Citizens Park in Genoa. 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.

    • 2023-07-05
    • 10:30 AM
    • Kingston
    Register


    Date:
      Wednesday, July 5, 2023
    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.


    • 2023-07-19
    • Southern WI.
    Register


    Date:  Wednesday, July 19, 2023
    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, and is appropriate for anyone, regardless of skill level.

    Contact the trip leader for information.

    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.







    • 2023-07-21
    • 2023-07-23
    • Wisconsin River
    Register

    Date(s):  7/21/2023 through 7/23/2023 
    Leader: Steve LaPorte

    Co-Leader: Keith McClow
    Location: 
    Wisconsin River
    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 7/22/21, 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.

    This trip is river camping, and is rated advanced beginner skill level.  PFD & Lunch Required


    Contact Trip Leader, Steve LaPorte for more information.

    slaporte2000@gmail.com  630-665-5707


    • 2023-08-02
    • Spring Grove
    Register

    Date:  Wednesday, August 2, 2023
    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.


    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.







    • 2023-08-07
    • 2023-08-11
    • Namekagon River
    Register

    Date(s):  8/7/2023 through 8/11/2023 
    Leader: Steve LaPorte

    Co-Leader: Keith McClow
    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.

    This trip is base/river camping, and is rated advanced beginner skill level.  PFD & Lunch Required


    Contact Trip Leader, Steve LaPorte for more information.

    slaporte2000@gmail.com  630-665-5707


    • 2023-08-16
    • 10:30 AM
    • Garden Prairie
    Register


    Date:
      Wednesday, August 16, 2023
    Leader:
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  County Line Road (Garden Prairie to Belvidere)
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the "up north" section of the Kishwaukee River. It is about an 8 mile paddle with a little of everything; straight, curves, ripples, and possible downfall. Must have good boat control. 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.




    • 2023-08-30
    • Shopiere, WI
    Register


    Date:  Wednesday, August 30, 2023
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue  Allman
    Location:  Shopiere, Wisconsin
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details: 
     We will be paddling Turtle Creek from O’Riley Rd. to County Hwy. J. This section is scenic, and is appropriate for anyone, regardless of skill level.

    Contact the trip leader for information.

    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.


    • 2023-09-06
    • 2023-09-10
    • Wisconsin River
    Register

    Date(s):  9/6/2023 through 9/10/2023 
    Leader: Steve LaPorte

    Co-Leader: Keith McClow
    Location: 
    Wisconsin River
    Skill Level:  
    Beginner
    Category: River camping
    Details: 

    If you wanted to take a river trip over the Labor Day weekend but were unable to, this trip is just what you need. (People who paddled on Labor Day are welcome, too.) All the liveries know that the weekend after Labor Day is the deadest weekend of the season, so we can expect to have the Wisconsin River to ourselves.

    This is a four day trip for those who can get a couple of days off work, and a weekend trip for those who can’t. We will meet at Arena in the afternoon of 9/6/22 and take two days to paddle down to Muscoda. On 9/9/22 we will pick up the weekenders in Muscoda and paddle two more days down to Woodman.


    This trip is river camping, and is appropriate for any skill level.  PFD & Lunch Required


    Contact Trip Leader, Steve LaPorte for more information.

    slaporte2000@gmail.com  630-665-5707



    • 2023-09-17
    • 2023-09-23
    • Current River
    Register

    Date(s):  9/17/2023 through 9/23/2023 
    Leader: Steve LaPorte

    Co-Leader: Don Gray
    Location: 
    Current River (possibly others)
    Skill Level:  
    Advanced Beginner
    Category: Base camping
    Details: 

    Come join us for a week of paddling in the Ozarks. We plan to paddle the Current River from Cedargrove to Two Rivers, plus possibly sections of the Jacks Fork and the Eleven Point. If river levels go up, more options may become available.

    We plan to arrive on September 16th. Paddling days will be the 17th through the 23rd. We will break camp on the 24th.

    We will be base camping at Round Spring, located on Rt. 19 just north of Eminence, MO.

    Information will be provided to anyone interested.


    PFD & Lunch Required


    Contact Trip Leader, Steve LaPorte for more information.

    slaporte2000@gmail.com  630-665-5707



    • 2023-09-27
    • 10:30 AM
    • Belvidere
    Register


    Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    Leader:  Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:  Steve LaPorte 

    Location:  Belvidere to Cherry Valley 
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This section of the Kishwaukee River can have downfall and swift current so good boat skills are required. It will be an 8 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.






    • 2023-09-29
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Pierce Lake in Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park, IL
    Register


    Date(s):
      Friday, September 29, 2023
    Leader: Keith McClow
    Location:  Pierce Lake in Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Paddle
    Details: 
     Paddling under the full moon on Lake Pierce Friday night September 29 2023. We will meet at the campground boat launch at 6pm. We will paddle the lake while the sun sets and as the moon comes up over the trees. Boats must have some lights or glow sticks; there are small power boats on the lake. The park closes at 10pm so plan to pack up and be out by 10pm, or you can get a campsite and stay the night. I will be camping, so anyone who would like to join me can gather around the campfire after the paddling is done.

    Requirements: PFD



    • 2023-10-11
    • 10:30 AM
    • Cherry Valley
    Register


    Date:  Wednesday, October 11, 2023

    Leader: Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  Cherry Valley
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the last Wednesday trip of the year.  The trip will be from Baumann Park in Cherry Valley to Atwood Park.  It will be a 9 mile trip. We will stop for lunch. Bring water, lunch, PFD (must be worn on the river), and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Car shift 9:30. Launch time 10:30. Contact trip leader for more details.


Past events

2023-01-29 Pool Session
2023-01-28 Pool Session
2023-01-22 Pool Session
2023-01-22 2023 Season Kickoff Pizza Party
2023-01-21 Pool Session
2023-01-15 Pool Session
2023-01-14 Pool Session
2023-01-07 Pool Session
2023-01-07 Wilderness First Aid Certification
2023-01-06 CPR/AED/First Aid Certification
2023-01-01 New Years Day Paddle - Jan 01, 2023
2022-12-18 Pool Session
2022-12-11 Pool Session
2022-12-04 Pool Session
2022-11-12 2022 Fall PSC Dinner & Meeting
2022-10-22 Kishwaukee River - Cherry Valley to Atwood
2022-10-19 Kishwaukee River - Cherry Valley to Atwood
2022-10-15 Kishwaukee River (Belvidere to Cherry Valley)
2022-10-12 Rock River
2022-10-05 Kishwaukee River (Belvidere to Cherry Valley)
2022-09-28 DuPage River (Plainfield to Seil Rd.)
2022-09-18 Turtle Creek
2022-09-17 It's Our River Days Annual River Clean Up
2022-09-17 Kickapoo River, WI
2022-09-17 Ozarks
2022-09-14 Turtle Creek
2022-09-11 PSC Board meeting
2022-09-11 Paddle Event
2022-09-07 canceled - LABOR DAY PROCRASTINATORS' TRIP
2022-09-04 YAHARA RIVER
2022-09-03 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Baseline to Kingston)
2022-09-03 A “Quick-n-Easy” Saturday Float on the Des Plaines
2022-09-03 Southern Michigan Rivers
2022-08-31 DuPage River (Winfield - McDowell)
2022-08-27 New (& Current) Members Trip on Fox River
2022-08-24 Kishwaukee River (North section)
2022-08-23 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2022-08-20 Mecan River - Central Wisconsin
2022-08-15 Namekagon River
2022-08-13 Southern Michigan Rivers
2022-08-10 Salt Creek Evening Paddle & Dinner
2022-08-06 Des Plaines River
2022-08-06 Fox River Clean UP
2022-08-06 Solo Freestyle Canoe Clinic
2022-08-06 River Rescue
2022-08-03 Nippersink Creek -
2022-08-02 DuPage River (Mack Road - McDowell)
2022-07-31 DuPage River
2022-07-30 Des Plaines
2022-07-27 Salt Creek Evening Paddle & Dinner
2022-07-27 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Baseline to Kingston)
2022-07-23 Southern Michigan Rivers
2022-07-22 Four Rivers Trip
2022-07-16 Kishwaukee River (Belvidere to Cherry Valley)
2022-07-16 New Members Lake Paddle
2022-07-13 Sugar River (Nelson Rd. to Two Rivers)
2022-07-12 Canceled - West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2022-07-10 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Kingston to Kirkland)
2022-07-06 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Kingston to Kirkland)
2022-07-02 Moving Water 2 Canoe - Coached Trip
2022-07-02 Southern Michigan Rivers
2022-06-25 Moving Water I - Kayak
2022-06-25 Moving Water 2 - Canoe
2022-06-24 Mecan River
2022-06-24 Lake Mohawksin
2022-06-22 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Baseline to Kingston)
2022-06-21 Canceled - West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2022-06-19 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Baseline to Kingston)
2022-06-18 Blues on the Fox
2022-06-18 Southern Michigan Rivers
2022-06-17 PSC June Board Meeting
2022-06-17 Wisconsin Canoe Symposium
2022-06-15 Salt Creek Evening Paddle & Dinner
2022-06-12 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Rt. 64 to Baseline)
2022-06-12 Kayak Stroke Efficiency
2022-06-11 New Members' Trip
2022-06-10 Quick Intro for Canoe
2022-06-08 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Rt. 64 to Baseline)
2022-05-28 Moving Water 1 Canoe - Coached Trip
2022-05-25 Canceled - West Branch of the DuPage River(Mack Rd to McDowell Grove)
2022-05-22 Paddle the Kankakee River
2022-05-22 65th Annual Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon
2022-05-21 Annual DuPage River Sweep
2022-05-21 Moving Water 1 - Canoe
2022-05-21 Southern Michigan Rivers
2022-05-17 West Branch DuPage River Paddle & Pub!
2022-05-15 Moving Water I - Kayak
2022-05-14 DuPage River, Shorewood to Minooka
2022-05-14 Intro to Paddling - Kayak
2022-05-14 Pokey Paddle
2022-05-11 West Branch of the DuPage River
2022-05-07 DuPage River, Plainfield - Shorewood
2022-05-07 Coached Trip for Kayakers (Flat Water)
2022-05-07 Intro to Canoe
2022-05-07 River Skills Workshop
2022-05-04 Salt Creek Evening Paddle & Dinner - canceled
2022-05-01 DuPage River - Naperville to Plainfield
2022-04-30 Intro to Paddling - Kayak
2022-04-27 DesPlaines River (Russell Rd. to Wadsworth Rd.)
2022-04-24 West Branch DuPage - Naperville
2022-04-24 Moving Water 2 - Canoe
2022-04-23 River Skills Workshop
2022-04-16 West Branch DuPage River, Warrrenville
2022-04-13 Kishwaukee River
2022-04-09 West Branch DuPage - Soup Trip
2022-04-09 River Skills Workshop
2022-04-03 Nippersink Creek
2022-04-02 River Skills Workshop
2022-03-26 Pool Session
2022-03-26 River Skills Workshop
2022-03-20 Intro to Kayak - Session 1
2022-03-20 PSC Board meeting
2022-03-20 Sunday Paddle
2022-03-19 Pool Session
2022-03-19 River Skills Workshop
2022-03-16 Midweek Paddle
2022-03-11 PSC Booth at Canoecopia
2022-03-09 Virtual Learning: Dressing for Paddling
2022-03-06 Pool Session
2022-03-05 Pool Session
2022-02-27 Pool Session
2022-02-23 Virtual Learning: Reading Local Rivers
2022-02-20 Pool Session
2022-02-19 Pool Session
2022-02-13 Pool Session
2022-02-12 Pool Session
2022-02-09 Virtual Learning: Kayaking Alaska's Prince William Sound
2022-01-30 Pool Sessions
2022-01-25 Virtual Learning: Isle Royale Historical Tour
2022-01-23 Pool Session
2022-01-23 2022 Season Kickoff Pizza Party
2022-01-22 Pool Session
2022-01-15 PSC January Social 2022
2022-01-01 New Years Day Paddle - Jan 01, 2022 - CANCELLED
2021-11-13 2021 Fall PSC Dinner & Meeting
2021-10-16 Kishwaukee River (Belvidere to Cherry Valley)
2021-10-13 Kishwaukee River - Cherry Valley to Atwood
2021-09-29 Kishwaukee River (relocated to Fox River)
2021-09-25 Quickstart to Paddling - Canoe
2021-09-25 Kickapoo River, WI
2021-09-18 New Members' Trip @ Busse Lake Boating Center
2021-09-18 Ozarks
2021-09-15 DuPage River (Plainfield to Seil Rd.)
2021-09-13 PSC September Board Meeting
2021-09-11 Southern Wisconsin Rivers - Bark & Maunesha Rivers - canceled - low water
2021-09-09 LABOR DAY PROCRASTINATORS' TRIP -
2021-09-04 Southern Michigan Rivers - Labor Day Weekend - Canceled
2021-09-01 Turtle Creek
2021-08-29 Paddle and picnic
2021-08-29 Kankakee River - Cancelled
2021-08-28 Kankakee River - Cancelled
2021-08-22 PSC 50th Anniversary Picnic
2021-08-21 Moving Water II
2021-08-21 Southern Michigan Rivers
2021-08-18 Kishwaukee River (North section)
2021-08-14 Southern Wisconsin Rivers
2021-08-10 Virtual Learning for Instructors: ACA Course Management System
2021-08-09 Namekagon River
2021-08-08 Fox River
2021-08-07 Fox River Cleanup
2021-08-07 Solo Freestyle Canoe Clinic
2021-08-07 Southern Michigan Rivers
2021-08-04 Nippersink Creek -
2021-08-01 Kishwaukee river
2021-07-31 Southern Michigan Rivers
2021-07-28 Sugar River (Nelson Rd. to Two Rivers)
2021-07-25 Kankakee River
2021-07-25 New Members' Trip - Location Change - Busse Lake Boating Center
2021-07-23 Four Rivers Trip
2021-07-17 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Baseline to Kingston)
2021-07-16 Mecan River
2021-07-15 Paddle Lemont Quarry w/ Shana Wills (REACH Exec. Dir)
2021-07-14 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Rt. 64 to Baseline)
2021-07-11 canceled - DuPage River - before the river is forever changed when they remove the Shorewood dam!
2021-07-10 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Kingston to Kirkland)
2021-07-07 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Kingston to Kirkland)
2021-07-04 Kishwaukee River - Cherry Valley to Atwood
2021-07-04 Paddle and picnic
2021-06-26 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Baseline to Kingston)
2021-06-23 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Baseline to Kingston)
2021-06-16 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Rt. 64 to Baseline)
2021-06-13 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Rt. 64 to Baseline)
2021-06-11 PSC June Board Meeting
2021-06-09 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Rt. 64 to Baseline)
2021-05-29 COACHED TRIP (Moving water 1)
2021-05-26 West Branch of the DuPage River(Mack Rd to McDowell Grove)
2021-05-23 64rd Annual Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon
2021-05-22 Moving Water I - Canoe
2021-05-16 Moving Water I - Kayak
2021-05-15 50th Anniversary DuPage River Sweep -West Branch
2021-05-12 West Branch of the DuPage River
2021-05-08 DuPage River - Eaton Preserve - Rivertowne Parkway
2021-05-08 COACHED TRIP (FLAT WATER)
2021-05-02 Klein Creek and West Branch DuPage--UPDATED INFO
2021-05-01 DuPage River - Knoch Knolls - Eaton Preserve--CANCELLED
2021-04-28 DesPlaines River (Russell Rd. to Wadsworth Rd.)
2021-04-24 West Branch DuPage - Naperville
2021-04-18 Introduction to Paddling - Kayak
2021-04-18 Introduction to Paddling - Canoe
2021-04-17 Kishwaukee River
2021-04-14 Kishwaukee River
2021-04-10 PSC 50th Anniversary Soup Trip - West Branch DuPage
2021-04-06 Virtual Learning: Clean up your river!
2021-04-03 Kishwaukee River
2021-03-28 Virtual Learning: U.S. Coast Guard Paddlecraft Safety Presentation
2021-03-28 CPR/AED/First Aid Certification
2021-03-23 Virtual Learning: Isle Royale Historical Tour
2021-03-15 PSC March Board Meeting
2021-03-13 St. Patrick's Day Chicago River Paddle
2021-03-12 Canoecopia
2021-03-07 Virtual Learning: U.S. Coast Guard Paddlecraft Safety Presentation
2021-02-23 Virtual Learning: Dressing for Paddling
2021-01-26 Virtual Learning: Wooden Canoe Heritage Association
2020-12-23 New Years Day Paddle - Jan 02, 2021
2020-11-23 PSC November Board Meeting
2020-10-25 Introduction to Paddling - Kayak
2020-10-14 Kishwaukee River - Cherry Valley to Atwood
2020-10-10 Fall Paddle Festival--Not a club trip
2020-09-30 Kishwaukee River (Belvidere to Cherry Valley) - COVID-19 updated
2020-09-28 PSC September Board Meeting
2020-09-19 canceled - Willow Creek Cleanup
2020-09-16 DuPage River (Plainfield to Seil Rd.) - COVID-19 updated
2020-09-10 LABOR DAY PROCRASTINATORS' TRIP - COVID-19 updated
2020-09-02 Turtle Creek - COVID-19 updated
2020-08-24 Namekagon River - COVID-19 updated - CANCELLED
2020-08-19 Kishwaukee River (North section) - COVID-19 updated
2020-08-16 Salt Creek - COVID-19 updated
2020-08-13 Water Games - COVID-19 updated
2020-08-11 Sunset Paddle (S. Elgin - St. Charles) - COVID-19 updated
2020-08-08 Moving Water II Kayak
2020-08-05 Nippersink Creek - COVID-19 updated
2020-08-01 Solo Freestyle Canoe Clinic - COVID-19 Updated
2020-07-24 Canceled - Mecan River
2020-07-22 PSC Special Board Meeting-Bylaws review
2020-07-22 Sugar River (Nelson Rd. to Two Rivers) - COVID-19 updated
2020-07-18 Moving Water I Kayak
2020-07-17 Canceled - Four Rivers Trip
2020-07-12 Virtual Memorial for Tom Lindblade
2020-07-08 Kishwaukee River (Baumann Park to Atwood FP) - COVID-19 updated
2020-06-29 PSC Special Board Meeting-Bylaws review
2020-06-24 Canceled-Kishwaukee River South Branch (Baseline to Kingston)
2020-06-22 PSC June Board Meeting
2020-06-19 CANCELED---Wisconsin Canoe Symposium
2020-06-16 PSC Special Board Meeting-Restore IL paddling plans
2020-06-11 PSC Special Board Meeting-Restore IL paddling plans
2020-06-10 Cancelled-Kishwaukee River South Branch (Rt. 64 to Baseline)
2020-06-08 PSC Special Board Meeting-Restore IL paddling plans
2020-06-05 Cancelled-Blue River Paddlefest
2020-06-04 PSC Special Board Meeting-Restore IL paddling plans
2020-05-30 CANCELLED---COACHED TRIP (MOVING WATER)
2020-05-27 CANCELLED---West Branch of the DuPage River(Mack Rd to McDowell Grove)
2020-05-23 Canceled - DuPage River - Shorewood
2020-05-23 Canceled - Sawmill Lake Canoe Trail
2020-05-17 PSC involvement canceled - 63rd Annual Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon & Minithon
2020-05-16 Canceled - Moving Water I Kayak
2020-05-16 CANCELLED----Moving Water I Canoe
2020-05-16 Canceled - DuPage River Sweep
2020-05-09 Canceled - DuPage River - Plainfield
2020-05-09 CANCELLED---COACHED TRIP (FLAT WATER)
2020-05-03 Canceled: Introduction to Paddling - Kayak
2020-05-03 Canceled----Introduction to Paddling - Canoe
2020-05-02 Canceled - DuPage River - Naperville to Plainfield
2020-05-02 PSC involvement canceled - Ralph Frese Memorial Paddle
2020-04-29 Canceled - DesPlaines River (Russell Rd. to Wadsworth Rd.)
2020-04-26 Canceled - West Branch DuPage - Naperville
2020-04-25 Canceled - West Branch DuPage - Warrenville
2020-04-25 Canceled - Willow Creek Cleanup--Rain date if needed
2020-04-18 Canceled - Willow Creek Cleanup
2020-04-15 Canceled - Fox River
2020-04-11 Canceled - Let's Play! Coached Moving Water Fun for Canoes-Saturday
2020-04-11 Canceled - West Branch DuPage (Soup Trip)
2020-04-09 Canceled - Let's Play! Coached Moving Water Fun for Canoes-Thursday
2020-03-29 Rock Run Rookery---CANCELLED
2020-03-29 PSC March Board Meeting
2020-03-14 2020 Southern Missouri Paddling
2020-03-01 PSC Pool Party
2020-03-01 Leadership skills development workshop
2020-02-16 PSC Pool Party
2020-01-12 PSC Pool Party
2020-01-12 2020 Season Kickoff Pizza Party
2020-01-04 PSC January Social 2020
2020-01-01 New Years Day Paddle - 2020
2019-12-08 PSC Pool Party
2019-12-07 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-11-24 Kishwaukee River-south branch (Baseline to Kingston)
2019-11-23 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-11-10 2019 Fall PSC Dinner & Meeting
2019-11-10 PSC November Board Meeting
2019-11-09 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-11-03 Florida Rivers - November 2019
2019-10-27 First Annual Fall Busse Lake Colors Paddle.
2019-10-27 Kishwaukee River (North section)
2019-10-26 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-10-19 Kishwaukee River South Branch (Rt. 64 to Baseline)
2019-10-16 Kishwaukee River-south branch (Baseline to Kingston)
2019-10-12 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-10-06 Skokie Lagoon
2019-10-05 Busse Lake Cleanup
2019-10-05 Michigan Fall Colors Trip
2019-10-02 Kishwaukee River (Belvidere to Espenscheid)
2019-09-29 2019 Fall Fox River Classic
2019-09-28 Des Plaines River Cleanup!
2019-09-21 Annual Fox River Cleanup with National 'Its Our River Days'
2019-09-21