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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

    • 2024-03-02
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway


    Date:  Saturday, March 2, 2024

    Leader:
    Co-Leader:  

    Location:  Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills

    Skill Level:  Everyone

    Category:  training, skills

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

    The cost is:

    Single person $10

    Boat and equipment rental $5

    Families of 3 or more with boat rental $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.


    • 2024-03-03
    • 2:30 PM - 4:10 PM
    • Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St.


    Date:  Sunday, March 3, 2024

    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.

     




    • 2024-03-08
    • 2024-03-10
    • Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI

    Date(s):  March 8 - 10, 2024
    Leader: Mike Kline

    Location:  Alliant Energy Center 1919, Alliant Energy Way, Madison, WI

    Details:  A marketplace for canoeists - related equipment and products, seminars, contact point for guides and unguided tours.

    Meet Prairie State Canoeists at our booth.


    Canoecopia is held in the Main Hall at the Alliant Energy Center Exposition Center and covers more than 100,000 square feet with kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, outdoor equipment and clothing.


    In addition to vendors, Canoecopia hosts more than 100 presentations and clinics, making it an educational event where you can learn about specific gear for your style of paddling, develop skills to get you where you want to go, and discover some of the many places to paddle, both near and far. If you're interested in experiencing life on the water, Canoecopia is the best place to spend the weekend!


    Website: https://www.rutabaga.com/canoecopia/page.asp


    Prairie State Canoeists will have a display booth at the show on all three days.  If you are willing to spend a little of your time at the Show answering questions and telling prospective members about us, please add your name to the sign-up list for this event and drop by the booth on arrival to let us know when you can join us.


    See you March 8-10, 2024!



    • 2024-03-09
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway


    Date:  Saturday, March 9, 2024

    Leader:
    Co-Leader:  

    Location:  Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills

    Skill Level:  Everyone

    Category:  training, skills

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

    The cost is:

    Single person $10

    Boat and equipment rental $5

    Families of 3 or more with boat rental $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.


    • 2024-03-10
    • 2:30 PM - 4:10 PM
    • Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St.


    Date:  Sunday, March 10, 2024

    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.

     




    • 2024-03-16
    • 8:00 AM
    • Chicago
    Register


    Date(s):
      Saturday March 16, 2024
    Leader: 
    Bharat Meshwani
    Co-Leader:  
    Location: 
    905 W. Eastman St, Chicago, IL 
    Details: 

    Come join us on St. Paddy’s day as we paddle the emerald waters of the annual dyeing of the Chicago River! Be one of the few to experience the green water as thousands of on-lookers crowd the bridges and river banks. You can only get this unique experience in Chicago. We will paddle part of North branch (south of REI), East branch and ½ mile of South branch. We will not enter the locks or go into Lake Michigan. This year, St. Patrick Day festivities will take place on Saturday March 16 and river will be dyed starting 10:00 AM.


    Launch and Parking:
    We will launch from a pubic launch near REI Lincoln park at 905 W. Eastman St, Chicago, IL 60642. There is no launch fee. This is a free public launch site available on a first come first serve basis. It does get crowded at times. There is limited street parking in nearby streets (W. Eastman Street & N. Kingsbury Drive). Drop off your boat and gear at the little circle near the end of W. Eastman St. and park at a nearby street. It gets busy on a weekend so plan ahead and arrive early. It would be more than usual busy due to St. Patrick’s Day. Do not park in REI garage. Plug these GPS location coordinates in your favorite navigation software for dropping off your boat: 41.906797, -87.651638.


    Toilet:
    There are no toilet facilities near the launch point. So plan accordingly. There are a few restaurants nearby but this being a Sunday and early, most places will be closed prior to launch.


    READ THIS FIRST:
    This is not a beginner trip. There will be tourist cruise boats and other boats as well. Expect minor waves, some wake, reflection waves and minor chop on the river. This will be a 6-7 mile long round trip paddle and will take about 3-4 hours depending on how long we hangout near the crowds, eating snacks, etc. There is no shuttle involved and we will return to the launch point.


    There is no place to come out of the boat after the launch and until we return. There is no bathroom or lunch area or any place to take a break or stretch your legs during the trip. Plan accordingly. Any snack that you want to eat will have to be with you on the boat in a dry bag. Carry any food or drink with you in your PFD or day hatch or a dry bag that you can easily access. Everything (dry bag, food, camera, etc.) needs to be tethered to you or your boat. Bring plenty of water to hydrate and food for energy. We can raft up to have snacks.


    Dress Code and Equipment:
    It is still winter, so come prepared for cold temperatures. Air will be cold, water will be very cold. Dress for the possibility of immersion. Wear synthetic active wear like polyester, spandex, etc. dress in layers, and dress warmer than you think you need to. Paddle jacket will help but is no substitute for a wet or dry suit. Hat and gloves and your St. Paddy's day best! ABSOLUTELY NO COTTON or JEANS or FLANNEL or any water soaking materials. Dry suit is best, a wet suit is highly recommended. Water proof gloves or pogies are highly recommended as your fingers will get cold without them. Without warm and waterproof gloves, your fingers will get numb and ultimately be painful and you will be unable to paddle for a long time. Wear appropriate skull cap to protect your head from getting cold. Also wear appropriate foot wear so your feet are do not get cold. Overall, you need to wear proper cold weather gear to avoid hypothermia. You need to carry a whistle for signaling and a bilge pump with you also. Also very important is that your boat needs to have enough flotation (float bags) so it does not take on water or sink.


    Safety and Rescue:
    A properly fitted PFD must be worn at all times when on the water or when within 10 ft. of the water. In you fall in the water, you need to be able to get / climb back into your boat with some assistance. Remember: this is still very early in the paddling season and water is very cold. If you have not practiced assisted rescue or done any kind of cold weather paddling, please reconsider your trip plans. If you wear a spray skirt when kayaking, you either need to have a roll or be able to do a wet exit and then climb back in your boat with some assistance. Remember: Neither the trip leader nor anyone on the trip is responsible for your safety. You are primarily responsible for your safety. Trip leader and others will gladly assist in a rescue situation. Please do a self-evaluation of your skills before considering joining on this trip.


    Plan:
    8:00 AM: Arrive no later than 8:00 AM. Please be respectful of everyone’s time and arrive on time. The earlier the better. Due to parking limitations and space availability near the boat drop off, arrive early. There may be some waiting to drop off your boat. Unload your boat, gear and park. Suit up and prepare for launch. Eat snack, go bathroom, etc. Sign the club waiver.

    9:00 AM: Perform safety check and haul the boats down the ramp to launch point.

    9:30 AM: Launch

    Head down the river on North branch towards the confluence and take a left on the main branch (a.k.a. East branch) after Kinzie St near Merchandise Mart. Slowly paddle east towards the locks, enjoy the crowds and return to the confluence. Take a left towards South branch, go about ½ mile and return northbound towards the launch point straight to the North branch (channel east of Goose Island). We will be paddling upstream in mild current upon return.

    1:30 PM: Return.

    Questions: Reach out to the trip leader.

    Thank you and let’s have some fun!!!.

    • 2024-03-17
    • 2:30 PM - 4:10 PM
    • Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St.


    Date:  Sunday, March 17, 2024

    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.

     




    • 2024-03-23
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway


    Date:  Saturday, March 23, 2024

    Leader:
    Co-Leader:  

    Location:  Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills

    Skill Level:  Everyone

    Category:  training, skills

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

    The cost is:

    Single person $10

    Boat and equipment rental $5

    Families of 3 or more with boat rental $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.


    • 2024-04-06
    • 9:30 AM
    • Busse Lake
    • 10
    Register


    Date:
      Saturday, April 6, 2024
    Leader: Bharat Meshwani

    Co-leader: Marlene Bertolozzi

    Location:  Busse Lake

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

    Pricing: $30 for PSC members, $50 for non-PSC members. $10.00 non-ACA member fee (see below).

    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.

    ACA: American Canoe Association 

    Instructor Contact Information: 

    Name: Bharat Meshwani

    Email: Bharat.Meshwani@sbcglobal.net

    Phone#: 847-932-9025

    • 2024-04-13
    • TBD prior to workshop
    • 1
    Register

    Date:  Saturday, April 13, 2024

    Leader: Steve Voss   
    Location:  TBD prior to workshop
    Skill Level:  
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  Introduce beginners/advanced beginners on how to safely negotiate themselves down a river or stream. All instruction/coaching will take place while on the river. We’ll cover river etiquette and tips for paddling as a group. You’ll gain important river reading skills and improve your confidence on the water. We’ll discuss gear and attire, how to respond when a fellow paddler needs rescue, prepare for hazards you are bound to encounter (downfall, strainers/sweepers), and the number one goal—your safety. Instructors/coaches are ACA certified and will be on hand to provide the appropriate instruction and guidance. Ideal for anyone looking to practice or develop greater skills on the river.

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

    COST: PSC members - $30    Non-members - $50.

    CONTACT INFO FOR INSTRUCTOR/COACH: Steve Voss - svoss1959@hotmail.com or 847/687-2406



    • 2024-04-17
    • 10:30 AM
    • Cherry Valley
    Register


    Date:
      Wednesday, April 17, 2024

    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.

    • 2024-04-20
    • TBD prior to workshop
    • 6
    Register

    Date:  Saturday, April 20, 2024

    Leader: Steve Voss   
    Location:  TBD prior to workshop
    Skill Level:  
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  Introduce beginners/advanced beginners on how to safely negotiate themselves down a river or stream. All instruction/coaching will take place while on the river. We’ll cover river etiquette and tips for paddling as a group. You’ll gain important river reading skills and improve your confidence on the water. We’ll discuss gear and attire, how to respond when a fellow paddler needs rescue, prepare for hazards you are bound to encounter (downfall, strainers/sweepers), and the number one goal—your safety. Instructors/coaches are ACA certified and will be on hand to provide the appropriate instruction and guidance. Ideal for anyone looking to practice or develop greater skills on the river.

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

    COST: PSC members - $30    Non-members - $50.

    CONTACT INFO FOR INSTRUCTOR/COACH: Steve Voss - svoss1959@hotmail.com or 847/687-2406



    • 2024-04-20
    • 9:30 AM
    • West Branch DuPage River, St. Charles Rd. - Mack Rd.
    Register

    Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024
    Leader:  Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location: 
    West Branch Dupage, St. Charles Rd. - Mack Rd.
    Skill Level:  Advanced 
    Beginner, depending on conditions.
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details: 
    Let's get out for some fun on the West Branch of the DuPage, through the upper section with its twists and turns (and maybe a logjam, you never know).


    For our traditional soup lunch in Winfield, bring a can to add to the mix, plus whatever your own beverage, side dish, bowl and spoon.


    Call leader for details & updates on conditions.


    • 2024-04-27
    • TBD prior to workshop
    • 9
    Register

    Date:  Saturday, April 27, 2024

    Leader: Steve Voss   
    Location:  TBD prior to workshop
    Skill Level:  
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  Introduce beginners/advanced beginners on how to safely negotiate themselves down a river or stream. All instruction/coaching will take place while on the river. We’ll cover river etiquette and tips for paddling as a group. You’ll gain important river reading skills and improve your confidence on the water. We’ll discuss gear and attire, how to respond when a fellow paddler needs rescue, prepare for hazards you are bound to encounter (downfall, strainers/sweepers), and the number one goal—your safety. Instructors/coaches are ACA certified and will be on hand to provide the appropriate instruction and guidance. Ideal for anyone looking to practice or develop greater skills on the river.

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

    COST: PSC members - $30    Non-members - $50.

    CONTACT INFO FOR INSTRUCTOR/COACH: Steve Voss - svoss1959@hotmail.com or 847/687-2406



    • 2024-04-27
    • 8:30 AM
    • DuPage River, Shorewood
    • 6
    Register


    Date:
      Saturday, April 27, 2024
    Leader: Bharat Meshwani

    Co-Leader: Marlena Bertolozzi

    Location:   DuPage River at Hammel Woods, Shorewood.

    GPS: 41.52265, -88.19433 

    Category:  Instruction, Advanced Beginner
    Details: 
    In this class, ACA certified instructors will teach you basic moving water skills that every river kayaker should know. Students will build on the skills learned in the Introduction to Kayaking class, and will learn river skills 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.  

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

    PREREQUISITE: Students must have completed the PSC Introduction to Kayaking class. If you have not attended the PSC Introduction to Kayaking class, you must discuss with the instructor before signing up.

    Pricing:  $30 for PSC members, $50 for non-PSC members. $10.00 non-ACA member fee (see below).

    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.  Participants are recommended to bring a helmet if they have one.

    ACA membership is required for participation. You will be asked to purchase a $10 one-day membership or provide your ACA membership number. 

    ACA: American Canoe Association

    Plan: Please arrive no later than 8:30 AM.  Please arrive on time for us to get started on time.

    8:30 to 9:00:      Unload your boat, suit up.

    9:00 to 10:15:    On land instruction.

    10:15 to 11:00   Shuttle.

    11:00 to 3:30:    Safety Check, On Water instruction.  We will eat lunch at a pre-determined location during the trip.

    3:30:                  Retrospective and Feedback.

    Restroom: There is a port-a-potty at the putin.  There is none at the take out. Please plan accordingly.

    Instructor Contact Information: 

    Name: Bharat Meshwani

    Email: Bharat.Meshwani@sbcglobal.net

    Phone #: 847-932-9025

    • 2024-04-28
    • 10:00 AM
    • West Branch Du Page River, Mack Rd. to McDowell Grove F.P.
    Register


    Date:
     Sunday, April 28, 2024 
    Leader: 
    Ray Ziemer
     
    Location: West Branch DuPage River -  Mack Rd. to McDowell Grove
    Skill Level: Beginner
    Category: Day
    Trip

    Details:Short paddle through historic Warrenville, taking out at McDowell Grove Forest Preserve. Lunch or snack optional.

    Car shift 10:00. Launch: 10:30

    Directions to Mack Road Canoe Launch:

    From I-88 – Exit I-88 at Winfield Road. Turn right and drive north approx. 3 ¼ miles to Mack Road. Turn left and drive 1 ¼ miles west to the Canoe Launch and Dog Park, parking lot entrance on left.

    From Route 59 – Mack Road is between Batavia Road and Roosevelt Rd. (IL Rte 38) between West Chicago and Warrenville. Turn east on Mack a half mile to cross the river and enter parking lot on south side of road.

    Leader: Ray Ziemer

    Cell Phone: 630-669-7831





    • 2024-05-01
    • Northeast Illinois
    Register


    Date:
     Wednesday,  May 1, 2024
    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        




    • 2024-05-04
    • DuPage River, Shorewood, IL
    • 3
    Register

    Date:  Saturday, May 4, 2024
    Leader: 
     Steve Voss
    Co-Leader:   
    Location:  DuPage River, Shorewood, IL
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Instruction
    Details:  J
    oin us for this advanced beginner skill-building session led by ACA certified instructors. This Moving Water 1 class will teach basic moving water skills that every river canoeist should know. Students will learn such maneuvers as upstream ferries, downstream ferries, eddy turns and peel outs, as well as instruction on reading the river and recognizing hazards.

    Prerequisite: Students must have completed the PSC Introduction to Paddling class or attended the River Skills Workshop.
    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—$30 Non-members—$50
    CONTACT INFO FOR INSTRUCTOR/COACH:
    Steve Voss - svoss1959@hotmail.com or 847/687-2406


    • 2024-05-04
    • 8:30 AM
    • West Chicago - Warrenville
    Register


    Date:
    Saturday, May 4, 2024
    Leader:  Ray Ziemer
    Co-Leader: Kathi Landow
    Location:  West Chicago - Warrenville

    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Cleanup
    Details:
     Join us for this annual clean-up sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage and the Conservation Foundation, among others. We'll pick up trash along the West Branch from Winfield to Warrenville or sites to be named later. Morning paddle only.

    Bring PFD (must wear on river).

    Car shift: 8:30. Launch: 9:00. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2024-05-04
    • 9:00 AM
    • Gail Borden Library, Elgin
    Register


    Date(s):
      May 4, 2024
    Leader: 
    Gary Swick
    Co-Leader: 
    John Ziegler
    Location:  Gail Borden Library, Elgin--meet north of the library
    Details: PSC is partnering with Friends of the Fox River in a cleanup of the Fox in Elgin. Everyone will meet at the
    north end of the library parking lot at 9AM to sign in and get supplies.

    There will be two parts to this cleanup. One group will be walking along the shore and the adjoining City property north of the library. The other group will be using canoes and kayaks to pick up trash from the water. PFD's are required if you help with the cleanup using your canoe or kayak. 

    As usual, if you have your favorite pickup tools and gloves, bring them. Don't forget your dump bag and something to drink and sunscreen.

    Contact Gary for more info on the cleanup.

    Contact John for more info on the cleanup using canoes and kayaks.


    • 2024-05-11
    • 9:30 AM
    • DuPage River from Knoch Knolls to Eaton Preserve.
    Register


    Date:
     Saturday, May 11, 2024
    Leader:  Ray Ziemer & Bill Kessler

    Co-Leader: Dave Watts & Bharat Meshwani
    Location: DuPage River from
     Knoch Knolls Park to Eaton Preserve.
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip 
    Details: T
    rip leaders needed! Trip leaders are the energizers, the organizers, and the basic reason that PSC exists.


    This event will be guided by several veteran trip leaders who will share their experience in organizing and leading trips. Or join us just for the pleasure of paddling and learning about this historic section of river from Ray.


    Car shift at 9:30 AM. Bring lunch, drinking water, and a complete change of clothes in a water-tight bag, which will travel with you on the river.


    Questions: Bill Kessler (773-559-3855; kslr@aol.com); Ray Ziemer (630-669-7831; rgziemer@comcast.com).

    • 2024-05-15
    • Glacial Park
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    Date:  Wednesday, May 15, 2024
    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. The morning section is scenic with a few riffles, and is appropriate for anyone who has reasonable paddling skills. After lunch, we will be paddling a section that can require a higher level of skill. (You can opt to paddle the morning section, only.) 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.







    • 2024-05-18
    • 9:00 AM
    • Grunwald Farms FP, Elburn
    • 9
    Register

    Date:  Saturday, May 18, 2024

    Leader:  Steve Voss

    Location: Grunwald Farms FP, Elburn, IL

    Skill Level:  Beginner

    Category: Instructional

    Details:  Details: Following the syllabus of the American Canoe Association and taught by ACA-accredited instructor Steve Voss.


    Instructors will guide you on fitting yourself and your gear comfortably and safely in your boat, understanding essential gear and its use, techniques to effectively and efficiently paddle your craft in all directions, skillfully and with complete control, on calm, protected waters.

    Sample Itinerary:

    · Introduction to basic equipment

    · Launching/landing your canoe

    · Introduction on how your body, boat, blade work together

    · Paddling concepts and dynamics

    · Basic body mechanics and efficiency of strokes

    · Forward/Reverse strokes

    · Sweep strokes (forward/reverse)

    · Draw/Pry strokes

    · Correction strokes (J and Pry)

    · Turning on the move·

     What to do in the event of a capsize


    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.



    • 2024-05-25
    • DuPage River, Hammel Woods
    • 6
    Register

    Date:  Saturday, May 25, 2024

    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—$50.

    CONTACT INFO FOR INSTRUCTOR/COACH:

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


    • 2024-05-29
    • 10:30 AM
    • Garden Prairie
    Register


    Date:
      Wednesday, May 29, 2024
    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.




    • 2024-06-01
    • Marge Cline, Yorkville, IL (Fox River)
    • 6
    Register

    Date:  Saturday, June 1, 2024

    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—$30    Non-members—$50

    CONTACT INFO FOR INSTRUCTOR/COACH:

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



    • 2024-06-05
    • West Chicago, IL
    Register


    Date:
      Wednesday, June 5, 2024
    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.



    • 2024-06-08
    • Marge Cline, Yorkville, IL (Fox River)
    • 8
    Register

    Date:  Saturday, June 8, 2024

    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—$50.

    CONTACT INFO FOR INSTRUCTOR/COACH:

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


    • 2024-06-14
    • 2024-06-17
    • Lake Mohawksin, Tomahawk, WI
    • 5
    Register

    Date(s):  Friday, June 14 - Monday, June 17, 2024
    Leader: 
     Russell Block

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

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

    Details: Like my Hidden Gems lake trips, this is usually a slow and easy flat-water paddle, with much wildlife to be seen. Unlike my Hidden Gems lake trips, this is a HUGE lake (over 1,500 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.One of my favorite places to kayak and fish, I have been paddling this lake for over 30 years.

    This is not a normal Hidden Gems lake day trip. But, definitely a gem unknown to most of us Illinoisans. Lake Mohawksin is named for the convergence of the Somo, Tomahawk, and Wisconsin Rivers. Four dams regulate the depth of the water year-round. There is never a water level issue here.

    We will be base camping at the Sara Park Campground, in Tomahawk Wisconsin, 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 $10 each to cover the cost of the campground. We have been given camping site #1, near the beach. The campsite 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. My particular favorite is the local Friday night fish fry.

    Paddlers MUST bring their own boat, paddle(s), PFD and tent. Plus, food and any other gear you feel you may need to spend 3 nights at the campground, and 2 days on the water. At a minimum, I highly advise bringing a hat, sunscreen and an extra set of clothes to be carried with you in a dry-bag while on the water.

    There is no requirement to stay the entire 3 days. If you need to arrive late, and/or leave early, this is okay.



    • 2024-06-19
    • West Chicago, IL
    Register


    Date:
      Wednesday, June 19, 2024
    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.



    • 2024-06-21
    • 3:00 PM
    • 2024-06-23
    • Montello, WI
    Register

    Date(s):  June 21 to 23, 2024
    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.




    • 2024-06-21
    • 7:00 PM
    • Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park, IL
    Register


    Date:
      Friday, June 21, 2024
    Leader: Keith McClow
    Location:  Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Paddle
    Details: Paddle under the full moon at Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park, IL. We will meet at the boat launch by the concession stand. Be ready to paddle by 7pm. We will paddle to the middle of the lake to watch the moon rise. Once the moon has risen, we will paddle up the lake and enjoy the evening. There is a campground at the state park if you would like to camp the night. You are welcome to join me for a campfire at campsite 59 after the paddle.

    Requirements: PFD



    • 2024-07-03
    • Shopiere, WI
    Register


    Date:  Wednesday, July 3, 2024
    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.




    • 2024-07-17
    • Plainfield, Illinois
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    Date:  Wednesday, July 17, 2024
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader:   Susan Allman
    Location: Plainfield, Illinois
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip 

    Details: We will be paddling the DuPage River from Plainfield. to Seil 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.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 




    • 2024-07-19
    • 2024-07-21
    • Southwest Wisconsin
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