Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club founded in 1971

"Connecting paddlers through safe and fun group events"

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Here you will find news on topics related to Prairie State Canoeists members and the club in general.  If you have something you would like to contribute or have added here, please contact our News Editors
  • 2021-05-19 7:06 PM | Deleted user

    Celebrate 50 years of paddling with Prairie State Canoeists by taking the challenge to paddle 50 miles this year.  Thankfully, not all at once...Whew!

    Here is the challenge:

    Paddle five (5) official PSC trips this year.

    They each count for 10 miles.

    That’s only 5 paddle trips!

    Prizes, awards, and recognition will be yours.

    You can do it!

    (Note: Classes, clean-ups or other activities will not count toward the 50 miles).

    We will keep track of your miles and post the list of 50 Mile Paddlers on the website. Stay tuned for your reward.


  • 2021-05-19 6:59 PM | Deleted user

    For those that been on Club trips for the past year or so, are probably aware of these rules already.  And please watch the Club News as I expect things to change over the Summer. Because crowding into a small vehicle raises the chance of spreading the coronavirus, the PSC leadership advises caution, and trip leaders will not arrange the car shift. So you are on your own for transportation before and after a trip down river.  Sue Allman, an experienced trip leader and now a veteran of this current situation, shares the following advice:

    • Car shift with a friend whose hygienic habits are known and acceptable to you.
    • Have a friend or family member who is an acceptable ride partner follow you in their car to the put-in, or meet you at the take-out, where you leave your car. They bring you back to the put-in, then they can go home.
    • Check the list of people signed up for the trip; someone on the list may be an acceptable ride sharer. Note that you must be fully logged in to the web site for this purpose. On the event page click on “registrants” on the left. This will show everyone signed up for the trip. When you click on a name that member’s profile appears. You can call or click on the button to directly “send message” to the member.
    • Arrange an Uber.
    • Ride your bike. (It’s been done!)

    More notes:

    We wear our face mask at all times on shore, but not while on the water.

    • The start times listed are “launch times,” not shuttle times, so plan to be ready to shove off at the designated time.
    • As always, register on-line for the trip, do not just show up.
    • Contact the trip leader with questions.


  • 2021-05-19 6:10 PM | Deleted user

    Since it's our 50th anniversary, I thought I'd give you all a little history lesson:

    The founding members were part of The Prairie Club, which is still a going enterprise.  The Prairie Club was founded as a volunteer organization in 1908 and organized hikes in this tri-state area as a way for people to get out of crowded Chicago.  It evolved over the years to include other outdoor activities and acquired several properties for camps.  The Prairie Club had a key role in establishing the Lake Cook Forest Preserve system, Indiana Dunes State Park, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. 

    In 1970 a group from The Prairie Club who had a strong preference for paddling versus all the other outdoor activities, plus an aversion to The Prairie Club’s growing physical assets, formed their own breakaway group.  They were incorporated in 1971 as Prairie State Canoeists.  The original members numbered no more than fifty but grew over the years.  At one time there were around 500 members.

    So now you know - "the rest of the story"

  • 2018-09-30 2:28 PM | Website Admin2 (Administrator)

    From Fran's son, Karl:

    Frances Almquist (Fran), a long time member of Prairie State Canoeists, died Saturday September 29th surrounded by her family.

    Fran was born on November 25, 1929 and raised in Chicago. In early 1950 she traveled to the Grand Canyon in Arizona to work at the Bright Angel Lodge as a Harvey girl. It was at the Grand Canyon that her deep love for nature was fostered. Fran raised her sons to love the outdoors. Their earliest memories are of trips to places like Four Lakes and Wilmot Ski Hills, Waterfall Glen, Starved Rock and Devil Lake state parks. She encouraged people to explore and to be fearless. She loved downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, camping and spending time with her friends on the river. Fran traveled the National Parks and to all continents with the exception of Australia. Her joy was found on the water, be it a lake, river or stream. She logged over 100 plus rivers. Fran spent as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors. She would often say that nature was her religion.

    Over her years of travel, mom met many people who became her friends. She often talked about many of you and appreciated the time she spent with you doing the things she loved to do.

    Fran’s last trip earlier this September to Wisconsin was to one of her favorite rivers, the Flambeau. During her last days, she told us about the wonderful trip she had with good friends.

    Fran will be greatly missed by her family and friends. In her memory, please take a walk, canoe a river, visit a park, and share your passion for whatever you do with the people you love. ​

  • 2016-03-06 8:14 AM | Admin1 (Administrator)

    In case you were wondering....

    Here's what the first week looked like for the new website...

    Prairie State Canoeists 

    Well....the move to the NEW 'WildApricot Membership Management' web presence went EXTREMELY WELL!  

    On Friday, February 19, 2016 at 5:00 PM we had the URL for prairiestatecanoeists.org switched to point to the new location and made the final changes for PayPal. It took a couple of hours for everything to complete the transition and the system started sending automated messages overnight.  

    During the week before, we had imported 290 members and manually added 36 trips that had been on the previous site.  

    Members were already using the new site before the notice went out to all members via the email feature on the website on Sunday evening. Another targeted email was sent to 49 members who were Lapsed (expired) when the membership list was imported.  This contained details on how to go online and pay their dues since the system missed the 60 day window for sending the automated notices.

    Next items...are get the Blogs up and running, update the older content and add more pictures!  We will also be getting the new pages completed and send out a notice to members to GO VOTE on the WildApricot's website for them to deploy the ability for members to create their own events directly!

    We are fine-tuning our formatting and processes but most of the Administrators and Coordinators have been trained and are actively working...WHAT A TEAM!!!!!

    Web Administrators:  Sherri Graham, Milt Levenberg and Gail Anton
    Event Coordinators:  Darrel Grove, Larry Jacklin, John Ziegler, Dave and Regina Watts
    Membership Coordinator:  Regina Watts
    Finance Coordinator:  Margy Levenberg
    Instruction Coordinator:  John Chase
    News Coordinator:  Bill Kessler

    If you have questions, comments, or suggestions... please contact the AdminTeam!

    The activity on the site is AWESOME to watch! 

    • 14 Memberships have paid their dues online already!
    • 6 Lapsed Members who were not part of the initial import, found us and signed up online (after not paying dues for 1-14 years!) 
    • 2 Regular Renewals were completed and paid on the website
    • 3 Regular Renewals were initiated online and completed manually by mailing a check
    • 1 New Member application processed and paid online
    • 10 Pending Renewals (system generated reminders/invoices)
    • People have been using the 'Contact Member' via the directory feature to send test emails
    • Members have used the 'Add An Event!' Forum to create over 20 trips to the site since going live!
    • 12 people Registered for the February Social Event between Tuesday and Friday after the mass e-mail was sent out. 


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