Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

Canoe & Kayak (Flatwater) Fleet

The HCKC Canoe & Kayak Paddling Group sponsors paddling trips on many Indiana rivers and lakes through out the year.  There are over 30 paddling events that you can enjoy this year on our Trip Schedule on rivers and lakes in all sections of Indiana as well as in Kentucky and Ohio.  On these trips, you will see solo canoes, tandem canoes, and kayaks.

Club trips have sponsors that set a time and place to meet and decide which stretch of what river will be paddled. This group typically does trips (mostly in Indiana) on White River, Blue River, Sand Creek, Big Walnut, Driftwood, Cataract Falls, Whitewater, and Flatrock. Annual trip favorites include a New Year's Day Float, the Ice Falls Trip down Sugar Creek, and the Annual Indiana Paddler's Rendezvous on Wild Cat Creek that is sponsored by Wild Cat Creek Guardians.

For more information, contact Brent Saucerman or Judy Thompson.

  • April 09, 2019 11:26 AM | Brent Saucerman (Administrator)

    The Flatrock River Trip has been posted to the calendar.  Please register  if you plan to come.

    River Class: I-II

    Sunday, April 14, 2019

    Trip Sponsor/POC:  Brent Saucerman, 317-523-8417

    Meeting Time:  9:00 am

    Meeting Location: McDonald’s (Love’s Travel Stop) 7880 N Old US Hwy 421, St Paul, IN 47272 / Google Plus Code F92F+5C

    Trip Distance:  6.8 miles

    Est. Trip Time: 4-6 depending on flow, play opportunities, boat styles, and paddlers

    River Gauge: Flatrock River at St. Paul, IN

    Gauge Height:  1.4 ft.

    Flow:  334 CFS as of Monday, 4/8/19 at 5:30 PM

    Put-in:  39.423302, -85.591983 / Google Plus Code CCF5+86

    Take-out:  39.418945, -85.678782 / Google Plus Code: C89C+HF

    Open to paddlers with knowledge of basic strokes and maneuvering.  Some light whitewater features may be involved.

    Boats: SUPs not recommended due to low water level.  Rec and WW canoes and kayaks are appropriate for this reach.

    Air Temp: High of 50F / Low of 41F
    Water temp (estimated): 45-50F

    **Due to water temperatures, a wet suit and paddling jacket or drysuit are recommended.  Dress for immersion due to low air/water temperatures. Cotton clothing should not be worn.**

    **If you do not have a drysuit or cold weather wet suit, a dry bag containing a dry change of clothes is required.**

    Equipment and supplies: PFD required, drinking water (24-48 oz), lunch/snacks for on the river. Skirts and helmets for WW boaters Please bring rescue gear and first aid kit if you have them and are trained to use.


  • December 18, 2018 9:13 PM | Brent Saucerman (Administrator)

    Plans are well under way for the 2019 Ford 65th Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show. The Club & Organization Group Area will continue for the 2019 event. We will need people for 4 hour shifts Friday, Saturday ,and Sunday, February 15-17, and 22– 24th, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Dwayne James will send out an email in January with further details. 

  • December 18, 2018 9:12 PM | Brent Saucerman (Administrator)

    Dwayne James will be leading a paddle again this year. We will pick a location near Indianapolis, such as Fall Creek or the White River sections we have done the last few years, and send out trip details just after Christmas. Look for an email. Please contact Dwayne if you have any questions on gear, suggestions for location, or concerns over your ability to get out and have some fun with the club. dwaynesjamesA1@hotmail.com 

  • December 13, 2018 3:08 PM | Brent Saucerman (Administrator)

    Formerly known as the Flatwater Fleet, this is the group that includes the widest variety of paddle craft.  On our trips, you may see canoes, kayaks (sit-in or sit on top), and even stand-up paddle boards (SUP) of all shapes and sizes.  Everyone is  welcome, with the caveat that trip leaders may set limitations on some trips for safety reasons.  We may paddle quiet lakes and streams, with water up to Class I or II. 

    Abbreviated CK on the club calendar, the Fleet is a great place for experienced paddlers, those new to paddling, families, and anyone interested in enjoying nature and camaraderie on the lakes, streams, and rivers in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and other states.  Trips vary from short (about 3 hours), to long (6-8 hours), and even multi-day camping trips.   

    The fleet will be planning our calendar at the Club planning meeting in January.  If you have trips you would like for us to consider, please let us know before the meeting.  If you are interested in becoming a trip leader, please email or call us. 

    We will also have at least one tandem canoe class this year, and hope to add a solo canoe class.  As always, the Club will offer Level 1 and 2 kayak classes, as well as swift water and open water rescue classes. 

    The Club continues to hold training sessions at the Thatcher Park Pool on Saturdays from 10 am-Noon through the winter.  It is a great place to practice wet exits, canoe or kayak re-entry, or to learn to roll kayaks or whitewater canoes. 

    If you are interested in the, or are new to the Club  and don't know how to get started, please email or call one of us.  If you don't have a boat, we often can find a member willing to share a boat, or loan one so you can get on the water safely.  

    See you on the water!

    Judy Thompson and Brent Saucerman

    HCKC Canoe & Kayak Fleet Co-Chairs  

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