Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

HCKC Sea Kayak Calendar 
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Upcoming events

    • April 03, 2019
    • November 27, 2019
    • 35 sessions
    • Thatcher Recreation Center 4649 W. Vermont St. Indianapolis, IN 46222

    HCKC Pool Sessions

    To Sign Up:  Contact Dave Ellis to make sure that some one who you can work with will be there.

    Wednesday Evening Pool Session - 7 PM to 9 PM From Wednesday, April 3, 2019 through Wednesday, Nov. 27th, 2019

    These pool sessions are focused on skill refinement and individual practice for  whitewater kayakers,  whitewater and open canoeists, recreational kayakers, and sea kayakers - seeking to practice bracing, rolling, open water reentries, etc.   The pool is also popular with freestyle play boaters who want to learn flat water moves such as cartwheels, squirts and stalls and with sea kayakers wanting to refine their roll or work on open water rescues.  It is also a great place to meet other paddlers, find out about upcoming trips, and try out different boats and paddles. Participants often go out for refreshments afterwards.

    Pool sessions are held at:

    Thatcher Recreation Center
    4649 W. Vermont St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46222

    HCKC POOL POLICIES

    • Participants must sign in each session and pay $10.00 per family per session to cover pool rental.
    • Please make certain your boat is clean and free of debris inside and out before bringing it into the pool.
    • First time participants must check-in with the pool coordinator before entering the pool.
    • Participants must be able to swim.
    • Participants must have the ability to self-rescue (wet exit at a minimum). 
    • First time visitors must demonstrate this ability.
    • Participation is restricted to HCKC members and their one-time guests.
    • Participants must maintain control of their boats and equipment at all times.
    • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • There will be no swimming or diving.
    • Participants are expected to be courteous and safety conscious at all times.
    • Indy Park Rules require that no one or their equipment is allowed on the pool deck before the designated start time and that all boats and gear must be removed from the pool deck promptly at the designated end time.



    • April 27, 2019
    • April 28, 2019

    Trip Sponsor: Jim Sprandel

    Join us for an overnight paddling trip on Lake Monroe.   Lake Monroe lets us camp from our boats along the shore in Deem Wilderness.   This year, we are paddling after all of the wildlife protection areas are open so we may explore or camp in the Middle Fork.  Or, we can try and find the eagle’s nest north of Pine Grove.  This is also a good time of year because we usually see migratory ducks, grebes, and loons on the lake.

    If you only want to paddle on Saturday, our campsite should be only be about 3-4 miles from the Cutright put-in so that people are welcome to come out and day-paddle with us without camping.

    Meeting Place/Put-In:  Cutright Public Access Site.  This is about 2 hours from the intersection of Hwy 37 and I-465 on the southeast side of Indianapolis. (Google Map)    

    Directions to Meeting Place: Take Hwy 446 south from Hwy 46 on the east side of Bloomington to the Lake Monroe causeway.  Cutright is the first turn on your left immediately after you cross the causeway. Go to the first boat ramp that you come to after leaving Hwy 446.  

    What to Bring:  Bring your paddling gear, spray skirt, camping gear, food for lunch, dinner, and breakfast, and warm clothes.  You should also bring drinking water with you.   We will be camping from our boats and you will have to pack all of your gear and food in your boat, so plan accordingly.

    Be sure to have a 2019 Indiana DNR Nonmotorized Boat Permit.  You should be able to pick one up on the way to the meeting place, either at the DNR headquarter on Hwy 446 on the north side of the entrance to the Paynetown SRA or at the gate for the Paynetown SRA.

    Required Equipment:   Depending on the temperatures, wet suits or dry suits are recommended.  Due to potentially rough lake conditions, spray skirts, safety equipment, and sea/touring kayaks with fore and aft bulkheads are required.

    Schedule:    Saturday - 10:00 am is the recommended time for arrival at the put-In.  We will launch at 10:45 am.  We will probably paddle about 4-5 miles and then set up camp and have lunch.  After lunch, we will go out and explore more of the lake.

    Sunday:  We are flexible here.  We could return to Cutright as early as 10:00 am and drop off people who have to take off.  We’ll talk and figure this out Saturday night depending on how far people want to paddle on Sunday and when people have get home.

    Contact information:  Jim Sprandel, merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net  Please contact me by 7:00 pm on the Thursday before the trip if you want to come.  Be sure to contact me since I will monitor weather forecasts prior to the trip and I will let the people who have contacted me know if there will be changes to or cancelation of the trip due to the expected conditions.


    • April 27, 2019
    • April 28, 2019
    • East Race South Bend, IN

    Richard and John will be teaching a Swiftwater Rescue Course Level 4 at the East Race, South Bend, IN

    • April 27, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • April 28, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • East Race Waterway, Niles Avenue, South Bend, IN
    • 7
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    ACA L3/L4 Swiftwater Rescue Training at East Race Waterway in South Bend, IN

    Great Opportunity for local and relevant safety training for all paddlers!

    Minimum number of people for class: 6

    Maximum number of people for class: 12

    Total hours of instruction: 16 (two 8 hour days)

    ACA Certified Course?  Yes

    ACA Insurance to be provided through the instructors and included in fees (if you are an ACA Member, the $5 premium is discounted once you provide your ACA Membership number to the coordinator.

    Day One Group out-of-water instruction includes topics such as: Rescue Philosophy, Knots, Throw Ropes, Spine Management, Scenarios, Anchors

    Day 2 to be in our boats on a river for more practical, in-the-environment instruction

    Lunch will be provided on both days

    Equipment required (Both Days):

    Kayak with Spray Skirt, Personal Flotation Device, Helmet, Paddle, Appropriate clothing/gear for the weather, Throw Bag, Safety Whistle

    Highly recommendedbut not required (please let us know if you do/do not have this gear):  Z-Drag Kit, Prussic Loops x 2, locking carabiner x 2, 15’ 1” wide webbing

    Recommended but do not purchase if you do not yet have:  first aid kit

    Class performed by ACA Certified Instructors and Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club Members Richard Clapham, John Gates and Jason Tharp

    • May 04, 2019
    • Brookville, IN

    BROOKVILLE LAKE: May 4, 2019

    Time: 9:30AM

    SPONSOR: Robert Moore

    In the past, the Brookville paddle has launched at old Dunlapsville Road Ramp and Egypt Hollow.  This year we will meet at the N Treaty Line Road ramp off of State Road 44.  I don’t think that HCC has ever launched a club trip there because water level is usually too low for an early season scheduled trip.  Well, the water level is coming up so it should work.  We will start at the north end of the lake and head south out of the idle zone and on to the west fork or Hanna Creek.  This is the best bird watching zone of the lake.   Plan on a 12 to15 mile paddle.  Sea kayaks are strongly suggested as a good portion of the paddle will be outside of the idle zone.  Brookville Lake is a 5260-acre lake managed by the Army Corps of Engineers and Indiana Department of Natural Resources for flood control and recreation.  A detailed description of the lake can be found on line (http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/brookville_trail.pdf ). 


    Put-In: Meet at the State Road 44 ramp
    From I 70, follow State Road 1 south through Connersville and tun east onto State Road 44.  Turn right North Treaty Line Road just before the bridge.  Turn left at the first road which is to the ramp.  There is a gate at the ramp road that is closed for high water.  Launch is free.  There is an out house and plenty of parking.  The coordinates below should get you to the ramp.

    39.626760, -84.992634

    Meeting time:  9:30AM.  Bring Lunch. 

    Contact information: Robert Moore, njordball@gmail.com --- Please respond no later than May 2nd.

    • May 11, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
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    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer three one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions on Saturday, May 11, July 20, and, August 24.  Each session is stand-alone so you can choose which you would like to attend.    These classes are free for registered HCKC members.

    We will break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the ACA's Introduction to Kayaking material that introduces you to the correct way to do basic strokes, safety issues, and how to talk kayak.   The other session is intended for people who have already attended the Intro class and practiced the basic skills for a year - , we will cover ACA Intermediate material to refine and tune your strokes.  

    Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  Newer HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring or sea kayak.  Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling, equipment, or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    Intermediate Kayak Class

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who:  1)  have completed an introductory class at least one year ag and 2) are comfortable with their forward and turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class is for  recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.

    Class Content:  Boat control, turning, and stroke efficiency are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control as well as doing it more efficiently so you can paddle longer and faster.    

    Note: We may pick a focus area for a given Intermediate Sea Kayak classes so each class may have slightly different content.   The focus area will be announced to the Sea Kayak mailing list about one month before each class and posted in that month's calendar entry.  Topics that we may cover are listed below.   Please e-mail Jim Sprandel (merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net) if you have a topic that you would like to see covered.

    • Stroke Refinement - Tuning up your kayaking form to be more efficient.  One session may focus on Forward Stroke since is what you do 99.9% of the time.
    • Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to keep it going straight
    • Bow and stern rudders and side draws (maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat0
    • Linked Strokes - Ways to smoothly tie your strokes together while paddling
    • Bracing - Support strokes that stabilize you boat when maneuvering or in big water.
    • Greenland paddling techniques for people with Greenland paddles

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The class will be held in the Indianapolis area (usually Eagle Creek).

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills in the Intro class but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each instructor. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they register through the HCKC Event Calendar or e-mail Jim Sprandel.  Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring: 
    Kayak/Personal Gear:  
    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.
    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class since you have a chance to ask and figure out what makes sense for you.
    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.
    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    If you have questions about the class, please contact Jim Sprandel at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • May 17, 2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • May 19, 2019
    • Summit Lake State Park, NewCastle, IN
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    SK - Day Paddle
    FULL MOON PADDLE - OPTIONAL WEEKEND CAMPING
    May 17-19
    LOCATION:              Summit Lake State Park
    SPONSOR:               Linda Decker lsdecker@att.net

    DESCRIPTION: Summit Lake State Park is 2680 acres including an 800 acre lake, shady wooded areas and lots of open space where wildlife and bird watching abound.

    Summit Lake State park is located northeast of New Castle and southeast of Muncie. The park is 1 mile north of State Highway 36 on Messick Road, 4 miles east of Highway 3.

    LAUNCH SITE:   Boat Ramp located near Boat Rental building- Turn left at T intersection just past the park gate entrance. (Both day paddle and moonlight paddle)

    ITINERARY:
    Friday May 17 Arrive and camp overnight (optional)
    Saturday May 18     
    10:30am  Be ready to launch. Daytime paddle and picnic lunch 3-4 hours 8-10 miles. Afternoon skill practice or kayak games if there is an interest
    7:30 pm    Be ready to launch. Evening moonlight paddle 2-3 hours 5-6 miles. Campfire and Camping overnight (optional)
    Sunday May 19  Morning paddle if there is interest. Time TBD

    Summit Lake is less than an hour from Indianapolis so, those not interested in camping can join any part of the weekend

    CAMPING: Several people have campsites located near the campground boat ramp and can accommodate a few tents. Contact trip sponsor to check availability. Additional campsites are reserved through Reserve America.

    REGISTRATION:  lease register on the club web site or email if necessary.

    EQUIPMENT:  PFD and safety equipment. A white light for your boat is required for the moonlight paddle.

    GENERAL:    You will need a 2019 Indiana DNR Nonmotorized Boat Permit available at park entrance or on line.  

    • June 01, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • TBA
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    Sea Kayak Clinic and Practice Session - Open Water Rescue
    Saturday, June 1, 2019   9:30 am to 3:00 pm

    Event Coordinator:  Martha Gitt

    We are holding a one-day clinic and practice session on Open Water Rescue for sea kayakers on June 1, 2019.  This clinic is a chance for new paddlers to learn open water rescue techniques and for more experienced paddlers to compare techniques and practice them in a safe, controlled environment.  This clinic is important since kayakers need to regularly practice these skills, so they are “fresh and ready” when we get into a real rescue situation – you want to know how to get yourself or someone else back in their boat quickly and on your first attempt.  Open water paddlers should take this course before attempting any "big water" adventures with or without a group.

    We will start off each teaching segment by systematically walking through the steps to complete a rescue so that newer paddlers can learn the tricks associated with performing each rescue.  After everyone has had the opportunity to perform the rescue as taught, we will compare notes and discuss/demonstrate alternative approaches.  There is no one good way for everyone to get back in their boats and group learning is very important and part of the fun.

    Course Content:  At the course, we will cover the following topics:

    • Wet Exit
    • Rescue Prevention (Boat Control, Balance, and Bracing)
    • Assisted Re-entries (Eskimo Bow Rescue, T-Rescue, Stirrup Rescue, Scoop Rescue, etc.)
    • Solo Re-entries (Paddle Float, Cowboy Scramble, Re-enter and Roll)
    • Towing (Contact Tows, Short Tows, and Regular Tows) We will discuss when to start towing and when towing may be needed to assist a rescue. We will bring extra tow ropes if you don’t have one.
    • Bonus Fun - time permitting, we will perform balance exercises, dock entry and exit, and other exercises.

    Course Details

    Location:  Eagle Creek Park – Dandy Trail Ramp (4184 Dandy Trail, Indianapolis, IN).

    Schedule:    9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, with a lunch break. 

    Please be dressed to paddle and have all boats and gear unloaded and be ready to start at 9:30. We recommend a 9:00 arrival to give you a chance to get it all together for a fun day on the water.

    Required Equipment: (Contact the Event Coordinator or Jim Sprandel if you want an exception to these requirements since we may have extra equipment that you can borrow):  

    • Touring Kayak or Sea Kayak (14 foot or longer) with perimeter deck lines running to the bow and stern of your boat.   Must have sealed fore and aft bulkheads or fore/aft air float bags. 
    • Spray Skirt
    • Life jacket
    • Paddle – it is best to bring the paddle that you normally use
    • Miscellaneous – proper clothing (no cotton, quick dry is best) for spending time in the lake, drinking water, sun screen, lunch or snack, dry clothes

    Recommended Equipment: Please bring if you have it – no need to buy it if you don’t

    • Safety Gear – paddle float, tow rope, rescue stirrup
    • Wet Suit or Dry Suit – depending on the weather, you may want at least a wet suit to be comfortable.  Dress for the water temperature and figure in any wind chilling effects.  A wet suit also helps keep your legs from getting scraped when doing re-entries
    • Nose Clips – helps keep the water out when you go under

    Contact Information:   Please register by May 94, 2019.  Contact the event coordinator Martha Gitt (marthagitt@yahoo.com) or Jim Sprandel (merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net)  if you have any questions about the course.

    How to Register:   Click “Register” in the left-hand column of this page or send an e-mail to Martha Gitt (marthagitt@yahoo.com).


    • June 07, 2019
    • June 09, 2019
    • South Bass Island, Lake Erie, Ohio

    The South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous (SBIKR) is an annual tradition of long boats on big water. 
           http://www.sbikayakrendezvous.com/
     
    Although this is not an official HCKC event, about 8 club paddlers are already signed .   If you are thinking about attending, send a note out to the Sea Kayak mailing list if you want to line up people to camp/paddle with or if you want to find people to paddle out to South Bass Island from the main land with.
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    Campsites go FAST.  You can reserve 6 months ahead.  

    This is an informal event and there are a lot of paddling option during the event.   Some of you will want to do lots of crossings to see and go around lots of islands.  Some maybe not so many.  There is something for everyone and you'll make lots of new Great Lakes friends.

    Would be fun to see you all on this fine summer weekend.  To get a good lake campsite you should reserve todayas soon as possible.  On December 6, you can start your reservation for Thursday June 6.  Tomorrow you can start your reservation for Friday June 7.
       https://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/south-bass-island-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=OH&parkId=960101#sr_a 

    This event is open to any and all kayakers.

    The big thing now is to get a good campsite.  The sites vary from fantastic sites with great views to a small patch on a busy road with a bachelorette party on the next site...   The Cincy types are in sites 97 to 100.  

    Hope you book a campsite soon and join the Rendezvous.



    • June 15, 2019
    • Hardy Lake State Recreational Area 4171 E Harrod Rd, Scottsburg, IN 47170

    Touring/Sea Kayak Trip Announcement –
    Hardy Lake, Scottsburg, IN                                                        
    Trip Sponsor:  Jeff Stejskal

    Hardy Lake is the only state reservoir not created for flood control and is a 741-acre lake. This means that the lake level stays stable year-round, positively affecting the appearance of the shoreline, fishing and wildlife living there..

    Hardy Lake is surrounded on all sides by limestone and rocky bluffs, caves and great fossils, but the property has only slate and shale exposure.    Part of the lake has speed limitations on motor boats while the rest of the lake does not. 

    When:  Saturday, June 15th 2019

    Meeting Time:    10:30 am (Ready to Launch)

    Meeting Location:  
    Hardy Lake State Recreational Area
    4171 E Harrod Rd,
    Scottsburg, IN 47170
    Boat Ramp near Wooster Primitive Camping Area in the SRA

    Directions:  Take I 65 south from Indianapolis to Exit 41 (IN-250).   The SRA is approximately 90 south of Indianapolis.   Get Google Map directions before heading down.

    Note:  There is a $7 fee to enter the SRA and you must have a DNR Sticker for your boat—these stickers are usually available at the SRA gate.

    What to Bring:   Be sure to bring your boat, paddling gear, water, your lunch, sun screen, and insect repellent.

    Paddling Distance:   7-12 miles

    Schedule:  Plan on being at the put-in and ready to launch at 10:30 am—we should get off the water around 3:30 pm.

    Contact Information:  Please e-mail me at jeffs45321@hotmail.com by 6:00 pm Thursday , June 13th if you plan to attend..   



    • June 21, 2019
    • June 23, 2019
    • P. J. Hoffmaster State Park, Michigan

    Summer Solstice Weekend on Lake Michigan
    June 21 through 23, 2019

    LOCATION:              P. J. Hoffmaster State Park, Michigan
    SPONSOR:               Martha Gitt    marthagitt@yahoo.com

    DESCRIPTION:  Spend the first days of summer camping, kayaking, and hiking on Lake Michigan.  We’ll enjoy crystal clear lake water, endless sandy beaches, lighthouses, local rivers, great hiking, and sunsets over Lake Michigan.

    P.J. Hoffmaster State Park features over three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, a 297-site modern campground, and towering Lake Michigan dunes. Miles of hiking and skiing trails offer stunning views of Lake Michigan and subtle beauty at every turn.

    MEETING SITE: P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is located right on Lake Michigan, 9 miles north of Grand Haven and 13 miles south of Muskegon.  The park address is 6585 Lake Harbor Road Muskegon MI, 49441, and the campground is located north of this address on Lake Harbor Road.

    ITINERARY:       
    Friday June 21   Arrive and set up camp.  There will be paddling and/or hiking opportunities throughout the day and early evening.  The sun doesn’t set until 9:30!
    Saturday June 22    Day paddle on Lake Michigan.  We have many launching choices depending on surf conditions.  Other options include the Grand River or Muskegon Lake if the lake is deemed too frisky. 
    Sunday June 23   Break camp and have a shorter day paddle on Lake Michigan.  We may launch on the Grand River in Grand Haven and paddle 2 ¼ miles out to the lake, taking us past the lighthouses.

    CAMPING:  Seven campsites were reserved in January as coastal Michigan campgrounds fill up very quickly.  Each campsite can fit a camper and one tent, or two tents.  At the time this was posted there is room for three more campers and up to eight more tents.  Contact the trip sponsor as early as possible to get one of these slots.

    REGISTRATION:   Please email Martha directly to get your camping spot at marthagitt@yahoo.com

    EQUIPMENT:    A sea kayak 15 foot or longer with sealed bulkheads is required and experience in rough water conditions and recues is highly recommended.  The lake is a lot of fun to play in, but wind and waves can make it challenging. 

    GENERAL:  Michigan State Park fees for non-residents are $9 per day or $33 per year  



    • June 29, 2019
    • June 30, 2019

    This is a NWIPA event that the HCKC has traditionally attended. 

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    Last year's announcement has been copied below with dates updated.   I will update this in June or contact me.
    Jim Sprandel 
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    New Buffalo to Michigan City
    Sea Kayak Trip, Saturday, June 29,  Sunday, June 30 2019

    The Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club and Northwest Indiana Paddling Association  invite you to join us for this great week end on Lake Michigan for intermediate and experienced sea kayakers.  We're highlighting the features that make the Sunset Coast of Michiana a great segment of the Lake Michigan Water Trail.   On Saturday, June 29, we start our trip on the peaceful Galien River and winds through the Louis J.  Sima Great Lakes Marsh Management Area.   Continuing west along the scenic Lake Michigan shoreline along an established segment of the Lake Michigan Water Trail to Michigan City, we'll finish with a short run up historic Trail Creek to Hansen Park.

    This paddle is for strong sea kayakers with some experience on open waters of Lake Michigan that can keep 3-4  mph pace for 15 miles.   Most of this trip is on Lake Michigan, life jackets are mandatory, as is a kayak with water tight fore and aft  bulkheads.  All paddlers will be asked to sign a waiver.  Paddlers may wish to give a $5 donation to NWIPA.

    A moderately challenging trip, this is a great opportunity to build experience with paddling in waves and wind, negotiating boat traffic, and enjoying the company of fellow paddlers.  This plan may be modified because of weather, water or group dynamics.

    Camping Friday/Saturday Night - There is an optional camping spot at Dunbar Beach available Friday and Saturday nights.   You must RSVP no later than Thursday, June 27 to reserve a camp spot.  
    For more info on Dunbar Beach camping and to RSVP, contact TBA.    When your RSVP, please send him your name, when you expect to arrive, and the license number of the car that you will be taking.


    Lake Michigan - New Buffalo to Michigan City - Sat, June 29, 2018

    This plan may be modified because of weather, water or group dynamics.

    A. Paddle Route - Lake Michigan A sea kayak paddle of 10 miles along the Lake Michigan Water Trail requiring an appropriate sea kayak and reliable Big Lake kayaking skills plus 5 miles of river paddling on gentle streams. This is a team paddle, as a participant you are expected to adjust to the pace of your team and to Keep in Sight of Each Other till All are back on land. Paddle Break Mm 3 New Buffalo Beach and Mm 9 Long Beach. FYI - Washington Park Beach Mm13.
    Link to Paddle Route www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=480854
    Launch - Galien River - DNR Public Access Site (PAS) - On Red Arrow Hwy north of I-94 Exit 4 - New Buffalo MI Take Out - Trail Creek - Hansen Park PAS 240 East Street

    B. Paddle Time Line (Times EDS / CDS)
    10:00 / 09:00 am - Meet for Shuttle @ Red Arrow PAS
    10:15 / 09:15 am- Caravan to Stage Vehicles at Take Outs, return to launch site
    10:55 / 09:55 am - Safety Review at launch
    11:00 / 10:00 am - Start Paddle
    03:00/02:00 pm – 04:00/03:00 pm  ETA - Voyageurs at Long Beach

    C. Paddle Plan Contacts
    TBA

    D.   Paddle Planning Comments

    • Shuttle  Participants are responsible for transporting themselves and their boats. Car pooling & shuttling help alleviate parking limitations. Joining the caravan prior to the paddle facilitates staging vehicles at take out & shuttling drivers back to put in.  After the paddle, drivers will be shuttled back to the put in to obtain their vehicles.
    • There  may be parking & access fees at some public access sites.
    • BBL - Bring your own brown bag lunch, snacks & drinking water as desired.
    • Please notify one of the contacts above  if you plan to participate.

    Sunday Paddle  - For those that wish to participate there will be a shorter loop paddle Sunday July 1 out of Dunbar Beach. Sea kayaks with adequate flotation required, as well as PFDs.    The schedule and route will be determined by those present.

    Paddling Guidelines

    • Risk Assessment - Your "Go-No Go Decision" should be based on the weather, the water, your skills, your training and your experience with the understanding that:   a. You are engaging in an activity with inherent dangers, b. You accept & acknowledge you are participating at your own risk, and c. You are responsible for your own safety and to use your own judgment.
    • Life Jacket:   Always wear a fully secured PFD while on the water, for your safety and safety of the group
    • Conditions: Avoid conditions & situations Beyond Your Abilities or physical & emotional strength.
    • What to Wear:   Dress for Water Temp & Immersion. If we have cold Water - wear wet/dry suit.
    • Paddle with Others  -  Each participant is responsible that we stay together using either a Team Paddle or a Group Paddle Format.  Be Trained to help each other.
    •  Paddling Skills and Equipment – Great lake paddles require a reliable self rescue, the ability to paddle in 2-4 ft. waves, using a sea worthy kayak 15 ft or longer with deck lines & watertight bulkheads, carry appropriate safety equipment, and be able to paddle at a rate of 3 mph or faster.

     

    • July 12, 2019
    • July 14, 2019

    If camping need early reservations Warren Dunes State Park

    Reservations open Jan 12th


    • July 20, 2019
    • Cunot PAS, Cunot Indiana
    Register

    ((Preliminary Trip Information based on 2018 Announcement - Watch the July Newsletter for Final Trip Information.))

    Trip Sponsor:  Wally Burchfield

        Want to see the largest water falls in Indiana and paddle under the full moonlight? Here's your chance! This is a fun paddle and is open to most experience levels. Paddler must be able to paddle 8 miles round trip. These are head waters so this is a paddle rather than a float - there is no current but we will paddle at a moderate rate.  The speed of motor boats in this area of the lake is restricted so we should not have any problems with boat wake.

        We will meet up at the Cunot boat ramp at 6PM and launch by 6:30PM.  The put-in is about 90 minutes from where I70 and I465 meet on the west side of Indianapolis. Take I70 west from Indianapolis to Exit 37 (SR243 which is one exit past Cloverdale). Travel south on SR 243 until the road dead ends at SR 42. Turn right (west) on SR42 – drive about ½ mile past the bridge and take the right turn (Boat Dock Rd, small store on corner). Follow this road downhill to boat launch.  

        You are required to have a PFD, a good light source such as headlamp or flashlight  and a $5 2018 DNR non motorized boat sticker on your boat . Boat stickers  can be purchased online at http://stores.innsgifts.com/2014-state-park-permits/ or at any state park. Keep in mind if ordering off the website, it'll take about a week for them to ship it to you.


    • July 20, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
    Register

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer three one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions on Saturday, May 11, July 20, and, August 24.  Each session is stand-alone so you can choose which you would like to attend.    These classes are free for registered HCKC members.

    We will break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the ACA's Introduction to Kayaking material that introduces you to the correct way to do basic strokes, safety issues, and how to talk kayak.   The other session is intended for people who have already attended the Intro class and practiced the basic skills for a year - , we will cover ACA Intermediate material to refine and tune your strokes.  

    Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  Newer HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring or sea kayak.  Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling, equipment, or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    Intermediate Kayak Class

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who:  1)  have completed an introductory class at least one year ag and 2) are comfortable with their forward and turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class is for  recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.

    Class Content:  Boat control, turning, and stroke efficiency are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control as well as doing it more efficiently so you can paddle longer and faster.    

    Note: We may pick a focus area for a given Intermediate Sea Kayak classes so each class may have slightly different content.   The focus area will be announced to the Sea Kayak mailing list about one month before each class and posted in that month's calendar entry.  Topics that we may cover are listed below.   Please e-mail Jim Sprandel (merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net) if you have a topic that you would like to see covered.

    • Stroke Refinement - Tuning up your kayaking form to be more efficient.  One session may focus on Forward Stroke since is what you do 99.9% of the time.
    • Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to keep it going straight
    • Bow and stern rudders and side draws (maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat0
    • Linked Strokes - Ways to smoothly tie your strokes together while paddling
    • Bracing - Support strokes that stabilize you boat when maneuvering or in big water.
    • Greenland paddling techniques for people with Greenland paddles

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The class will be held in the Indianapolis area (usually Eagle Creek).

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills in the Intro class but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each instructor. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they register through the HCKC Event Calendar or e-mail Jim Sprandel.  Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring: 
    Kayak/Personal Gear:  
    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.
    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class since you have a chance to ask and figure out what makes sense for you.
    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.
    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    If you have questions about the class, please contact Jim Sprandel at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • July 27, 2019

    Trip Sponsors:  Jim Sprandel, Julie Sinclair
    Where:   Probably some stretch of the Wabash downstream from Logansport.

    Watch the July Newsletter for details.   We'll have to scout this but there is a finite probability we might be able to turn this into an overnight with a night camping on a Sandbar.     You bring the Jiffy Pop.

    • August 04, 2019
    • Cutright PAS, Bloomington, IN

    Trip Sponsors:  Jim Heichelbech
    Where:   Lake Monroe

    We will probably launch from either Cutright or Paynetown SRA and paddle the west side of the causeway.    This side of the lake can have "interesting" conditions since waves on the lake can set up nicely if there is a south-ish wind and the usual complement of motor boats is out.

    Watch the Sea Kayak e-mail for details.



    • August 11, 2019
    • August 17, 2019

    Please RSVP for this trip click here on  Julie SInclair to send an e-mail to her since space is limited and first-come/first serve.

    Sea Kayak Trip Announcement – 
                    Pictured Rock National Lakeshore  -   August 11 – August 17, 2019
                    Optional Trip to Sault Ste. Marie (August 18-20)

    Ahoy, Fellow Sea Kayakers! This August,  we will trip up to the UP to the beautiful Picture Rocks National Lakeshore.   There is an optional add-on trip to Sault Ste. Marie Locks. 

    Paddlers from the club visited Pictured Rocks in 2011 and a link to pictures from that trip is at:https://www.flickr.com/photos/merlin3d/albums/72157627566198598

    Trip Sponsors: 
                Julie Sinclair and Jim Sprandel for Pictured Rocks
               Angela Henley for Sault Ste. Marie

    Pictured Rocks High-Level Schedule:

                   Arrive on Saturday, August 10th  at Bay Furnace Campground in Munising, Michigan. We have already reserved 4 campsites. Max per site is 4 tents, 8 people and 2 cars. This will be our base camp through the week with checkout on the morning of  Saturday, August 17th.

    Pictured Rocks Day-Trip Paddling Options:

    We will be camping at Bay Furnace campground in Munising and there are many day paddles within an easy drive. The list below shows some options that look promising and we will investigate others.  Bottom Line:  Plenty of interesting paddling to do in the area independent of Lake Superior’s disposition. We can also through in an optional hike.

    ·         Miner’s Beach – Chapel Rock (Spray Falls) – On this trip, we will paddle along the cliffs that Pictured Rocks is famous for.   This paddle is very dependent on lake conditions due to limited shoreline access after leaving Miner’s Beach.   It is about 7.5 miles from Miner’s Beach to Chapel Rock and Spray Falls is 1.5 mile further east from Chapel Falls.  Going to Spray Falls and back may too far for one day (20 miles) but we have identified  an interesting,  shorter alternative (see Beaver Lake below).

    ·         Grand Island-East Side – Paddle from the Sand Point Park Office up to Trout Bay on the East Side of Grand Island.  It is about 5.5 miles from the Park Office to the camp sites in Trout Bay.  The crossing from the mainland Park Office over to Grand Island is only about 1 mile and largely protected.   The east side of Grand has rocky and only has a few landing spots until you get to Trout Bay.

    ·        Grand Island-West Side– Paddle from Sand Point Office to the west side of Grand Island  It is about 3.3 mile to get to paddle across Murray Bay and get to Williams Landing on the south tip of the island.   The west shore is about another mile from Williams Landing so we can choose how far up the west side of the island we want to paddle.  Alternatively, we could just explore Murray Bay on the South end of Grand Island if the open lake is too rough.

    ·         Grand Marais Options – Grand Marais Harbor is about 75 minutes from Bay Furnace Campground and gives us several options.  First, the harbor is very protected if open lake conditions are rough and you can pick conditions that satisfy where you want to play.  If you go out of the harbor to the east, there is a surfable beach given north or west winds.  You can pick more moderate conditions to play in within the harbor.  If the lake is cooperative, we could paddle from Grand Marais to Sable Falls and Grand Sable Dunes (6 miles one-way).  

    ·         Beaver Lake or Au Train Lake – If Lake Superior is too rough, we could drive to Beaver Lake (45 minutes from Bay Furnace) or Au Train Lake (22 minutes) – both lakes are about 2 miles long.  Beaver Lake is completely within the National Lakeshore so it would undeveloped.  One interesting open-lake possibility would be to launch at Little Beaver Lake, paddle through Beaver Lake–Beaver Creek to Lake Superior, and then west 3 miles to Spray Falls .   This would make for a 10-mile round trip visit to Spray Falls - short enough that people could explore Beaver Lake on the way back if they wanted.

    ·         Au Train River – We could also paddle the Au Train river if conditions preclude going out on Lake Superior.  This is not far from Bay Furnace and would be a river view of the area.     

    The following link provides a map of the area: https://www.nps.gov/piro/planyourvisit/maps.htm .   I’ll send out a link to Navigation Charts to participants before the trip as well as additional campground information. 

    Trip Requirements:

    ·           Rescue Training - Must have training in assisted open water rescue skills prior to course – We want people along who can rescue me if we capsize.

    ·           Pod Discipline – Attendees will be expected to paddle with the group.  We will always have a sweep and lead – people need to stay together.  This is big water and things do happen.  The water does get rough and is cool even in August.  Life jackets must be worn while paddling.

    -       Paddling Skills -   Must feel comfortable and have experience paddling in 2-foot wave conditions from all directions including broach and rear quartering.     

    -       Must be able to paddle 10-12  miles per day for the 6-day trip at a 3.2-3.6 mph pace.

    ·           Paddling Equipment:  Sea Kayaks only – 16 foot or longer. Lake Superior is really big.  Spray skirt required, tow rope, pumps, paddle float,  If you have a GPS, compass, map, VHF radio and/or SPOT, please bring them (if you don’t, don’t buy them since we should have one or two for the group.)

    ·           Wet Suit/Dry Suit:  Sometimes, you can get by without a dry suit or wet suit in August.  Sometimes, you can’t.   We will monitor water temperatures and get back to people as the summer progresses.

     Sault Ste. Marie Locks High Level Schedule August 17 – 20th

    Arrive on Saturday, August 18th  at Sherman Park. campground on the St. Mary’s River in historic Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. 

    Paddling options:

    1. From Sherman Park upriver to Round Island to visit the  gulls and cormorants, then stop for a lunch on the Sand Islands at the beginning of the river;
    2. From Sherman Park downriver through the locks  and back across the river to Sugar Island and lunch on Voyageur Island Park, a small island dedicated to paddle access only;
    3. Or we can drive to Sugar Island, put in on the north shore and look for moose in the wetlands along the shore; If the weather is nice and everyone has a passport, we’ll cross the river into Canada and paddle at Gros Cap: full on exposure to Lake Superior, granite cliffs (maybe we’ll see the peregrines that nest there; we will certainly see eagles). From Gros Cap we paddle to a nice granite arch and a little waterfall. On the way back we will stop at Alan’s Rock for lunch; 
    4. On the last full day we can break camp early, drive to the Les Cheneaux islands, set up camp there and spend a day paddling in the islands. We’ll have a farewell dinner in Hessel and you’re almost at the Mackinac Bridge to start your journey home
    • August 18, 2019
    • August 20, 2019

    Host:  Angela Henley

    Note:  Description of Sault Ste. Marie at bottom of this Description.

    Please RSVP for this trip tojsinc363@yahoo.com since space is limited and first-come/first serve.

    Sea Kayak Trip Announcement – 
                    Pictured Rock National Lakeshore  -   August 11 – August 17, 2019
                    Optional Trip to Sault Ste. Marie (August 18-20)

    Ahoy, Fellow Sea Kayakers! This August,  we will trip up to the UP to the beautiful Picture Rocks National Lakeshore.   There is an optional add-on trip to Sault Ste. Marie Locks. 

    Paddlers from the club visited Pictured Rocks in 2011 and a link to pictures from that trip is at:https://www.flickr.com/photos/merlin3d/albums/72157627566198598

    Trip Sponsors: 
                Julie Sinclair and Jim Sprandel for Pictured Rocks
               Angela Henley for Sault Ste. Marie

    Pictured Rocks High-Level Schedule:

                   Arrive on Saturday, August 10th  at Bay Furnace Campground in Munising, Michigan. We have already reserved 4 campsites. Max per site is 4 tents, 8 people and 2 cars. This will be our base camp through the week with checkout on the morning of  Saturday, August 17th.

    Pictured Rocks Day-Trip Paddling Options:

    We will be camping at Bay Furnace campground in Munising and there are many day paddles within an easy drive. The list below shows some options that look promising and we will investigate others.  Bottom Line:  Plenty of interesting paddling to do in the area independent of Lake Superior’s disposition. We can also through in an optional hike.

    ·         Miner’s Beach – Chapel Rock (Spray Falls) – On this trip, we will paddle along the cliffs that Pictured Rocks is famous for.   This paddle is very dependent on lake conditions due to limited shoreline access after leaving Miner’s Beach.   It is about 7.5 miles from Miner’s Beach to Chapel Rock and Spray Falls is 1.5 mile further east from Chapel Falls.  Going to Spray Falls and back may too far for one day (20 miles) but we have identified  an interesting,  shorter alternative (see Beaver Lake below).

    ·         Grand Island-East Side – Paddle from the Sand Point Park Office up to Trout Bay on the East Side of Grand Island.  It is about 5.5 miles from the Park Office to the camp sites in Trout Bay.  The crossing from the mainland Park Office over to Grand Island is only about 1 mile and largely protected.   The east side of Grand has rocky and only has a few landing spots until you get to Trout Bay.

    ·        Grand Island-West Side– Paddle from Sand Point Office to the west side of Grand Island  It is about 3.3 mile to get to paddle across Murray Bay and get to Williams Landing on the south tip of the island.   The west shore is about another mile from Williams Landing so we can choose how far up the west side of the island we want to paddle.  Alternatively, we could just explore Murray Bay on the South end of Grand Island if the open lake is too rough.

    ·         Grand Marais Options – Grand Marais Harbor is about 75 minutes from Bay Furnace Campground and gives us several options.  First, the harbor is very protected if open lake conditions are rough and you can pick conditions that satisfy where you want to play.  If you go out of the harbor to the east, there is a surfable beach given north or west winds.  You can pick more moderate conditions to play in within the harbor.  If the lake is cooperative, we could paddle from Grand Marais to Sable Falls and Grand Sable Dunes (6 miles one-way).  

    ·         Beaver Lake or Au Train Lake – If Lake Superior is too rough, we could drive to Beaver Lake (45 minutes from Bay Furnace) or Au Train Lake (22 minutes) – both lakes are about 2 miles long.  Beaver Lake is completely within the National Lakeshore so it would undeveloped.  One interesting open-lake possibility would be to launch at Little Beaver Lake, paddle through Beaver Lake–Beaver Creek to Lake Superior, and then west 3 miles to Spray Falls .   This would make for a 10-mile round trip visit to Spray Falls - short enough that people could explore Beaver Lake on the way back if they wanted.

    ·         Au Train River – We could also paddle the Au Train river if conditions preclude going out on Lake Superior.  This is not far from Bay Furnace and would be a river view of the area.     

    The following link provides a map of the area: https://www.nps.gov/piro/planyourvisit/maps.htm .   I’ll send out a link to Navigation Charts to participants before the trip as well as additional campground information. 

    Trip Requirements:

    ·           Rescue Training - Must have training in assisted open water rescue skills prior to course – We want people along who can rescue me if we capsize.

    ·           Pod Discipline – Attendees will be expected to paddle with the group.  We will always have a sweep and lead – people need to stay together.  This is big water and things do happen.  The water does get rough and is cool even in August.  Life jackets must be worn while paddling.

    -       Paddling Skills -   Must feel comfortable and have experience paddling in 2-foot wave conditions from all directions including broach and rear quartering.     

    -       Must be able to paddle 10-12  miles per day for the 6-day trip at a 3.2-3.6 mph pace.

    ·           Paddling Equipment:  Sea Kayaks only – 16 foot or longer. Lake Superior is really big.  Spray skirt required, tow rope, pumps, paddle float,  If you have a GPS, compass, map, VHF radio and/or SPOT, please bring them (if you don’t, don’t buy them since we should have one or two for the group.)

    ·           Wet Suit/Dry Suit:  Sometimes, you can get by without a dry suit or wet suit in August.  Sometimes, you can’t.   We will monitor water temperatures and get back to people as the summer progresses.

     Sault Ste. Marie Locks High Level Schedule August 17 – 20th

    Arrive on Saturday, August 18th  at Sherman Park. campground on the St. Mary’s River in historic Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. 

    Paddling options:

    1. From Sherman Park upriver to Round Island to visit the  gulls and cormorants, then stop for a lunch on the Sand Islands at the beginning of the river;
    2. From Sherman Park downriver through the locks  and back across the river to Sugar Island and lunch on Voyageur Island Park, a small island dedicated to paddle access only;
    3. Or we can drive to Sugar Island, put in on the north shore and look for moose in the wetlands along the shore; If the weather is nice and everyone has a passport, we’ll cross the river into Canada and paddle at Gros Cap: full on exposure to Lake Superior, granite cliffs (maybe we’ll see the peregrines that nest there; we will certainly see eagles). From Gros Cap we paddle to a nice granite arch and a little waterfall. On the way back we will stop at Alan’s Rock for lunch; 
    4. On the last full day we can break camp early, drive to the Les Cheneaux islands, set up camp there and spend a day paddling in the islands. We’ll have a farewell dinner in Hessel and you’re almost at the Mackinac Bridge to start your journey home.


    • August 24, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
    Register

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer three one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions on Saturday, May 11, July 20, and, August 24.  Each session is stand-alone so you can choose which you would like to attend.    These classes are free for registered HCKC members.

    We will break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the ACA's Introduction to Kayaking material that introduces you to the correct way to do basic strokes, safety issues, and how to talk kayak.   The other session is intended for people who have already attended the Intro class and practiced the basic skills for a year - , we will cover ACA Intermediate material to refine and tune your strokes.  

    Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  Newer HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring or sea kayak.  Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling, equipment, or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    Intermediate Kayak Class

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who:  1)  have completed an introductory class at least one year ag and 2) are comfortable with their forward and turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class is for  recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.

    Class Content:  Boat control, turning, and stroke efficiency are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control as well as doing it more efficiently so you can paddle longer and faster.    

    Note: We may pick a focus area for a given Intermediate Sea Kayak classes so each class may have slightly different content.   The focus area will be announced to the Sea Kayak mailing list about one month before each class and posted in that month's calendar entry.  Topics that we may cover are listed below.   Please e-mail Jim Sprandel (merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net) if you have a topic that you would like to see covered.

    • Stroke Refinement - Tuning up your kayaking form to be more efficient.  One session may focus on Forward Stroke since is what you do 99.9% of the time.
    • Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to keep it going straight
    • Bow and stern rudders and side draws (maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat0
    • Linked Strokes - Ways to smoothly tie your strokes together while paddling
    • Bracing - Support strokes that stabilize you boat when maneuvering or in big water.
    • Greenland paddling techniques for people with Greenland paddles

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The class will be held in the Indianapolis area (usually Eagle Creek).

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills in the Intro class but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each instructor. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they register through the HCKC Event Calendar or e-mail Jim Sprandel.  Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring: 
    Kayak/Personal Gear:  
    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.
    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class since you have a chance to ask and figure out what makes sense for you.
    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.
    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    If you have questions about the class, please contact Jim Sprandel at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • September 06, 2019
    • September 08, 2019
    • Glen Arbor,, Michigan

    ((Tentative Trip Information taken from 2018 Calendar))
    ((This is probably close but watch the September Newsletter and the Sea Kayak Mailing List sometime in August for details))


    Manitou Island Trip, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
    Trips Sponsor:   TBA

    We will be paddling out to the Manitou Islands from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Michigan.  We will camp a t DH Day Campgrounds in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Thursday Evening  and then take off for South Manitou Island Friday Morning.   D H Day Campground is about a 7-hour drive from Indianapolis so you can get in at a reasonable hour if you drive after work on Thursday.

    Friday morning:  We will leave relatively early for the 8.5-mile open water crossing of Lake Michigan to South Manitou island.  This island has everything a paddler could want: beachfront camping, self composting privies, a well for water, a lighthouse, and old growth cedars.  There are also shipwrecks you can see from the beach or paddle to if it is calm enough.  There are also 300-foot dunes on the West side of the island..

    Saturday:   We’ll see what conditions are like and plan accordingly.   Last year, we paddled around the island—we explored the wreck on the south end of the island and saw the huge dunes on the west side of the island for the first time.   The year before, we paddled over to North Manitou island.  There is also a foot trail around the island if someone would prefer to hike.   If necessary, we could paddle back to the mainland Saturday afternoon if conditions for Sunday are deterioriating.

    Sunday morning:  We will paddle the 8.5 mile open water crossing back to the mainland and we should be back to Indy by 8 pm.

    Required Paddling Skills:  This trip is for strong intermediate to advanced paddlers.   We can have large wave conditions especially during the crossing and the long crossing is through a shipping lane.

    • You should feel comfortable in 2+ foot seas from all directions including broach and rear quartering and be able to land and self-launch in 2+’ surf conditions.
    • You should be able to maintain a 3.5 mph pace for the 8 mile crossing without leaving your boat.  We may paddle up to 15 miles per day.
    • Self and group rescue skills are required..
    • Some kayak experience on great lakes or ocean.

    Please contact Brad if you are not sure about attempting this trip.

    Required Equipment:  Sea kayaks with spray skirts, fore and aft bulkheads, full perimeter deck lines, and safety equipment are required. 

       You will have to carry your own camping gear, clothes, and food with you in your kayak.  Drinking water is available on the island but was about ½ mile walk from the campsite last year so you may wish to bring a water filter..

    Contingency Plans:  If wave and wind conditions are too severe for a safe crossing on either Friday or Sunday morning, there are plenty of good paddling sites in the area.   The Lake is Boss.

    Contact Information:  Please contact  TBA if you would like to attend or want more information.

    • September 15, 2019
    • September 21, 2019

    Trip Sponsor:  Martha Gitt
    We would take a ferry to the island and then camp on the island.


    • October 05, 2019
    • TBA

    Trip Sponsor:  Robert Moore
    We are again to paddle either the Ohio River or the Castle Paddle on the Little Miami River.   

    Watch the September and/or October Newsletter for details as well as the Sea Kayak Newsletter.

    • October 18, 2019
    • October 20, 2019
    • Land between the Lakes, Kentucky

    Trip Sponsor:  TBA
    We are researching a trip to Land between the Lakes this year.    The details on this trip are still very preliminary and we will fill them in as the year progresses.

    Watch the October Newsletter for details.   

    • November 02, 2019
    • November 03, 2019

    Trip Sponsor - Jim Sprandel

Past events

April 20, 2019 SK: Cagles Mill (Cataract Falls) Highwater Trip
April 08, 2019 SK: South Carolina/Georgia Paddle
April 05, 2019 SK: Seabrook Island South Carolina Training
March 23, 2019 CK/SK: Annual Summit Lake Spring Paddle
March 17, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
March 03, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
February 17, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
February 03, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
January 26, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
January 06, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
November 24, 2018 HCKC Pool Sessions
November 10, 2018 HCKC Annual Meeting
November 03, 2018 SK: Lake Monroe Fall Overnight
October 27, 2018 All: Eagle Creek Shore-Line Clean-Up
October 20, 2018 Pirate Paddle and Party!
October 12, 2018 SK: Grayson Lake Fall Overnight
October 07, 2018 SK: Ohio River Ghost Ship Paddle
September 22, 2018 SK: Ohio River Overnight
September 07, 2018 SK: South Manitou Island - Lake Michigan
September 01, 2018 SK: Kayak Brookville Lake Summer Paddle
August 25, 2018 FW/SK: Cataract Falls Full Moon Paddle
August 18, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
August 04, 2018 SK: Apostle Island Adventure
July 29, 2018 FW/SK: Summit Lake Day Paddle
July 28, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic (July)
July 15, 2018 SK: Lake Champlain Vermont/New York
July 10, 2018 Eagle Creek Tuesday Evening Paddles
June 30, 2018 ALL: 4th of July Trip on the Youghiogheny
June 30, 2018 SK: NWIPA New Buffalo to Michigan City Paddle
June 23, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
June 17, 2018 Canceled due to high heat HCKC Boat Demo and Open House
June 16, 2018 (copy) Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon
June 16, 2018 SK: Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan Trip
June 09, 2018 Volunteers need for HCKC booth at Outdoor Explore in Lafayette
June 08, 2018 SK: South Bass Rendezvous
June 02, 2018 SK: Clinic and Practice Session - Open Water Rescue
May 26, 2018 Save the Boundary Waters, Holliday Park Presentation, Book signings
May 26, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
May 19, 2018 SK: Lake Erie Paddle
May 05, 2018 SK: Cagles Mill (Cataract Falls) Highwater Trip
April 27, 2018 Seabrook Island South Carolina Weekend Training
April 22, 2018 SK: South Carolina Trip
April 07, 2018 SK:Lake Monroe Spring Overnight Paddle
March 31, 2018 March 31 Ice Falls Trip (Canceled)
March 18, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
March 18, 2018 Goose Pond Birding Exploration Paddle
March 17, 2018 FW/SK: Annual Summit Lake Spring Solstice Celebration Trip
March 09, 2018 Canoecopia
March 04, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
February 18, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
February 17, 2018 CPR/AED/Wilderness First Aid Class
February 16, 2018 National Paddling Film Festival
February 03, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
January 21, 2018 Trip Planning Meeting
November 25, 2017 Pool Session.
November 11, 2017 HCKC Annual Member Meeting
November 05, 2017 Mississinewa Seven Pillars
November 04, 2017 SK: Lake Monroe Fall Overnight Trip
October 14, 2017 SK: Lake Patoka Overnight Trip
October 07, 2017 FW/SK: Eagle Creek Full Moon Paddle
September 30, 2017 Eagle Creek Clean-Up
September 30, 2017 ACA L4 Swiftwater Rescue Class
September 23, 2017 SK: Ohio River from Tanner's Creek
September 08, 2017 SK: Sleeping Bear Dune - Manitou Island Trip (3-day or 6-day trip)
August 19, 2017 Solar Eclipse Paddle Expedition
August 19, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
August 05, 2017 SK: Apostle Islands Sea Kayak Adventure
July 22, 2017 SK: Lake Monroe "It's Actually Warm" Overnight Trip
July 16, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
July 15, 2017 Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon
July 08, 2017 HCKC Open House CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER
July 08, 2017 FW/SK: Cataract Falls Full Moon Paddle
July 01, 2017 SK: NWIPA-HCKC Lake Michigan New Buffalo-Mich.City Paddle
June 27, 2017 Fly Fishing 101
June 25, 2017 SK: Lake Monroe Day Trip
June 24, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
June 17, 2017 SK: Clinic and Practice Session - Open Water Rescue
June 04, 2017 SK: Potomac / Chesapeake Bay Trip
May 27, 2017 SK: Hardy Lake Paddle
May 20, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
May 19, 2017 FW/SK: CincyPaddler Grayson Lake Trip
May 13, 2017 SK: Cagles Mill (Cataract Falls) Highwater Trip
April 22, 2017 Cincy Paddlers Annual Spring Swap Meet
April 21, 2017 SK: East Coast Sea Kayak Symposium/South Carolina Trip
April 15, 2017 FW/SK: Westwood Lake Paddle
April 01, 2017 April Fools on Big Pine 40th Anniversary Paddle
April 01, 2017 SK: Lake Monroe Spring Overnight Paddle
March 29, 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival Tour: Chicago, IL
March 23, 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival Tour: Dayton OH
March 19, 2017 FW/SK: Summit Lake First of Spring Paddle
March 10, 2017 All: Canoecopia
March 05, 2017 Pool Session with South Bend Adventure CLub
February 18, 2017 Pool Session with South Bend Adventure CLub
January 21, 2017 Trip Planning Meeting
December 03, 2016 Pool Session
November 12, 2016 HCKC Annual Meeting and Dinner
August 17, 2016 Pool Session
Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

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