Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

HCKC Sea Kayak Calendar 
Please e-mail Linda Decker if you have additions or corrections for this schedule.  HCKC Members must be logged in to view HCKC member-only events.
           
 Orange - Training Events.  Blue - Sea Kayak Events   Gray - All Club Events

During all scheduled club activities we will follow CDC and local mask and social distancing guidelines.  Please refer to our Calendar for upcoming events.

Upcoming events

    • May 03, 2022
    • September 27, 2022
    • 22 sessions
    • Eagle Creek Park

    Eagle Creek Tuesday Evening Paddles

    Eagle Creek paddles started on May 3rd and run through the end of September.  These are unstructured paddles where HCKC members can explore the lake and train to develop speed-endurance or to practice skills.   If you would like to paddle with other HCKC members, I would recommend coordinating that through the club bulletin board, Facebook or e-mail.

    • When:    Tuesday, May 3 through September 27, 2022
    • Starting Time - Between 1:00 pm to Closing:  HCKC Members may use the pass to enter the park with their boats any time after 1:00 pm on the specified Tuesdays.
    • Ending Time - Park Closing Time:   When you enter the park, look at the closing time posted at each of the park entrances since these times change during the year.  They normally lock at least one of the gates at closing time.
    • Where to Launch: 
    • Ramp near Discovery Center —Enter the park at either the 56th Street or 71st Street entrance and follow the signs to the Discovery Center or “Go Ape!”  Use the boat/kayak ramp across the parking lot from the Discovery Center (next to Go Ape). 
    • Marina Personal Boat Launch - You can also launch from the personal boat launch next to the building with bathrooms near Eagle Creek Outfitters.  Please do not launch at the beach at Eagle Creek Outfitters since it is reserved for their use.
    • Note: This pass is not valid at the Dandy Trail ramp at the south of 56th street near Ric’s.
    • 2022 HCKC-Eagle Creek Pass:  Current HCKC Members must print the 2022 HCKC pass and show it to the Eagle Creek gate staff to get in without paying.  The fee for park admittance is at least $8 for a car with one kayak or canoe otherwise.

      To Get the Pass: 
       This program is only available for current HCKC members.  To access the pass, go to:
       Eagle Creek Tuesday Pass
    • Note:  You will be prompted to enter your e-mail and password if you are not already logged in.


    • May 25, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • June 01, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • June 08, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • June 15, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • June 17, 2022
    • June 19, 2022
    • Summit Lake

    Summit Lake Rescue Training Camp and Shore Clinic June 17-19

    Instructor Sponsor: Martha Gitt      Contact Martha with any questions regarding the training mailto:marthagitt@yahoo.com

    Please contact Martha Gitt marthagitt@yahoo.com  or Linda Decker lsdecker2018@gmail.com if interested in registering for this class

    Itinerary:

    Saturday June 18th Ready to Launch at 10:00am at Boat Launch

    Sunday June 19th Shore Clinic with on water practice to follow

    Location: Summit Lake 5993 N. Messick Road New Castle, Indiana  South Boat Launch Near Harvey Shelter (Enter Park and go left at the T intersection and follow the signs to the boat launch)

    We will be camping at Summit Lake State Park Campground Friday & Saturday Night. Campsites are competitive so reserve your campsites soon. 

    Optional: Attend Saturday Day Session Only

    Join us for a 2-day fun weekend of practicing sea kayak handling and rescue techniques.  We will focus on how to manage your boat to keep from capsizing, and how to get yourself and your friends back into their boats when the inevitable happens in open water.  There will be plenty of time to work on strokes, bracing, balancing, towing, and rescues.  Plus, time to play games, show off your skills, and build the teamwork necessary to explore new places.

    This clinic is an opportunity for new paddlers to learn open water rescue techniques and a chance for more experienced paddlers to compare techniques and practice them in a safe environment.  This clinic is important since kayakers need to regularly practice these skills, so they are “fresh” 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.

    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 walking through “one way to do a rescue”, we will compare notes and discuss/demonstrate alternative approaches that people may have seen. 

    On Saturday we will go over the full course of rescue skills and techniques.  Afterwards we will chat about what we learned and what we want to learn the next day.  On Sunday we will circle back and finesse these skills, try to fix whatever needs to be fixed, and create scenarios to make these rescues feel real.

    In addition to the on-water training, we will have a Shore Clinic presented by David & Susan Nord. The clinic will focus on kayak and gear maintenance, including emergency boat repair, replacing decklines, finding leaks, buffing scratches, maintenance of hatch covers, care of your drysuit & wooden paddles

     

    Rescue Course Content

    ·       Wet exiting your boat 

    ·       Solo Reentries (Paddle Float, Cowboy, Reenter and Roll) 

    ·       Assisted Reentries (T-Rescue, Stirrup Rescue, Scoop Rescue) 

    ·       Towing - contact tows, short tows, and regular tows. Will discuss when to start towing and when towing may be needed to assist a rescue (I will bring extra tow ropes if you don’t have one.)

    Required Equipment:

    ·       Touring or Sea Kayak - Kayak must have flotation in both bow and stern either sealed bulkheads or flotation bags

    ·       Spray Skirt

    ·       Life Jacket 

    ·       Kayak Safety Gear - Bring the kayak safety gear that you normally carry:  pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow line.   Please do not buy this equipment just for this class since you can borrow from other participants to see what works for you before you buy.

    An Indiana DNR 2022 Non- Motorized Sticker is required for each boat $5 at the gate or can be ordered in advance online


    • June 22, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • June 29, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • July 06, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • July 13, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • July 20, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • July 27, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • July 28, 2022
    • July 31, 2022
    • Van Buren State Park Michigan
    Register

    Lake Michigan Training Paddle – South Haven, Michigan

    Dates:  July 28 – 31, 2022

    We will meet Thursday evening and plan to paddle Friday, Saturday and Sunday Morning

    2/4/22 There are no longer available campsites at Van Buren State Park

    We have located 3 other campgrounds in the area that still have open sites:

    Black River Trails Campground is about 7 miles from VBSP and closer to South Haven.  https://www.blackrivertrailscampground.com/ Available sites online

    Dune Lake Campground in Coloma, Mi http://www.dunelakecampground.com       1-269-764-8941 Call for reservations

    Covert Park Beach and Campground is on Lake Michigan and only about 4 miles south of VBSP.  http://www.covertpark.com/ Reservations for campsites and cabins opens April 1st

    Camping: Van Buren State Park, 23960 Ruggles Road, South Haven, MI 49090

    * If you are interested in Camping for this weekend, you will need to make reservations soon as possible, campsites fill up quickly 

    Description:  Lake Michigan offers the opportunity to kayak on an inland sea where conditions like wind, waves and surf are common.  This is an opportunity for paddlers to get experience paddling on a large, open body of water and in (limited) conditions that may be common there.  During paddles we will take advantage of opportunities for training and getting experience in paddling in whatever conditions we find.  This may include launching and landing in small waves/surf, paddling in wind/waves and paddling in (limited) breaking surf.  If conditions are appropriate, we will also work on boat control, bracing in waves/surf and rough water rescues.  We will limit paddles on Lake Michigan to conditions of 1-2 foot waves and winds up to 15-20 knots.  Should conditions on Lake Michigan exceed our limits; paddles will be moved to the Black River in South Haven, or the Paw Paw River or St. Joseph River in Benton Harbor.  We may also do some on land training in the evenings covering various topics related to paddling and safety.

    The goal of this trip is to primarily focus on training and skills development for HCKC Level 3+ trips.  Participants should have some paddling experience and be comfortable in their kayaks.  Paddlers should expect to spend at least an hour in their kayaks at a time and be able to keep up with the group.  Spray skirts are required for paddling in surf, preferably neoprene, and helmets are recommended.  This is a great opportunity for paddlers to advance their skills and confidence in rougher conditions and prepare themselves for more advanced kayaking trips.  The goal is to take advantage of safe conditions to learn in and maybe find some more advanced conditions to practice in.

    We will not be launching from Van Buren State Park as the carry is significant.  Our primary launch site on Lake Michigan will likely be at South or North Beach in South Haven.  We also have options of launching at Deerlick Creek Park, a short drive North of Van Buren State Park, or Black River Park in South Haven, or on the St. Joseph River in Benton Harbor.

    What to bring:  This is an open water paddle.  Sea kayaks, kayaks 14’ or longer with fore and aft bulkheads and sealed hatches.  PFD, spray skirt (neoprene preferred), safety equipment (pump), and helmets are recommended for paddling in surf.  Also, drinking water, snacks, lunch, sun screen for paddling trips.

    Register on this page

    Questions contact Nate Strong strong.nathan@att.net 



    • August 03, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • August 05, 2022
    • August 07, 2022
    • Paddler's Lane Campground, 255 Paddlers Ln, Confluence, PA 15424
    Register

    HCKC ANNUAL ROCK THE YOUGH!! (FAMILY FRIENDLY)

    Sponsors Steve and Sonja Mahon want to show off one of the clubs most popular whitewater venues but in a way we never have in the past – it’s a trip for everyone!

    Flatwater and sea kayakers will enjoy checking out Youghiogheny River Lake. Jockey Hollow Boat Ramp will be a good place to put-in/take-out to avoid some of the power boats. It has also been recommended to travel a little further to the Maryland side and put-in at Mill Run Recreation Area (25 minutes from the campground). High Point Lake and Deer Valley Lake are also spots to check out (about a half hour away from our campground, and within minutes of each other) and are a bit more secluded.

    For the adventurous recreational paddler who is comfortable with moving water, we recommend the Class II Middle Yough River (put-in right at camp!). If you are unsure about your watercraft, inflatable duckie kayaks are available for rent in Ohiopyle.

    For whitewater boaters who are not ready for the Class III+ waters of the Upper and Lower Youghiogheny River, there's the nearby Class II+ Casselman River.

    Don't want to kayak? Come for the hiking, sightseeing, fishing, mountain biking, or join a commercial raft trip! There are many trails located in and around the Ohiopyle State Park area. If you enjoy hiking to see some waterfalls, we recommend the Cucumber Falls Trail, the Jonathan Run Trail, and the Meadow Run Trail (towards the Cascades).

    If hiking is not your forte, there are two Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the area – Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. If you are interested in checking out Fallingwater, we recommend booking tickets early, as the tours fill very quickly. Fort Necessity is another popular sightseeing destination in the area. Within an hour’s drive, there are also many golf courses.

    For the fishermen of the group, this is a very stream-rich area. You can fish for trout in Laurel Creek in Laurel Hill State Park, Meadow Run in Ohiopyle, and the Middle Yough River in Ohiopyle. For small mouth bass, the Casselman River is a great option. Most of these rivers have full trail access.

    There are many mountain biking and easy, flat gravel biking trails to check out with bike rentals available in Ohiopyle.

    This will be a trip you won't want to miss - especially the Saturday night pitch in dinner with live music from the Infamous Bob (Big Drop) Heckler (an HCKC legend and all-around great guy)! The main course protein will be provided, and we ask for everyone to pitch in either a side dish or a dessert. There will be a donation jar to cover costs of the main course and consumables (plates, napkins, flatware, etc.). All other meals (breakfasts, lunches, and Friday dinner) are to be self-provided.


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

    Paddler’s Lane Retreat/Campground

    255 Paddlers Ln

    Confluence, PA 15424

    Do not call the campground for reservations, as we have a large area already reserved for the HCKC. Camping will be $10 per person per night. Upon arrival to the campground, cash payment should be paid to Sonja or Steve Mahon directly, NOT to the campground. We are taking care of all accommodation coordination with the campground to make things easier on everyone.

    The campground does not allow firewood to be brought in from outside. There are bundles in front of the bathhouse that can be purchased. (This WOULD be paid directly to the campground.)

    There is a bathhouse with hot showers, and a utility sink for washing dishes.

    **If you will be camping out of your vehicle, please contact Steve at 484-577-0439. There is a designated area for this in the campground and/or we will make sure you get to park near the group site.



    Rentals in Ohiopyle


    Bike rentals

    - Wilderness Voyageurs Rafting & Bike Tours

    103 Garrett St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470

    wilderness-voyageurs.com


    - Laurel Highlands River Tours and Outdoor Center

    4 Sherman St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470

    laurelhighlands.com


    Duckie kayak/raft rentals/Guided raft trips

    - Wilderness Voyageurs Rafting & Bike Tours

    103 Garrett St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470

    wilderness-voyageurs.com

    *Stand-up Paddle Boards also available for rent – call number on website to reserve!

    *Paddle-cats/Shredders also available for rent


    - White Water Adventurers Inc.

    6 Negley St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470

    wwaraft.com


    - Laurel Highlands River Tours and Outdoor Center

    4 Sherman St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470

    laurelhighlands.com

    *Paddle-cats/Shredders also available for rent




    Flatwater Boat Launches

    Jockey Hollow Boat Ramp

    Confluence, PA 15424


    Mill Run Recreation Area

    Mill Run Rd, Friendsville, MD 21531


    High Point Lake

    South Access Boat Launch – T348, Fort Hill, PA 15540

    North Shore Boat Ramp – Lake Shore Rd, Fort Hill, PA 15540


    Deer Valley Lake

    S Access Road, Fort Hill, PA 15540



    Local Sightseeing Attractions

    Fallingwater

    1491 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run, PA 15464

    www.fallingwater.org


    Kentuck Knob

    723 Kentuck Rd, Dunbar, PA 15431

    www.kentuckknob.com


    Fort Necessity

    National Pike, Farmington, PA 15437

    https://www.nps.gov/fone/index.htm



    • August 10, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • August 17, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • August 21, 2022
    • August 28, 2022
    • Sleeping Bear Dunes

    SK Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    August 21 -August 28

    Trip Sponsor Jim Heichelbech

    Trip Level L2/L3 (See Below)

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS TRIP. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO A WAITLIST. Jim Heichelbech

    We will be camping at the Platte River Campground which is within the National Lakeshore. The campground appears spacious with an abundance of trees. Electric and non-electric sites are available and can best be explored/reserved on the Recreation.gov website. As always in Michigan, campsites will be competitive and only available for reservations 6 mos in advance, (for this trip, February 21st).

    Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore encompasses a 35 mi. stretch of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline, as well as North and South Manitou Islands. The 71,187 acre park was established primarily for its outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore also contains many cultural features.

    Planned trips include excursions into lake Michigan, Platte Lake, Platte river and Loon Lake. We’ll select from our “bag of trips” based on weather, as we all know “the Lake is the Boss”. For those wishing to search the area online, our probable put in locations will be the coastguard station in DH Day national Lakeshore, the Big Platte Lake DNR boat ramp, and the El Dorado boat Launch and the Platte river Beach Parking area.  For the adventurous and depending on weather, surfing could be an option. Topping things off, there are 100 miles of designated hiking trails, the paved 27 Mile Heritage Bike Trail, a ferry out to South Manitou Island and of course, the beautiful dunes and beaches.


    Required Equipment:  PFD, Sea kayaks 14’ or greater with spray skirts, fore and aft bulkheads, full perimeter deck lines, pump/paddle float and safety equipment are required. 

    Registration:   Register here and e-mail Jim Heichelbech with questions gem5610@gmail.com


    • August 24, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • August 31, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • September 07, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • September 09, 2022
    • September 11, 2022
    • Sleeping Bear Dunes
    Register

    Manitou Island Trip, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
    Friday-Sunday. September 9-12
    Trips Sponsor:  Brad Hughey

    Trip Level 3-4 Sea-Touring Kayaks

    We will be paddling out to the Manitou Islands from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Michigan.  We will camp at 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 the Bay Campground on South Manitou island.  This island has everything a paddler could want: beachfront camping, self composting privies, 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.   There is also a foot trail around the island if someone prefers to hike.   If necessary, we could paddle back to the mainland Saturday afternoon if conditions for Sunday are deteriorating.

    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 2.5 hour crossing.  In addition, the 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+ foot 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 on Saturday.
      Conditioning: Participants should complete 3 10-mile training paddles at a 3.3. mph paces in the 2 months prior to this trip.
    •  Self and group rescue skills are required..
    • Some kayak experience on the Great Lakes or the ocean.
    • Recommended Training Paddles:  2 8-10 Training Paddles at 3.5 ph duirng July or August.

    Please contact the Trip Sponsor if you are not sure about attempting this trip.  If you have not paddled with the trip sponsor, we may contact to confirm that you can safely paddle this trip.

    Required Equipment:  Sea kayaks with spray skirts, fore and aft bulkheads, full perimeter deck lines, pump/paddle float 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 near the Ranger Station on the island but this is a 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.

    How to Sign Up for the Trip: Register on line AND Please e-mail  Brad Hughey, hughey_brad@yahoo.com  to sign up to attend or to get more information.


    • September 10, 2022
    • Lieber State Recreation Area
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    CK/SK Cataract Falls Full Moon Paddle        

    September 10, 2021


    Trip Sponsor:  Wally Burchfield

    Want to see the largest water falls in Indiana and paddle under the full moon? 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. A 10' boat or longer is suggested. 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 is restricted so we should not have any problems with boat wake.

        We will meet up at the Cunot boat ramp (see map)at 6PM and launch by 6:30PM.  We will paddle to the falls and take a short break there. Pit bathrooms are available at the falls. Most of the return trip will be under moonlight. We should return to the boat ramp around 11 PM. 

     You are required to have a PFD, boat marker light such as a glow stick and a $5 2021 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. The gate house at Lieber SRA should have them. You will pass it if you are coming from the north.  Keep in mind if ordering off the website, it'll take about a week for them to ship it to you.

    http://stores.innsgifts.com/2014-state-park-permits/ or at any state park. The gate house at Lieber SRA should have them. You will pass it if you are coming from the north.  Keep in mind if ordering off the website, it'll take about a week for them to ship it to you.



    • September 11, 2022
    • September 17, 2022
    • based from Janes Island and Susquehanna State Parks, MD
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    The Chesapeake Bay region offers a wide range of paddling opportunities. The September 11-17, 2022 trip will visit the Delmarva region and northern Bay. The trip is beginning Sunday night on the 11th in part to avoid weekend traffic heading East across the Bay Bridge.

    Since camping reservation need to be made well in advance if you want a site, please make your reservations as soon as you can.  Sometimes sites can be found close to the dates desired due to cancellations, but don't rely on that.

          1.       Delmarva region offers a wide range of paddling opportunities including bay shore, rivers and Atlantic barrier islands. – Camp at Janes Island State Park near Crisfield Sunday (11th) night through Thursday morning.   We can launch from the camp ground to paddle in and around Janes Island and into Tangier Sound.    Possible day trips include exploring the Pocomoke River (the northern most cypress river), and paddling the Atlantic costal area at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge south to Wallops Island.   

           2.    Break Camp on Thursday and drive to Susquehanna. We may stop at Elk Neck along the way.

            3.     Susquehanna River Region – Camp at Susquehanna State Park for 3 nights (15th - 17th) and depart on Sunday.  The Susquehanna River is the river system that formed the Chesapeake Bay.  Haver De Grace, Maryland used to be the northern port for the bay.  We will paddle as far into the fresh water zone as current will allow, and south past Havre De Grace into the northern end of the bay.  

    Paddling conditions – 0-2ft wave height is normal, but open bay and large rivers can run 2-3ft when wind picks up.  Tides generally run about 1.5-2ft and current is noticeable at times.  Plan is to paddle in groups based on skill level within the group. 

    Sea kayaks of 14ft minimum length with spray skirts and water tight bulkheads are required.  This is a level 2-3.   Please refer to Trip Level Guide 1-2021.docx .

    We would like to limit the trip to 14 kayaks, to keep group size manageable.  The flatwater part will be more of a “sea kayak lite” for those with capable boats that perhaps don’t want to go quite as many miles, or into conditions that some of the more adventuresome want to do.  Some days the whole group may travel together, other days we will split into two groups. 

    Please sign up for the trip on the HCKC website, and please email judy_thom@hotmail.com with campground site information to coordinate sharing, if you wish to share.  Camping reservations are made at http://parkreservations.maryland.gov/

    Those interested in attending should contact Judy Thompson judy_thom@hotmail.com or Robert Moore njordball@gmail.com for additional details.


    • September 14, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
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    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • September 21, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
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    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • September 28, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
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    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • October 05, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
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    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • October 06, 2022
    • October 09, 2022
    • Cave Run Lake, Kentucky
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    Sea/Touring Kayak Trip Announcement

    Cave Run Lake, KY          Oct 6 - 9, 2022

    Trip Sponsor: Tony Pascuzzi

    We will camp at Twin Knobs Campground (or possibly Zilpo) and paddle Cave Run Lake.  Cave Run Lake is near Morehead, KY and is in the northern part of Daniel Boone National Forest. 

    Driving distance: approximately 2 hr 15 min from Cincy

    Schedule: Thursday evening, Oct. 6 – set up camp. Friday – Sunday, Oct. 7-9 – kayak (schedule TBD). 

    Expected paddling conditions: Level 2 – Kayak Touring (see attached HCKC Sea Kayaking Trip Levels chart).

    Paddlers should feel comfortable paddling in 2’ waves from all directions and be able to paddle 6-8 miles. While lake conditions are usually fairly calm, winds can whip up quickly producing waves. In the main part of the lake, boats and jet skis can produce pretty good chop.  

    What to bring: paddling gear (including spray deck), camping gear, food for all meals, bike and fishing gear and any other outdoor equipment that you’d like. Average air temperatures for early October are 71F (high) and 41F (low). 

    Boat requirements: kayaks with fore/aft bulkheads and perimeter deck lines are required. 

    Registration: On this page

    Contact information: Tony Pascuzzi, izzucsap@yahoo.com. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, etc.