Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

HCKC Whitewater Calendar 
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Upcoming events

    • November 24, 2018
    • March 30, 2019
    • 19 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.

    Saturday Pool Session - 10:00 am to Noon  
    From Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018
     through Saturday, March 30, 2018

    These pool sessions are focused on skill refinement and individual practice for all paddlers - 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 to swap paddling stories and watch videos.

    These pool sessions are focused on skill refinement and individual practice for all paddlers - whitewater kayakers,  whitewater and open canoeists, recreational kayakers, and sea kayakers - seeking to practice paddle strokes, 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 to swap paddling stories and watch videos.

    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.

    Pool sessions are held at:

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


    • April 06, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Pine Village, Indiana

    Meeting time is 9:30 AM

    at our traditional gathering location, in downtown Pine Village.   

    Please, Don't go to the Putin!

    Go to Pine Village!!!  

    Sometimes we don't know where the Putin will be

    until we meet in Pine Village.  There are several possibilities,

    with the selection based on water levels.

     

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    There are 3 Meeting Locations:

        In addition to Pine Village, this event has two other Meeting Locations

    available, one in Kokomo and another in Lafayette.  All 3 Locations and Meeting Times are described below:    

    1) The west-side McDonalds in Kokomo, corner of Sycamore Street & Dixon Road. 

        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 33. Enter Kokomo on SR-931

    (avoid the new US-31 By-Pass).  Then, go west on Sycamore Street (first stop light north of Wildcat Creek). Follow Sycamore all the

    way thru the city. The west-side Micky-D's is on the left just before

    the stop light at Dixon Road (2331 W. Sycamore St, Kokomo 46901).
        This is the site of the April Fool's Traditional 
    "Trip Leader's Breakfast",which has been held every year since the beginning in 1978. Muskrat will arrive at 7AM if you would like to eat, sip some coffee,

    and listen to some "Pitifully Old and Raucous River Tales". 
        We will leave from there promptly at 8:00 AM.


    2) The Lafayette east-side McDonalds, on SR-26,

        just west of the Jct of I-65 & SR-26.  (4200 South St, Lafayette 47905)
        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 31 Be there NO LATER than 8:30AM. The group from Kokomo will arrive at 8:45 and leave ASAP, hopefully

    by 9:00 AM, or as soon as all the potty-stops have been accomplished.


    3) Downtown Pine Village, on SR-26, about 20-miles west of Lafayette. 
        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 30, at the Jct of SR-26 & SR-55,

    in beautiful, downtown Pine Village.  The Boat-Laden auto caravan from Kokomo & Lafayette will arrive in Pine Village at, about, around,

    or somewhat after, 9:30 AM. Be there early!!!!!!!

        Park anywhere Downtown. Expect to see Paddler-People wandering around in the middle of the highway. The locals just ignore us.

    They know we're harmless, and that we'll soon be gone.


    • April 26, 2019
    • April 29, 2019
    • Asheville, NC
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    PLEASE CONTACT ROGER FOR REGISTRATION CODE (his contact information is below).  Cost shown for registration is worst case...could be less if the cabin completely fills up (but they always do).  Payment should go directly to Roger.

    This is a trip intended for those who have been curious about all us folks who head south to paddle the whitewater. You feel like you don't have the right experience or the right gear to go on those trips; but you want to. Sniff, sniff, Boo Hoo... Well this trip is intended for you. We will explore some of the beautiful mountain streams in that area that will challenge you a bit, shouldn't scare you, and will give you an entry level taste of what this whitewater paddling stuff is about. You might take a swim, but you won't be risking your life. You will definitely get wet!

    We will stick to easy Class 2 river sections. Clear lines with some waves. There may be some Class 3 features in places, but we can avoid them (or maybe not....heh, heh). In any event, it makes for some beautiful photos. Most of the sections will be 4-6 miles and will only take a few hours. We'll make selections based upon the skill of the weakest paddler and the interest of the group. The intent is to introduce you to a new experience with a minimum of anxiety.

    The rivers in the area I am considering would be:

    Lower Pigeon, Lower Green, Easy sections of the Nantahala, Tuckaseegee Gorge, Little Tennessee. Also, we don't HAVE to paddle every day if the group would prefer to spend a day exploring the area (and it is definitely worth exploring).


    Actual whitewater boats and gear are not required for this trip. But a boat closer to WW is better than one that is strictly a recreational kayak. Crossover types are good (e.g. Jackson Rogue); Pungo's - not so good. 10-11 feet long (or shorter) is a much better choice.

    A skirt is recommended, but not required. If you don't have one you will be wet all the time and dumping a lot. Also, the water will be somewhat chilly - but not freezing. So you should plan for that. We don't stop and change clothes every time we get soaked.

    A helmet is also a really good idea. A hockey helmet will do the job if you don't have one.  PFDs are strictly required as this is a club policy

    Flotation bags are also a good idea. It makes rescueing your boat so much easier if you swim.

    I have rented a beautiful cabin in the Smoky Mountains near Asheville for three nights (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights). It has a deck, hot tub, showers, fireplace, pool table, cable TV, and a full kitchen.

    So we can make our own meals (optional - you can go out if you want to), which keeps the cost down tremendously. $10/day/person is usually more than enough for food - and we will be eating very well. I'll take care of the food planning, and groceries. I only ask for a little help preparing it when needed to speed things along. If 8 people commit to this trip the cost for the cabin and food will be about $135 ($45/day/person). If only 6 people commit (the minimum), it will be $168 ($56/day/person). Ride sharing will further reduce the costs.

    I will need commitments before March 27. That is the last day that I can cancel the cabin reservation without penalty. Once the trip has been confirmed as 'ON', payments will be expected within the next couple of weeks. If you need to cancel later, you be expected to pay your share unless someone else can take your place.

    This trip is open to 8 people total, 2 have committed as of 3/14. It is also being posted on other club websites. I will post in the comments when it is full and closed. If you are interested, DO NOT wait. The last trip like this that I organized filled in three days. You Snooze = You Lose

    Email or call me if you have concerns about you abilities or equipment, or just have questions: (231) 375-7574 or rlstarr@charter.net

Past events

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 10, 2018 HCKC Annual Meeting
October 26, 2018 WW: Russell Fork Rendezvous
October 20, 2018 Pirate Paddle and Party!
October 19, 2018 WW: New River (Fri), Bridge Day (Sat) and Gauley final release (Sun)
September 29, 2018 WW: Savage river Release
September 14, 2018 WW: Gauley Fest
August 25, 2018 FW/SK: Cataract Falls Full Moon Paddle
June 30, 2018 ALL: 4th of July Trip on the Youghiogheny
June 23, 2018 WW: Iowa Parks/Charles City Challenge
June 17, 2018 Canceled due to high heat HCKC Boat Demo and Open House
June 16, 2018 (copy) Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon
June 09, 2018 Volunteers need for HCKC booth at Outdoor Explore in Lafayette
June 01, 2018 South Bend's Best Week Ever
May 26, 2018 Save the Boundary Waters, Holliday Park Presentation, Book signings
May 18, 2018 WW: Stoney Creek Rendezvous
May 05, 2018 FW/WW: Fall Creek Clean Up
May 04, 2018 WW: CHEAT RIVER FESTIVAL
April 19, 2018 WW: Tuckfest
March 31, 2018 WW: Elkhorn River
March 18, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
March 09, 2018 Canoecopia
March 04, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
March 03, 2018 FW/WW: Ice Falls Trip March 3 2018 (Canceled)
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
January 01, 2018 Canceled: New Year's Day Paddle
November 25, 2017 Pool Session.
November 11, 2017 HCKC Annual Member Meeting
September 30, 2017 ACA L4 Swiftwater Rescue Class
September 30, 2017 WW: Savage river Release
September 14, 2017 WW: Gauley Fest
July 08, 2017 HCKC Open House CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER
July 02, 2017 WW: Savage river Release
June 30, 2017 WW: Lower Yough
June 27, 2017 Fly Fishing 101
June 24, 2017 WW: Tuckasegee/ Nantahala
June 23, 2017 WW: Monica's Birthday Paddle on the Yough
June 16, 2017 WW: French Broad and Laurel Creek
June 11, 2017 WW: East Race
June 10, 2017 WW: Christiana Creek
June 03, 2017 WW: Savage river Release
June 02, 2017 WW: East Race
May 27, 2017 WW: Wolf/ Peshtigo
May 19, 2017 WW: Stoney Creek
May 05, 2017 WW: Cheat fest
April 22, 2017 Cincy Paddlers Annual Spring Swap Meet
April 21, 2017 WW: Tuck Fest
April 16, 2017 WW: Easter Sunday Nantahala
April 07, 2017 WW: Webster Springs Wild Water Weekend
April 07, 2017 WW: National Whitewater Center
April 05, 2017 Pool Session.
April 01, 2017 April Fools on Big Pine 40th Anniversary Paddle
April 01, 2017 Clear Creek
March 29, 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival Tour: Chicago, IL
March 23, 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival Tour: Dayton OH
March 11, 2017 WW: Ain't Louie fest
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
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