Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

Annual Spring Solstice Trip

  • March 20, 2021
  • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Summit Lake State Park



Saturday, March 20, 2021

The Annual Summit Lake Spring Solstice Celebration Trip:       

THIS IS  A LEVEL 2  HCKC Sea Kayaking Trip.     Please review trip level chart before signing up. Trip Level Guide 1-2021.docx   SK Guidelines 1-2021.docx

Sponsor:  Jim Eckerty                     rentbsu@comcast.net    

Schedule:  Launch time: 11:00 AM    From Main Boat Ramp (read on)                       Length: 2-3 hours, 6-8 miles   

 Go / No-Go decision will be made & posted 24 hours prior to launch.

Registration:  Please register on the club web site or email if necessary.

Equipment Requirement:    Wet or Dry suit and spray skirt STRONGLY recommended.  Appropriate clothing plus emergency Dry clothing in water tight bag.          Sit on top boats, SUP’s are not appropriate for this trip. 

Skill Requirement:  Experience with Cold Weather paddling.  Please review Hypothermia Charts, getting wet could be lethal (see chart below).  Many past trips have seen the ice dissipate just days before our arrival and sometimes we have encountered “HARD” water.


Water Temp                                     Index                    Unconsciousness          Survival Time

32.5 to 40 degrees


15 to 30 minutes

30 to 90 minutes

GENERAL:  Rest rooms at the dock/put-it have been open for this trip in the past and we assume they will be available again this year.  Since we are meeting at the main boat ramp (pass the gate house and turn right at the first “T”) you will be able to launch your ship from the concrete ramp or shoreline. This early in the season there should be no gate fee but you will need a 2021 State Park Boat Permit, sometimes available at the park office but I would not depend on that.   We will probably stop about half way a brief lunch.   So dust off your gear and hope for great weather !  

SUMMIT LAKE:  Summit Lake is the major feature of Indiana's 19th state park. Established in 1988, 800 acre Summit Lake was formed by damming Big Blue River and other smaller tributaries.  Summit Lake is very near the highest point in the state (hence the name Summit) so please be aware that wind and waves can be moderate...1-2 ft depending on the weather so a spray skirt is required.

Directions:  Summit Lake State park is located northeast of New Castle and southeast of Muncie. From Mt Summit, IN (Highway 3 and 36 intersect here) travel 4 miles east on Highway 36 to Messick Road and then north 1 mile to the park. 

Getting There:  GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 40.02097, -85.30126 40°1'15"N, 85°18'5"W

Mailing Address:    Summit Lake State Park   5993 N Messick  Road  New Castle, IN 47362

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