Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

Upcoming events

    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 29 Nov 2017
    • 35 sessions
    • Thatcher Pool, Indianapolis, IN

    HCKC Pool Sessions

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

    Wednesday Pool Session - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm:  From Wednesday, April 5, 2016 through November

    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.


    • 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.
    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 Aug 2017
    • Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

    Green River Overnight and Solar Eclipse Paddle, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY; August 18-21

    Note: the removal of the dam downstream of Mammoth Cave has changed the river a bit, so some adjustments to the itinerary may be necessary, including not being able to camp on the river.  National Park rangers are now enforcing a mandatory wear your PFD rule.  So, stay flexible and enjoy the trip.  :)  

    If you have ever wanted to try to camp out of your boat, this trip is for you!  One of my favorite places to paddle, the Green River runs right through Mammoth Cave National Park and is a great outdoor resource available to all for hiking, fishing, camping, and especially kayaking or canoeing.  Wildlife abounds in the park, and it is not uncommon to see deer, wild turkey, bald eagles, raccoons, beaver, or hear the howls of a coyote pack in the distance.  Since this is a National Park, fishing is permitted without a license so feel free to bring your pole!  If you don’t have a pole, let me know and I may have an extra one for you to borrow.

    Friday Aug.18

    I plan on heading down early Friday and plan on camping at the Mammoth Cave National Park campground.  The campgrounds are nice and clean; have flushing toilets and pay showers.  Please let me know if you would be interested in camping as well, as we can share sites, etc.  Cost is $20 per night and up to 8 persons per site.  I plan on reserving sites for 3 nights in case of inclement weather or river conditions.

    Campground details:  http://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/macacampground.htm

    Saturday Aug.19

    Meeting Point: Mammoth Cave Campground Store

    For those who are not camping Friday night, we will meet at the campground store.  There is little to no cell phone service in MCNP, so please plan on meeting Saturday at 9:30 am EST (8:30 CST).  We will promptly leave at 9:45 am EST to the put-in. 

    Mammoth Cave National Park map:  http://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=69446

    Put In: Dennison’s Ferry

    We will caravan to the put-in, unload and run our shuttle.  Shuttles will have to be figured out at the put-in based on vehicles, number of people, and who is going where.  Shuttle time will be a little over an hour total.

    Some people don’t like camping and would rather explore on their own and sleep in a bed, I get that.  So, for those of you who opt to sleep off the water you can take out at the Green River Ferry.  It will be a nice 8 mile paddle for you on Saturday.  For those of us sleeping river side, we will continue to paddle down to our target camping spot of Sand Cave Island; located close to Turn Hole Bend.  Camp spots are first come, first serve, so I would like to get to our island in the early evening so we can set up, gather wood, and relax for the night.  Campers will paddle a total of approx. 12 miles Saturday.  I will be bringing a cooking grate and a percolating coffee maker to share; you will need to bring what you would like to cook, eat, mix, etc. 

    For those camping, I will get our free camping permits Friday.  I will need your vehicle’s Make, Model, and plate number, along with emergency contact info.  Your vehicle must have this permit displayed if you leave it overnight in the park.

    Suggested things to bring for camping:

    Although downed wood can be used for firewood, it is always appreciated if you bring along some charcoal in a small ziplock baggie.  Other suggested items include: flash light, bug spray, sunscreen, plenty of water, paper plates, paper cups, personal toiletries, tent, a couple of trash bags, sleeping bag, sleeping pad (we usually camp on a gravel bar), change of clothes, a positive attitude, sense of humor and don’t forget to pack food for Sunday.  One tip I like to adhere to is to freeze my water bottles instead of bringing ice.  They stay frozen longer and you will always have ice cold water to drink. 

    Here are some other tips:



    If you opted to not camp and still want to paddle on Sunday, you can meet us campers on the river.  The non-campers will need to run their own shuttle on Sunday.  It sounds complicated, but it worked out pretty well last time.  Plan to meet on the river no later than 11 am EST, just keep paddling until you see a bunch of happy HCC campers.  J

    Campers will have an approx. 8 mile paddle on Sunday, with non-campers paddling 12 miles.  Take out will be at Houchins Ferry. 

    Paddlers will be required to sign the HCKC Trip Disclaimer before embarking on our adventure.  You can review the trip disclaimer in advance here:


    If you have never been to this area of KY, here is a sneak peek of the scenery:


    If you have any questions or need any more info, please feel free to contact me (Natalie) at natalieHCCkayak@gmail.com 

    Please put Mammoth Cave in the subject line when emailing me.

    Note: the removal of the dam downstream of Mammoth Cave has changed the river a bit, so some adjustments to the itinerary may be necessary.  Stay flexible.  :)

    Monday Day 3:  Aug. 21

    Nashville, TN will have totality and it's only 1.5 hours south.  We'll head that way Monday morning and put on the Cumberland River reservoir  at Rockland Recreation Area and watch the total eclipse on the lake.  I'll be staying one more night in MCNP campground so it won't be such a far drive home that day.

    • 25 Aug 2017
    • 27 Aug 2017
    • Indiana Dunes State Park

    This is our annual 3-day event with NWIPA at Indiana Dunes State Park   

    I will get out full details in the August Newsletter and the Sea Kayak e-mail list.

    Trip Sponsors:  Maggie Byrne (NWIPA), JIm Sprandel (HCKC)

    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis

    Swimming portion of the  Indy Sprint Triathlon Series.  HCKC members and guest provide safety boats for the swimmers in the 500 meter course.  Participants are there to provide assistance to swimmers, guide then on the course,  allow a place to rest or signal for extraction.  We will be on the outside of the course while city lifeguards are on the inside of course. Meet at the Eagle Creek Park office on 56th street just northwest of the main park entrance and just before you get to the bridge over the reservoir.  


    We must be unloaded and on the water by 7:45-50 as the swimming starts at 8am.   Instructions will be given just prior to the event.  No special skills needed.  Items which may enhance your effectiveness are whistle,  short throw line and float, extra PFD.  We are usually done by 9.  Some go to breakfast, some go paddle around, some have to go home and do chores. 

    This is an important event to HCKC as we the club is paid a $1000.00 for helping with this event.  You will get an event T-shirt for participating, please register with shirt size.  Canoe, Kayak or paddle board OK.

    This is an all female event, thus T-shirts are more feminine and water bottles or cups are usually available to male volunteers.  Please specify shirt or other.


    If you have questions or concerns please contact John Wainscott @ wldleak@sbcglobal.net or 317-250-8107.


    Thanks for your help.

    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Wabash River, section TBD

    The Wabash River is a great summertime paddling destination as it's more certain to have a decent water flow during the hot months when other small streams may be dry.  

    Trip Leader:  Judy Thompson

    see newsletter for more details

    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 Sep 2017
    • Labor Day Weekend Excursion TBD

    In the past, the HCKC has offered a club expedition over Labor Day Weekend.  Trip suggestions and trip leaders are welcomed to submit plans. Contact chair Theresa Kulczak

    • 08 Sep 2017
    • 13 Sep 2017
    • Glen Arbor, MI

    Manitou Island Trip, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Trip

    Contact Information:  Please contact  Jim Sprandel if you  want more information.  To be announced via Sea Kayak Mailing list.

    • 14 Sep 2017
    • 17 Sep 2017
    • Summersville WV
    • 22 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 24 Sep 2017
    • Pine River, Michigan

    Annual paddling weekend centered around the Pine River in Michigan.  Organized by the Michianna Paddlers.

    HCKC Coordinator: TBD

    • 23 Sep 2017
    • Ohio River

    Ohio River - from Tanner's Creek: Saturday, September 23, 2017

    Time: 10:00AM

    SPONSOR: Robert Moore

    Last year we put in at Tanner's Creek near Lawrenceburg and paddled up Taylor Creek to the abandoned hulk of the USS Sachem and on to the ox-bow in the Great Miami River.  This year the proposed route is to head down stream toward Aurora Indiana.  Aurora is about 2 miles downstream from Tanner's Creek.  We can explore the North and South branches of Hogan Creek at Aurora or paddle another 2 miles to Laughery Creek.  Loughery Creek is probably the more interesting destination.  It is a long creek with a wooded shore and the Old State Road 56 truss bridge.  Laughery Island was the turnaround when the club paddled the route in October 2015.  The trip is covered on Ohio River Charts 109-110 US Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District. 

     This is a sea kayak trip for paddlers capable of dealing with open water, occasional barge traffic and light current.  Total paddling distance is expected to be 12 nautical miles of which half will be against some current.  We will stop for lunch someplace midway through the trip so bring something to eat. 

    Put-In: Tanner's Creek boat ramp - Follow US 50/Ead's Pkwy from Lawrenceburg, Indiana, turn south onto Tanner's Creek Drive (old Reese Drive) at the traffic light.  Tanner's Creek Drive ends at the boat ramp parking area.  This is a well-developed ramp park with plenty of parking and picnic areas.  Unfortunately, the only restroom facility available is portable toilets so you may want to stop off at the fast food or filling station at the Reese Drive intersection on the way to the boat ramp. 

    Meeting time: 10:00 am - launch by 10:30

    Contact information: Robert, njordball@gmail.com.  Those interested please respond via email no later than September 21st.

    • 23 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Perkinsville

    Enjoy a leisurely paddle and a fun day on the White River.  The take-out will be near Bonge's restaurant where paddlers will gather for a post-paddlers dinner.   www.bongestavern.com

    Trip Leader:  Mariann Davis

    See newsletter for more information

    • 30 Sep 2017
    • Savage river
    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mad River, Dayton OH
    • 1
    YAY!!!  We are on the books for our ACA L4 Swiftwater rescue class Sept. 30-Oct. 1  We're going to meet at the Mad River in Dayton OH on Saturday September 30th at 8:30am.  Don Brannon of Watershed Outfitters is our trainer for the weekend, and will be sending me more detailed information but here's what I have so far:

    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 Outfitter group included in fees


     Class only (no assessment) $150 ($50 deposit due at time of registration)

     Class plus ACA Assessment (includes ACA Certificate of Completion) $180 (same deposit required as above)

    We will be doing day one as described above, with day 2 to be in our boats on a river for more practical, in-the-environment instruction

    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Canoe/Kayak Ramp, Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, IN

    We will have a shoreline cleanup of Eagle Creek on Saturday, September 30th.  This is an opportunity to pay back one of our local partners and one of Indianapolis’s premier paddling resources by cleaning up the shores of Eagle Creek reservoir. 

    • When: Saturday, September 30th, 10 a.m  (Ready to Launch) until 1:00 pm
    • Where:  Eagle Creek Park, Canoe and Kayak put-in at the southwest end of the Discovery Center Parking Lot (next to Go Ape)
    • What to Bring:  Snacks, water, gloves, hat, good water shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and your canoe or kayak. Trash bags and some trash grabber thingies will be provided.   You might bring a knife for cutting fishing line.
    • Park Entry:  This event has been added to the park calendar.  When entering the park, please tell the person at the entrance that you are a HCKC member here for the shoreline clean up. 

    We'll plan to work until early afternoon or until we run out of trash to pick up.  Plan to stay for all or part of the clean-up, and we often go out of lunch afterwards.

    For all the club members who have enjoyed getting into the park using the HCKC park pass on Tuesdays, this clean-up is part of the price for that privilege.  The club is committed to work 100 volunteer hours for the park in 2017.  The HCKC gets volunteer hours for safety boating during the park's popular moonlight and sunset paddles run by the Eagle Creek Outfitters, and for clean-ups during the year.   We'd like to thank those who have safety boated or already helped with park clean-ups.

    Side note:  On a warm July day, two HCKC members got to do some impromptu safety boating when they noticed two swimmers struggling to make progress towards shore while towing a swamped tandem kayak.   Fortunately, the swimmers were not panicked, had retained both paddles, ziplock bag with electronics, and were wearing life jackets.  Minutes later, tandem drained and floating, bilge pump (point of discussion) used to get even more water out, and two paddlers  back in the boat, and once again on their way!

    Questions?   E-mail Kellie Kaneshiro (knkane@gmail.com)

    • 07 Oct 2017
    • Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, IN

    Trip Sponsor:  Jeff Stejskal

    Follow the Sea Kayak mailing list and check the October Newsletter for the Trip Announcement.

    • 07 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Shoals

    This is a scenic trip on the East Fork of the White River ending at Hindostan Falls.  It is a 13.5 trip so plan on 6 hours on the river with a lunch stop.  This is a good beginner trip; just be confident that you are capable of paddling at least 6 hours straight.  Camping is available at Martin State Forest 2 miles east of Shoals on US 50.

    Trip Leader:  Natalie Needham

    See newsletter for more information

    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 15 Oct 2017
    • Patoka Lake, Indiana

    Trip Sponsor:  Jim Sprandel

    Patoka is a trip that we typically do every other year.   We stay at Fisherman's camp at Patoka.  I'll get down there early on Friday to grab one of the good sites there with water access.   While there on Friday, i"ll probably also explore upstream from the camp since we usually head down towards the dam and swimming beach on Saturday.   Sunday, we often go over to the abandoned quarry on the SE corner of the lake since it really is interesting.

    We will probably paddle about 10-14 miles on Saturday and 6-8 miles on Sunday.

    Watch the Sea Kayak mailing list for details or the October Newsletter.

    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Milltown

    The Blue River is one of every paddler's favorites.  IDNR says the Blue River flows through one of the most scenic, interesting and diverse areas of Indiana.  In summer it is packed with public rental boats, and so the HCKC is planning it for October when we can enjoy the glory of fall on the Blue to ourselves.   It's a 14-mile trip -- be sure you're up for a long day on the river . . .

    Trip Leaders:  Theresa Kulczak and Sara Hare

    see newsletter for more information

    • 21 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Ferndale

    The Raccoon Creek paddle trip during the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival has been a signature event of the HCKC since its inception.  Enjoy an awesome trip on a challenging stream, with lunch riverside along the festival grounds.  Hey guys, this is a "don't miss"! Experienced boat navigation skill and cold-water paddling gear required.

    Trip Leader:  Toni Harris

    see newsletter for more information

    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 29 Oct 2017
    • Shannondale, MO

    The Current River is the most spring-fed of all of the Ozark rivers, running crystal clear through rocky bluffs. This annual trip has been led by paddler Denny Williams for over forty years; no one knows Missouri paddling like Denny ( aka Gatorbait).  Gatorbait has graciously included the HCKC in his group for this year.  Last year there were fifty attendees.  Paddlers stay at the Shannondale Community Center (lodging and camping first-come first serve).

    HCKC Coordinator:  Theresa Kulczak

    See newsletter for details, or contact Theresa now to get on the HCKC list.

    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 05 Nov 2017
    • Cutright PAS, Lake Monroe, Bloomington, IN

    Trip Sponsor:  TBD

    Watch for details in the Sea Kayak mailing list and October/November newsletters.

    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Peru

    The Miami Nations of Indians of the State of Indiana say: The Seven Pillars, sometimes called simply "The Cliffs", lie about four miles southeast of Peru along the Mississinewa River. This breathtaking formation was created over the centuries as wind and water eroded the limestone, carving rounded buttresses and alcoves into the north bluff of the river.  Join the HCKC for this annual early November paddler trip.  Cold-weather paddling gear and good boat skills required.  

    Trip Leader:  Rick Moulton

    see newsletter for more information

Past events

19 Aug 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
19 Aug 2017 Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon
05 Aug 2017 SK: Apostle Islands Sea Kayak Adventure
04 Aug 2017 Indiana Paddlers Rendezvous
22 Jul 2017 SK: Lake Monroe "It's Actually Warm" Overnight Trip
16 Jul 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
15 Jul 2017 East Fork of the White River CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER
15 Jul 2017 Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon
08 Jul 2017 FW/SK: Cataract Falls Full Moon Paddle
02 Jul 2017 WW: Savage river Release
01 Jul 2017 SK: NWIPA-HCKC Lake Michigan New Buffalo-Mich.City Paddle
30 Jun 2017 WW: Lower Yough
27 Jun 2017 Fly Fishing 101
25 Jun 2017 SK: Lake Monroe Day Trip
24 Jun 2017 300 Springs, Green River
24 Jun 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
24 Jun 2017 WW: Tuckasegee/ Nantahala
23 Jun 2017 WW: Monica's Birthday Paddle on the Yough
17 Jun 2017 SK: Clinic and Practice Session - Open Water Rescue
17 Jun 2017 Driftwood River
16 Jun 2017 WW: French Broad and Laurel Creek
11 Jun 2017 WW: East Race
10 Jun 2017 Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon
10 Jun 2017 WW: Christiana Creek
04 Jun 2017 SK: Potomac / Chesapeake Bay Trip
03 Jun 2017 WW: Savage river Release
02 Jun 2017 WW: East Race
29 May 2017 Memorial Day
27 May 2017 Wildcat Creek *CANCELED*
27 May 2017 WW: Wolf/ Peshtigo
27 May 2017 SK: Hardy Lake Paddle
20 May 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
19 May 2017 WW: Stoney Creek
19 May 2017 FW/SK: CincyPaddler Grayson Lake Trip
14 May 2017 Mother's Day
13 May 2017 Rusted Moon Presents: Kayakers' and Paddlers' Demo Day
13 May 2017 Fall Creek
13 May 2017 SK: Cagles Mill (Cataract Falls) Highwater Trip
06 May 2017 Muscatatuck Rendezvous
05 May 2017 WW: Cheat fest
29 Apr 2017 Big Walnut
22 Apr 2017 Cincy Paddlers Annual Spring Swap Meet
21 Apr 2017 SK: East Coast Sea Kayak Symposium/South Carolina Trip
21 Apr 2017 WW: Tuck Fest
16 Apr 2017 WW: Easter Sunday Nantahala
16 Apr 2017 Easter
15 Apr 2017 FW/SK: Westwood Lake Paddle
08 Apr 2017 Sand Creek
07 Apr 2017 WW: Webster Springs Wild Water Weekend
07 Apr 2017 WW: National Whitewater Center
01 Apr 2017 April Fools on Big Pine 40th Anniversary Paddle
01 Apr 2017 Clear Creek
01 Apr 2017 SK: Lake Monroe Spring Overnight Paddle
29 Mar 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival Tour: Chicago, IL
23 Mar 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival Tour: Dayton OH
19 Mar 2017 FW/SK: Summit Lake First of Spring Paddle
11 Mar 2017 WW: Ain't Louie fest
10 Mar 2017 All: Canoecopia
05 Mar 2017 Pool Session with South Bend Adventure CLub
18 Feb 2017 All: National Paddler's Film festival
18 Feb 2017 Pool Session with South Bend Adventure CLub
21 Jan 2017 Trip Planning Meeting
01 Jan 2017 New Years Day
31 Dec 2016 New Years Eve Day Paddle on Fall Creek
25 Dec 2016 Christmas Day
03 Dec 2016 Pool Session
24 Nov 2016 Thanksgiving Day
12 Nov 2016 HCKC Annual Meeting and Dinner
17 Aug 2016 Pool Session
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