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During all scheduled club activities, we will follow CDC and Local Mask and Social Distancing guidelines.

Upcoming events

    • May 04, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • September 21, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 21 sessions
    • Eagle Creek Park

    Eagle Creek Tuesday Evening Paddles

    Eagle Creek paddles started on May 4th 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 4 through September 28, 2021
    • 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.
    • 2021 HCKC-Eagle Creek Pass:  Current HCKC Members must print the 2021 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.
    • Covid Policy:
      During all scheduled club activities, we will follow CDC and Local Mask and Social Distancing Guidelines.
      Participants are expected to withdraw from the event if experiencing symptoms or if in a quarantine status


    • July 31, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Near Delphi
    Register

    Come along for a trip of around 10 miles on the Wabash in Carroll County.  The put-in will be at French Post Park, 9974 N 275 W, Delphi, Indiana (40.6924, -86.5720).  Note that this is a rural location, and off the main highway a few miles.  We will meet up at 9:45, and run the shuttle once everyone is unloaded.  The take-out location is Pittsburg Public Access Site, just a little ways north of SR 18 on the west side of the river.  This should be a trip suitable for all.  Contact Judy Thompson judy_thom@hotmail.com for more information.  If anyone is interested, primitive camping is available at French Post Park by advance reservation only by calling 765-412-7090 or 765-490-2417.  Per club policy, PFDs are required to be worn while on the water.

    Covid Policy:
    During all scheduled club activities, we will follow CDC and Local Mask and Social Distancing Guidelines.
    Participants are expected to withdraw from the event if experiencing symptoms or if in a quarantine status


    • August 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Door County Wisconsin
    Register

    Trip Location: Door County Wisconsin

    Fleet & Trip Level/Paddler Expected Ability: SK Level 3

    Please review Expected Conditions and Paddler ability for a Level 3 Trip Trip Level Guide 1-2021.docx

    Trip Sponsor & Lead: Arnaldo Rodriguez

    Dates: August 1-6 2021

    This is the 1st time HCKC is going to Door County Wisconsin, one of the premier paddling destinations in the Midwest. Door County is located in an 80-mile long peninsula surrounded by Lake Michigan on the East and Green Bay on the West. With 300 miles of shoreline, Door County has it all.  Towering bluffs, calm bays, historic lighthouses, rivers, estuaries, 34 named islands, pebble beaches, shipwrecks, and cool coastal towns.  Trips will depending on conditions and the group’s interests.  It’s approximately a 7.5-hour drive from Indianapolis. Pictures and area info attached

    Camping /Reservation Info:

    Wagon Trail Campground 1190 County Road ZZ, Ellison Bay, WI  Website: wagontrailcampground.com  Campground sites are almost full for these dates.  However, we have already reserved 11 sites, so if you are interested in going, please contact Arnaldo Rodriguez before reserving another site online.  We should be able to pair you with someone else to share a site and split the cost.                     Email rodriguez_arnaldo_ar@lilly.com

    Itinerary/ Schedule:Arrive Sunday August1st and Depart Friday August 6 We will have 4 paddle days

     Examples of possible trips:                                                                              Peninsula State Park – This will be a 10-mile one-way trip.  We will be paddling along the entire coastline of the park, one of the most popular in the Wisconsin state park system, from Fish Creek to Ephraim.  We’ll see rocky cliffs, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and Nicolet Bay Beach, with a quick circumnavigation of Horseshoe Island. 

    Top of the Door Tour – This will be a 14-mile one-way paddle from Ellison Bay to Newport Beach SP.  We will paddle north around Deathdoor Bluff near Door Bluff County Park, then east along Garret Bay’s shoreline, pass the village of Gills Rock and the ferry dock at Northport, and then turn south toward our takeout at Newport SP. 

    Washington Island – This will be a 10-mile roundtrip tour to Washington Island.  The island is about 3.5 miles from the ferry dock at Northport, but we will not be making the crossing in one shot.  Instead, we will make 3 short crossings.  We will start with a 1.3-mile crossing to Plum Island, then a 1.6-mile crossing to Detroit Island and finally a 0.2-mile short hop to Washington Island.  We will paddle along portions of the shoreline of all 3 islands along the way and admire the Plum Island Rear Range Lighthouse.

    Ephraim to Ellison Bay – This will be an 11.5 mile one-way trip where we will hit three of the best coastal towns in Door county.  We will start at Ephraim and paddle 5 miles to Sister Bay, then another 6.5 miles to Ellison Bay.  The short distances between the towns will allow us time to soak in a little bit of the atmosphere of these picturesque towns, either during or after the paddle.

    Cave Point and Cana Island – At 17 miles, this will be the longest trip.  We will start at Schauer Park and paddle a mile south to Cave Point and explore its rocky shoreline.  Then we’ll paddle north to Jacksonport, across Bailey’s Harbor and Moonlight Bay to our takeout near Cana Island.

    Equipment Requirements: Sea kayaks (15+') with spray skirt, fore and aft bulkheads, full perimeter deck lines, pump/paddle float and safety equipment are required. 

    Other considerations/Prerequisites: See Trip Level and Paddler Expected Ability Sea Kayaking Page (Link from Home HCKC)

    How to Register for Trip: On the HCKC Website Calendar select the “Register” box and Email rodriguez_arnaldo_ar@lilly.com

    Covid Policy:
    During all scheduled club activities, we will follow CDC and Local Mask and Social Distancing Guidelines.
    Participants are expected to withdraw from the event if experiencing symptoms or if in a quarantine status




    • August 04, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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 06, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • August 08, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Wildcat Creek

    Muskrat's

    Wildcat Creek Expeditions

     

    Newsletter.......Chapter 1302.......July 6th 2021

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    The 36th Annual

    Indiana Paddlers Rendezvous

    August 6th,7th,& 8th,2021

     

     

    Hey Wildcat Paddlers,

     

        The Indiana Paddlers Rendezvous is less than 5 weeks away.  This Newsletter should provide all the info you need to make plans and mark your calendar.  Make plans to attend the IPR, and enjoy a full

    weekend of Paddling on Wildcat Creek. 

     

    Full event details, times, and locations

     are included below.

     

        The IPR has proven to be one of the overall best Paddling events in Indiana.  If you've never attended, rest assured it is worth your time.  Come prepared to enjoy one of the nicest small Streams in Indiana,

    to relax with old Paddling buddies, and to make new friends.

     

    This event is open to members of Canoe & Kayak Clubs,

    Internet Paddling Groups, and River Protection Organizations

    who have their own personal equipment and enough skills

    for an enjoyable day on a Swift Flowing Natural Stream.

    Please take this opportunity to pass this Trip Announcement

    on to any of the above mentioned organizations

    with which you have connections.

     But please avoid wide open public, media,

    or Facebook announcements.

     

    Ben & Nancy Franklin in 2013

     

            Muskrat has once again volunteered to be the IPR Trip Leader.

    Numerous requests for Volunteers will be posted to the Wildcat Guardians and others within the next few weeks, including a request for "Volunteer Shuttle Drivers", "Registration Team", and an "On-Stream Safety Crew".  I'm hoping to hear from many of you who have assisted with these tasks

    in the past.  If you should have questions about Volunteer positions,

    please contact me below:

     

    MUSKRAT'S CONTACT INFO:

    Email:  garryhill@aol.com

    Phone: 765-432-6782

     

     

    Lisa Pantea at IPR-2006

     

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    MUSKRAT's Notes on the IPR:

     

     

    Here is a basic timetable for the IPR,

    just in case you receive no further information.

    The dates for 2021 are Friday, Saturday& Sunday, August 6-7-8.

    Directions to all locations are provided below.

     

    Whenever and Where ever you arrive at the IPR,

    please proceed directly to the Registration Table.

     

     

    FRIDAY August 6th:

    The first activity of the weekend will be a Trip on Wildcat Creek Friday afternoon; Meeting Time is 3:00-PM at Wildcat Park (Directions Below).  

    Where we will Paddle will be announced at that time, and the Shuttle will

    begin immediately thereafter; please arrive early.

     

    There will be a BYO Campfire Cookout at Wildcat Park following this Cruise.  The IPR Paddler's Campsite will be available at Wildcat Park for both Friday and Saturday nights, thanks to special arrangement with the Tippecanoe County Parks Dept.  Camping is strictly "Primitive" with no electricity available.  The only utilities are water, pit toilets, and Bathing in the Creek.

     

     

    SATURDAY August 7th:

    Saturday’s Creek Trip will begin at Knop Lake Public Fishing Area (Directions Below).  This will cover 13.6-miles and end at Wildcat Park.  There will be an alternate Takeout for a 9-mile Trip.  Lunch at The Gravelbar is BYO.

    Shuttle Departure Time is 9:00-AM from Knop Lake PAS.  You should plan

    to arrive at Knop Lake PAS absolutely no later than 8:30-AM

    (8-AM would be better; it really gets crowded with all the people arriving).

     

    Saturday’s Traditional Chili Supper will begin serving at 6-PM

    at the Paddler's Campsite in Wildcat Park (Directions Below).

     

    >>>>>>> Chili Supper Reservations are the only advance notice you are asked to provide.  Simply provide your name and your number of

    Chili Eaters, so Muskrat can make sure to cook enough for everyone.

    Please make Chili Reservations at garryhill@aol.com.

     

        The Wildcat Guardians Annual Benefit Auction (one of the most

    "Laugh-Filled" parts of the entire weekend) will be held immediately

    after the Chili Supper.  If you have any items to offer for sale,

    please present them at the Registration Table whenever you arrive.

     

     

     

    SUNDAY August 8th:

    Sunday’s Creek Trip will meet at Wildcat Park (Directions Below).  Shuttle departure is 9:00-AM-Sharp.  Please arrive Early.  Lunch at The Gravelbar

    is BYO.  This Trip varies from year to year, but usually covers the 9-miles from Wildcat Park to the Wabash River.  Launch and Takeout locations

    will be announced to everyone who arrives at Wildcat Park in time for

    Shuttle Departure at 9:00-AM Sunday morning.

     

     

     

    For any questions email garryhill@aol.com

    or call Muskrat at 765-432-6782.

     

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    DIRECTIONS.......

     

    Muskrat's Wildcat Creek Expedition Team utilizes the "Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer" for accurate directions to River access locations all over Indiana.  This Indiana map book is the absolute best for River People.

    The directions below are based on the use of this book.

    The Gazetteer can be found at Staples, some Meijer's and Wal-Mart stores, bookstores, convenience stores, and others.

     

     

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    Directions To Wildcat Park
    Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 31:
    Find Monitor on SR-26, east of Lafayette.  Go North from Monitor on 

    CR 775-E.  Then, at a "T", turn áLeft on CR 300-N.

    Watch for yellow "IPR" marks on the pavement.

    Then, áLeft again onto CR 600-E (not written on map). 

    600-E will drop steeply down into the Valley and make a sharp Right Curve. 

    The Entrance to Wildcat Park is on the áLeft, about ½-mile after that Curve.  

    Watch for the "IPR" signs.

     

    Another option:  Take SR-26 West from I-65 (toward Lafayette). 

    Turn Rightâ at Creasy Lane.  Follow this street around a curve,

    over the Interstate, and across Wildcat Creek. 

    At the end of that Bridge, turn Rightâ onto Eisenhower Road. 

    Wildcat Park will be on the Rightâ in about 1-1/2-miles.

    Watch for the "IPR" signs.

     

    For GPS Folks:  5129 Eisenhower Road, Lafayette, IN 47905

     

     

     

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    Directions To Knop Lake Public Access Site

    Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 32:

     

     

    1)  From US-31 or SR-931 south of Kokomo, head West on SR-26.  

    About 4-¼ miles West of Rossville, just after the Town of Edna Mills,

    turn Rightâ onto CR 900-W; watch for a Green Sign to "Pyrmontâ".

    Go to NEXT>>>

     

    2)  From I-65 at Lafayette, head East on SR-26. Approximately 7-½ miles East of the Interstate, turn áLeft from SR-26 onto CR 900-W; 

    watch for Green Sign to "áPyrmont". This is just after the Village of Petit,

    and 1-mile after the County Line.  Go to NEXT>>>

     

    Next>>>   In 2-½ miles turn Rightâ on CR 650-S (Church on Left).

    The Entrance to Knop Lake State Fishing Area is on the áLeft in ½-mile.

    Go slow and watch closely; you can easily miss the Entrance Sign,

    in a wooded area, going downhill.

    Watch for yellow "IPR" marks on the pavement, and "IPR" Signs.

     

    For GPS Folks:  Carroll County Road 650-S at (about) 720-W.

        Follow the gravel road past the Pond (Knop Lake), keeping to the áLeft

    at every fork, following the IPR-signs, until you reach the Registration Area.  Then follow the directions of the Volunteers, and they will get you to the

    Launch Site as soon as possible.  

     

     (On a State Hwy Map, Rossville is located east of Lafayette,

    south of Delphi, west of Kokomo.) 

     

     

     

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    See You On The River,
    Muskrat

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    GarryHill@aol.com

    765-432-6782

    Snail-Mail to 1021 Eastcrest Drive, Greentown, IN 46936-1612

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    Visit Wildcat Creek On-line at the following sites:

    http://www.wildcatguardians.org/

    http://www.wildcatcreek.net/


    • August 11, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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 12, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)

    Regular monthly meeting of the HCKC Board Members and Committee Chairs.

    If you have questions and would like to address the board at one of these meetings please reach out to Toni Harris or any other board member for more information! 

    • August 14, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Eagle Creek Park Reservoir, Indianapolis, In
    Register

    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 them 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 the 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. 

    If your bringing a guest or another family member please register them separately.

     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. 

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

     Thanks for your help.

    • August 18, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Lieber State Recreation Area
    Register

    FW/SK Trip Announcement: Cataract Falls Full Moon Paddle

    August 21, 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. 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 (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 onyour 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.

    Covid Policy:
    During all scheduled club activities, we will follow CDC and Local Mask and Social Distancing Guidelines.
    Participants are expected to withdraw from the event if experiencing symptoms or if in a quarantine status


    • August 21, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Eagle Creek Reservoir, Indianapolis, In
    Register

    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 them 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 the 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. 

    If your bringing a guest or another family member please register them separately.

     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. 

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

     Thanks for your help.



    • August 25, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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 28, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Gosport area

    date may change

    • August 28, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • September 04, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Bayfield Wisconsin
    Register

    SK The Apostle Islands August 28- September 4, 2021

    Trip Sponsor:  Linda Decker

    Technical Leads: Angela Henley, Andy Thieneman, Nate Strong, Martha Gitt & Carol Anderson

    Trip Level and Paddler Expected Ability: L3 (Potential L4 conditions ) Please review 

    Trip Level Guide 1-2021.docx

    Apostle Islands National Lakeshore exists as a coastal park at the northeastern tip of the Bayfield Peninsula, the northernmost mainland point in Wisconsin. It consists of 21 islands and a 12-mile mainland area and has significant historic, scenic, natural, and recreational resource.

    We will be in paddle/camping groups of 5-6. The maximum number of participants will be capped at 15 depending on number of team leaders and ability level of the paddlers.

     We will plan to camp at Little Sand Bay Campground Saturday and Sunday nights and will paddle to the Mainland Sea Caves on Sunday. On Monday morning, our groups will set out for the islands for 5 nights of primitive camping. We will arrive back to Little Sand Bay Saturday morning and head for home.

    The route that each group will take is determined by the Team Leader and is dependant on what campsites are available. Sample Itineraries we have done in the past:

    Inner Island Group:  Little Sand BayàYorkàOak 6-à Stockton-Presque Ile Bay – Day trip to Michigan Island à Manitou à York à Little Sand Bay)..  

    Outer Island Group: YorkàSouth Twin 1 àDevils Island à Stockton 21 à Presque Ile  Bay (Stockton)  à York à Little Sand Bay.

    Here is an island map if you want to check them out:   https://www.nps.gov/apis/planyourvisit/upload/APIS-map-07.pdf

    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. 

    Registration:   Register here and e-mail Linda Decker lsdecker2018@gmail.com 

    *I have some tent campsites available

    Camping Reservations At Little Sand Bay Campground Call or email 1-715-779-5233 sandbaycampground@centurytel.net 

    Covid Policy:
    During all scheduled club activities, we will follow CDC and Local Mask and Social Distancing Guidelines.
    Participants are expected to withdraw from the event if experiencing symptoms or if in a quarantine status



    • September 01, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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 04, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • near Rochester, IN
    Register

    This trip was originally scheduled for June 26, but has been rescheduled due to weather/water levels.

    This is a pleasant 9.6-mile trip on the Upper Tippecanoe River, and should be suitable for all paddlers including beginners with some moving water experience.  The trip is scheduled for Sept. 4, but please be sure to register to confirm, or otherwise be notified in case the trip is canceled (for example, if there is a high probability of thunderstorms that day).  Be sure to bring a mask for the shuttle and be aware that life vests are required to be worn when on the river.

    The meeting place for this trip is Menominee Public Access Site.

    From the South:  Find the junction of US-31 & SR-25 on the South side of Rochester.

    The US-31 Bridge over the Tippy is 3.8-miles North of that junction.

    100-yards before that Bridge, turn Right onto Olson Road (aka CR 250-N).

    This is 1-mile after a Blue Sign to “Fairgrounds”.  At a Stop Sign, turn Left on Old US-31. 

    In 1-mile turn Right on CR 350-N, just before a Bridge over the Tippy, with Brown Sign (Public Fishing Site).  The Entrance to the Menominee PAS is on the Left in about ¼-mile.

    Please arrive at 9:45 to start unloading boats and gear.  We will then shuttle vehicles to the take-out location, Germany Bridge County Park.  Please contact Judy Thompson judy_thom@hotmail.com, if you would like more information.

    Covid Policy:
    During all scheduled club activities, we will follow CDC and Local Mask and Social Distancing Guidelines.
    Participants are expected to withdraw from the event if experiencing symptoms or if in a quarantine status


    • September 08, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • September 12, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Sleeping Bear Dunes
    Register

    Trip Sponsor: Brad Huey

    Details Coming Soon

    Covid Policy:
    During all scheduled club activities, we will follow CDC and Local Mask and Social Distancing Guidelines.
    Participants are expected to withdraw from the event if experiencing symptoms or if in a quarantine status


    • September 09, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)

    Regular monthly meeting of the HCKC Board Members and Committee Chairs.

    If you have questions and would like to address the board at one of these meetings please reach out to Toni Harris or any other board member for more information! 

    • September 11, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Crooked Creek ramp


    • September 15, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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 22, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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 24, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • September 27, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Pokagon State Park Angola Indiana
    Register

    September 24-26, 2021

    HCKC Trip Level- Level 2 Kayak with possible distances of 10-15 miles/day

    Trip Level Guide 1-2021.docx

    Trip Sponsor:  Suzy Mccain & Linda Decker

    Campsites are available at Pokagon State Park and should be reserved as soon as possible

    Pokagon State Park Inn also available

    Pokagon State Park is located in NE Indiana near Angola. The park is bordered by Lake James and Snow Lake. The area is surrounded by multiple natural lakes that can be explored. Many of the lakes are connected to other lakes, adding to the paddling options. There is a large variety of birds and wildlife in the area. Nice boat launch areas can be found on Coldwater Lake, Big Otter Lake, Golden Lake, Clear Lake and Big Bower Lake. Other activities include hiking and biking trails.

    We will plan to paddle Friday, Saturday & Sunday ( with the longest trip on Saturday) and hiking on Monday. You can join us for the days that fit your schedule.

    Day trips possibilities may include:

    • ·       Marsh Lake to Little Otter Lake to Big Otter Lake to Snow Lake to the 3 Basins of Lake James
    • ·       Golden Lake to Big Bower to Hogback (out & back)
    • ·       First Lake to Marble Lake to East Long Lake to Coldwater Lake (shuttle)

    Please register on the HCKC web site adjacent to this trip announcement.

    A specific itinerary and time/location of launch sites will be sent to the registered participants.

    For questions: lsdecker2018@gmail.com


    • September 29, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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!!



    • October 06, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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!!



    • October 08, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • October 10, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Laurel River Lake
    Register

    Laurel River Lake, KY Oct. 8-10

    This year we are trying out a new location for HCKC, Laurel River Lake.  Laurel River Lake is a 19-mile-long reservoir with numerous fingers and a sandstone shoreline accessible by kayaks. It is considered one of the clearest and most beautiful lakes in Kentucky. It is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest.  Nearby cities are London and Corbin.

    The main paddle day will be Saturday, Oct. 9.  The plan is to also offer a Friday afternoon paddle and a Sunday morning paddle.  More information about where to meet will come later.  Attendees should be comfortable lake paddling about 10 miles where some wind and waves may be encountered.  If there is enough interest from those with touring/sea kayaks, they may select a different route than the canoe/kayak group; if not, those with the longer boats are welcome to join the canoe/kayak group.  The canoe/kayak group will not travel as fast or as far, but all should have a good time.

    IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE MAKE YOUR CAMPING RESERVATIONS ASAP.  Campgrounds have been filling up early this season.  The group will be staying at Holly Bay campground, reservations are available at https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232259 There will be group campfires in the evening to socialize – we will see who has the best site for this after arrival.

    Several launch sites require passes which cost $3/day or $5/3days. You can purchase passes at gas stations and marinas.  This is good for any of the area pay ramps.  PFDs are required to worn while on the water.

    Mariann Davis did an on-shore scout of the area and made an excellent write up.  Here is a link for those interested in more information:  Laurel River trip.pdf  Please email me judy_thom@hotmail.com if you have questions.


    Covid Policy:
    During all scheduled club activities, we will follow CDC and Local Mask and Social Distancing Guidelines.
    Participants are expected to withdraw from the event if experiencing symptoms or if in a quarantine status



    • October 13, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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!!



    • October 14, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)

    Regular monthly meeting of the HCKC Board Members and Committee Chairs.

    If you have questions and would like to address the board at one of these meetings please reach out to Toni Harris or any other board member for more information! 

    • October 20, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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!!



    • October 23, 2021
    • (EDT)

    Trip Sponsor: Robert Moore

    Details Coming Soon

    Covid Policy:
    During all scheduled club activities, we will follow CDC and Local Mask and Social Distancing Guidelines.
    Participants are expected to withdraw from the event if experiencing symptoms or if in a quarantine status


    • October 27, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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!!



    • November 03, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register