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:
Lisa Pantea at IPR-2006
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call Muskrat at 765-432-6782.
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.
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
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.)
See You On The River,
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Snail-Mail to 1021 Eastcrest Drive, Greentown, IN 46936-1612
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