Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club


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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


    • May 16, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Indianapolis, IN
    • 5
    Registration is closed

    Essentials of River Rescue and Safety – ACA L2 rescue course

    Where: Indianapolis area

    When: 9am

    Grade: flat to slow moving water

    Timing: 8 hours

    Cost: $25

    This is intended for all canoe and kayak paddlers especially those wanting to experience some WW.  It will be an ACA L2 Skills course and assessment.

    Instruction/ assessment at an appropriate level in:

    Trip planning and safety

    Methods of rescue, including (but not limited to) Wading, throwlines, kayak/canoe based.

    Safe Swimming.


    Pre-requisites

    Confident swimming ability.

    L1 canoe or kayak skills

    PFD, and Helmet required.

    Appropriate clothing for the weather.

    Spray skirt not essential but may be preferable for kayaks.

     

    To gain an ACA certificate you will need to be an ACA member.  Course charges include ACA insurance.

    Covid Waiver to be signed and facemask to be worn during shuttle.

    Please email me on:

    Claphamrichard08@gmail.com

    Or call on

    (812) 447-7967 for more details

    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


    • May 19, 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!!



    • May 21, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • May 23, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Johnstown PA
    Register

    This is a Non HCKC Event.  Registration here is a convenience for our members to coordinate travel, food, misc. expenses, camping and or lodging offsite of the Fest.  Typically most attendees camp at the the Fest location, Greenhouse Park which has the advantage of being the takeout for Stoneycreek.

    Sponsor-Sharon Schierling:  email-  sschierl@ND.edu

    Stoneycreek is near Johnstown PA. Fest Location is Greenhouse Park (which google maps will recognize and give you turn by turn directions).  The link to the official website is  http://benscreekcanoeclub.com/rendezvous/ . The entrance fee for the weekend festival is $10 and camping is available.  This has been a favorite of club members even though it is not an official club trip.  The Stoney flows right past the campground so when you get off the river put your boat on your shoulder and walk to your campsite!   Live Music and food in the pavilion and vendors hawking their food and wares from beers to beef jerky and paddling boats and gear. 

    The canyon is creeky and is known as Surfer's Paradise.  It is a small step up from the Lower Yough.  If you are not comfortable on the LY or the East Race in a hard boat please contact the trip sponsor if you still want to kayak this river. Duckies are a good option if you are not comfortable in a hard boat but you will get a work out manuering rubber on this more technical stream.

    Sponsor for this trip is Sharon Schierling   sschierl@ND.edu

    Scout rapid surf

    • May 22, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • GEIST PARK: 10979 FLORIDA RD, FORTVILLE IN 46040 HAMILTON COUNTY
    Register

    BRING AS MANY BOATS, PADDLES & PFDS YOU CAN CARRY

    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..

    *Enjoy a day of demo-ing boats and gear (have your name on all equipment) 

    *Swap or sell gently used paddling or camping gear

    *Picnic with paddlers, club members and guests (Bring a side dish; drinks and grilled brats and dogs provided)

    *If you would like to advertise some items, send a description to me @ Marianndvs@gmail.com

    **Event will be cancelled and rescheduled due to inclement weather; emails will be sent.


    • May 26, 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!!



    • May 27, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Geist Park 10979 Florida Road Fortville
    Register

    Fun Evening Paddle for Members/Newer Paddlers/Families 

    Trip Sponsor: Linda Decker

    May 27th Launch time at 6:30PM

    Location: Geist Park 10979 Florida Road Fortville, IN

    Come and join us for a fun evening paddle. We will meet and launch at Geist Park.  We will paddle up the creek toward the main lake and hopefully will see the resident swans, blue herons or an eagle along the way.

    Make sure each person has a PFD and whistle for safety.  

    Please contact me with any questions lsdecker2018@gmail.com 


    • May 29, 2021
    • (EDT)


    • June 01, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Eagle Creek
    Register

    Level 1&2 Skills for Instructor Training

    Instructor: Richard

    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


    • June 02, 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!!



    • June 04, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • June 06, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Summit Lake State Park
    Register

    Instructor Sponsor: Martha Gitt 

    Contact Martha with any questions regarding the training mailto:marthagitt@yahoo.com

    Class Location:

    Saturday June 5th Ready to Launch at 10:00am

    Summit Lake 5993 N. Messick Road New Castle, Indiana

    South Boat Launch Near Harvey Shelter ( Enter park and go left at the T intersection and follow the signs to the boat launch)


    We will be camping at Summit Lake State Park Campground. Campsites are competitive so reserve your campsites soon.  


    Join us for a fun weekend of practicing sea kayak handling and rescue techniques.  We will focus on how to manage your boat to keep from capsizing, and how to get yourself and your friends back into their boats when the inevitable happens in open water.  There will be plenty of time to work on strokes, bracing, balancing, towing, and rescues.  Plus, time to play games, show off your skills, and build the teamwork necessary to explore new places.


    This year we are creating a two-day class so that everyone has a chance to learn as they do best and practice, practice, practice.  On Saturday we will go over the full course of rescue skills and techniques.  Then sit around the campfire and chat about what we learned and what we want to learn the next day.  On Sunday we will circle back and finesse these skills, try to fix whatever needs to be fixed, and continue to play on the beautiful water at Summit Lake.


    This clinic is a chance for new paddlers to learn open water rescue techniques and a chance for more experienced paddlers to compare techniques and practice them in a safe environment.  This clinic is important since kayakers need to regularly practice these skills so they are “fresh” when we get into a real rescue situation —you want to know how to get yourself or someone else back in their boat quickly and on your first attempt.   Open water paddlers should take this course before attempting any "big water" adventures with or without a group.

    We will start off each teaching segment by systematically walking through the steps to complete a rescue so that newer paddlers can learn the tricks associated with performing each rescue. After walking through “one way to do a rescue”, we will compare notes and discuss/demonstrate alternative approaches that people may have seen. 

    Course Content

    • Wet exiting your boat 
    • Solo Reentries (Paddle Float, Cowboy, Reenter and Roll) 
    • Assisted Reentries (T-Rescue, Stirrup Rescue, Scoop Rescue) 
    • Towing - contact tows, short tows, and regular tows. Will discuss when to start towing and when towing may be needed to assist a rescue  (I will bring extra tow ropes if you don’t have one.)

    Required Equipment:

    • Touring or Sea Kayak - Kayak must have flotation in both bow and stern either sealed bulkheads or flotation bags
    • Spray Skirt
    • Life Jacket 
    • Kayak Safety Gear - Bring the kayak safety gear that you normally carry:  pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow line.   Please do not buy this equipment just for this class since you can borrow from other participants to see what works for you before you buy.

    An Indiana DNR 2021 Non- Motorized Sticker is required for each boat $5 at the gate or can be ordered in advance online

    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



    • June 04, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • June 06, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • South Bend, IN

    Brought to you by the East Race Whitewater Club and the city of South Bend!  More information coming on this inaugural event to East Race Whitewater Festival

    • June 08, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Eagle Creek
    Register

    Level 1 & 2 Skills for Instructor Training

    Instructor: Richard Clapham

    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


    • June 09, 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!!



    • June 10, 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! 

    • June 11, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • June 13, 2021
    • (EDT)

    South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous

    This is not a HCKC sponsored event but, often attended by some of our club members.

    June 11-13, 2021 South Bass Island: This will be year number 16 (2.0), (our 2020 event was cancelled due to CV-19) in celebrating, the South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous as the premier kayaking gathering on Lake Erie. Join more than 100 kayakers from the tri-state area and beyond for a weekend of paddling, camping, socializing and exploring the islands located in the western basin of Lake Erie.

    Each year on the second weekend after Memorial Day, paddlers have descended upon the South Bass Island State Park for this annual gathering. This paddler organized event, brings kayakers together for a fun weekend. Safety is our utmost concern and paddlers are encouraged to plan their own water based activities, but join our land based social functions. There are countless paddling opportunities among the islands of the Western Basin. For beginners there are paddling opportunities within the Put-in-Bay Harbor, for intermediate paddlers, there are miles of island coastline to paddle and for experienced paddlers there are dozens of open water crossings between islands to explore. See our paddling page for destination ideas for your weekend. 

    South Bass Island is a perfect paddling location for kayakers who want to rough it at the State Park or for those who like to be close to civilization. The amenities at the State Park are excellent, the views from the cliff-side campsites are amazing, and downtown Put-in-Bay is a close walk or shuttle drive.

    Paddlers can make the crossing from the mainland or they can take the Miller Ferry. If the weather turns, the Miller Ferry is an excellent safety gap for the return trip to the mainland.

    Most of all, come, paddle, socialize and experience the wonderful gem we call the Erie Islands!

    If you are interested, check out their website and make a campground reservation early, reservations are open now.

    http://www.sbikayakrendezvous.com/index.html


    • June 12, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • near Columbus
    Register

    We are back to a spring paddle after a very shallow one last fall. Hopefully the river will be at a great level to enjoy this beautiful area. We will put in at Furnas Mill on Sugar Creek and paddle to Lowel Bridge just above Columbus, Indiana. The trip will be about 14 miles so be prepared with gloves, sunscreen, water, and lunch in addition to your regular paddling gear. Beginners are welcome as long as they have the endurance for a longer paddle. Be sure to bring a mask for the shuttle and be aware that life vests are required to be worn when on the river.

    Meeting time:     9 am

    Meeting location:     Shell station just off I-65 at exit 80. Once participants arrive we will caravan to Furnas Mill on Sugar Creek.

    Shuttle:     9:30 am shuttle leaves for the take out at Lowel Bridge.

    On water: 10:30 am

    Contact information: Sue Foxx at 317-363-4074 or sufoxx713@aol.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





    • June 12, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • August 14, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • 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.

    • June 16, 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!!



    • June 22, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Eagle Creek
    Register

    Level 1 & 2 Skills for Instructor Training

    Instructor: Richard Clapham

    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


    • June 23, 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!!



    • June 26, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • June 27, 2021
    • (EDT)


    • June 29, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Eagle Creek
    Register

    Level 1 & 2 Skills for Instructor Training

    Instructor: Richard Clapham

    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


    • June 30, 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!!



    • July 07, 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!!



    • July 08, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • July 11, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Van Buren State Park Michigan
    Register

    Instructor: Nate Strong

    We will meet Thursday evening and plan to paddle Friday, Saturday and Sunday Morning

    * If you are interested in Camping for this weekend, you will need to make reservations soon as possible, campsites fill up quickly at these State Parks.

    Description:  Lake Michigan offers the opportunity to kayak on an inland sea where conditions like wind, waves and surf are common.  This is an opportunity for paddlers to get experience paddling on a large, open body of water and in (limited) conditions that may be common there.  During paddles we will take advantage of opportunities for training and getting experience in paddling in whatever conditions we find.  This may include launching and landing in small waves/surf, paddling in wind/waves and paddling in (limited) breaking surf.  We will limit paddles on Lake Michigan to conditions of 1-2 foot waves and winds up to 15-20 knots.  Should conditions on Lake Michigan exceed our limits; paddles will be moved to the Black River in South Haven, or the Paw Paw River or St. Joseph River in Benton Harbor.  We may also do some on land training in the evenings covering various topics related to paddling and safety.

    Participants should have some paddling experience and be comfortable in their kayaks.  Paddlers should expect to spend at least an hour in their kayaks at a time and be able to keep up with the group.  Spray skirts are required for paddling in surf, preferably neoprene, and helmets are recommended.  This is a great opportunity for paddlers to advance their skills and confidence in rougher conditions and prepare themselves for more advanced kayaking trips.  The goal is to take advantage of safe conditions to learn in and maybe find some more advanced conditions to practice in.

    We will not be launching from Van Buren State Park as the carry is significant.  Our primary launch site on Lake Michigan will be at Deerlick Creek Park, a short drive North of Van Buren State Park.  We also have the option of launching from North or South Beach in South Haven, or Black River Park in South Haven.

    What to bring:  This is an open water paddle.  Sea kayaks, kayaks 14’ or longer with fore and aft bulkheads and sealed hatches.  PFD, spray skirt (neoprene preferred), safety equipment (pump), and helmets are recommended for paddling in surf.  Also, drinking water, snacks, lunch, sun screen for paddling trips.

    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 08, 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! 

    • July 10, 2021
    • (EDT)


    • July 14, 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!!



    • July 17, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • July 18, 2021
    • (EDT)


    • July 21, 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!!



    • July 24, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • July 25, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Indianapolis
    • 13
    Register

    Become a qualified Level 1 ACA Instructor in either Solo Canoe or Kayak.

    The course is being run by 2 outstanding and highly recommended ITs -  Jeff Atkins and Ashley Brown.

    This course and assessment will take place over 1 weekend, plus one or two short zoom meetings for paperwork.

    The training and assessment will take place on sheltered waters.

    There will be a fee of $125 to pay to the club for the course/assessment, plus you will need to pay for registration with the ACA.  The club is sponsoring this assessment and heavily subsidizing the course fees.

    Places are limited to 5 Canoe and 10 kayak participants, so register early.

    The Zoom meetings will take place in early July.

    It is recommend, but not essential that you join some of the rescue and training courses taking place earlier in the year.

    If you are interested, but need more details please contact myself.

    • July 28, 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 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Door County Wisconsin
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    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
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    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


    • August 11, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
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    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 18, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
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    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
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    Trip Sponsor: Wally Burchfield

    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