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    • November 24, 2018
    • March 30, 2019
    • 19 sessions
    • Thatcher Recreation Center 4649 W. Vermont St. Indianapolis, IN 46222

    HCKC Pool Sessions

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

    Saturday Pool Session - 10:00 am to Noon  
    From Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018
     through Saturday, March 30, 2018

    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.

    HCKC POOL POLICIES

    • 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.

    Pool sessions are held at:

    Thatcher Recreation Center
    4649 W. Vermont St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46222


    • March 23, 2019
    • Summit Lake State Park
    Register

     The Annual Summit Lake Spring Solstice Celebration Trip:
     Saturday, March 23, 2019

    The annual spring paddle at Summit Lake is fast approaching.

     Please come and join this group of hearty paddlers celebrating SPRING !

    Sponsor:  Jim Eckerty rentbsu@comcast.net  

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

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

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

    Equipment Requirement:   ≥14’ Boat recommended.  Wet or Dry suit and spray skirt STRONGLY recommended.  Appropriate clothing plus Dry clothing in water tight bag.

    Sit on top boats, SUP’s are not appropriate for this trip. 

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

    Hypothermia:
    Water Temp          Index              Unconsciousness          Survival Time
    32,5-49 degress   Severe            15-30 minutes           30-90 minutes

    GENERAL:  Rest rooms at the dock/put-it have been open for this trip in the past and we assume they will be available again this year.  Since we are meeting at the main boat ramp (pass the gate house and turn right at the first “T”) you will be able to launch your ship from the concrete ramp or shoreline. This early in the season there should be no gate fee but you will need a 2019 State Park Boat Permit, sometimes available at the park office but I would not depend on that.   We will probably stop about half way a brief lunch.   So dust off your gear and hope for a good day.  

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

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


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


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

    • April 05, 2019
    • April 07, 2019
    • Seabrook Island, South Carolina

    Warm up your body and Kayaking skills in South Carolina:  Great training specifically for the HCKC! 

    Sponsor:   Jim Eckerty      For any questions, etc., please contact me at:      rentbsu@comcast.net

    Training Director:  Ashley Brown  ACA L5 Sea Kayak Instructor and Adjunct Professor of Coastal Kayaking…..
    Trainers:   Jeff Atkins –  ACA L4 Instructor, Outward bound instructor,  Coastal Master Naturalist for SC…… 
    Scott Brown – ACA L4 Instructor,  US Army Ranger,  Chief of Preparedness, South Carolina Emergency Mgmt…

    Schedule:  Arrive Friday after 3pm and unload “ONCE” for the weekend.  Paddle / train all day Saturday and Sunday, check out Monday then paddle / train half day.  FYI - Several of us plan to stay in the South Carolina area to paddle the rest of the week, this will be a separate trip announced later.

    Cost:  $465.00   Balance ($365.00)   Due March 1, 2019
               $100.00   Deposit Due ASAP !     (No Later than – November 30, 2018)
              Cost is per paddler with two paddlers per room…|
               Included:  3 Nights Lodging @ St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center
                *This is the only lodging option for this training
               - Breakfasts, 1 dinner 
               - 
    + Days Training (Great Ratio:  2-3 great instructors for 8 -12 students)

    Payments:  Contact Jim Eckerty – rentbsu@comcast.net  for instructions

    Equipment Requirement:  ≥14’ Sea Kayak, spray skirt, appropriate gear, clothing and safety equipment for a variety of weather, air and water temperatures.    

    Skill Requirement: Wet exit, rescue (self & assist) confident boat control in mild wind and wave conditions are the minimum. The North Edisto Inlet provides multiple venues to include ocean surf, bouncy waves, large river crossings and more  Training will be incorporated into touring with distances of 5 -10 miles daily anticipated. This is not for people new to kayaking.  Expect to learn, be challenged, and grow your skills while having some fun.  With 3 (or4) excellent instructors we should be able to meet the needs/goals of all participants this year.    

    • April 06, 2019
    • Big Pine

    Meeting time is 9:30 AM

    at our traditional gathering location, in downtown Pine Village.   

    Please, Don't go to the Putin!

    Go to Pine Village!!!  

    Sometimes we don't know where the Putin will be

    until we meet in Pine Village.  There are several possibilities,

    with the selection based on water levels.

     

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    There are 3 Meeting Locations:

        In addition to Pine Village, this event has two other Meeting Locations

    available, one in Kokomo and another in Lafayette.  All 3 Locations and Meeting Times are described below:    

    1) The west-side McDonalds in Kokomo, corner of Sycamore Street & Dixon Road. 

        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 33. Enter Kokomo on SR-931

    (avoid the new US-31 By-Pass).  Then, go west on Sycamore Street (first stop light north of Wildcat Creek). Follow Sycamore all the

    way thru the city. The west-side Micky-D's is on the left just before

    the stop light at Dixon Road (2331 W. Sycamore St, Kokomo 46901).
        This is the site of the April Fool's Traditional 
    "Trip Leader's Breakfast",which has been held every year since the beginning in 1978. Muskrat will arrive at 7AM if you would like to eat, sip some coffee,

    and listen to some "Pitifully Old and Raucous River Tales". 
        We will leave from there promptly at 8:00 AM.


    2) The Lafayette east-side McDonalds, on SR-26,

        just west of the Jct of I-65 & SR-26.  (4200 South St, Lafayette 47905)
        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 31 Be there NO LATER than 8:30AM. The group from Kokomo will arrive at 8:45 and leave ASAP, hopefully

    by 9:00 AM, or as soon as all the potty-stops have been accomplished.


    3) Downtown Pine Village, on SR-26, about 20-miles west of Lafayette. 
        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 30, at the Jct of SR-26 & SR-55,

    in beautiful, downtown Pine Village.  The Boat-Laden auto caravan from Kokomo & Lafayette will arrive in Pine Village at, about, around,

    or somewhat after, 9:30 AM. Be there early!!!!!!!

        Park anywhere Downtown. Expect to see Paddler-People wandering around in the middle of the highway. The locals just ignore us.

    They know we're harmless, and that we'll soon be gone.


    • April 06, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Pine Village, Indiana

    Meeting time is 9:30 AM

    at our traditional gathering location, in downtown Pine Village.   

    Please, Don't go to the Putin!

    Go to Pine Village!!!  

    Sometimes we don't know where the Putin will be

    until we meet in Pine Village.  There are several possibilities,

    with the selection based on water levels.

     

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    There are 3 Meeting Locations:

        In addition to Pine Village, this event has two other Meeting Locations

    available, one in Kokomo and another in Lafayette.  All 3 Locations and Meeting Times are described below:    

    1) The west-side McDonalds in Kokomo, corner of Sycamore Street & Dixon Road. 

        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 33. Enter Kokomo on SR-931

    (avoid the new US-31 By-Pass).  Then, go west on Sycamore Street (first stop light north of Wildcat Creek). Follow Sycamore all the

    way thru the city. The west-side Micky-D's is on the left just before

    the stop light at Dixon Road (2331 W. Sycamore St, Kokomo 46901).
        This is the site of the April Fool's Traditional 
    "Trip Leader's Breakfast",which has been held every year since the beginning in 1978. Muskrat will arrive at 7AM if you would like to eat, sip some coffee,

    and listen to some "Pitifully Old and Raucous River Tales". 
        We will leave from there promptly at 8:00 AM.


    2) The Lafayette east-side McDonalds, on SR-26,

        just west of the Jct of I-65 & SR-26.  (4200 South St, Lafayette 47905)
        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 31 Be there NO LATER than 8:30AM. The group from Kokomo will arrive at 8:45 and leave ASAP, hopefully

    by 9:00 AM, or as soon as all the potty-stops have been accomplished.


    3) Downtown Pine Village, on SR-26, about 20-miles west of Lafayette. 
        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 30, at the Jct of SR-26 & SR-55,

    in beautiful, downtown Pine Village.  The Boat-Laden auto caravan from Kokomo & Lafayette will arrive in Pine Village at, about, around,

    or somewhat after, 9:30 AM. Be there early!!!!!!!

        Park anywhere Downtown. Expect to see Paddler-People wandering around in the middle of the highway. The locals just ignore us.

    They know we're harmless, and that we'll soon be gone.


    • April 08, 2019
    • April 12, 2019

    Trip Sponsor - Dave Ellis
    Itinerary - TBD

    • April 13, 2019
    • Sand Creek


    • April 20, 2019
    • Lieber SRA, 1317 W. Lieber Road, Suite 1 Cloverdale, IN 46120

    Cagles Mill Lake Paddle from Lieber SRA Beach       Sunday April 21, 2019
    Trips Sponsor:   Jim Sprandel

    This year, we are going to paddle Cagles Mill Lake . The lake has a different feel when the water level is closer to winter stage.   This is always a fun paddle because it always feels different depending on the water level,    One year, we were able to paddle up to and under the Upper Fall.    The Lower Falls was about 5 feet below us when we passed them.  Pretty cool. 

    We will launch from the beach at Lieber State Recreation Area.   If the beach is still underwater, we can launch from the road down to the beach and park at the top of the hill.    We will then paddle down the lake past Cunot PAS and up to the falls.  We do not launch from Cunot because it will still be underwater for a while.   

    The trip from the Lieber SRA Ramp up to the falls is about 6.5 miles and the first 2.5 miles cross open portions of Cagles Mills Lake which can get choppy and windy.

    We will probably have lunch up at the lower falls.  Shore conditions at the falls are very dependent on water level.  

    Meeting Place:  If the lake stage is below 629, we will meet at the East end of the Swimming Beach at Lieber SRA.  If the lake is above 630, we will either have to unload our boats on the road down to beach or we may be able to use the ramp parking area at the west end of the beach which is a few feet higher than the beach.  

    Directions:  From I-70 and I-465 on the Indianapolis West side, drive west on I-70 to the SR 243 exit (Exit 37).  Drive about 3 miles south on SR 243 to the Lieber SRA Entrance and follow the signs to the beach within the park.  (The SRA is approximately 45 minutes from I-465 and I-70 on the Indy West Side.) 

    Note:  There is a $7 fee to enter the park and you must have a DNR Sticker for you boat—these stickers are usually available at the SRA gate.

    What to Bring:   Be sure to bring your boat, paddling gear, water, your lunch, sun screen, and insect repellent.  I strongly recommend a spray skirt since we may be dealing with wind and boat chop in the first 3 miles.

       Due to the mileage and possible lake conditions, sea kayaks or touring kayaks with spray skirts are recommended

    Paddling Distance:   13-15 miles.

    Schedule:  Plan on being at the put-in and ready to launch at 10:00 am—we should get off the water around 3:00 pm

    Contact Information:  Please e-mail me at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net by 6:00 pm on the Thursday before the passle if you plan to attend so I can get latest conditions to you

    • April 26, 2019
    • April 29, 2019
    • Asheville, NC
    • 0
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    PLEASE CONTACT ROGER FOR REGISTRATION CODE (his contact information is below).  Cost shown for registration is worst case...could be less if the cabin completely fills up (but they always do).  Payment should go directly to Roger.

    This is a trip intended for those who have been curious about all us folks who head south to paddle the whitewater. You feel like you don't have the right experience or the right gear to go on those trips; but you want to. Sniff, sniff, Boo Hoo... Well this trip is intended for you. We will explore some of the beautiful mountain streams in that area that will challenge you a bit, shouldn't scare you, and will give you an entry level taste of what this whitewater paddling stuff is about. You might take a swim, but you won't be risking your life. You will definitely get wet!

    We will stick to easy Class 2 river sections. Clear lines with some waves. There may be some Class 3 features in places, but we can avoid them (or maybe not....heh, heh). In any event, it makes for some beautiful photos. Most of the sections will be 4-6 miles and will only take a few hours. We'll make selections based upon the skill of the weakest paddler and the interest of the group. The intent is to introduce you to a new experience with a minimum of anxiety.

    The rivers in the area I am considering would be:

    Lower Pigeon, Lower Green, Easy sections of the Nantahala, Tuckaseegee Gorge, Little Tennessee. Also, we don't HAVE to paddle every day if the group would prefer to spend a day exploring the area (and it is definitely worth exploring).


    Actual whitewater boats and gear are not required for this trip. But a boat closer to WW is better than one that is strictly a recreational kayak. Crossover types are good (e.g. Jackson Rogue); Pungo's - not so good. 10-11 feet long (or shorter) is a much better choice.

    A skirt is recommended, but not required. If you don't have one you will be wet all the time and dumping a lot. Also, the water will be somewhat chilly - but not freezing. So you should plan for that. We don't stop and change clothes every time we get soaked.

    A helmet is also a really good idea. A hockey helmet will do the job if you don't have one.  PFDs are strictly required as this is a club policy

    Flotation bags are also a good idea. It makes rescueing your boat so much easier if you swim.

    I have rented a beautiful cabin in the Smoky Mountains near Asheville for three nights (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights). It has a deck, hot tub, showers, fireplace, pool table, cable TV, and a full kitchen.

    So we can make our own meals (optional - you can go out if you want to), which keeps the cost down tremendously. $10/day/person is usually more than enough for food - and we will be eating very well. I'll take care of the food planning, and groceries. I only ask for a little help preparing it when needed to speed things along. If 8 people commit to this trip the cost for the cabin and food will be about $135 ($45/day/person). If only 6 people commit (the minimum), it will be $168 ($56/day/person). Ride sharing will further reduce the costs.

    I will need commitments before March 27. That is the last day that I can cancel the cabin reservation without penalty. Once the trip has been confirmed as 'ON', payments will be expected within the next couple of weeks. If you need to cancel later, you be expected to pay your share unless someone else can take your place.

    This trip is open to 8 people total, 2 have committed as of 3/14. It is also being posted on other club websites. I will post in the comments when it is full and closed. If you are interested, DO NOT wait. The last trip like this that I organized filled in three days. You Snooze = You Lose

    Email or call me if you have concerns about you abilities or equipment, or just have questions: (231) 375-7574 or rlstarr@charter.net

    • April 27, 2019
    • April 28, 2019

    (Preliminary Trip Announcement - Largely taken from 2018 Announcement)

    Trip Sponsor: TBA

    Join us on Lake Monroe the largest lake in this state and a favorite Indiana sea kayaking destination.  We will paddle on the east side of the State Hwy 446 causeway and camp overnight at one of the shoreline campsites in Deem Wilderness.  With Mother Nature’s cooperation, we will have a warm campfire in the evening for this early Spring excursion.  If you only want to Paddle on Saturday, our campsite should be only 2-3 miles from the Cutright put-in so that people are welcome to come out and day-paddle with us without camping.

    Since this paddle has been pushed back this year, we will be able to explore the North Fork of Salt Creek which opens after April 15 as well as the Middle Fork which opens on April 1.

    Meeting Place/Put-In:  Cutright Public Access Site.  This is about 2 hours from the intersection of Hwy 37 and I-465 on the southeast side of Indianapolis. (Google Map)    

    Directions to Meeting Place: Take Hwy 446 south from Hwy 46 on the east side of Bloomington to the Lake Monroe causeway.  Cutright is the first turn on your left immediately after you cross the lake causeway.  We will assemble on the shoreline immediately east of the first boat ramp that you come to after leaving Hwy 446.  

    What to Bring:  Bring your paddling gear, spray skirt, camping gear, food for lunch, dinner, and breakfast, and warm clothes.  You should also bring drinking water with you.   We will be camping from our boats and you will have to pack all of your gear and food in your boat, so plan accordingly.

    Be sure to have a 2017 Indiana DNR Boat Permit.  You may be able to pick one up on the way to the meeting place, either at the DNR headquarter office on Hwy 446 on the north side of the entrance to the Paynetown SRA or at the gatehouse for the Paynetown SRA.  In mid-March the trip sponsor was told the DNR office and gatehouse would likely be open all Saturdays in April, so you should call the office (812-837-9546) during the week before to confirm.  You can also purchase permits online at the DNR website.

    Required Equipment:  Wet suits or dry suits are strongly recommended.  Due to potentially rough lake conditions, spray skirts, safety equipment, and sea kayaks with fore and aft bulkheads are required.

    Schedule: Saturday - 10:00 am is the recommended time for arrival at the put-In.  We will launch at 11:00 am.  We will probably paddle about 4-5 miles and then set up camp and have lunch.  After lunch, we will go out and explore more of the lake.

    Sunday:  We are flexible here.  We could return to Cutright as early as 10:00 am and drop off people who have to take off.  We’ll figure this out Saturday night depending on how far people want to paddle on Sunday and when people have get home

    Contact information:  Kevin Dogan, kdogan54@gmail.com   Please contact me by 7:00 pm on the Thursday before the trip if you want to come.  It is important that I have way to reach all persons intending to participate on all or part of this trip.  I will be monitoring weather forecasts prior to the trip and I will notify people who have contacted me if there will be changes to or cancelation of the trip due to the expected weather.


    • May 04, 2019
    • Brookville, IN

    Trip Sponsor:  Robert Moore

    • May 04, 2019
    • Muscatatuck River
    • May 04, 2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • May 05, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Camp Belzer, 6102 Boyscout Road, Indianapolis, IN 46226

    This is a non-club event.  The local BSA council has an extended an offer to HCKC Members to attend its comprehensive adult canoe training course. The spring course is a two-weekend event that will be held May 4-5, and May 18-19.  An additional kayak training will be held May 25 if enough participants sign up.  The two-weekend course is intended to prepare participants to learn the basics of canoeing, as well as planning and safely executing a canoe trek to the Boundary Waters/Quetico, or other locations.  The course is a combination of on-water and indoor/outdoor classroom.  Food is provided as part of the course fee (Sat. Lunch/Dinner & Sun. Breakfast/Lunch).  Participants may stay at home, or camp at Belzer during the course. Instructors are a combination of ACA Tandem Canoe Instructors, and BSA Instructors.

    COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Adults 18 or older, Proof of swimming ability, BSA health form parts A & B, Liability waiver

    SKILL INSTRUCTION:  Canoe/paddle nomenclature, Canoe strokes and maneuvers, Reading water, Navigation Principles, Portage & carry techniques, Water rescues, Loading & unloading techniques, On water communications, Proper PFD selection & wear

    TRIP PLANNING:  Crew member selection, Proper gear choices (Personal & Crew Equipment), 1st aid recommendations, Map and Compass basics, Knots, Trip planning essentials, Training your team

    For More Information: http://www.voyageurbsa.org/index.html

    Registration is through the BSA.

    CONTACT/REGISTRATION:  David Bardos- Voyageur Course Director, Phone: 317-518-7215, David.Bardos@att.net

    or

    Brent Saucerman-Voyageur Staff Instructor/HCKC Member, Phone: 317-523-8417, Av8rsauce@email.com

    COST: 

    -Early Bird Discount BEFORE April 15th-Registered BSA Adult-$ 90, Non-affiliated Adult- $120

    -ON or AFTER April 15th-Registered BSA Adult-$100, Non-affiliated Adult-$130     

    ADD ON KAYAK =                 $25

    Partial Scholarships may be available to registered BSA Adult Leaders.

                                  $ 90

    Non-affiliated Adult                                   $120

    ON or AFTER April 15th

    Registered BSA Adult                                $100

    Non-affiliated Adult                                  $130     

    ADD ON KAYAK = $25


    • May 11, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
    Register

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer three one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions on Saturday, May 11, July 20, and, August 24.  Each session is stand-alone so you can choose which you would like to attend.    These classes are free for registered HCKC members.

    Since we now have multiple ACA instructors, we can break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the ACA's Introduction to Kayaking material that we always covered in these classes.   In the other, we will cover ACA Intermediate (Level 2 and 3) Instruction and we will announce focus areas for each of these sessions so paddles with Intermediate skills can choose what they want to home.

    Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring, WW, or sea kayak.   Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk with you about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    Intermediate Kayak Class

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have taken an introductory class at least one year ago and who are comfortable with their forward-turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class is for  recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.   Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Boat control and turning are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control.  

    Note:  We will pick a focus area for each of the 3 Intermediate Sea Kayak classes so each class will have different content.   We will be announced to the Sea Kayak mailing list and updated here in the April Mailing as well as appearing in the May newsletter.

    Topics that we may cover are listed below:

    • Stroke Refinement - Tuning up your kayaking form to be more efficient.  One session may focus on Forward Stroke since is what you do 99.9% of the time.
    • Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to make it go straight
    • Bow and stern rudders
    • Side draws – Maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat
    • Maneuvers to paddle tighter turns with control such as linked stroked

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The Introductory Class will typically be held at Eagle Creek but the instructors for Intermediate classes may opt another location.  .

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills in the Intro class but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each of the 3 instructors. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they e-mail Jim Sprandel.    The split between Introductory and Intermediate students will be decided as student enrollments are processed.

    Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring:

    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.

    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class since you have a chance to ask and figure out what makes sense for you..

    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.

    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)

    Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    If you have questions, please contact Jim Sprandel at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • May 17, 2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • May 19, 2019
    • Summit Lake State Park, NewCastle, IN

    *From Linda Decker)  I am planning a trip to Summit Lake (Near New Castle Indiana) for the weekend of May 18 & 19. If you would like to camp, there is a nice campground with a boat ramp. May 18th is a full moon.

    Suggested itinerary:

    • Friday May 17 Arrive and camp overnight (optional)
    • Saturday May 18      A daytime paddle and picnic lunch. We can do some other skill  practice or rescue review if there is an interest
      Evening moonlight paddle followed by a campfire
      Camp overnight (optional)
    • Sunday May 19 Morning paddle if there is interest

    Summit Lake is less than an hour from Indianapolis so, those not interested in camping can join any of the paddles

    I will be staying at Campsite 37 for the nights of May 17&18. Jim S. had campsite 40.   I anticipate campsites filling up quickly. Campsites are reserved through Reserve America.

    If you have questions, e-mail Linda Decker.

    • May 18, 2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • May 19, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Camp Belzer, 6102 Boyscout Road, Indianapolis, IN 46226

    This is a non-club event.  The local BSA council has an extended an offer to HCKC Members to attend its comprehensive adult canoe training course. The spring course is a two-weekend event that will be held May 4-5, and May 18-19.  An additional kayak training will be held May 25 if enough participants sign up.  The two-weekend course is intended to prepare participants to learn the basics of canoeing, as well as planning and safely executing a canoe trek to the Boundary Waters/Quetico, or other locations.  The course is a combination of on-water and indoor/outdoor classroom.  Food is provided as part of the course fee (Sat. Lunch/Dinner & Sun. Breakfast/Lunch).  Participants may stay at home, or camp at Belzer during the course. Instructors are a combination of ACA Tandem Canoe Instructors, and BSA Instructors.

    COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Adults 18 or older, Proof of swimming ability, BSA health form parts A & B, Liability waiver

    SKILL INSTRUCTION:  Canoe/paddle nomenclature, Canoe strokes and maneuvers, Reading water, Navigation Principles, Portage & carry techniques, Water rescues, Loading & unloading techniques, On water communications, Proper PFD selection & wear

    TRIP PLANNING:  Crew member selection, Proper gear choices (Personal & Crew Equipment), 1st aid recommendations, Map and Compass basics, Knots, Trip planning essentials, Training your team

    For More Information: http://www.voyageurbsa.org/index.html

    Registration is through the BSA.

    CONTACT/REGISTRATION:  David Bardos- Voyageur Course Director, Phone: 317-518-7215, David.Bardos@att.net

    or

    Brent Saucerman-Voyageur Staff Instructor/HCKC Member, Phone: 317-523-8417, Av8rsauce@email.com

    COST: 

    -Early Bird Discount BEFORE April 15th-Registered BSA Adult-$ 90, Non-affiliated Adult- $120

    -ON or AFTER April 15th-Registered BSA Adult-$100, Non-affiliated Adult-$130     

    ADD ON KAYAK =                 $25

    Partial Scholarships may be available to registered BSA Adult Leaders.

                                  $ 90

    Non-affiliated Adult                                   $120

    ON or AFTER April 15th

    Registered BSA Adult                                $100

    Non-affiliated Adult                                  $130     

    ADD ON KAYAK = $25


    • May 25, 2019
    • Wildcat Creek


    • June 01, 2019
    • Fall Creek


    • June 01, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • TBA
    Registration is closed

    ((Preliminary Course Information - Check the June Newsletter for Final Details))

    Event Coordinator:  TBA

    We are holding a one-day clinic and practice session on Open Water Rescue for sea kayakers.  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:  At the course, we will cover the following topics:

    ·         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.)

    Course Details

    Location:     Geist Park – Contact me if you are not sure how to get there.

    Schedule:      
    9:30 am                     Please get to Geist Park early enough to be able
                                       launch at this time
    9:30 am – 9:45 am    Introductions/Shore-Based Training
    9:45 am                     On-Water Training
    1:30 pm                     Return to Geist Park for Wrap-Up

    Required Equipment: (Contact the Event Coordiantor or Jim Sprandel if you want an exception to these requirements since we may have extra equipment that you can borrow):  

    Touring Kayak or Sea Kayak (14’ or longer) with perimeter deck lines running to the bow and stern of your boat.   Must have sealed fore and aft bulkheads or fore/aft air float bags. 

    Spray Skirt – We will be practicing bracing and Eskimo bow rescues so you will need a spray skirt .

    Life jacket, pump, dry clothes, sun screen.

    Paddle – It is best to bring the paddle that you normally paddle with.

    Snack/Water – We will probably work through to 1:30 pm without stopping for lunch.  Please bring a snack and water since boat re-entry really can wear a person out.

    Recommended Equipment: (Please bring if you have it – Don’t buy it if you don’t already have.)

    Paddle Float, tow rope, rescue stirrup

    Wet Suit or Dry Suit—Depending on the weather, you may want at least a wet suit to be comfortable.

    Nose clipsNose clips are strongly recommended since we will be getting in the water.

    Contact Information:   Please register by  May 30.  Contact the event coordinator or Jim Sprandel  if you have any questions about the course.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.

    • June 02, 2019
    • June 04, 2019
    • Turle Flambeau Flowage, WI


    • June 07, 2019
    • June 09, 2019
    • South Bass Island, Lake Erie, Ohio

    The South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous (SBIKR) is an annual tradition of long boats on big water. 
           http://www.sbikayakrendezvous.com/
     
    Although this is not an official HCKC event, about 8 club paddlers are already signed .   If you are thinking about attending, send a note out to the Sea Kayak mailing list if you want to line up people to camp/paddle with or if you want to find people to paddle out to South Bass Island from the main land with.
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    Campsites go FAST.  You can reserve 6 months ahead.  

    This is an informal event and there are a lot of paddling option during the event.   Some of you will want to do lots of crossings to see and go around lots of islands.  Some maybe not so many.  There is something for everyone and you'll make lots of new Great Lakes friends.

    Would be fun to see you all on this fine summer weekend.  To get a good lake campsite you should reserve todayas soon as possible.  On December 6, you can start your reservation for Thursday June 6.  Tomorrow you can start your reservation for Friday June 7.
       https://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/south-bass-island-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=OH&parkId=960101#sr_a 

    This event is open to any and all kayakers.

    The big thing now is to get a good campsite.  The sites vary from fantastic sites with great views to a small patch on a busy road with a bachelorette party on the next site...   The Cincy types are in sites 97 to 100.  

    Hope you book a campsite soon and join the Rendezvous.



    • June 15, 2019
    • TBA

    Trip Sponsor:   Jeff Stejskal

    See the June Newsletter for details for this Paddle.

    • June 21, 2019
    • June 23, 2019

    If camping need early reservations Hoffmaster State Park

    Reservations can be booked now.


    • June 29, 2019
    • June 30, 2019

    This is a NWIPA event that the HCKC has traditionally attended. 

    -----------------------------
    Last year's announcement has been copied below with dates updated.   I will update this in June or contact me.
    Jim Sprandel 
    ----------------------------------

    New Buffalo to Michigan City
    Sea Kayak Trip, Saturday, June 29,  Sunday, June 30 2019

    The Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club and Northwest Indiana Paddling Association  invite you to join us for this great week end on Lake Michigan for intermediate and experienced sea kayakers.  We're highlighting the features that make the Sunset Coast of Michiana a great segment of the Lake Michigan Water Trail.   On Saturday, June 29, we start our trip on the peaceful Galien River and winds through the Louis J.  Sima Great Lakes Marsh Management Area.   Continuing west along the scenic Lake Michigan shoreline along an established segment of the Lake Michigan Water Trail to Michigan City, we'll finish with a short run up historic Trail Creek to Hansen Park.

    This paddle is for strong sea kayakers with some experience on open waters of Lake Michigan that can keep 3-4  mph pace for 15 miles.   Most of this trip is on Lake Michigan, life jackets are mandatory, as is a kayak with water tight fore and aft  bulkheads.  All paddlers will be asked to sign a waiver.  Paddlers may wish to give a $5 donation to NWIPA.

    A moderately challenging trip, this is a great opportunity to build experience with paddling in waves and wind, negotiating boat traffic, and enjoying the company of fellow paddlers.  This plan may be modified because of weather, water or group dynamics.

    Camping Friday/Saturday Night - There is an optional camping spot at Dunbar Beach available Friday and Saturday nights.   You must RSVP no later than Thursday, June 27 to reserve a camp spot.  
    For more info on Dunbar Beach camping and to RSVP, contact TBA.    When your RSVP, please send him your name, when you expect to arrive, and the license number of the car that you will be taking.


    Lake Michigan - New Buffalo to Michigan City - Sat, June 29, 2018

    This plan may be modified because of weather, water or group dynamics.

    A. Paddle Route - Lake Michigan A sea kayak paddle of 10 miles along the Lake Michigan Water Trail requiring an appropriate sea kayak and reliable Big Lake kayaking skills plus 5 miles of river paddling on gentle streams. This is a team paddle, as a participant you are expected to adjust to the pace of your team and to Keep in Sight of Each Other till All are back on land. Paddle Break Mm 3 New Buffalo Beach and Mm 9 Long Beach. FYI - Washington Park Beach Mm13.
    Link to Paddle Route www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=480854
    Launch - Galien River - DNR Public Access Site (PAS) - On Red Arrow Hwy north of I-94 Exit 4 - New Buffalo MI Take Out - Trail Creek - Hansen Park PAS 240 East Street

    B. Paddle Time Line (Times EDS / CDS)
    10:00 / 09:00 am - Meet for Shuttle @ Red Arrow PAS
    10:15 / 09:15 am- Caravan to Stage Vehicles at Take Outs, return to launch site
    10:55 / 09:55 am - Safety Review at launch
    11:00 / 10:00 am - Start Paddle
    03:00/02:00 pm – 04:00/03:00 pm  ETA - Voyageurs at Long Beach

    C. Paddle Plan Contacts
    TBA

    D.   Paddle Planning Comments

    • Shuttle  Participants are responsible for transporting themselves and their boats. Car pooling & shuttling help alleviate parking limitations. Joining the caravan prior to the paddle facilitates staging vehicles at take out & shuttling drivers back to put in.  After the paddle, drivers will be shuttled back to the put in to obtain their vehicles.
    • There  may be parking & access fees at some public access sites.
    • BBL - Bring your own brown bag lunch, snacks & drinking water as desired.
    • Please notify one of the contacts above  if you plan to participate.

    Sunday Paddle  - For those that wish to participate there will be a shorter loop paddle Sunday July 1 out of Dunbar Beach. Sea kayaks with adequate flotation required, as well as PFDs.    The schedule and route will be determined by those present.

    Paddling Guidelines

    • Risk Assessment - Your "Go-No Go Decision" should be based on the weather, the water, your skills, your training and your experience with the understanding that:   a. You are engaging in an activity with inherent dangers, b. You accept & acknowledge you are participating at your own risk, and c. You are responsible for your own safety and to use your own judgment.
    • Life Jacket:   Always wear a fully secured PFD while on the water, for your safety and safety of the group
    • Conditions: Avoid conditions & situations Beyond Your Abilities or physical & emotional strength.
    • What to Wear:   Dress for Water Temp & Immersion. If we have cold Water - wear wet/dry suit.
    • Paddle with Others  -  Each participant is responsible that we stay together using either a Team Paddle or a Group Paddle Format.  Be Trained to help each other.
    •  Paddling Skills and Equipment – Great lake paddles require a reliable self rescue, the ability to paddle in 2-4 ft. waves, using a sea worthy kayak 15 ft or longer with deck lines & watertight bulkheads, carry appropriate safety equipment, and be able to paddle at a rate of 3 mph or faster.

     

    • July 12, 2019
    • July 14, 2019

    If camping need early reservations Warren Dunes State Park

    Reservations open Jan 12th


    • July 20, 2019
    • Cunot PAS, Cunot Indiana
    Register

    ((Preliminary Trip Information based on 2018 Announcement - Watch the July Newsletter for Final Trip Information.))

    Trip Sponsor:  Wally Burchfield

        Want to see the largest water falls in Indiana and paddle under the full moonlight? 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 in this area of the lake is restricted so we should not have any problems with boat wake.

        We will meet up at the Cunot boat ramp at 6PM and launch by 6:30PM.  The put-in is about 90 minutes from where I70 and I465 meet on the west side of Indianapolis. Take I70 west from Indianapolis to Exit 37 (SR243 which is one exit past Cloverdale). Travel south on SR 243 until the road dead ends at SR 42. Turn right (west) on SR42 – drive about ½ mile past the bridge and take the right turn (Boat Dock Rd, small store on corner). Follow this road downhill to boat launch.  

        You are required to have a PFD, a good light source such as headlamp or flashlight  and a $5 2018 DNR non motorized boat sticker on your boat . Boat stickers  can be purchased online at http://stores.innsgifts.com/2014-state-park-permits/ or at any state park. Keep in mind if ordering off the website, it'll take about a week for them to ship it to you.


    • July 20, 2019
    • Medora-Sparksville


    • July 20, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
    Register

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer three one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions on Saturday, May 11, July 20, and, August 24.  Each session is stand-alone so you can choose which you would like to attend.    These classes are free for registered HCKC members.

    Since we now have multiple ACA instructors, we can break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the ACA's Introduction to Kayaking material that we always covered in these classes.   In the other, we will cover ACA Intermediate (Level 2 and 3) Instruction and we will announce focus areas for each of these sessions so paddles with Intermediate skills can choose what they want to home.

    Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring, WW, or sea kayak.   Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk with you about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    Intermediate Kayak Class

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have taken an introductory class at least one year ago and who are comfortable with their forward-turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class is for  recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.   Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Boat control and turning are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control.  

    Note:  We will pick a focus area for each of the 3 Intermediate Sea Kayak classes so each class will have different content.   We will be announced to the Sea Kayak mailing list and updated here in the April Mailing as well as appearing in the May newsletter.

    Topics that we may cover are listed below:

    • Stroke Refinement - Tuning up your kayaking form to be more efficient.  One session may focus on Forward Stroke since is what you do 99.9% of the time.
    • Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to make it go straight
    • Bow and stern rudders
    • Side draws – Maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat
    • Maneuvers to paddle tighter turns with control such as linked stroked

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The Introductory Class will typically be held at Eagle Creek but the instructors for Intermediate classes may opt another location.  .

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills in the Intro class but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each of the 3 instructors. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they e-mail Jim Sprandel.    The split between Introductory and Intermediate students will be decided as student enrollments are processed.

    Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring:

    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.

    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class since you have a chance to ask and figure out what makes sense for you..

    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.

    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)

    Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    If you have questions, please contact Jim Sprandel at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • July 27, 2019

    Trip Sponsors:  Jim Sprandel, Julie Sinclair
    Where:   Probably some stretch of the Wabash downstream from Logansport.

    Watch the July Newsletter for details.   We'll have to scout this but there is a finite probability we might be able to turn this into an overnight with a night camping on a Sandbar.     You bring the Jiffy Pop.

    • August 02, 2019
    • August 04, 2019


    • August 04, 2019
    • Cutright PAS, Bloomington, IN

    Trip Sponsors:  Jim Heichelbech
    Where:   Lake Monroe

    We will probably launch from either Cutright or Paynetown SRA and paddle the west side of the causeway.    This side of the lake can have "interesting" conditions since waves on the lake can set up nicely if there is a south-ish wind and the usual complement of motor boats is out.

    Watch the Sea Kayak e-mail for details.



    • August 11, 2019
    • August 17, 2019

    Please RSVP for this trip click here on  Julie SInclair to send an e-mail to her since space is limited and first-come/first serve.

    Sea Kayak Trip Announcement – 
                    Pictured Rock National Lakeshore  -   August 11 – August 17, 2019
                    Optional Trip to Sault Ste. Marie (August 18-20)

    Ahoy, Fellow Sea Kayakers! This August,  we will trip up to the UP to the beautiful Picture Rocks National Lakeshore.   There is an optional add-on trip to Sault Ste. Marie Locks. 

    Paddlers from the club visited Pictured Rocks in 2011 and a link to pictures from that trip is at:https://www.flickr.com/photos/merlin3d/albums/72157627566198598

    Trip Sponsors: 
                Julie Sinclair and Jim Sprandel for Pictured Rocks
               Angela Henley for Sault Ste. Marie

    Pictured Rocks High-Level Schedule:

                   Arrive on Saturday, August 10th  at Bay Furnace Campground in Munising, Michigan. We have already reserved 4 campsites. Max per site is 4 tents, 8 people and 2 cars. This will be our base camp through the week with checkout on the morning of  Saturday, August 17th.

    Pictured Rocks Day-Trip Paddling Options:

    We will be camping at Bay Furnace campground in Munising and there are many day paddles within an easy drive. The list below shows some options that look promising and we will investigate others.  Bottom Line:  Plenty of interesting paddling to do in the area independent of Lake Superior’s disposition. We can also through in an optional hike.

    ·         Miner’s Beach – Chapel Rock (Spray Falls) – On this trip, we will paddle along the cliffs that Pictured Rocks is famous for.   This paddle is very dependent on lake conditions due to limited shoreline access after leaving Miner’s Beach.   It is about 7.5 miles from Miner’s Beach to Chapel Rock and Spray Falls is 1.5 mile further east from Chapel Falls.  Going to Spray Falls and back may too far for one day (20 miles) but we have identified  an interesting,  shorter alternative (see Beaver Lake below).

    ·         Grand Island-East Side – Paddle from the Sand Point Park Office up to Trout Bay on the East Side of Grand Island.  It is about 5.5 miles from the Park Office to the camp sites in Trout Bay.  The crossing from the mainland Park Office over to Grand Island is only about 1 mile and largely protected.   The east side of Grand has rocky and only has a few landing spots until you get to Trout Bay.

    ·        Grand Island-West Side– Paddle from Sand Point Office to the west side of Grand Island  It is about 3.3 mile to get to paddle across Murray Bay and get to Williams Landing on the south tip of the island.   The west shore is about another mile from Williams Landing so we can choose how far up the west side of the island we want to paddle.  Alternatively, we could just explore Murray Bay on the South end of Grand Island if the open lake is too rough.

    ·         Grand Marais Options – Grand Marais Harbor is about 75 minutes from Bay Furnace Campground and gives us several options.  First, the harbor is very protected if open lake conditions are rough and you can pick conditions that satisfy where you want to play.  If you go out of the harbor to the east, there is a surfable beach given north or west winds.  You can pick more moderate conditions to play in within the harbor.  If the lake is cooperative, we could paddle from Grand Marais to Sable Falls and Grand Sable Dunes (6 miles one-way).  

    ·         Beaver Lake or Au Train Lake – If Lake Superior is too rough, we could drive to Beaver Lake (45 minutes from Bay Furnace) or Au Train Lake (22 minutes) – both lakes are about 2 miles long.  Beaver Lake is completely within the National Lakeshore so it would undeveloped.  One interesting open-lake possibility would be to launch at Little Beaver Lake, paddle through Beaver Lake–Beaver Creek to Lake Superior, and then west 3 miles to Spray Falls .   This would make for a 10-mile round trip visit to Spray Falls - short enough that people could explore Beaver Lake on the way back if they wanted.

    ·         Au Train River – We could also paddle the Au Train river if conditions preclude going out on Lake Superior.  This is not far from Bay Furnace and would be a river view of the area.     

    The following link provides a map of the area: https://www.nps.gov/piro/planyourvisit/maps.htm .   I’ll send out a link to Navigation Charts to participants before the trip as well as additional campground information. 

    Trip Requirements:

    ·           Rescue Training - Must have training in assisted open water rescue skills prior to course – We want people along who can rescue me if we capsize.

    ·           Pod Discipline – Attendees will be expected to paddle with the group.  We will always have a sweep and lead – people need to stay together.  This is big water and things do happen.  The water does get rough and is cool even in August.  Life jackets must be worn while paddling.

    -       Paddling Skills -   Must feel comfortable and have experience paddling in 2-foot wave conditions from all directions including broach and rear quartering.     

    -       Must be able to paddle 10-12  miles per day for the 6-day trip at a 3.2-3.6 mph pace.

    ·           Paddling Equipment:  Sea Kayaks only – 16 foot or longer. Lake Superior is really big.  Spray skirt required, tow rope, pumps, paddle float,  If you have a GPS, compass, map, VHF radio and/or SPOT, please bring them (if you don’t, don’t buy them since we should have one or two for the group.)

    ·           Wet Suit/Dry Suit:  Sometimes, you can get by without a dry suit or wet suit in August.  Sometimes, you can’t.   We will monitor water temperatures and get back to people as the summer progresses.

     Sault Ste. Marie Locks High Level Schedule August 17 – 20th

    Arrive on Saturday, August 18th  at Sherman Park. campground on the St. Mary’s River in historic Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. 

    Paddling options:

    1. From Sherman Park upriver to Round Island to visit the  gulls and cormorants, then stop for a lunch on the Sand Islands at the beginning of the river;
    2. From Sherman Park downriver through the locks  and back across the river to Sugar Island and lunch on Voyageur Island Park, a small island dedicated to paddle access only;
    3. Or we can drive to Sugar Island, put in on the north shore and look for moose in the wetlands along the shore; If the weather is nice and everyone has a passport, we’ll cross the river into Canada and paddle at Gros Cap: full on exposure to Lake Superior, granite cliffs (maybe we’ll see the peregrines that nest there; we will certainly see eagles). From Gros Cap we paddle to a nice granite arch and a little waterfall. On the way back we will stop at Alan’s Rock for lunch; 
    4. On the last full day we can break camp early, drive to the Les Cheneaux islands, set up camp there and spend a day paddling in the islands. We’ll have a farewell dinner in Hessel and you’re almost at the Mackinac Bridge to start your journey home
    • August 18, 2019
    • August 20, 2019

    Host:  Angela Henley

    Note:  Description of Sault Ste. Marie at bottom of this Description.

    Please RSVP for this trip tojsinc363@yahoo.com since space is limited and first-come/first serve.

    Sea Kayak Trip Announcement – 
                    Pictured Rock National Lakeshore  -   August 11 – August 17, 2019
                    Optional Trip to Sault Ste. Marie (August 18-20)

    Ahoy, Fellow Sea Kayakers! This August,  we will trip up to the UP to the beautiful Picture Rocks National Lakeshore.   There is an optional add-on trip to Sault Ste. Marie Locks. 

    Paddlers from the club visited Pictured Rocks in 2011 and a link to pictures from that trip is at:https://www.flickr.com/photos/merlin3d/albums/72157627566198598

    Trip Sponsors: 
                Julie Sinclair and Jim Sprandel for Pictured Rocks
               Angela Henley for Sault Ste. Marie

    Pictured Rocks High-Level Schedule:

                   Arrive on Saturday, August 10th  at Bay Furnace Campground in Munising, Michigan. We have already reserved 4 campsites. Max per site is 4 tents, 8 people and 2 cars. This will be our base camp through the week with checkout on the morning of  Saturday, August 17th.

    Pictured Rocks Day-Trip Paddling Options:

    We will be camping at Bay Furnace campground in Munising and there are many day paddles within an easy drive. The list below shows some options that look promising and we will investigate others.  Bottom Line:  Plenty of interesting paddling to do in the area independent of Lake Superior’s disposition. We can also through in an optional hike.

    ·         Miner’s Beach – Chapel Rock (Spray Falls) – On this trip, we will paddle along the cliffs that Pictured Rocks is famous for.   This paddle is very dependent on lake conditions due to limited shoreline access after leaving Miner’s Beach.   It is about 7.5 miles from Miner’s Beach to Chapel Rock and Spray Falls is 1.5 mile further east from Chapel Falls.  Going to Spray Falls and back may too far for one day (20 miles) but we have identified  an interesting,  shorter alternative (see Beaver Lake below).

    ·         Grand Island-East Side – Paddle from the Sand Point Park Office up to Trout Bay on the East Side of Grand Island.  It is about 5.5 miles from the Park Office to the camp sites in Trout Bay.  The crossing from the mainland Park Office over to Grand Island is only about 1 mile and largely protected.   The east side of Grand has rocky and only has a few landing spots until you get to Trout Bay.

    ·        Grand Island-West Side– Paddle from Sand Point Office to the west side of Grand Island  It is about 3.3 mile to get to paddle across Murray Bay and get to Williams Landing on the south tip of the island.   The west shore is about another mile from Williams Landing so we can choose how far up the west side of the island we want to paddle.  Alternatively, we could just explore Murray Bay on the South end of Grand Island if the open lake is too rough.

    ·         Grand Marais Options – Grand Marais Harbor is about 75 minutes from Bay Furnace Campground and gives us several options.  First, the harbor is very protected if open lake conditions are rough and you can pick conditions that satisfy where you want to play.  If you go out of the harbor to the east, there is a surfable beach given north or west winds.  You can pick more moderate conditions to play in within the harbor.  If the lake is cooperative, we could paddle from Grand Marais to Sable Falls and Grand Sable Dunes (6 miles one-way).  

    ·         Beaver Lake or Au Train Lake – If Lake Superior is too rough, we could drive to Beaver Lake (45 minutes from Bay Furnace) or Au Train Lake (22 minutes) – both lakes are about 2 miles long.  Beaver Lake is completely within the National Lakeshore so it would undeveloped.  One interesting open-lake possibility would be to launch at Little Beaver Lake, paddle through Beaver Lake–Beaver Creek to Lake Superior, and then west 3 miles to Spray Falls .   This would make for a 10-mile round trip visit to Spray Falls - short enough that people could explore Beaver Lake on the way back if they wanted.

    ·         Au Train River – We could also paddle the Au Train river if conditions preclude going out on Lake Superior.  This is not far from Bay Furnace and would be a river view of the area.     

    The following link provides a map of the area: https://www.nps.gov/piro/planyourvisit/maps.htm .   I’ll send out a link to Navigation Charts to participants before the trip as well as additional campground information. 

    Trip Requirements:

    ·           Rescue Training - Must have training in assisted open water rescue skills prior to course – We want people along who can rescue me if we capsize.

    ·           Pod Discipline – Attendees will be expected to paddle with the group.  We will always have a sweep and lead – people need to stay together.  This is big water and things do happen.  The water does get rough and is cool even in August.  Life jackets must be worn while paddling.

    -       Paddling Skills -   Must feel comfortable and have experience paddling in 2-foot wave conditions from all directions including broach and rear quartering.     

    -       Must be able to paddle 10-12  miles per day for the 6-day trip at a 3.2-3.6 mph pace.

    ·           Paddling Equipment:  Sea Kayaks only – 16 foot or longer. Lake Superior is really big.  Spray skirt required, tow rope, pumps, paddle float,  If you have a GPS, compass, map, VHF radio and/or SPOT, please bring them (if you don’t, don’t buy them since we should have one or two for the group.)

    ·           Wet Suit/Dry Suit:  Sometimes, you can get by without a dry suit or wet suit in August.  Sometimes, you can’t.   We will monitor water temperatures and get back to people as the summer progresses.

     Sault Ste. Marie Locks High Level Schedule August 17 – 20th

    Arrive on Saturday, August 18th  at Sherman Park. campground on the St. Mary’s River in historic Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. 

    Paddling options:

    1. From Sherman Park upriver to Round Island to visit the  gulls and cormorants, then stop for a lunch on the Sand Islands at the beginning of the river;
    2. From Sherman Park downriver through the locks  and back across the river to Sugar Island and lunch on Voyageur Island Park, a small island dedicated to paddle access only;
    3. Or we can drive to Sugar Island, put in on the north shore and look for moose in the wetlands along the shore; If the weather is nice and everyone has a passport, we’ll cross the river into Canada and paddle at Gros Cap: full on exposure to Lake Superior, granite cliffs (maybe we’ll see the peregrines that nest there; we will certainly see eagles). From Gros Cap we paddle to a nice granite arch and a little waterfall. On the way back we will stop at Alan’s Rock for lunch; 
    4. On the last full day we can break camp early, drive to the Les Cheneaux islands, set up camp there and spend a day paddling in the islands. We’ll have a farewell dinner in Hessel and you’re almost at the Mackinac Bridge to start your journey home.


    • August 24, 2019
    • Western Ohio
    • August 24, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
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    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer three one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions on Saturday, May 11, July 20, and, August 24.  Each session is stand-alone so you can choose which you would like to attend.    These classes are free for registered HCKC members.

    Since we now have multiple ACA instructors, we can break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the ACA's Introduction to Kayaking material that we always covered in these classes.   In the other, we will cover ACA Intermediate (Level 2 and 3) Instruction and we will announce focus areas for each of these sessions so paddles with Intermediate skills can choose what they want to home.

    Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring, WW, or sea kayak.   Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk with you about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    Intermediate Kayak Class

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have taken an introductory class at least one year ago and who are comfortable with their forward-turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class is for  recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.   Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Boat control and turning are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control.  

    Note:  We will pick a focus area for each of the 3 Intermediate Sea Kayak classes so each class will have different content.   We will be announced to the Sea Kayak mailing list and updated here in the April Mailing as well as appearing in the May newsletter.

    Topics that we may cover are listed below:

    • Stroke Refinement - Tuning up your kayaking form to be more efficient.  One session may focus on Forward Stroke since is what you do 99.9% of the time.
    • Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to make it go straight
    • Bow and stern rudders
    • Side draws – Maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat
    • Maneuvers to paddle tighter turns with control such as linked stroked

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The Introductory Class will typically be held at Eagle Creek but the instructors for Intermediate classes may opt another location.  .

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills in the Intro class but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each of the 3 instructors. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they e-mail Jim Sprandel.    The split between Introductory and Intermediate students will be decided as student enrollments are processed.

    Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring:

    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.

    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class since you have a chance to ask and figure out what makes sense for you..

    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.

    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)

    Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    If you have questions, please contact Jim Sprandel at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • September 06, 2019
    • September 08, 2019
    • Glen Arbor,, Michigan

    ((Tentative Trip Information taken from 2018 Calendar))
    ((This is probably close but watch the September Newsletter and the Sea Kayak Mailing List sometime in August for details))


    Manitou Island Trip, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
    Trips Sponsor:   TBA

    We will be paddling out to the Manitou Islands from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Michigan.  We will camp a t DH Day Campgrounds in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Thursday Evening  and then take off for South Manitou Island Friday Morning.   D H Day Campground is about a 7-hour drive from Indianapolis so you can get in at a reasonable hour if you drive after work on Thursday.

    Friday morning:  We will leave relatively early for the 8.5-mile open water crossing of Lake Michigan to South Manitou island.  This island has everything a paddler could want: beachfront camping, self composting privies, a well for water, a lighthouse, and old growth cedars.  There are also shipwrecks you can see from the beach or paddle to if it is calm enough.  There are also 300-foot dunes on the West side of the island..

    Saturday:   We’ll see what conditions are like and plan accordingly.   Last year, we paddled around the island—we explored the wreck on the south end of the island and saw the huge dunes on the west side of the island for the first time.   The year before, we paddled over to North Manitou island.  There is also a foot trail around the island if someone would prefer to hike.   If necessary, we could paddle back to the mainland Saturday afternoon if conditions for Sunday are deterioriating.

    Sunday morning:  We will paddle the 8.5 mile open water crossing back to the mainland and we should be back to Indy by 8 pm.

    Required Paddling Skills:  This trip is for strong intermediate to advanced paddlers.   We can have large wave conditions especially during the crossing and the long crossing is through a shipping lane.

    • You should feel comfortable in 2+ foot seas from all directions including broach and rear quartering and be able to land and self-launch in 2+’ surf conditions.
    • You should be able to maintain a 3.5 mph pace for the 8 mile crossing without leaving your boat.  We may paddle up to 15 miles per day.
    • Self and group rescue skills are required..
    • Some kayak experience on great lakes or ocean.

    Please contact Brad if you are not sure about attempting this trip.

    Required Equipment:  Sea kayaks with spray skirts, fore and aft bulkheads, full perimeter deck lines, and safety equipment are required. 

       You will have to carry your own camping gear, clothes, and food with you in your kayak.  Drinking water is available on the island but was about ½ mile walk from the campsite last year so you may wish to bring a water filter..

    Contingency Plans:  If wave and wind conditions are too severe for a safe crossing on either Friday or Sunday morning, there are plenty of good paddling sites in the area.   The Lake is Boss.

    Contact Information:  Please contact  TBA if you would like to attend or want more information.

    • September 15, 2019
    • September 21, 2019

    Trip Sponsor:  Martha Gitt
    We would take a ferry to the island and then camp on the island.


    • October 05, 2019
    • TBA

    Trip Sponsor:  Robert Moore
    We are again to paddle either the Ohio River or the Castle Paddle on the Little Miami River.   

    Watch the September and/or October Newsletter for details as well as the Sea Kayak Newsletter.

    • October 18, 2019
    • October 20, 2019
    • Land between the Lakes, Kentucky

    Trip Sponsor:  TBA
    We are researching a trip to Land between the Lakes this year.    The details on this trip are still very preliminary and we will fill them in as the year progresses.

    Watch the October Newsletter for details.   

    • October 18, 2019
    • October 20, 2019
    • Grayson Lake, KY
    • November 02, 2019
    • November 03, 2019

    Trip Sponsor - Jim Sprandel

Past events

March 17, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
March 03, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
March 02, 2019 CK-Ice Falls Trip (Dwayne James)
February 17, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
February 03, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
January 26, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
January 06, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
January 01, 2019 NEW YEARS DAY PADDLE
November 10, 2018 HCKC Annual Meeting
November 03, 2018 SK: Lake Monroe Fall Overnight
October 27, 2018 All: Eagle Creek Shore-Line Clean-Up
October 26, 2018 WW: Russell Fork Rendezvous
October 20, 2018 Pirate Paddle and Party!
October 19, 2018 WW: New River (Fri), Bridge Day (Sat) and Gauley final release (Sun)
October 13, 2018 FW: Raccoon Creek Covered Bridge Festival Weekend
October 12, 2018 SK: Grayson Lake Fall Overnight
October 07, 2018 SK: Ohio River Ghost Ship Paddle
September 29, 2018 WW: Savage river Release
September 22, 2018 SK: Ohio River Overnight
September 16, 2018 FW: White River
September 14, 2018 WW: Gauley Fest
September 07, 2018 SK: South Manitou Island - Lake Michigan
September 02, 2018 FW: Wabash
September 01, 2018 SK: Kayak Brookville Lake Summer Paddle
August 25, 2018 FW/SK: Cataract Falls Full Moon Paddle
August 19, 2018 Raccoon Creek Clean Up
August 18, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
August 11, 2018 FW: Hindostan Falls, E. Fork White River
August 04, 2018 SK: Apostle Island Adventure
August 03, 2018 Indiana Paddlers Rendezvous
July 29, 2018 FW/SK: Summit Lake Day Paddle
July 28, 2018 Introductory Tandem Canoe Skills Class
July 28, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic (July)
July 21, 2018 FW: East Fork White River
July 15, 2018 SK: Lake Champlain Vermont/New York
July 14, 2018 CANCELED DUE TO LOW WATER Green River, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
July 10, 2018 Eagle Creek Tuesday Evening Paddles
June 30, 2018 ALL: 4th of July Trip on the Youghiogheny
June 30, 2018 SK: NWIPA New Buffalo to Michigan City Paddle
June 23, 2018 CANCELED DUE TO STORMS 300 Springs, Green River, Kentucky
June 23, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
June 23, 2018 WW: Iowa Parks/Charles City Challenge
June 17, 2018 Canceled due to high heat HCKC Boat Demo and Open House
June 16, 2018 (copy) Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon
June 16, 2018 SK: Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan Trip
June 09, 2018 NOT HCKC EVENT - Guides needed for Festival Canoe Rides
June 09, 2018 Volunteers need for HCKC booth at Outdoor Explore in Lafayette
June 08, 2018 SK: South Bass Rendezvous
June 02, 2018 FW: Driftwood
June 02, 2018 SK: Clinic and Practice Session - Open Water Rescue
June 01, 2018 South Bend's Best Week Ever
May 26, 2018 Save the Boundary Waters, Holliday Park Presentation, Book signings
May 26, 2018 FW: Holiday Weekend on Wildcat Creek
May 26, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
May 19, 2018 SK: Lake Erie Paddle
May 18, 2018 WW: Stoney Creek Rendezvous
May 05, 2018 FW/WW: Fall Creek Clean Up
May 05, 2018 McCloud Nature Park 15th Anniversary Paddle
May 05, 2018 SK: Cagles Mill (Cataract Falls) Highwater Trip
May 04, 2018 WW: CHEAT RIVER FESTIVAL
April 27, 2018 Seabrook Island South Carolina Weekend Training
April 22, 2018 Fall Creek
April 22, 2018 SK: South Carolina Trip
April 21, 2018 FW: Sand Creek
April 19, 2018 WW: Tuckfest
April 07, 2018 SK:Lake Monroe Spring Overnight Paddle
April 04, 2018 Pool Session
March 31, 2018 March 31 Ice Falls Trip (Canceled)
March 31, 2018 WW: Elkhorn River
March 25, 2018 Fall Creek Snow paddle
March 18, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
March 18, 2018 Goose Pond Birding Exploration Paddle
March 17, 2018 FW/SK: Annual Summit Lake Spring Solstice Celebration Trip
March 09, 2018 Canoecopia
March 04, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
March 03, 2018 FW/WW: Ice Falls Trip March 3 2018 (Canceled)
February 18, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
February 17, 2018 CPR/AED/Wilderness First Aid Class
February 16, 2018 National Paddling Film Festival
February 03, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
January 21, 2018 Trip Planning Meeting
January 01, 2018 Canceled: New Year's Day Paddle
November 25, 2017 Pool Session.
November 11, 2017 HCKC Annual Member Meeting
November 05, 2017 Mississinewa Seven Pillars
November 04, 2017 SK: Lake Monroe Fall Overnight Trip
October 21, 2017 Raccoon Creek Covered Bridge Festival
October 14, 2017 Blue River
October 14, 2017 SK: Lake Patoka Overnight Trip
October 07, 2017 Hindostan Falls, East Fork of White River
October 07, 2017 FW/SK: Eagle Creek Full Moon Paddle
September 30, 2017 Eagle Creek Clean-Up
September 30, 2017 ACA L4 Swiftwater Rescue Class
September 30, 2017 WW: Savage river Release
September 23, 2017 White River to Bonge's Tavern
September 23, 2017 SK: Ohio River from Tanner's Creek
September 22, 2017 Michigan Paddlers Rendezvous
September 14, 2017 WW: Gauley Fest
September 08, 2017 SK: Sleeping Bear Dune - Manitou Island Trip (3-day or 6-day trip)
August 26, 2017 Wabash River
August 26, 2017 Go Girl Triathlon
August 19, 2017 Solar Eclipse Paddle Expedition
August 19, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
August 19, 2017 Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon
August 05, 2017 SK: Apostle Islands Sea Kayak Adventure
August 04, 2017 Indiana Paddlers Rendezvous
July 22, 2017 SK: Lake Monroe "It's Actually Warm" Overnight Trip
July 16, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
July 15, 2017 East Fork of the White River CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER
July 15, 2017 Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon
July 08, 2017 HCKC Open House CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER
July 08, 2017 FW/SK: Cataract Falls Full Moon Paddle
July 02, 2017 WW: Savage river Release
July 01, 2017 SK: NWIPA-HCKC Lake Michigan New Buffalo-Mich.City Paddle
June 30, 2017 WW: Lower Yough
June 27, 2017 Fly Fishing 101
June 25, 2017 SK: Lake Monroe Day Trip
June 24, 2017 300 Springs, Green River
June 24, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
June 24, 2017 WW: Tuckasegee/ Nantahala
June 23, 2017 WW: Monica's Birthday Paddle on the Yough
June 17, 2017 SK: Clinic and Practice Session - Open Water Rescue
June 17, 2017 Driftwood River
June 16, 2017 WW: French Broad and Laurel Creek
June 11, 2017 WW: East Race
June 10, 2017 Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon
June 10, 2017 WW: Christiana Creek
June 04, 2017 SK: Potomac / Chesapeake Bay Trip
June 03, 2017 WW: Savage river Release
June 02, 2017 WW: East Race
May 29, 2017 Memorial Day
May 27, 2017 Wildcat Creek *CANCELED*
May 27, 2017 WW: Wolf/ Peshtigo
May 27, 2017 SK: Hardy Lake Paddle
May 20, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
May 19, 2017 WW: Stoney Creek
May 19, 2017 FW/SK: CincyPaddler Grayson Lake Trip
May 14, 2017 Mother's Day
May 13, 2017 Rusted Moon Presents: Kayakers' and Paddlers' Demo Day
May 13, 2017 Fall Creek
May 13, 2017 SK: Cagles Mill (Cataract Falls) Highwater Trip
May 06, 2017 Muscatatuck Rendezvous
May 05, 2017 WW: Cheat fest
April 29, 2017 Big Walnut
April 22, 2017 Cincy Paddlers Annual Spring Swap Meet
April 21, 2017 SK: East Coast Sea Kayak Symposium/South Carolina Trip
April 21, 2017 WW: Tuck Fest
April 16, 2017 WW: Easter Sunday Nantahala
April 16, 2017 Easter
April 15, 2017 FW/SK: Westwood Lake Paddle
April 08, 2017 Sand Creek
April 07, 2017 WW: Webster Springs Wild Water Weekend
April 07, 2017 WW: National Whitewater Center
April 05, 2017 Pool Session.
April 01, 2017 April Fools on Big Pine 40th Anniversary Paddle
April 01, 2017 Clear Creek
April 01, 2017 SK: Lake Monroe Spring Overnight Paddle
March 29, 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival Tour: Chicago, IL
March 23, 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival Tour: Dayton OH
March 19, 2017 FW/SK: Summit Lake First of Spring Paddle
March 11, 2017 WW: Ain't Louie fest
March 10, 2017 All: Canoecopia
March 05, 2017 Pool Session with South Bend Adventure CLub
February 18, 2017 All: National Paddler's Film festival
February 18, 2017 Pool Session with South Bend Adventure CLub
January 21, 2017 Trip Planning Meeting
January 01, 2017 New Years Day
December 31, 2016 New Years Eve Day Paddle on Fall Creek
December 25, 2016 Christmas Day
December 03, 2016 Pool Session
November 24, 2016 Thanksgiving Day
November 12, 2016 HCKC Annual Meeting and Dinner
August 17, 2016 Pool Session
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