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

Upcoming events

    • May 03, 2022
    • September 27, 2022
    • 22 sessions
    • Eagle Creek Park

    Eagle Creek Tuesday Evening Paddles

    Eagle Creek paddles started on May 3rd 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 3 through September 27, 2022
    • 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.
    • 2022 HCKC-Eagle Creek Pass:  Current HCKC Members must print the 2022 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.


    • May 21, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
    Registration is closed

    On May 21th, we will offer our first one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions for 2022.  This class is  free for registered HCKC members.

    We will break our class up into Introductory and Intermediate Sections.

    Introductory Section -  ACA Introduction to Paddling Class

    Target Paddlers:  Newer HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring or sea kayak.  Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children in 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, equipment, or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.
    Your instructor will first talk 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 Section - Intermediate Techniques and Refinement
    Specific topic is TBD.  We can handle up to 5  students in each class.

    These classes are for recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.


    Your Chance of Immersion: 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 practice rescues.  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 instructor.   

    How to Sign Up -   Click on the "Register" box in the left column of this page.

    Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they register through the HCKC Event Calendar or e-mail to Duane Garloch (duane.garloch@gmail.com).  Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring: 
    Kayak/Personal Gear:  
    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, and lunch.
    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 (Location will be emailed to participants by the Monday before the class.)
    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.

    NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation email after registering for the class, check your spam folder and add the sender to you allowed list (you want to make sure you get the details that are emailed out closer to the class date).

    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 22, 2022
    • Hazel Landing to Broadripple Park
    Register

    Looking for a quiet afternoon on the water? Join us for a trip down White River from Hazel Landing Park in Carmel (106th & Hazel dell Parkway) to Broadripple Park in Indianapolis. This is a trip that is good for beginners since it is a shorter trip with few obstacles. In this section of White River you can see an eagle’s nest near 82nd Street along with river homes near the Yacht Club. Plan on a leisurely paddle that can end with a beer or ice cream in Broadripple. 

    We will meet at Hazel Landing Park at noon where we will unload boats. The shuttle will head south to Broadripple Park at 12:30 pm. This means we should be on the water about 1:30 pm. Be sure to bring a hat, water and sunscreen as this will be the warmest part of the day. Be aware that masks are required for the shuttle and life vests are required to be worn on the river.

    Meeting time:  12 pm (noon)

    Meeting location:  Hazel Landing Park in Carmel

    Shuttle leaves:  12:30 pm

    On the water:  1:30 pm

    Contact info: Dwayne James dwaynesjamesa1@hotmail.com


    • May 25, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 28, 2022
    • May 30, 2022
    • Hiwassee and Ocoee Rivers
    Register

    Memorial Day Weekend Training Trip

    DATE: 28 – 30 May 2022

    SKILL: Beginner to Intermate Whitewater

    LOCATION:  Hiwassee and Ocoee Rivers

    CAMPING:  Adventure Unlimited, 522 US-64, Ocoee, TN 37361  CAMPSITE:  "Campground LOOP A"

    MEALS:  Dinner on 28 May 2022 will be provided (Donations Welcome) by TEAM T&J.  All other meals are on your own.

    EQUIPMENT:  Bring your own gear unless you contact TEAM T&J beforehand.

    TRAINING:  We will be focusing on getting the paddler started in their journey of paddling whitewater.  You will also be taught some River Rescue Skills so you can safely paddle down the river and enjoy it.  You will have fun, or we will just keep paddling until you do!

    RESERVATION:  Reserve your spot on the HCKC Website or call TEAM T&J (207) 522 – 0259.  If you do not reserve your slot you will not be part of this training.  So bottom line is DON'T JUST SHOW UP and expect to participant in this event.  TEAM T&J has to plan out how much food and shuttle before the trip.  Thank you for your help in this matter!


    • June 01, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 03, 2022
    • June 05, 2022
    • Wills Creek, Lower Yough

    Lead by Richard Clapham

    • June 08, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 09, 2022
    • June 14, 2022
    • Wisconsin Dells Area

    Join the HCKC on this “never before offered” Wisconsin River Trip


    Wisconsin River Trip 2022 with 3 paddling days including1day paddling through the Dells. Optional  hiking/touring (see below in pdf link). Sections of this trip were paddled by the Cincy Paddlers in 2018.


     Trip Sponsors: Suzy McCain & Mariann Davis (co-organizers of on-water & off-water activities).


     Dates: Arrive: Thursday, June 9th, 2022; Depart: Tuesday, June 14 (or choose desired participation).


     Trip Level: Level 2/3—Kayak/Touring (Boat length:14’ and above) 

     Trip Level Guide is shown in the last page of the link; Paddling distances and possible choppy  water  through  the narrows fall into a Level 3 trip. Paddling this area will be determined by the CFS on the  Muscoda gage.


    Trip Description: Although Wisconsin Dells could seem like a cliche from our childhood, the beauty of the area  and its rivers are not diminished by its popularity. We will paddle an estimated 36 miles of this 420 mile river, 7 of  those miles through the scenic rock-faced Dells and Narrows. Cliffs, rock shelves, and huge standing rocks dot  this scenic corridor. The next paddling day which begins at the lower Dells will eventually reveal Rocky and  forested islands, sandy beaches and some narrow channels for exploration. On all paddling days we will enjoy  similar sites and scenery with stops on one of the sandy beaches for lunch. On our hiking day, Devil’s Lake offers  spectacular hikes away from the crowed tourist areas around the water (see Day 3 below in pdf). Of course, individual  options are also possible on this day.


     Camping: Rocky Arbor State Park, click: Rocky Arbor SP  (6 sites purchased in advance; 3 non-electric). The  electric  sites can add a tent & the non-electric sites can have multiple tents. (see availability below in PDF) Recommend  purchasing a Wisconsin state pass, $38; Daily admission for non residents is $11.  More on the  Pass: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/admission.


     Directions from Indianapolis: Click here: To Rocky Arbor state park from Indy . Travel time: 6 hours.



     Trip Itinerary: Use GPS Coordinates (in red) for all navigation and shuttles


        Please click on Link for photos and complete information on this trip                                          

                                          Wisconsin River trip 6/9/22 .pdf

      **Trip is limited to 12 paddlers due to shuttles and limited camping opportunities   but non-electric sites are available at Rocky Arbor.  Based on interest, trip limit       may be lifted.  Contact marianndvs@gmail.com for questions** 




    • June 12, 2022
    • near Edinburgh
    Register

    Driftwood River

    Sunday June 12, 2022

    Sponsor: Sue Foxx/Dwayne James

    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 if you have symptoms and be aware that life vests are required to be worn when on the river.

    Meeting time: 10:00 am

    Meeting location: Shell station just off I-65 at exit 80.

    Once participants arrive we will caravan to Furnas Mill on Sugar Creek. If you wish to just meet at this location email me to let me know not to expect you out at I-65.

    Shuttle: 11:00 am shuttle leaves for the take out at Lowel Bridge.

    On water: noon

    Contact information: dwaynesjamesa1@hotmail.com 

    I will keep an eye on the levels, this creek can run dry or flood very quickly. Look for 7 pm announcement 6/11 if we need to adjust the trip.



    • June 15, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 17, 2022
    • June 19, 2022
    • Summit Lake

    Summit Lake Rescue Training Camp and Shore Clinic June 17-19

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

    Please contact Martha Gitt marthagitt@yahoo.com  or Linda Decker lsdecker2018@gmail.com if interested in registering for this class

    Itinerary:

    Saturday June 18th Ready to Launch at 10:00am at Boat Launch

    Sunday June 19th Shore Clinic with on water practice to follow

    Location: 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 Friday & Saturday Night. Campsites are competitive so reserve your campsites soon. 

    Optional: Attend Saturday Day Session Only

    Join us for a 2-day 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 clinic is an opportunity 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.

    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. 

    On Saturday we will go over the full course of rescue skills and techniques.  Afterwards we will 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 create scenarios to make these rescues feel real.

    In addition to the on-water training, we will have a Shore Clinic presented by David & Susan Nord. The clinic will focus on kayak and gear maintenance, including emergency boat repair, replacing decklines, finding leaks, buffing scratches, maintenance of hatch covers, care of your drysuit & wooden paddles

     

    Rescue 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 2022 Non- Motorized Sticker is required for each boat $5 at the gate or can be ordered in advance online


    • June 22, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 25, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
    Register

    On June 25th, we will offer our second one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions for 2022.  This class is  free for registered HCKC members.

    We will break our class up into Introductory and Intermediate Sections.

    Introductory Section -  ACA Introduction to Paddling Class

    Target Paddlers:  Newer HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring or sea kayak.  Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children in 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, equipment, or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.
    Your instructor will first talk 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 Section - Intermediate Techniques and Refinement
    Specific topic is TBD.  We can handle up to 5  students in each class.

    These classes are for recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.


    Your Chance of Immersion: 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 practice rescues.  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 instructor.   

    How to Sign Up -   Click on the "Register" box in the left column of this page.

    Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they register through the HCKC Event Calendar or e-mail to Duane Garloch (duane.garloch@gmail.com).  Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring: 
    Kayak/Personal Gear:  
    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, and lunch.
    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 (Location will be emailed to participants by the Monday before the class.)
    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.

    NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation email after registering for the class, check your spam folder and add the sender to you allowed list (you want to make sure you get the details that are emailed out closer to the class date).

    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 26, 2022
    • Cecil Harden Lake, near Rockville
    Register

    This trip will be in the headwaters of Cecil M. Harden Lake, otherwise known as Raccoon Lake.  The area is fairly well sheltered, and in an idle only zone.  Beginners welcome!   It should be appropriate for paddlers of all skill levels.  We will be taking a little more leisurely, exploratory approach, and hopefully have a lot of fun.  Meet at the Portland Mills ramp at 10:00.  We will unload and launch from there.  We will stop for lunch somewhere along the way.  Be aware it will likely be somewhat muddy.  We will be returning to Portland Mills.  Those that wish to leave early can take out then.  The rest of us will head out into the more open part of the lake, still in the idle zone.  We will return when done to Portland Mills, so no shuttling of vehicles required.

    Heading west on US 36, look for a sign for HUGE selection, then a sign at a Mini-Ranch.  Take the next road to the right, CR 880W.  There is a sign for Portland Mills ramp at that intersection, but it is rather small.  If you come to a bridge over the lake while on US 36, you went too far.  You need a DNR permit for your boat.  If you do not have one, you can get the $5 sticker at Raccoon Lake SRA gate office, which is only a short distance down US 36 west of the Portland Mills turnoff, over the bridge and up the hill.  Don’t pay the entrance fee to the SRA; just tell them you wish to get a non-motorized DNR permit, and then you will be turning around and leaving.

    Be sure to bring lunch or a snack, plenty of drinking water, hat and/or sunscreen, in addition to your normal paddling gear.  As with all HCKC trips, PFDs must be worn while on the water.

    Due to the weather, there may be last minute changes.  Please register or contact me Judy Thompson judy_thom@hotmail.com if you plan on attending.

    • June 29, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 06, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 13, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 16, 2022
    • near Anderson

    White River Paddle From Anderson to Perkinsville PAS put-in (or 100 yards north of Bonges Tavern on the right in Cicero IN —Bonges has an Anderson address: 9830 W 280 N, Anderson, IN 46011


    (from Indy take 37N to SR #13 east (turn R), go a few miles, turn N onto CR 280 N)

    Trip Leader: Mariann Davis, C-317-213-5600, marianndvs@gmail.com

    Date: July 16, 2022

    Meet-up time: 10:30 AM

    Meet-up Location: Meet at the take out for caravanning to the Anderson Put-in; Decision on the length of the length of the trip will be determined at that time by a majority—- we can paddle 15 miles (about a 4 hour trip) or 12miles—(about 3 hours), plus 1/2 hour for lunch. Directions to the put in will be given then in case we lose the trail.

    The 15 mile trip has its put in at Edgewater Park in Anderson— off 8th St. from Highway 9 in Anderson… (The put-in is approximately 1+ miles east on 8th St. coming up on a grassy berm on the Left. (you will pass a residential area before you see the grassy embankment/berm on left).

    What to Bring: PFD, paddle, camera, sunscreen, lunch, dry bag, hat…Dress for the water and air temp.

    Contingencies on this paddle: The best water level for this trip is about 195 cfs, if lower we will have to cancel:  Cancelations will be made the evening before the trip by 8 PM. A “NO EMAIL” IS A “GO EMAIL”…

    This is a beautiful, forgotten section of the white River with a heavily  shaded corridor of mature trees…you can sing or hum along with the sounds of the abundant water fowl or just enjoy a relaxing paddle in nature’s quietude away from any street noise. Contact Mariann @ marianndvs@gmail.com for questions.



    • July 20, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 23, 2022


    • July 27, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 28, 2022
    • July 31, 2022
    • Van Buren State Park Michigan
    Register

    Lake Michigan Training Paddle – South Haven, Michigan

    Dates:  July 28 – 31, 2022

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

    2/4/22 There are no longer available campsites at Van Buren State Park

    We have located 3 other campgrounds in the area that still have open sites:

    Black River Trails Campground is about 7 miles from VBSP and closer to South Haven.  https://www.blackrivertrailscampground.com/ Available sites online

    Dune Lake Campground in Coloma, Mi http://www.dunelakecampground.com       1-269-764-8941 Call for reservations

    Covert Park Beach and Campground is on Lake Michigan and only about 4 miles south of VBSP.  http://www.covertpark.com/ Reservations for campsites and cabins opens April 1st

    Camping: Van Buren State Park, 23960 Ruggles Road, South Haven, MI 49090

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

    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.  If conditions are appropriate, we will also work on boat control, bracing in waves/surf and rough water rescues.  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.

    The goal of this trip is to primarily focus on training and skills development for HCKC Level 3+ trips.  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 likely be at South or North Beach in South Haven.  We also have options of launching at Deerlick Creek Park, a short drive North of Van Buren State Park, or Black River Park in South Haven, or on the St. Joseph River in Benton Harbor.

    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.

    Register on this page

    Questions contact Nate Strong strong.nathan@att.net 



    • August 03, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 05, 2022
    • August 07, 2022
    • Paddler's Lane Campground, 255 Paddlers Ln, Confluence, PA 15424
    Register

    HCKC ANNUAL ROCK THE YOUGH!! (FAMILY FRIENDLY)

    Sponsors Steve and Sonja Mahon want to show off one of the clubs most popular whitewater venues but in a way we never have in the past – it’s a trip for everyone!

    Flatwater and sea kayakers will enjoy checking out Youghiogheny River Lake. Jockey Hollow Boat Ramp will be a good place to put-in/take-out to avoid some of the power boats. It has also been recommended to travel a little further to the Maryland side and put-in at Mill Run Recreation Area (25 minutes from the campground). High Point Lake and Deer Valley Lake are also spots to check out (about a half hour away from our campground, and within minutes of each other) and are a bit more secluded.

    For the adventurous recreational paddler who is comfortable with moving water, we recommend the Class II Middle Yough River (put-in right at camp!). If you are unsure about your watercraft, inflatable duckie kayaks are available for rent in Ohiopyle.

    For whitewater boaters who are not ready for the Class III+ waters of the Upper and Lower Youghiogheny River, there's the nearby Class II+ Casselman River.

    Don't want to kayak? Come for the hiking, sightseeing, fishing, mountain biking, or join a commercial raft trip! There are many trails located in and around the Ohiopyle State Park area. If you enjoy hiking to see some waterfalls, we recommend the Cucumber Falls Trail, the Jonathan Run Trail, and the Meadow Run Trail (towards the Cascades).

    If hiking is not your forte, there are two Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the area – Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. If you are interested in checking out Fallingwater, we recommend booking tickets early, as the tours fill very quickly. Fort Necessity is another popular sightseeing destination in the area. Within an hour’s drive, there are also many golf courses.

    For the fishermen of the group, this is a very stream-rich area. You can fish for trout in Laurel Creek in Laurel Hill State Park, Meadow Run in Ohiopyle, and the Middle Yough River in Ohiopyle. For small mouth bass, the Casselman River is a great option. Most of these rivers have full trail access.

    There are many mountain biking and easy, flat gravel biking trails to check out with bike rentals available in Ohiopyle.

    This will be a trip you won't want to miss - especially the Saturday night pitch in dinner with live music from the Infamous Bob (Big Drop) Heckler (an HCKC legend and all-around great guy)! The main course protein will be provided, and we ask for everyone to pitch in either a side dish or a dessert. There will be a donation jar to cover costs of the main course and consumables (plates, napkins, flatware, etc.). All other meals (breakfasts, lunches, and Friday dinner) are to be self-provided.


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

    Paddler’s Lane Retreat/Campground

    255 Paddlers Ln

    Confluence, PA 15424

    Do not call the campground for reservations, as we have a large area already reserved for the HCKC. Camping will be $10 per person per night. Upon arrival to the campground, cash payment should be paid to Sonja or Steve Mahon directly, NOT to the campground. We are taking care of all accommodation coordination with the campground to make things easier on everyone.

    The campground does not allow firewood to be brought in from outside. There are bundles in front of the bathhouse that can be purchased. (This WOULD be paid directly to the campground.)

    There is a bathhouse with hot showers, and a utility sink for washing dishes.

    **If you will be camping out of your vehicle, please contact Steve at 484-577-0439. There is a designated area for this in the campground and/or we will make sure you get to park near the group site.



    Rentals in Ohiopyle


    Bike rentals

    - Wilderness Voyageurs Rafting & Bike Tours

    103 Garrett St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470

    wilderness-voyageurs.com


    - Laurel Highlands River Tours and Outdoor Center

    4 Sherman St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470

    laurelhighlands.com


    Duckie kayak/raft rentals/Guided raft trips

    - Wilderness Voyageurs Rafting & Bike Tours

    103 Garrett St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470

    wilderness-voyageurs.com

    *Stand-up Paddle Boards also available for rent – call number on website to reserve!

    *Paddle-cats/Shredders also available for rent


    - White Water Adventurers Inc.

    6 Negley St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470

    wwaraft.com


    - Laurel Highlands River Tours and Outdoor Center

    4 Sherman St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470

    laurelhighlands.com

    *Paddle-cats/Shredders also available for rent




    Flatwater Boat Launches

    Jockey Hollow Boat Ramp

    Confluence, PA 15424


    Mill Run Recreation Area

    Mill Run Rd, Friendsville, MD 21531


    High Point Lake

    South Access Boat Launch – T348, Fort Hill, PA 15540

    North Shore Boat Ramp – Lake Shore Rd, Fort Hill, PA 15540


    Deer Valley Lake

    S Access Road, Fort Hill, PA 15540



    Local Sightseeing Attractions

    Fallingwater

    1491 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run, PA 15464

    www.fallingwater.org


    Kentuck Knob

    723 Kentuck Rd, Dunbar, PA 15431

    www.kentuckknob.com


    Fort Necessity

    National Pike, Farmington, PA 15437

    https://www.nps.gov/fone/index.htm



    • August 05, 2022
    • August 07, 2022
    • Wildcat Creek


    • August 10, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 17, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • August 21, 2022
    • August 28, 2022
    • Sleeping Bear Dunes

    SK Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    August 21 -August 28

    Trip Sponsor Jim Heichelbech

    Trip Level L2/L3 (See Below)

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS TRIP. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO A WAITLIST. Jim Heichelbech

    We will be camping at the Platte River Campground which is within the National Lakeshore. The campground appears spacious with an abundance of trees. Electric and non-electric sites are available and can best be explored/reserved on the Recreation.gov website. As always in Michigan, campsites will be competitive and only available for reservations 6 mos in advance, (for this trip, February 21st).

    Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore encompasses a 35 mi. stretch of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline, as well as North and South Manitou Islands. The 71,187 acre park was established primarily for its outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore also contains many cultural features.

    Planned trips include excursions into lake Michigan, Platte Lake, Platte river and Loon Lake. We’ll select from our “bag of trips” based on weather, as we all know “the Lake is the Boss”. For those wishing to search the area online, our probable put in locations will be the coastguard station in DH Day national Lakeshore, the Big Platte Lake DNR boat ramp, and the El Dorado boat Launch and the Platte river Beach Parking area.  For the adventurous and depending on weather, surfing could be an option. Topping things off, there are 100 miles of designated hiking trails, the paved 27 Mile Heritage Bike Trail, a ferry out to South Manitou Island and of course, the beautiful dunes and beaches.


    Required Equipment:  PFD, Sea kayaks 14’ or greater with spray skirts, fore and aft bulkheads, full perimeter deck lines, pump/paddle float and safety equipment are required. 

    Registration:   Register here and e-mail Jim Heichelbech with questions gem5610@gmail.com


    • August 21, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
    Register

    On August 21st, we will offer our second one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions for 2022.  This class is  free for registered HCKC members.

    We will break our class up into Introductory and Intermediate Sections.

    Introductory Section -  ACA Introduction to Paddling Class

    Target Paddlers:  Newer HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring or sea kayak.  Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children in 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, equipment, or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.
    Your instructor will first talk 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 Section - Intermediate Techniques and Refinement
    Specific topic is TBD.  We can handle up to 5  students in each class.

    These classes are for recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.


    Your Chance of Immersion: 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 practice rescues.  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 instructor.   

    How to Sign Up -   Click on the "Register" box in the left column of this page.

    Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they register through the HCKC Event Calendar or e-mail to Duane Garloch (duane.garloch@gmail.com).  Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring: 
    Kayak/Personal Gear:  
    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, and lunch.
    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 (Location will be emailed to participants by the Monday before the class.)
    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.

    NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation email after registering for the class, check your spam folder and add the sender to you allowed list (you want to make sure you get the details that are emailed out closer to the class date).

    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 22, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


    • August 24, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 31, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register

    HCKC Pool sessions at Thatcher are organized to allow HCKC members and guests to learn and practice paddling skills in a safe environment with other paddlers, some of which are ACA certified instructors but we all try to help each other get better and safer for when we venture out to the water!

    We still have COVID restrictions of no more than 15 boats in the water at one time and they have asked (loosely) that we continue to wear masks on the sidelines and in the changing rooms until we enter the water. Although this seems cumbersome at times it is still something the facility has requested of us.

    If you plan on coming and/or bringing your family for instruction or need gear, please let us know so we can be sure to have everything ready! This is a volunteer effort and appreciate your understanding!!



    • September 03, 2022


    • September 07, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Thatcher Park Pool 4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
    Register