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Due to Coronavirus crisis restrictions , the HCKC has suspended club training,
social, and paddling events through July 1.    Some club events will resume after July 1, 2020!

Upcoming events

    • July 14, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • September 29, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 12 sessions
    • Eagle Creek Park

    Eagle Creek Tuesday Evening Paddles

    Eagle Creek paddles started on July  7th 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, July 7 through September 29, 2020
    • 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.
    • 2020 HCKC-Eagle Creek Pass:  Current HCKC Members must print the 2020 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.


    • August 14, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • August 16, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Summit Lake State Park
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    August 14-16, 2020

    LOCATION:                 Summit Lake State Park

    SPONSORS:               Jim Eckerty  rentbsu@comcast.net

    Linda Decker lsdecker@att.net

    DESCRIPTION:        Summit Lake State Park is 2680 acres including an 800 acre lake, shady wooded areas and lots of open space where wildlife and bird watching abound.

    Summit Lake State park is located northeast of New Castle and southeast of Muncie. The park is 1 mile north of State Highway 36 on Messick Road, 4 miles east of Highway 3.

    LAUNCH SITE:           Boat Ramp located near Boat Rental building- Turn left at T intersection just past the park gate entrance. (Both day paddle and moonlight paddle)

    ITINERARY:

    Friday Aug 14                Arrive and camp overnight (optional)

    Saturday Aug 15     

    10:30am           Be ready to launch. Daytime paddle and picnic lunch 3-4 hours 8- 10 miles. Afternoon skill practice or kayak games if there is an interest  

    7:30 pm            Be ready to launch. Evening paddle 2-3 hours 5-6 miles. Campfire   and Camping overnight (optional)

    Sunday Aug 16  TBD. Morning paddle or hiking

    Summit Lake is less than an hour from Indianapolis so, those not interested in camping can join us on Saturday

    CAMPING:             LIMITED CAMPSITES: A few people have campsites and      can accommodate a few tents. Contact trip sponsor to check        availability. Additional campsites are reserved through Reserve                                America.

    REGISTRATION:      Please register on the club web site or email trip sponsor                                         for more information

    EQUIPMENT:           PFD and safety equipment. (Boat length >14’) A white light for                                 your boat is required for the evening paddle.

    GENERAL:                You will need a 2020 Indiana DNR Nonmotorized Boat Permit                                  available at park entrance or on line.  

    Covid-19 Safety:

    To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, we will be following the HCKC Corona Virus Guidelines which includes maintaining social distancing. All participants should bring personal protection items such as face mask and sanitizer.

    Please complete the Waiver/ COVID Screening Form the day prior to the event and submit to the Trip Sponsor/Lead ( include TEMPERATURE). Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or direct exposure as detailed on the form, should not attend the event.

    Links to the Corona Virus Guidelines and the Waiver/COVID Screening  can be found on the Sea Kayaking page on the HCKC site.


    • August 15, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis
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    Swimming portion of the  Indy Sprint Triathlon Series.  HCKC members and guest provide safety boats for the swimmers in the 500 meter course.  Participants are there to provide assistance to swimmers, guide them on the course,  allow a place to rest or signal for extraction.  We will be on the outside of the course while city lifeguards are on the inside of the course. Meet at the Eagle Creek Park office on 56th street just northwest of the main park entrance and just before you get to the bridge over the reservoir. 

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

     We must be unloaded and on the water by 7:45-50 as the swimming starts at 8am.   Instructions will be given just prior to the event.  No special skills needed.  Items which may enhance your effectiveness are whistle,  short throw line and float, extra PFD.  We are usually done by 9.  Some go to breakfast, some go paddle around, some have to go home and do chores. 

    This is an important event to HCKC as we the club is paid a $1000.00 for helping with this event.  You will get an event T-shirt for participating, please register with shirt size.  Canoe, Kayak or paddle board OK. 

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

     Thanks for your help.

    • August 22, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis
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    Swimming portion of the  Indy Sprint Triathlon Series.  HCKC members and guest provide safety boats for the swimmers in the 500 meter course.  Participants are there to provide assistance to swimmers, guide them on the course,  allow a place to rest or signal for extraction.  We will be on the outside of the course while city lifeguards are on the inside of the course. Meet at the Eagle Creek Park office on 56th street just northwest of the main park entrance and just before you get to the bridge over the reservoir. 

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

     We must be unloaded and on the water by 7:45-50 as the swimming starts at 8am.   Instructions will be given just prior to the event.  No special skills needed.  Items which may enhance your effectiveness are whistle,  short throw line and float, extra PFD.  We are usually done by 9.  Some go to breakfast, some go paddle around, some have to go home and do chores. 

    This is an important event to HCKC as we the club is paid a $1000.00 for helping with this event.  You will get an event T-shirt for participating, please register with shirt size.  Canoe, Kayak or paddle board OK. 

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

     Thanks for your help.

    • August 22, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Indianapolis, IN
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    On August 22nd, we will offer our last one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions for 2020.  This class is  free for registered HCKC members.

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

    Note: Before attending this traing, participants will are requested to complete a Waiver/COVID Screening Form and e-mail it to the Duane Garloch (duane.garloch@gmail.com) - doing this "on-line" will limit required contact during the event. 

    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
    We will be teaching bracing.  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, lunch, and water. Also bring a face mask to be warn at all times when social distancing cannot be maintained.
    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.



    • August 28, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • August 30, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Glen Arbor,, Michigan

    Manitou Island Trip, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
    Friday-Sunday. August 28-30, 2020
    Trips Sponsor:  Brad Hughey

    We will be paddling out to the Manitou Islands from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Michigan.  We will camp at 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 the Bay Campground on South Manitou island.  This island has everything a paddler could want: beachfront camping, self composting privies, 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.   There is also a foot trail around the island if someone prefers to hike.   If necessary, we could paddle back to the mainland Saturday afternoon if conditions for Sunday are deteriorating.

    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 2.5 hour crossing.  In addition, the 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+ foot 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 on Saturday.
      Conditioning: Participants should complete 3 10-mile training paddles at a 3.3. mph paces in the 2 months prior to this trip.
    •  Self and group rescue skills are required..
    • Some kayak experience on the Great Lakes or the ocean.
    • Recommended Training Paddles:  2 8-10 Training Paddles at 3.5 ph duirng July or August.

    Please contact the Trip Sponsor if you are not sure about attempting this trip.  If you have not paddled with the trip sponsor, we may contact to confirm that you can safely paddle this trip.

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

    You will have to carry your own camping gear, clothes, and food with you in your kayak.  Drinking water is available near the Ranger Station on the island but this is a 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.

    How to Sign Up for the Trip:  Please e-mail  Brad Hughey, hughey_brad@yahoo.com  to sign up to attend or to get more information.

    Covid-19 Safety:

    To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, we will be following the HCKC Corona Virus Guidelines which includes maintaining social distancing. All participants should bring personal protection items such as face mask and sanitizer.

    Please complete the Waiver/ COVID Screening Form the day prior to the event and submit to the Trip Sponsor/Lead ( include TEMPERATURE). Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or direct exposure as detailed on the form, should not attend the event.

    Links to the Corona Virus Guidelines and the Waiver/COVID Screening   can be found on the Sea Kayaking page on the HCKC site.





    • August 29, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • near Lafayette TBD
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    Wabash River Trip – Lafayette Area – Aug. 29, 2020

    It’s that time of year when often many of our local streams are too low to enjoyably paddle.  The Wabash River should have plenty of flow for easy paddling.  The dry times of the year also make the big rivers low enough and clear enough to enjoy the streambed, the real essence of their beauty.  This year’s paddle will go from Davis Ferry Park to Granville PAS, about a 13 mile trip.  If someone wants a shorter trip, they can cut about 4 miles off the trip by getting out at Fort Ouiatenon Park. 

    Meet at Davis Ferry Park at 9:30 am.  We should be ready to run the shuttle around 10.  To get to Davis Ferry Park from the Indianapolis area, take I-65 towards Lafayette.  At exit 178, take ramp right for IN-43 toward West Lafayette.  Turn left onto IN-43, heading south.  Turn left onto Burnetts Rd., it should be the first road to the left after you are on IN-43.  Burtnetts Road soon comes to a “T”, turn right onto N. 9th St. Rd.  After you cross over the Wabash River, Davis Ferry Park will be on the right.

    The HCKC requires all paddlers participating in Club events to wear a PFD at all times while on the water.  COVID-19 social distancing and face masks on the shuttle will be in effect along with HCKC waivers/Covid self-screening.

    Note: Before attending, participants are requested to complete Waiver/COVID Screening Form and e-mail it to the Judy Thompson (judy_thom@hotmail.com- doing this "on-line" will limit required contact during the event

    Contact Judy Thompson judy_thom@hotmail.com if you are planning to attend, or if you want more information.


    • September 12, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • near Edinburgh TBD
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    Driftwood River Trip

    Saturday, September 12

    Trip Leader: Sue Foxx

    Provided the Governor doesn’t impose restrictions, the trip on the beautiful Driftwood River will take place on Saturday, September 12. We will put in at Furnas Mill on Sugar Creek and paddle to Lowel Bridge just above Columbus. It is about 14 miles so be prepared with gloves, sunscreen, water and lunch. Beginners are welcome as long as they have the endurance for a longer paddle. Be sure to bring a mask as it is required for the shuttle or anytime we can’t socially distance. Trips have been limited this year so I’m hoping to see a good turnout.

    Meeting Time:          9 am

    Meeting Location:  Shell Station just off I-65 at exit 80                                         (first Edinburgh exit). We will then caravan to Furnas Mill Dam on Sugar                  Creek.

    Shuttle:                     9:30 am Leave for take out at Lowel Bridge.

    On Water:                 10:30 am

    Trip Leader:              Sue Foxx 317-363-4074 (cell) or sufoxx713@aol.com


    • September 12, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • September 20, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Munising & St. Ignace Michigan UP

    PICTURED ROCKS NATIONAL LAKESHORE/ GRAND ISLAND AND SOUTHEAST UP

    Saturday September 12, 2020 to Sunday September 20, 2020

    We will base camp in two different locations in the Upper Peninsula, Munising and St. Ignace near Mackinac, and explore these fascinating areas.

    Trip Sponsors and Technical Leads: 

    Linda Decker lsdecker@att.net

    Angela Henley angela.henley@gmail.com

    Nate Strong strong.nathan@att.net

    Trip Itinerary:

    Location

    Dates

    Activity

    Campground

    Pictured Rocks  National Lakeshore

    Sat     Sept 12

    Sun    Sept 13

    Mon   Sept 14

    Tues   Sept 15

    Destination Options:

    Paddle Pictured Rocks Lakeshore,Spray Falls, Grand Island, Marquette Presque Isle, Scott Falls, Grand Marais, Au Train

    Bay Furnace Campground

    Munising Michigan

    Campground is very nice. Pit toilets only

    Travel

    Wed   Sept 16

    Depart

    Depart

    Short Optional Paddle

    Relocate:

    Bay Furnace to Straits State Park

    Southeast UP

    Thur  Sept 17

    Fri     Sept 18

    Sat    Sept 19

    Destination Options:

    Narnia, Les Cheneaux Is, Mackinac Bridge, Wilderness State Park

    Straits State Park

    St. Ignace,  Michigan

    Electric and Showers

    Travel

    Sun    Sept 20

    Depart

     

    Munising Area

    In the Munising area there are many options 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. 

    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.  

    Southeast Upper Peninsula   

    We will be camping on the north side of the Mackinac Bridge.

    e. This is a good centralized location that we can use to explore the area with an easy drive to multiple launch sites. Some of the destinations we are considering include:

    Drummond Island

    Wilderness State Park, Lake Michigan

    Narnia near the Dolomite Mines (my favorite paddle of 2019)

    Les Cheneaux Islands

    Trip Requirements:

    We will be paddling in open water in Lake Superior, Huron and Michigan therefore intermediate skills and experience is required along with the following:

     Rescue Training - Must have training in self and assisted open water rescue skills prior to the trip

     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 at a 3.2-3.6 mph pace.

     Paddling Equipment:  Sea Kayaks only – 16 foot or longer.  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  Will need to dress for the water/ air temperature. We will monitor water temperatures as we near departure date.

    Registering for Trip

    Register for trip or questions:  Contact  Linda Decker lsdecker@att.net

    Participants will need to make reservations for campsites

    Location

    Dates

    Campground

    Additional Information

    Pictured Rocks

    Sept 11-16

     (5 nights)

    Bay Furnace Campground Recreation.gov

    I am on site 41

    Very nice campground but no electric or water at sites, pit toilets

    Straits State Park

    Sept 16-20

    (4 nights)

    Michigan State Parks

    I am on site 106 in Lower West Campground

    Electric and showers

    Covid-19 Safety:

    To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, we will be following the HCKC Corona Virus Guidelines which includes maintaining social distancing. All participants should bring personal protection items such as face mask and sanitizer.

    Please complete the Waiver/ COVID Screening Form the day prior to the event and submit to the Trip Sponsor/Lead ( include TEMPERATURE). Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or direct exposure as detailed on the form, should not attend the event.

    Links to the Corona Virus Guidelines and the Waiver/COVID Screening   can be found on the Sea Kayaking page on the HCKC site.




    • September 26, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Brookville, IN

    BROOKVILLE LAKE:  September 26, 2020

    LAUNCH TIME:  10:00 am.  Bring a lunch.

    SPONSOR: Robert Moore

    Brookville Lake is a 5260-acre lake managed by the Army Corps of Engineers and Indiana Department of Natural Resources for flood control and recreation.  A detailed description of the lake can be found on line (http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/brookville_trail.pdf ).  The shore line is largely wooded.

    This year’s Brookville paddle will launch from the Old Dunlapsville Road Ramp (first left turn heading east on Dunlapsville Road after crossing the causeway). 

    Dunlapsville ramp on east side of the lake:                         39.589627, -84.984160

    Note that the Launch time is 10am.  Please arrive a few minutes early and be ready to launch.  We will gather on the water just north of the Dunlapsville causeway to wait for any late arrivals.  39.591115, -84.988501.  Look for my wooden sea kayak.  Starting at the north end of the lake. The group will head south through the Dunlapsville causeway towards to Hanna Creek and lunch near the Fairfield causeway. 

    COVID 19 rules remain in effect.  Please wear a mask at the ramp in respect for others.  https://www.hoosiercanoeclub.org/SKInfo/

    Please review the “Sea Kayak Corona virus guidelines”. 

    Sea Kayaks are required.  This is not a difficult paddle but you should be able to self-rescue, launch our own boat and be comfortable paddling on an open lake.

    Contact information: Robert – njordball@gmail.com  no later than September 24th if you wish to attend or would like additional information.

    Covid-19 Safety:

    To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, we will be following the HCKC Corona Virus Guidelines which includes maintaining social distancing. All participants should bring personal protection items such as face mask and sanitizer.

    Please complete the Waiver/ COVID Screening Form the day prior to the event and submit to the Trip Sponsor/Lead ( include TEMPERATURE). Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or direct exposure as detailed on the form, should not attend the event.

    Links to the Corona Virus Guidelines and the Waiver/COVID Screening   can be found on the Sea Kayaking page on the HCKC site.



    • October 03, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Cunot PAS, Cunot Indiana
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     FW/SK Trip Announcement: Cataract Falls Full Moon Paddle         October 3, 2020
    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 is restricted so we should not have any problems with boat wake.

        We will meet up at the Cunot boat ramp (Map) at 5:30PM and launch by 6:00PM.  We will paddle to the falls and take a short break there. Pit bathrooms are available at the falls. Most of the return trip will be under moonlight.

        You are required to have a PFD, a good light source such as headlamp or flashlight  and a $5 2020 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. The gate house at Lieber SRA should have them. You will pass it if you are coming from the north.  Keep in mind if ordering off the website, it'll take about a week for them to ship it to you.

    Please contact Wally Burchfield if you have questions.

    Covid-19 Safety:

    To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, we will be following the HCKC Corona Virus Guidelines which includes maintaining social distancing. All participants should bring personal protection items such as face mask and sanitizer.

    Please complete the Waiver/ COVID Screening Form the day prior to the event and submit to the Trip Sponsor/Lead ( include TEMPERATURE). Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or direct exposure as detailed on the form, should not attend the event.

    Links to the Corona Virus Guidelines and the Waiver/COVID Screening   can be found on the Sea Kayaking page on the HCKC site.




    • October 08, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • October 11, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Lake City Kentucky
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    October 8-11, 2020

    Trip Sponsors: Linda Decker & Jim Heichelbech

    Last year we did our first trip to LBL. This huge recreation area has 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline, newly developed Water Trails, abundant wildlife, designated birding spots with 30 pairs of nesting eagles, diverse camping opportunities, an elk & bison refuge, rich history and interesting shorelines. Fall colors should be at a peak during our event.  


    Camping:            We will stay in a primitive camping area called Pisgah Point. The only charge for each camper is $7.00 for a 3- night Basic Permit (can be obtained online, Welcome Station or at Gate of Hillman Ferry Campground). This location has a parking area, boat ramp, pit toilet and is a short walk-in to wooded campsites suitable for tent or hammocks. There are no picnic tables. Showers, water, ice & supplies are available at a campground 15 min away. 

    Itinerary:            Arrival & departure days and time are optional based on your availability.

    Thursday October 8       Arrive and set up camp

    Friday October 9             Lake Barkley: Taylor Bay to Honker Bay Woodland Nature  Watch Area (10 mile round trip paddle)In Honker Bay refuge area we can do a 2 mile (each way) woodland hike to the Woodlands Nature Watch Station & historical ruins of the Center furnace in the                                 Hermatite Community  

    Saturday October 10      Kentucky Lake: Campsite Launch to Duncan Bay Refuge Area (12+ miles)Early launch for Eagle watch.  We can explore the bays and shoreline. Evening: Visit the Elk & Bison Prairie. This time of year the elk have massive racks and can be heard bugling

    Sunday October 11         Optional Day

    • ·       Paddle- Launch from campsite and explore North Kentucky Lake
    • ·       Hiking trails: Canal Loop Trails Variety of Loops 1-11miles
    • ·       Kentucky Dam & Locks and Visitor Center
    • ·       1850’s Working Farm
    • ·       Golden Pond Planetarium
    • ·       Elk & Bison Prairie

    Directions:                       Enter Land Between the Lakes North Entrance

                                               Route 24 to 453. 453 becomes 100 as you enter LBL. Turn on 111 and follow

                                                Signs to Pisgah Point Camping Area  (gravel road).

    Equipment:                      Standard kayak safety equipment.

    Skill Level:                        Able to paddle above distances with possible wind.

    Current Forecast:            Daytime High – Low 70s Nighttime Low- Low 50s Updates will be sent prior to Trip.

    Questions or Register:   Register On HCKC site or contact Linda Decker   lsdecker@att.net

    Covid-19 Safety:

    To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, we will be following the HCKC Corona Virus Guidelines which includes maintaining social distancing. All participants should bring personal protection items such as face mask and sanitizer.

    Please complete the Waiver/ COVID Screening Form the day prior to the event and submit to the Trip Sponsor/Lead ( include TEMPERATURE). Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or direct exposure as detailed on the form, should not attend the event.

    Links to the Corona Virus Guidelines and the Waiver/COVID Screening   can be found on the Sea Kayaking page on the HCKC site.

     

                                           

    • October 17, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Bridgeton, IN
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    • October 23, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • October 25, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • south of Grayson, KY

    • November 07, 2020
    • (EST)
    • November 08, 2020
    • (EST)
    • Cutright SRA, IN 446, Bloomington, IN

    ----- Updated version of 2019 Trip Announcement ---------4
    ------Watch the October/November Newsletter for Final Details----

    Sea/Touring Kayak Trip Announcement
    Annual Fall Lake Monroe Overnight                      Sat.-Sun. Nov. 7-8, 2020
    Trip Sponsor:   Jeff Stejskal

    We will camp on the peninsula in Deam Wilderness across from Cutright Public Access Site.  The North and Middle Forks of Salt Creek will be closed but there is still a lot of Lake Monroe that we can explore such as the lake area down toward Patton Cave or up to the Pine Grove Ramp.   On Sunday, we can venture over onto the wild (West) side of the causeway if people are interested and conditions allow.

    If you only want to paddle on Saturday, join us during the day – it is only a 2-mile paddle back to Cutright from where we will probably camp if you don't want to stay overnight.

    Meeting Place/Put-In: Cutright Public Access Area. Turn left into Cutright after you cross the causeway across Lake Monroe while going South on 446.  We will launch from the first ramp area that you come to in Cutright.

    Driving Note: There is a home Indiana Football game this weekend and Highway 37 is eternally undergoing construction so factor in a little extra time if you come that way.   You can type “Cutright State Recreation Area” into Google Maps to get driving directions or time from your home (it’s about 1h40m from the Glendale area).

    Expected Paddling Conditions: Lake Monroe is a big lake and conditions vary with the weather.  Paddlers should feel comfortable paddling in 2-foot waves from all directions and be able to paddle up to 6-8 miles.  However, lake conditions are usually not this severe so check Bloomington’s weather the week before the trip.  If you have a questions about probable conditions, e-mail me. 

    What to Bring: Bring your paddling gear, spray skirt, camping gear, food for lunch, dinner, and breakfast, and appropriately warm dress.  You should also bring drinking water with you.

    If the air/water temperature drops or the wind/waves kick up, wet or dry suits are recommended. We will be camping from our kayaks and you will have to pack all your gear in your boat so plan accordingly. 

    Boat Requirements: Kayaks with fore/aft bulkheads and perimeter deck lines are required.

    Be sure to have an Indiana DNR Boat Permit before you come. You can probably get one at the DNR office on the west side off 446 or the Paynetown SRA gate if you need one.

    Schedule:

    Saturday 10:00 am Arrive at Cutright PAS   (10:30 am – Packed & ready to launch)  
    We will probably paddle 3-4 miles, set up camp, have lunch, and then explore more of the lake.

    Sunday:  We are flexible here.  We can return to Cutright as early as 10:00 am.  We as a group will figure out a plan Saturday night.   In the past, some people go straight to Cutright and the rest go on from there for a bonus paddle.

    Contact information:  Jeff Stejskal jeffs45321@hotmail.com.   Please contact me by 10:00 pm on the Thursday before the trip if you want to come.  Please contact me since I will monitor weather that week and will notify people if weather is iffy and we need to adjust our plans.

    Covid-19 Safety:

    To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, we will be following the HCKC Corona Virus Guidelines which includes maintaining social distancing. All participants should bring personal protection items such as face mask and sanitizer.

    Please complete the Waiver/ COVID Screening Form the day prior to the event and submit to the Trip Sponsor/Lead ( include TEMPERATURE). Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or direct exposure as detailed on the form, should not attend the event.

    Links to the Corona Virus Guidelines and the Waiver/COVID Screening   can be found on the Sea Kayaking page on the HCKC site.


Past events

July 25, 2020 Mad River near Urbana, OH
July 25, 2020 SK: Ohio River Paddle from Charlestown State Park (Optional Overnight)
July 18, 2020 Kayaking Skills Clinic - July
July 11, 2020 Eagle Creek Triathlons
July 11, 2020 Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon - July
July 11, 2020 East Fork White River
July 10, 2020 SK: Lake Michigan Open Water Paddling
June 20, 2020 (Canceled) SK: Clinic and Practice Session - Open Water Rescue
June 20, 2020 (Canceled) Driftwood River
June 14, 2020 (Canceled) Big Blue River
June 13, 2020 (Canceled) Outdoor Explore! 2020 (Non-HCKC Event)
June 13, 2020 (Canceled) Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon - June
June 09, 2020 HCKC Board Meeting
June 07, 2020 (Canceled) SK: Chesapeake Bay Sea Kayak Trip
June 05, 2020 (Canceled) SK: South Bass Rendezvous Festival (Non-HCKC Event)
May 30, 2020 (Canceled) Kayaking Skills Clinic - May
May 23, 2020 Holiday on the Wildcat (Non-HCKC event)
May 15, 2020 (Canceled) CK/SK: Summit Lake Paddle and Optional Weekend Camping
May 09, 2020 (Canceled) Fall Creek
May 02, 2020 (Canceled) SK: Cagles Mill (Cataract Falls) Highwater Trip
April 25, 2020 (POSTPONED) Jonathon Waterman & Wabash Trail Presentation (Non-HCKC)
April 19, 2020 CANCELED - SK: Spring East Coast Trip to Beaufort, NC
April 18, 2020 (Canceled) Sand Creek
April 18, 2020 (Canceled) WW Training P3: Flatrock River
April 11, 2020 (Canceled) SK: Hardy Lake
April 04, 2020 (Canceled) SK: Lake Monroe Spring Overnight Paddle
April 04, 2020 (Canceled) Big Pine April Fool's (non-HCKC event)
April 03, 2020 WW: (Non-HCKC Event) Webster Springs Weekend
March 21, 2020 (Canceled) CK/SK: Annual Summit Lake Spring Paddle
March 13, 2020 Canoecopia (Non-HCKC)
February 29, 2020 SOLO Wilderness First Aid Class + CPR/AED Option
February 21, 2020 National Paddler Film Festival
February 15, 2020 (Canceled) Sugar Creek Ice Falls
February 14, 2020 Boat, Sport, and Travel Show
February 09, 2020 All: Trip Planning and Management Clinic
January 25, 2020 2020 Trip Planning Meeting
November 30, 2019 HCKC Pool Sessions
November 16, 2019 Annual HCKC Meeting/Party
November 02, 2019 SK: Fall Lake Monroe Overnight Trip
October 19, 2019 FW: Raccoon Creek Covered Bridge Festival Weekend
October 18, 2019 SK: Land between the Lakes Paddle
October 18, 2019 CK-Grayson Lake Paddle, KY
October 05, 2019 SK: Ohio River Day Paddle
September 28, 2019 Eagle Creek Shore-Line Clean-Up
September 22, 2019 Fall Creek Clean Up!
September 15, 2019 SK: Beaver Island, Michigan
September 14, 2019 CK-Wabash R. Paddle (Dwayne J & Marcia Evrard)
September 06, 2019 SK: South Manitou Island - Lake Michigan
September 02, 2019 FOLLOW UP: Raccoon Creek Clean Up Part 2
August 31, 2019 CK-Lower Tippecanoe-Oakdale to Springboro (Judy Thompson)
August 24, 2019 Kayaking Skills Clinic - August
August 18, 2019 SK: Sault Ste Marie, Mich. I Option for Pict. Rocks Trip
August 17, 2019 Go Girl Triathlon
August 11, 2019 SK: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Grand Island, MI
August 10, 2019 Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon - August
August 04, 2019 SK: "Paddle the Wild Side" Lake Monroe Paddle
August 01, 2019 Temporary Pool Session Gustafson Park
July 27, 2019 SK: Geist Reservoir Paddle
July 26, 2019 All: ROCK the Yough
July 20, 2019 Kayaking Skills Clinic - July
July 20, 2019 FW/SK: Cataract Falls Full Moon Paddle
July 14, 2019 CK-Driftwood R. (Sue Foxx)
July 13, 2019 Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon - July
July 13, 2019 CK-E. Fork White R. Medora-Sparksville (Richard Tekulve)
July 12, 2019 SK: Sea Kayak Training Weekend, Warren Dune, Lake Mich.
June 29, 2019 CK-Fall Creek Paddle (Sue Foxx)
June 29, 2019 SK CANCELED (NWIPA) - New Buffalo-Michigan City Paddle Weekend
June 21, 2019 SK: Summer Solstice Weekend-Lake Mich., Grand Haven, MI
June 15, 2019 SK: Hardy Lake
June 08, 2019