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April 2018
IPC Annual Dinner

Save The Date:  Oct 20, 2018

More Information To Be Forthcomming

Ralph Frese Memorial 

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is again sponsoring the Ralph Frese Memorial Paddle

Plan to join us
Willow Road Dam, Winnetka (Skokie Lagoons)
Advanced Beginner – be prepared for weather and water conditions. 

Be sure to bring a dry bag for a change of clothing if needed

Bring your canoe or kayak and celebrate the legacy of canoe legend Ralph 
Frese by paddling the Chicago River from Willow Road Dam to Linne Woods in Morton Grove. A free shuttle bus will be provided and will run from 8 am – 2 pm from Linne Woods to Willow Road Dam. Official launch at 9 am.  The event is free and concludes with a celebration at Linne Woods where refreshments will be served

More details:

To register (free) with the Forest Preserve go to


BY Don Mueggenborg and Sigrid Pilgrim

April 28 

Salt & Addison Creek Volunteer Cleanup Day

May 5

RALPH FRESE MEMORIAL PADDLE (formerly the site of the New Years Day paddle) 

May 6:


May 12:

26th Chicago River Day! This beloved annual volunteer day has an immediate impact and collectively brings about long-term improvements in the health of the Chicago River. Spanning the river’s 156-mile system with over 60 locations to choose from, there are many ways for people of all ages to get involved.

May 20:



Illinois Water Trail Congress

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, 25055 S Walnut Lane, Channahon, IL 60410


Annual Awards Dinner and  Election of Officers, Program, at the Historic Warrenville Tavern.  Details to come.

Check out events on the IPC Web Page and add a few of your own!


By Alan Pilgrim

61st Annual – That is a long time to hold an event – it must be a pretty good thing, a lot of fun – to have lasted that long.  And it is a lot of fun.

The Marathon is looking for Volunteers.  

Volunteers to post results to Finish Line boards

Volunteers to spot boats as they finish

Safety boaters: Experienced paddlers wanted to help with safety at the 61st Annual Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon, May 20. Please consider giving something back to the sport. If you are an experienced paddler, consider volunteering as a safety boater. There are no more dams on the river and water levels will determine where safety boaters will be needed. 

A Bus Coordinator.  Make sure the buses are leaving on schedule, point people to the correct  bus, work with the Finish Line coordinator on any situation.

Contact Alan Pilgrim: 


The Forest Preserves of Cook County opened a new canoe and kayak launch on the Des Plaines River at Maywood Grove near Oak Park.


On May 11 from 3-5 pm there will be an introductory class for river kayakers from the Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest to Maywood Grove. Technique and instruction provided prior to a short hands-on paddle along the Des Plaines River to Maywood Grove. Shuttle provided back to Trailside Museum. Registration required; call 312-533-5751.

Day at the Fork

Day at the Fork
Nature! Games! Fun!
May 19, 2018
Kickapoo State Recreation Area
(GPS: 40°08’17.5”N 87°44’35.3”W)

The Middle Fork is wild. It’s scenic. It’s Illinois’ only National Scenic River! Join Prairie Rivers Network at Kickapoo State Recreation Area on May 19th for nature, games and fun!
• Canoe or kayak down the Middle Fork
• Guided nature walk
• Fishing derby
• Lawn games and picnic
• Food for purchase from the Bistro
• Joyful Bubbles

May 19, 2018
Kickapoo State Recreation Area
(GPS: 40°08’17.5”N 87°44’35.3”W)

More info at

*Boat rental fees apply. Activities subject to change.
Free!* Open to the public!

Salt & Addison Creek Volunteer Cleanup Day

Salt Creek Watershed Network

Meet at the Cook County Forest Preserve Foot Bridge in North Bemis Woods Entrance off Wolf Road South of 31st Street– Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM
Please come and help remove debris and trash along the banks of Salt Creek and nearby Addison Creek. This annual outdoor event is a fun activity. It helps preserve our open and scenic waterways while enhancing their use for bike trail riders, path walkers, as well as canoeists and kayakers who enjoy our scenic creek area the year around. 

Our thanks to the Forest Preserve District of Cook
County for their continuing support.

Volunteers please report to the sign-in table at North Bemis Foot Bridge before 9:00 a.m. for waiver signing, supplies and location directions. Note: Enter the starting location from Wolf Road south of 31st Street. 

Younger groups interested in a shorter morning meet at 9:30 a.m. for directions, handouts, and exhibits. 

Remember to dress for the day’s weather and keep in mind that you may be walking through dense and/or wet undergrowth. Upon signing in, there is a choice of three ways to participate:
• Drive your car to a parking area and walk to your nearby assigned area.
• Ride the bike path to a point and walk to the creek bank to clean up a designated area.
• Bring your canoe/watercraft for in-water cleanup. (See Watercraft Note below.)

After the cleanup activity, all volunteers are invited to return to the North Bemis Forest Preserve foot bridge. There Katie Slivovsky, wildlife biologist and nature
educator at the Chicago Children's Museum, will help identify bones and other animal signs found during the cleanup. Huff & Huff, Inc. will begin serving free brats and burgers at 11:30 a.m. at the nearby pavilion. For planning purposes, large groups are asked to call or email Ron Hursh as noted below with expected participant count.

This annual event offers a wonderful opportunity for family, church, school, those interested in community projects, and scout groups to  participate in maintaining one of our area's treasured resources. And besides that, it’s free and fun for all ages!

Location Note: All special kid activities and picnic lunch are near the North Bemis Foot Bridge Located Off Wolf Road, North of Ogden Ave.

Watercraft Note: While SCWN cannot supply watercraft, you may choose to bring your canoe or kayak and join us as noted in the schedule summary below. Otherwise, all cleanup supplies are provided. Please contact Tom Longo below.

Time schedule 7:00 am Watercraft Sign-in and Launching
summary 9:00 am Volunteer Sign-in Obtain Area Assignments
9:30 am Younger Groups Sign-in Begin Cleanup Activities
10:30 am Meet back at Foot Bridge Nature Study Exhibits & Programs
(after cleanup) 11:30 am Free Cook Out Lunch Begins All Volunteers Welcome
General Info: Watercraft Info: Website:
Ron Hursh Tom Longo Salt Creek Watershed Network
H: 708.354.4434 C: 708.308.4987
C: 708.989.0506
Contributions to SCWN in any amount are most welcome and greatly appreciated. Send to SCWN, 526 N. Edgewood Ave.,
LaGrange Park, IL 60526.

Please Renew Your Membership

Help IPC make Illinois a more Paddler Friendly State.

Send your check and membership application / renewal 


Illinois Paddling Council, 


Don Mueggenborg

9 E Peiffer Drive, Lemont, IL 60439

Water Trail Congress

An Opportunity to Network with others working on Water Trail Issues

Oct 15th, 2018

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