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April 2018
IPC Annual Dinner

Save The Date:  Oct 20, 2018

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How Do I register my Canoe or Kayak in Il?

By Sigrid Pilgrim

Luckilly this is now a Trick Question.  As of 6/1/18 Boater Registration Law has changed in the State of IL.  Quoting from a IDNR Statement On May2018 

Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act Amendments Take Effect June 1 
Watercraft registration expiration date changed;
 Water Usage Stamp repealed 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is alerting watercraft owners of changes in the Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act that take effect on June 1, 2018. 

The changes push back the expiration date of three-year Illinois watercraft registrations from June 30 to Sept. 30. For example, watercraft owners who renew their three-year registrations that are expiring on June 30, 2018 will have new registrations that are valid until Sept. 30, 2021. 

All new and transfer renewal watercraft registrations issued on or after June 1, 2018 will have expiration dates of Sept. 30 in the calendar year of expiration. 

Another change removes the requirement of a certificate of title for watercraft under 22 feet in length. Titling is optional for watercraft under 22 feet in length. 

Other watercraft registration requirements have not changed. 

In addition, the change in law repeals the Water Usage Stamp that has been required for use of nonpowered watercraft in Illinois.

First Annual Illinois Water Trail Conference

Monday, October 15th, 2018 
Hosted by: ILLINOIS PADDLING COUNCIL and the Potawatomi Paddlers Association 

FOUR RIVERS ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATIONAL CENTER 25055 W. Walnut Lane, Channahon, Illinois 60410 

Discussions to focus on 
• Benefits of Water Trails 
• How to establish Water Trails 
• Community Engagement 
• National Water Trail Designation 
• Living Water Trail – Paddle Events 
• Leave no Trace Campsites 
• Fundraising 

Anticipated Participants to include 
• Water Trail and Waterway Advocacy Groups 
• Federal, State and Regional Planning Agencies 
• City and County Planners and Administrators 
• Planning Consultants 
• Kayak/Canoe Enthusiasts 
• Event Planners 
• Local Canoe and Kayak Organizations 

Confirmed speakers include 
• Diane Banta, National Park Service 
• Laura Barghusen, Openlands 
• Karen Miller, Kane County Development, Fox River 
• Joe Ginger, Pecatonica River Foundation 
• Carol Hays, Prairie Rivers Network 
• Scott Hewitt, Sangamon River “Abe Lincoln Trail” 

Learn what it took to create the existing Water Trails and the resources available to establish others Watch for detailed program announcement to come Interested to attend? Please respond at 

Coal Ash on Vermilion River

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The public has long been concerned about the coal ash stored at the Dynegy Vermilion Power Plant in Oakwood, Illinois and its proximity to the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, Illinois’ only National Scenic River. Coal ash is the solid by-product left over after coal is burned for electricity.  This ash contains metals like mercury, arsenic, selenium, chromium, and cadmium which can cause cancer and brain damage in humans and are harmful to fish and wildlife.


The coal-fired Vermilion Power Plant operated from 1955 through December 2011, dumping 3.3 million cubic yards of coal ash in three ash pits — all located in the western floodplain of the Middle Fork. Riverbank erosion gradually undermines the small barrier between the river and the ask pit as the colorful and poisonous seepage shows in the photo.


The Middle Fork is a unique and cherished resource. It is one of the most favored rivers to paddle. First designated a State Scenic River, it is now the only National Scenic River in the state of Illinois. The river valley is home to 24 state threatened or endangered species and supports a diverse and healthy population of 57 types of fish, 45 kinds of mammals, and 190 different birds. It’s common to see turtles, river otters, blue herons, and bald eagles on a trip down the river.


Please get involved and help by:

·         Asking the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to require Dynegy to clean up its coal ash to avoid further contamination of the river using American River’s Action Alert website here:

·         Come out to Day at the Fork hosted by Prairie Rivers Network on May 19th at Kickapoo State Recreation Area – details here:

·          Plan to attend the People’s Hearing on Jun 11th hosted by the Eco-Justice Collaborative

·         Join Prairie Rivers Network and support much needed environmental stewardship efforts


May 30, 2018 (Urbana, Illinois) — Prairie Rivers Network, represented by Earthjustice, today filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois to force Dynegy to clean up toxic coal ash dumps that are leaching harmful pollution into the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, Illinois’ only National Scenic River. Newly-released videodocuments the pollution at issue in the lawsuit, which argues that Dynegy is violating the Clean Water Act. The pollution has tainted the river with visible orange, purple, and rust-colored toxic residue.

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Blessing of the waters
The 12th annual interfaith day of Prayer to heal tand renew the environment
Cal-Sag Waterfall
2250 Fulton St, Blue Island
Tom Sheperd 773-370-3305

Openlands Lake MI Paddle
SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 11am - 4pm
701 North Point Drive, Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096

Openlands Lake MI Paddle
SUNDAY, JULY 1, 11am - 4pm
Enter on Wadsworth Road,
1/5 mile east of Sheridan Road, Zion, IL 60099

Openlands Like MI Paddle
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 1 - 7pm
55 S. Harbor Place, Waukegan, IL 60085


Illinois Water Trail Conference

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!


Openlands and Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Management Program announce three family focused paddling events, organized along the Lake Michigan coast in northern Illinois. These events will provide opportunities for kids and adults to explore and enjoy Lake Michigan this summer, and introduce them to the greater Lake Michigan Water Trail. Events will include beginner-friendly paddling experiences and water safety training. In addition, there will also be guided tours of natural areas and other family friendly activities such as fishing, provided by local partners. These events and all activities are free and no registration is required.

The paddling events will take place:


  • Saturday, June 30, 11am – 4pm, North Point Marina, 701 North Point Drive, Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096
  • Sunday, July 1, 11am – 4pm, Illinois Beach State Park, enter on Wadsworth Road, 1/5 mile east of Sheridan Road, Zion, IL 60099
  • Friday, August 3, 1 – 7pm, Waukegan Harbor, 55 Harbor Place, Waukegan, IL 60085

For More Information

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 Conference

An Opportunity to Network with others working on Water Trail Issues

Oct 15th, 2018

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