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Year In Review and Looking Forward
Wow, Has it been a year already? At the beginning of the year I discussed the following five priorities for the IPC, coming from last year’s paddlers’ survey
So how have we done? Some Highlights of the year
I would like to think that we are heading in the right direction, but still have a lot to do! Should anyone want to take a more active role in the IPC, I would welcome the increased participation. There are a number of board positions available. Please feel free to contact me so we can discuss how to get involved.
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By Sigrid Pilgrim
No other sport offers so many varieties on the same theme as paddlesport. Paddling, for many people, is CANOEING – you sit in a canoe, look straight ahead, paddle from point A to B. If you are a novice, your arms will feel like a ton in 20 minutes. Or, for the more adventuresome, there is WHITEWATER in which a bunch of crazy lunatics risk their life hanging upside down in kayaks in rapids no sane person would want to be in!
There is truth in both statements, but there is so much more! No other sport offers so many different options of craft, places to take it and activities. But there is even more – namely, the realization that paddlesport offers a unique opportunity towards educational enrichment.
Read more about the variety of paddlesport here.
When: 11/8/15 4pm
Where: Nicks Pizza Pub, 990 South Randall Road, Elgin IL. 60123
How Much: $20 per person includes one raffle ticket for door prizes
For More Information: http://www.illinoispaddling.
October 3, 2015
Join the Lincoln Heritage Water Trail Association for the Sangamon River Fall Foliage Float & Candlelight Tour of Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site.
Paddlers will enjoy a short, leisurely float down the Sangamon River to Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site where the fall colors, quiet vistas, and shadows of the past signal the changing seasons. Joining you along your journey on Lincoln’s river will be staff from the Illinois State Museum and Dickson Mounds State Museum, who will provide unique perspectives on the history of the river and where evidence of creatures and cultures may yet remain hidden not so far below the river’s reach.
Read more about the event here.
On September 26, the Forest Preserves commemorated the grand opening of a new Launch Site at Kickapoo Woods by inviting the community out for free canoe rides. Over forty people enjoyed their first canoe trip.
Kickapoo woods is located off of Halstead, Between 147th and 144th in Riverdale IL. Park opposite of the model airplane flying field. There is a short carry to the river.
More Information here.
Exciting things are happening in Central Illinois! A new water trail project has been in the making over the last year and the signs should be installed in the first loop of the 4 planned loops very soon known as the Wheel Lake loop. These "Loop Trails" will not require car shifts as you end up where you started! I targeted only one trail per year but if time permits I will attempt to install the second loop trail signs this fall on Johnson lake. If not, they will be in place by spring of 2016.
The SFWA embraced the water trail idea when I presented it to them and they gave me permission to lay out the first water trail this area has ever seen! Banner has 4 main lakes and I am beginning with the northernmost lake, Wheel Lake. 350 acres at normal pool this lake has islands and many interesting coves to explore. This 4 mile loop has 100's of options to deviate off of the trail but be aware of your surroundings as all lakes at Banner are very maze like. You could easily triple the loop mileage if you explored the whole shoreline. For deeper exploration, a nice hand held GPS is suggested.
Read more here.
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