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McHenry County Conservation District’s Paddle in the Park

Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

(Paddling clinics: Canoes – 10:30 a.m. and Noon; Kayaks − 11 a.m. and 12:30p.m.)

The Hollows Conservation Area
3804 US Highway 14 in Cary, IL

Onetime $5.00 per person fee for all instructional clinics and/or to test water crafts.
General entry is free. Registration is not required.

Test the waters, dip a paddle in the crystal clear waters of Lake Atwood and discover the joy of canoeing, kayaking, and standup paddle boarding at Paddle in the Park, Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at The Hollows Conservation Area, 3804 US Highway 14 in Cary.

Hosted by McHenry County Conservation District, this event is a great opportunity for beginners to get introduced to the sport or for experienced paddlers to pick up information on local outings and outfitters.

Entry to the event is free and for a onetime workshop fee of $5, visitors can test paddle a variety of water vessels and participate in a canoe paddling clinic offered at 10:30 a.m. and Noon, kayak paddling clinics at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Demonstrations will also be offered for Stand up Paddleboard, solo canoe paddling, and canoe rescue techniques. Visitors can also experience a paddle on a voyageur canoe with the Southwest Brigade, a group of historical interpreters who will demonstrate the importance of the canoe in early American settlement, exploration, and fur trade industry.

A number of canoeing resources will be available, such as information on where to paddle, where to get lessons, clubs to join, local outfitters and rentals, and details on local river trips and Midwest excursions. This year, we will also feature music by award winning singer/songwriter/canoe enthusiast Jerry Vandiver.

Participants this year will include the Illinois Paddling Council; US Coast Guard Auxiliary; local canoe and kayak clubs such as Prairie State Canoeists, Southwest Brigade, and Chicago Whitewater Association; local outfitters such as Rocktown Adventures, Flatwater Canoe and Kayak Rental; plus retailers, including L.L. Bean, Erehwon Mountain Outfitter, and Alpine Accessories.

For more information, call Prairieview Education Center, (815) 479-5779, or visit www.MCCDistrict.org.

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