By Sigrid Pilgrim
About 40 paddlers braved the low temperature, high and swift water on the North Branch of the Chicago River from below the Willow Road Dam at the Skokie Lagoons to Linne Woods on Dempster.
This event is now sponsored by the Forest Preserves of Cook County http://fpdcc.com/ who provided shuttle service, granola bars, water and many staff to make sure only experienced paddlers would venture onto the water. THANK YOU JUSTIN and everyone at FPCC! And, THANK YOU also to the ten paddling guides from the Friends of the Chicago River http://www.chicagoriver.org/ who contributed their skills as safety boaters. Three members from OctaneRichMedia http://octanerichmedia.com/ also were present to record footage for their upcoming film about MR CANOE – RALPH FRESE.
Watch this newsletter for further info about the release of the film later this year. AND plan to participate in another RALPH FRESE (sort of Memorial) event – May 21 – the 60th Annual Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon and Minithon www.canoemarathon.com
And now a small plea: If you are an experienced boater – the organizers of the Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon are still looking for paddlers willing to help out as safety boaters – but note – NO MORE DAMS ON THE RIVER. Please contact Al Pilgrim if you would be interested and feel capable of being a safety boater – email@example.com