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SUPPORT THE FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY’S PADDLE FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 (RAIN DATE OCTOBER 13) 1 – 4 p.m.

Come out, invite your non-paddling friends, enjoy, and perhaps volunteer at the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s PADDLE FESTIVAL, Tower Road Boat Launch, Skokie Lagoons in Northfield.

Paddle a canoe or kayak from Chicago River Canoe & Kayak, experience paddling in a Voyageur Canoe with Wilderness Inquiry, and support the Forest Preserves Youth Paddling Program by purchasing a raffle ticket at $10.00 to Kayak Package Raffle Poster – kayak, paddle, skirt from LL Bean, certificates for a PFD from Rocktown Adventures and an instruction class from Northwest Passage. Free whistle donated by Rutabaga for the first 30 ticket purchasers, all non-IPC members buying a ticket will receive a free IPC membership for 2020.

Event is free – more details here:  https://fpdcc.com/event/fall-paddle-festival/

WORLD PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL SEPT 26 – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

The Paddling Film Festival selection of films was stellar again this year. Many terrific films were considered as shortlist contenders. The Paddling Film Festival committee has narrowed down these submissions to a shortlist of 26 films that will be toured around the world as the 2019 Paddling Film Festival World Tour.

The 10 award-winning and 16 shortlisted films are now eligible for the Aqua-Bound People’s Choice Award. Click here for the current World Tour schedule to attend a screening and cast your vote for the best film of the year. No tour stops scheduled near you? Click here to learn more about bringing the Wrld Tour to your town, theatre, club, shop or event.

https://www.paddlingfilmfestival.com/world-tour/386-hosted-by-university-of-wisconsin-milwaukee-outdoor-pursuits.html?date=2019-09-26-19-00

NUTRIENT POLLUTION IN WATER WAYS – A REQUEST FROM PRAIRIE RIVERS NETWORK TO THE PADDLING COMMUNITY

Prairie Rivers Network is continuing to work on shining a light on the nutrient pollution work of a broader coalition of groups with interests in reducing nutrient pollution in Illinois. This will include putting together some media posts about how nutrient pollution affects a variety of interests beyond agriculture groups or The Gulf. We might also like to put together a letter to legislators about the broader impact of nutrient pollution in Illinois.

We’d like to include the IL Paddling Council’s members. Please send Catie your experience on how nutrient pollution affects your paddling experience.

Catie Gregg

Agriculture Programs Specialist

Prairie Rivers Network

Illinois Affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation

1605 South State St, Suite 1, Champaign, IL 61820

prairierivers.org

Menard County Trails & Greenways’ Sangamon River Fall Float

Enjoy a fall paddle and educational opportunity on the Sangamon River in Central Illinois!  Join Menard County Trails and Greenways on Saturday, October 12, as we paddle five miles of the river from Gudgel Bridge to New Salem State Park.  Experts in the natural history and historical events of the Sangamon River will float along with the group.  After the float, we’ll gather at the New Salem picnic area for an early evening weenie roast and socializing.  Registration is limited and closes October 5! 

 

Learn more – and sign up for the paddle – here.

PADDLING WITH DISABLED VETERANS

Team River Runner

Jennifer Hahn, RT

TRR Central USA Regional Coordinator

TRR Decatur Chapter Coordinator

ACA Illinois State Director

ACA L2 Kayaking Instructor, APW Endorsement

The Southern Illinois Team River Runner (SOIL TRR) chapter is officially paddling as of August 30, 2019.  Team River Runner is a non-profit national organization that assists disabled veterans and their families in paddle sports.

Over the weekend, Team River Runner chapter members from Decatur, St Louis, and Columbia met for a fun weekend of paddling on the Little Grassy Lake at Touch of Nature.  A total of 97 paddlers, volunteers, and family members participated.

The SIUC accessible camp was the perfect setting to host the new paddlers. The weekend paddle was sponsored by H3F, Heroes Helping Heroes Foundation of Decatur, IL.  Kayak instruction during the day consisted of determining type of kayak, fit, and basics on water instruction.  Saturday night of the event we hosted a glow paddle.  For most, it was the first time they have ever paddled at night.  The star filled sky was perfectly paired with glowing kayaks and paddlers. “This is the most comfortable I’ve felt in a long time”,My family and I are very thankful for having this opportunity to learn paddling skills,” and “I never thought I would be kayaking after my injury,” are a few of the comments made by the veterans over the weekend.

For more information on Team River Runner, check out https://www.teamriverrunner.org/

Team River Runner

IPC SUPPORTS THE FABULOUS FOX! WATER TRAIL – REQUESTING REMOVAL OF THE FOX WATERWAY AGENCY’S STICKER FEE FOR SELF PROPELLED PADDLERS

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As part of IPC’s support to obtain National Water Trail designation for the Fox River, IPC’s Advocacy Chair, Scott Hays has approached the Fox Waterway Agency to request removal of the sticker fee for self propelled paddlers.

This water access fee – issued in the form of an annual watercraft sticker – for a canoe or kayak less than 17 feet in length is $15.00 per year.  Paddle craft longer than 17 feet, of which there are several types, need to pay the Class A fee of $50/year. Paddlers who are visiting the area – or passing through on a longer journey down the Fox River Water Trail, would presumably either be required to pay $15.00 for an annual sticker to pass through the Chain of Lakes area, or – if their watercraft were longer than 17 feet – would be required to pay the 1-day temporary permit – Class J fee of $20.00 for craft under 25 feet, which applies uniformly to all watercraft, human-powered or not.

These fees are to maintain adequate water depth for the Chain of Lakes water ways, but this is not an issue for paddlers.

Please support IPC’s and the Fabulous Fox! Water Trail team by contacting the Fox River Waterway Agency, requesting removal of the sticker fees by writing to

Joseph S. Keller, Executive Director

Fox Waterway Agency

45 S. Pistakee Lake Rd.

Fox Lake, IL 60020

847-587-8540

IPC’S FEATURED PADDLER: PAIGE MINOR

Paige Minor is a 16-year old white water kayaker from Illinois, member of CWA and this is what she writes about herself:

“I started paddling when I turned 10 and it’s truly the best thing that has happened to me so far. When I first started I was scared by the smallest ripple and now I’m paddling class 4 confidently.

I have helped aid on many instructional trips within the clubs and other volunteer opportunities like river clean ups or Boy Scout demonstrations and I am now in charge of communications for the club (CWA)

I plan on attending world class kayak academy https://worldclassacademy.com/kayak/home/ next year for 1 semester. I have been working really hard to come up with the tuition fee of $18,000 in order to better my kayaking instruction. I am extremely interested in helping to increase the amount of youths involved in this sport and have even started working on that now. CWA is working closely with the boy scouts in our area to help them earn kayaking badges, I also applied to speak at Canoecopia about youth paddling this year and will be taking the certification class to teach as soon as I turn 18 so I can be even more hands on in the process of teaching more kids to kayak.”

To support Paige’s efforts, she has established a Go-Fund-Me page:

https://www.gofundme.com/world-class-kayak-academy

Paige also just received the first Marge Cline Memorial Fund Grant from ACA:

https://www.americancanoe.org/page/MargeCline

and a special grant from the Sarah Hartman Fund for Paddlesports Education from IPC.

We look forward to Paige’s becoming an expert instructor as soon as she turns 18.

We are starting a new tradition in our newsletter – let us know about a special paddler we can feature in our next issue.

May 4 – Ralph Frese Memorial Trip on the North Branch of the Chicago River

Historic Photo of Ralph and Rita Frese Celebrating the Ralph Frese Canoe Trail

Sponsored again by the:  Forest Preserves of Cook CountyFeel Free!

Bring your canoe or kayak and celebrate the legacy of canoe legend Ralph Frese by paddling the Ralph Frese Canoe Trail – the North Branch of the Chicago River from Willow Road Dam to Linne Woods in Morton Grove. (If the river is in flood – the trip will be north on the Skokie Lagoons).

Watch for further announcements.

Paddling Events

GIVE COMPETITIVE PADDLING A TRY.  YOU MIGHT JUST FIND YOURSELF A BETTER PADDLER

Don Mueggenborg

For all racing event details, check the St. Charles Canoe Club page at

http://www.stcharlescanoeclub.com/whatshappening.html

May 5 – Current Buster, Fox River Pottawatomie Park, St Charles

May 19 – Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon, Des Plaines River – 20 + classes, canoemarathon.com – registration opens March 1

June 2 – Mid America Canoe Race, Fox River: https://www.facebook.com/MidAmericanCanoeKayakRace/

*June 9- Voyageur Landing Canoe Race, Fox River, Elgin-email kaab610@aol.com

*July 21 – Pontiac Vermillion Canoe Race – Vermillion River Pontiac

*July 13 or 14 Abe’s Race, Sangamon River, Petersburg, check Abe’s race website

*Sept 7 Joe Kowsky Memorial Canoe Race, DuPage River, Channahon, IL

Sept 15 – Vic Hopp Memorial Canoe Race, Upper Fox River, akpapa@yahoo.com

Sept 29 – Fall Classic Canoe Race, Fox River, Ferson Creek

All races have classes for canoes and kayaks.

Many have classes for SUP

*Tentative dates 

And the events are NOT only for the pros. Most participants paddle just for the fun of it.