The Prairie State Canoeists annual dinner is always an entertaining wrap-up of the season. We reminisce with our paddle partners, meet new friends, elect new officers and directors, and get some ideas for next season.
This year’s presentation
Paddle to the Amazon
with Dana Starkell
On the morning of June 1, 1980, Don Starkell and his two sons climbed aboard Orellana, their orange, custom 21-foot canoe and launched on the Red River from a park near their home in Winnipeg.Dana recounts the adventure. Don’t miss it, make your reservations as soon as possible. Watch the Events section of the web site.
That’s Sunday, November 10 VFW Hall in Addison, IL
5:00 PM–9:00 PM
Have an evening out while your kids play games and relays, eat pizza and meet new friends at Lee’s Martial Arts’ annual Halloween Fun Night! This year’s Fun Night will benefit Paddle the Kish Marengo which is an outstanding local organization dedicated to building launch pads and clearing the Marengo portion of the Kishwaukee River. Thanks to their hard work, we will soon be able to better enjoy this amazing natural resource that we have in our own backyard!
Our annual meeting, election of officers, awards ceremony, dinner and presentation will take place at the Warrenville’s 1838 Hotel “The Colonel’s Tavern” a historic landmark of DuPage County http://www.warrentavern.net/
Please RSVP if you plan to attend NO LATER THAN October 24, as we need to provide the restaurant an approximate count for the food needed. Dinner will be various pizzas, salad, and soft drinks, and dessert; no alcoholic beverages available
Paddle the Kish volunteer group has made it to the Final 20 for a $25,000 grant from First National Bank of Omaha Community First Awards for establishing launches and parking lots along the Kishwaukee River in McHenry County. Currently there is no public access in McHenry County. The winners are strictly determined by public vote. That means You and everyone in your social media network and email list!!
WE NEED YOUR VOTE EVERY DAY THIS WEEK
5 TIMES from Monday September 23- Friday September 27
Please use this link to vote once per email address:
Please go to that website every day this week and vote for
Paddle the Kish
Please use your social media contacts and email list of everyone you know to help us win this great opportunity.
There are 20 projects in 5 states in the running, but we think we are the best choice, and will serve paddlers, community members and families in Marengo, McHenry County, Boone County and Winnebago County. River access will benefit kayakers, canoers, tubers, fisherman, stand up paddler boarders.
Help us win with 10,000 votes EVERY DAY FOR 1 WEEK. That is what it will take.
UP FOR THE CHALLENGE???
Vote every day this week!! Questions? Facebook “Paddle the Kish in Marengo” or email@example.com
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.
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.
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!
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.
Agriculture Programs Specialist
Prairie Rivers Network
Illinois Affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation