Originally known as the Hoosier Canoe Club, now the Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club (HCKC), founded in 1963, is a common adventure organization for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy paddlesports, camping, wildlife, and friendship. During the winter months the annual Activity/Trip Schedule is developed for the upcoming season and in early April becomes available to the membership. Trips are featured nearly every weekend from March through October. A monthly newsletter details each scheduled activity for time, meeting location, shuttle particulars, and other logistics. From calm flatwater to thrilling whitewater, the club's varied schedule has trips for all abilities and interests.
Club trips have sponsors who are responsible for setting a time and place to meet, and deciding which stretch of what river will be paddled. The Club typically does flatwater trips (mostly in Indiana) on White River, Blue River, Sand Creek, Big Walnut, Driftwood, Chain of Lakes, and Flatrock. Annual trip favorites include a New Year's Day Float, the Ice Falls Trip down Sugar Creek, Fawn and Pigeon Rivers, and the Raccoon Creek Float/Campout in October that coincides with Parke County's Covered Bridge Festival..
Whitewater trips are open to members with the required skills and equipment. The Club always has a trip (or two) scheduled around Easter to take advantage of spring water flows. During the warmer months, many whitewater members like to work on their skills at the East Race in South Bend. There are sure to be trips scheduled for the long weekends: Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Other opportunities to paddle whitewater are frequent: Tellico, Ocoee, New River, Nantahala, Youghiougheny, Hiwassee, Cumberland Plateau, and French Broad. All the classic southeast trips have been done at one time or another. Once or twice a year a trip opportunity comes along to go somewhere more exotic...our members have paddled in Utah, South America, Canada, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, Alaska, and Maine. If you don't feel you have the skills for whitewater yet, but want to give it a try? Contact someone in the whitewater group, and we'll help you get started!
Open water scheduled touring trips include Lake Monroe, Patoka Lake, Cataract Falls, North Carolina Coastal Waters, Lake Michigan, Ohio River and the Wisconsin Apostle Islands. Frequent weekend pickup trips occur when the weather is irresistible and the paddling spirit moves one to action. The club's growing segment of touring kayak paddlers has a large appetite for new, varied, and inviting waters.