Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

HCKC Canoe & Kayak Events Calendar 

Please e-mail Theresa Kulczak if you have additions or corrections for this schedule.

Upcoming events

    • 29 Mar 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 130 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402, USA

    Hosted by Chicago Whitewater Association

    Date  Wednesday, March 29, 2017 07:00 PM

    Venue  Durty Nellie's - 180 N Smith St, Palatine, IL 60067, USA

    Ticket Price Advance: $12 / $15 at the door


    Additional Info  Raffle prizes. Full Bar. Next to Metra. Free Parking behind venue.

    See additional tour locations and information on films at www.reelpaddlingfilmfestival.com

    • 01 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Big Pine Village, Indiana

    Just a reminder about an awesome paddle coming up April 1st!  We don't have too many 40th anniversary trips (I think this is the only one so far).  These details can also be found in this month's newsletter.  VERY IMPORTANT: keep an eye on your email Friday evening for the latest updates.

    Hope to see you there!


    "Muskrat's 40th Annual April Fools On Big Pine Cruise"

    will be held Saturday April 1st 2017

    Meeting time is 9:30 AM

    at our traditional gathering location, in downtown Pine Village.   

    Please, Don't go to the Putin!

    Go to Pine Village!!!  

    Sometimes we don't know where the Putin will be

    until we meet in Pine Village.  There are several possibilities,

    with the selection based on water levels.


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    There are 3 Meeting Locations:

        In addition to Pine Village, this event has two other Meeting Locations

    available, one in Kokomo and another in Lafayette.  All 3 Locations and Meeting Times are described below:    

    1) The west-side McDonalds in Kokomo, corner of Sycamore Street & Dixon Road. 

        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 33. Enter Kokomo on SR-931

    (avoid the new US-31 By-Pass).  Then, go west on Sycamore Street (first stop light north of Wildcat Creek). Follow Sycamore all the

    way thru the city. The west-side Micky-D's is on the left just before

    the stop light at Dixon Road (2331 W. Sycamore St, Kokomo 46901).
        This is the site of the April Fool's Traditional 
    "Trip Leader's Breakfast",which has been held every year since the beginning in 1978. Muskrat will arrive at 7AM if you would like to eat, sip some coffee,

    and listen to some "Pitifully Old and Raucous River Tales". 
        We will leave from there promptly at 8:00 AM.

    2) The Lafayette east-side McDonalds, on SR-26,

        just west of the Jct of I-65 & SR-26.  (4200 South St, Lafayette 47905)
        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 31 Be there NO LATER than 8:30AM. The group from Kokomo will arrive at 8:45 and leave ASAP, hopefully

    by 9:00 AM, or as soon as all the potty-stops have been accomplished.

    3) Downtown Pine Village, on SR-26, about 20-miles west of Lafayette. 
        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 30, at the Jct of SR-26 & SR-55,

    in beautiful, downtown Pine Village.  The Boat-Laden auto caravan from Kokomo & Lafayette will arrive in Pine Village at, about, around,

    or somewhat after, 9:30 AMBe there early!!!!!!!

        Park anywhere Downtown. Expect to see Paddler-People wandering around in the middle of the highway. The locals just ignore us.

    They know we're harmless, and that we'll soon be gone.

    • 08 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Westport Dam

    Sand Creek is one of southern Indiana's most scenic rivers with beautiful rock ledges and formations throughout its entirety, listed in IDNR's top ten scenic water trail inventory.  This annual springtime paddle has been a regular offering on the HCKC calendar for over a quarter of a century.  

    Trip Leader:  Richard Tekulve
    See April newsletter for details

    • 15 Apr 2017
    • Westwood Lake, New Castle IN

    East Central Indiana 

    Park Entrance fee  $5
    Kayak Fee             $4

    Meeting Time:  11am  at the boat ramp

    Length:               2-3 hours

    Contact Information:  Jim Eckerty  rentbsu@comcast.net

    Please let me know by 6:00pm on Friday April 14 if you plan to attend.

    Westwood Park was created by the Big Blue River Conservancy District and opened to the public in 1974. The park’s main attraction is a 180-acre lake. Formed by an earthen dam, the resulting lake serves several purposes: sediment storage and flood control for Big Blue River: water for municipal or industrial water supply, and recreation. The facility covers approximately 800 acres.

    Non-motorized boats only and protected by old growth forests makes this charming lake great for first timers or those seeking a quiet afternoon relaxing on the water.  There are hiking and biking trails and a nice campground with new bath house for those wishing to make a weekend out of it.  Also, Summit Lake State park and Prairie Creek Reservoir are within a short 30 minute drive. 

    Please check the Westwood Park website for more detailed information about the park.

    Westwood Park
    Address1900 S County Rd 275 W, New Castle, IN 47362
    Phone(765) 987-1232

    From Castleton:  Approximately 45 minutes|  Via I69 to Pendleton,  East on Highway 38, South on CR 275w

    From Indianapolis Approximately 1 hour   Via  I70 to New Castle, North on Highway 3, West on Highway 38, South on  CR 275w

    • 22 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Loveland Canoe and Kayak, 174 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, OH 45140

    Start searching through your kayak, canoe and other outdoor gear and dust off that kayak or canoe you aren’t using as its getting close to the annual Cincinnati Paddlers Spring Swap Meet.  Once again, Mark Bersani, owner of Loveland Canoe and Kayak, will let us use his facility for the swap meet.  If you haven’t been here before, Mark’s livery is located right on the Little Miami River next to the railroad trestle in downtown Loveland.  The close proximity to the water allows you to try a kayak before you buy it. 

    Date: Saturday April 22nd (rain date Saturday April 29th)

    Be sure to come early for the biggest selection and stay late for some last minute deals.  You can bring kayaks, canoes and other hand powered watercraft – sorry no boats.  You can also bring any other gear related to outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, skiing, etc.

    Most sellers require cash so bring at least enough to place a hold a kayak or canoe.  Bills of sale will be provided or you can download from the Cincy Paddlers web site.

    If you haven’t been to Mark’s in the past year, the city of Loveland has paved over the parking area.  So we don’t run afoul of any Loveland codes regarding private sales on public property, all items for sale must be placed on Mark’s property. You can park in the main lot – just place all sale items in the designated location.  I will be there by 9 am to direct sellers where to set up.

    Unlike the winter swap meet no tables are provided so bring tables, chairs, blankets – whatever you need to display your items.

    Make sure you tag your items with your name and phone number in case you are away from your items.

    And as always there is no charge for selling or attending. 

    If this is your first sale, feel free to ask questions during the sale.  We are a group whose mission is to promote paddle sports in a positive manner so we are all here to help.

    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • McCloud Nature Park

    Big Walnut is a gorgeous creek on the west side of the state; a small stream depending on good water flow.  A great offering on this year's River Canoe & Kayak calendar.

    Trip Leader:  James Kendall

    See April newsletter for more information.


    • 06 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07 May 2017
    • Vernon

    The Muscatatuck River is a beautiful stream in southern Indiana.  The Friends of the Muscatatuck River organize this annual weekend which includes paddling on Saturday and Sunday.  Optional camping. The river sections TBD are water/flow dependent.  If there's a lot of water we can hit some of the most beautiful creeks in the state.

    HCKC Coordinator:  Theresa Kulczak

    • 13 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Indianapolis

    Fall Creek is one of Indy's most beautiful rivers, running through Fort Harrison State Park.

    Trip Leader:  Sue Foxx

    See newsletter for trip details.


    • 19 May 2017
    • 21 May 2017
    • Grayson Lake, Grayson, KY

    HCKC Liaison:   Sara Hare

    Note:  Be sure to register early for this trip since attendance is limited.   See the RSVP Procedure below and send your money to Henry as soon as you decide to go!

    Enjoy the magnificent cliffs and waterfalls of Grayson Lake (KY) with Cincypaddlers.  A sampling of the spectacular views from a previous trip: http://tinyurl.com/b2pluhl

    It’s the weekend of May 20-21, but you have the option of adding Friday.  Sat. morning, May 20 we launch for a 13-14 mile flatwater paddle (depending how many side canyons you explore). There’s distance to cover, so a boat of 12’ or more and sufficient skill and endurance are required. That evening, we group-camp and party nearby.  It’s tent camping (next to your vehicle) with facilities. You won’t have to carry your gear in your boat.  Sun. morning, we do a 7-mile paddle on the most beautiful stretch.  It’s more canyon paddling than open water, so there’s little concern about rough water.  

    The optional Friday paddle will be on another scenic Grayson Lake feeder.  We’ll have camping available at Grayson that night if you want to take advantage of it whether you paddle that day or not (add the extra night to deposit below).

    When we reach the RSVP deadline (May 12), I’ll send out a group email with instructions, and we can facilitate carpooling.  RSVPs are accepted on a first-come basis.  Space is limited, so RSVP early to avoid missing out. Note that we are being joined by our friends from other clubs in the three-state area and the trip always fills quickly, so RSVP early to have the best chances at grabbing a spot.

    To RSVP, and the only way to RSVP, send $9.75/person/night (your option is just Sat,. or Fri. & Sat.)  to Henry Dorfman, 1409 Amesbury Dr., Cinti. 45231 for the camp fee.  (Unrefundable after May 1).  RSVP must include names of people in your party, number of vehicles (contact me before mailing if you contemplate RV, boat trailer or anything else that takes up extra space, or if you’d prefer a cabin), your email address and phone #. Incomplete RSVPs not accepted, so please include the requested info.

    What you need: boat (at least 12’ long), paddle, PFD (must be worn when on the water), camping gear, food for on the water and off, appropriate paddling clothing, and rain gear (you never know).  LIABILITY DISCLAIMER: As with all events posted on the Cincypaddlers board, in behalf of you, your family and all your other stakeholders, you understand the risks of such an event and accept entire responsibility and liability for your safety, welfare and losses, as well as those you register, indemnifying and holding all others harmless. Your RSVP signifies you agree – if you don’t, don’t participate.

    The deadline for receipt of RSVPs is May 12 or when the trip fills, whichever comes first. This trip has never failed to fill, so earlier is better. Questions?: Moonpaddle at gmail dot com.

    • 20 May 2017
    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, IN

    Instructors:  Dave Ellis, Duane Garloch, Jim Sprandel
    Course Administrator:  Jim Sprandel

    We will have 4 skills clinics this year - 3 on Saturday and 1 on a Sunday.   At each clinic, we will split the class into:

    • Introduction to Paddling - This is the ACA's introductory class for newer paddlers.  This includes an extensive discussion of safety, kayaks, and paddles and on-the-water training to learn your basic strokes and maneuvers.   A great way to jumpstart your paddling career.
    • Intermediate Skills Class - This class is targeted for more experienced paddlers who have a year of experience following an Intro class.   We can tailor this class to the wants of the students and can cover stroke refinement (tuning your current strokes), boat control/edging/turning, or forward stroke.   We will poll students in this section before each class to see what they would like us to focus on.
    We can handle 15 students in each class and each instructor can teach up to 5 students.    
    Class registration and sign up will begin in April after we publish the training announcement in the April Newsletter and send an e-mail out to all HCKC members.  
    • 03 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Metamora

    A fun paddle trip in early summer, followed by a post-paddle ice cream excursion in the historic town of Metamora.

    Trip Leader:  Brett Thompson

    see newsletter for trip details




    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Geist Park, Fishers

    Boat Demo, Swap Meet, and Social.  HCKC members bring their boats to Geist Park for other members to try. A great opportunity for those looking to demo other types of boats; or purchase a gently-used boat from another member.   Pitch-in at Geist Park Shelter.  Geist Park is located on a calm channel of water, perfect for demoing new boats.

    Organizer:  Natalie Needham, Skipper 

    • 11 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Columbus

    A flatwater favorite and a great beginner river.  located near Columbus 

    Trip Leader:  Sue Foxx

    see newsletter for more details


    • 17 Jun 2017
    • Indianapolis, IN

      Event Sponsor:  Duane Garloch

    Open Water Rescue Class

    The HCKC will lead a one-day clinic and practice session on Open Water Rescue for sea kayakers. Most of us have taken rescue classes at symposiums or studied techniques on the internet.

    This clinic is a chance for new paddlers to learn open water rescue techniques and a chance for more experienced paddlers to compare techniques and practice them in a safe environment. This clinic is important since kayakers need to regularly practice these skills so they are “fresh” when we get into a real rescue situation —you want to know how to get yourself or someone else back in their boat quickly and on your first attempt. Open water paddlers should take this course before attempting any "big water" adventures with or without a group.

    We will start off each teaching segment by systematically walking through the steps to complete a rescue so that newer paddlers can learn the tricks associated with performing each rescue. After walking through “one way to do a rescue”, we will compare notes and discuss/demonstrate alternative approaches that people may have seen.

    Course Content: At the course, we will cover:

    Wet exiting your boat

    Solo Reentries (Paddle Float, Cowboy, Reenter and Roll)

    Assisted Reentries (T-Rescue, Stirrup Rescue, Scoop Rescue)

    Towing - contact tows, short tows, and regular tows. Will discuss when to start towing and when towing may be needed to assist a rescue

    (I will bring extra tow ropes if you don’t have one.)

    Required Equipment:

    Touring or Sea Kayak - Kayak must have flotation in both bow and stern - either sealed bulkheads or flotation bags

    Spray Skirt

    Life Jacket

    Kayak Safety Gear - Bring the kayak safety gear that you normally carry: pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow line. Please do not buy this equipment just for this class since you can borrow from other participants to see what works for you before you buy.

    Check June newsletter for time and registration information.

    • 23 Jun 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 25 Jun 2017
    • Green River, Kentucky

    A gorgeous trip, especially if there's water, paddling along many waterfalls, 300 Springs is located on the Green River, Kentucky.  Camping at Mammoth Cave National Park.

    Trip Leader:  Natalie Needham

    See newsletter for details 

    • 08 Jul 2017
    • Cunot Ramp, Cunot, IN

    Trip Sponsor:  Jim Sprandel, Sue Foxx

    A trip to Cataract Falls is always amazing but a moonlight trip is magical.   We will launch from Cunot PAS for the 3.5 mile trip up to Cataract Falls.  Depending on water level,  we may or may not be able to get out of our boats.   

    A tad after sunset, we will paddle back to Cunot to finish the paddle.

    Details will be published in the July Newsletter and the Sea Kayak mailing list.

    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • East Fork of the White River; Location TBD

    Please join us for what should be an easy-going, lazy mid-summer trip down the East Fork of the White River.  Over the years we have paddled numerous, different sections of the river . . . stay tuned for more . . .

    Trip Leader:  Richard Tekulve

    See newsletter for details


    • 18 Jul 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 24 Jul 2017
    • Jackson Hole, Wyoming
    River and lake paddling in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone region.  Camping near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Trip is in the development stage.  Six paddlers needed to make it a go. Contact Theresa if interested.

    Trip Leader:   Theresa Kulczak

    See newsletter for more information

    • 04 Aug 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • 06 Aug 2017
    • Wildcat Creek Park, Lafayette

    An annual paddlers event organized by the Wildcat Guardians.  Three days of paddling on Wildcat Creek; Muskrats famous chili; paddlers auction; and camping at Wildcat Creek Park.

    Trip Leader:  Garry Hill

    see newsletter for more information

    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 Aug 2017
    • Kentucky

    Natalie will lead us to a destination in Kentucky to view the total eclipse of the sun.  To include camping.  Stay tuned for more information.

    Trip Leader:  Natalie Needham

    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Wabash River, section TBD

    The Wabash River is a great summertime paddling destination as it's more certain to have a decent water flow during the hot months when other small streams may be dry.  

    Trip Leader:  Judy Thompson

    see newsletter for more details

    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 Sep 2017
    • Labor Day Weekend Excursion TBD

    In the past, the HCKC has offered a club expedition over Labor Day Weekend.  Trip suggestions and trip leaders are welcomed to submit plans. Contact chair Theresa Kulczak

    • 22 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 24 Sep 2017
    • Pine River, Michigan

    Annual paddling weekend centered around the Pine River in Michigan.  Organized by the Michianna Paddlers.

    HCKC Coordinator: TBD

    • 23 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Perkinsville

    Enjoy a leisurely paddle and a fun day on the White River.  The take-out will be near Bonge's restaurant where paddlers will gather for a post-paddlers dinner.   www.bongestavern.com

    Trip Leader:  Mariann Davis

    See newsletter for more information

    • 07 Oct 2017
    • Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, IN

    Trip Sponsor:  Jeff Stejskal

    Follow the Sea Kayak mailing list and check the October Newsletter for the Trip Announcement.

    • 07 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Shoals

    This is a scenic trip on the East Fork of the White River ending at Hindostan Falls.  It is a 13.5 trip so plan on 6 hours on the river with a lunch stop.  This is a good beginner trip; just be confident that you are capable of paddling at least 6 hours straight.  Camping is available at Martin State Forest 2 miles east of Shoals on US 50.

    Trip Leader:  Natalie Needham

    See newsletter for more information

    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Milltown

    The Blue River is one of every paddler's favorites.  IDNR says the Blue River flows through one of the most scenic, interesting and diverse areas of Indiana.  In summer it is packed with public rental boats, and so the HCKC is planning it for October when we can enjoy the glory of fall on the Blue to ourselves.   It's a 14-mile trip -- be sure you're up for a long day on the river . . .

    Trip Leaders:  Theresa Kulczak and Sara Hare

    see newsletter for more information

    • 21 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Ferndale

    The Raccoon Creek paddle trip during the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival has been a signature event of the HCKC since its inception.  Enjoy an awesome trip on a challenging stream, with lunch riverside along the festival grounds.  Hey guys, this is a "don't miss"! Experienced boat navigation skill and cold-water paddling gear required.

    Trip Leader:  Toni Harris

    see newsletter for more information

    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 29 Oct 2017
    • Shannondale, MO

    The Current River is the most spring-fed of all of the Ozark rivers, running crystal clear through rocky bluffs. This annual trip has been led by paddler Denny Williams for over forty years; no one knows Missouri paddling like Denny ( aka Gatorbait).  Gatorbait has graciously included the HCKC in his group for this year.  Last year there were fifty attendees.  Paddlers stay at the Shannondale Community Center (lodging and camping first-come first serve).

    HCKC Coordinator:  Theresa Kulczak

    See newsletter for details, or contact Theresa now to get on the HCKC list.

    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Peru

    The Miami Nations of Indians of the State of Indiana say: The Seven Pillars, sometimes called simply "The Cliffs", lie about four miles southeast of Peru along the Mississinewa River. This breathtaking formation was created over the centuries as wind and water eroded the limestone, carving rounded buttresses and alcoves into the north bluff of the river.  Join the HCKC for this annual early November paddler trip.  Cold-weather paddling gear and good boat skills required.  

    Trip Leader:  Rick Moulton

    see newsletter for more information

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