Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

HCKC Sea Kayak Calendar 
Please e-mail Jim Sprandel if you have additions or corrections for this schedule.

Upcoming events

    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 29 Nov 2017
    • 35 sessions
    • Thatcher Pool, Indianapolis, IN

    HCKC Pool Sessions

    To Sign Up:  Contact Dave Ellis to make sure that some one who you can work with will be there.

    Wednesday Pool Session - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm:  From Wednesday, April 5, 2016 through November

    These pool sessions are focused on skill refinement and individual practice for all paddlers - whitewater kayakers,  whitewater and open canoeists, recreational kayakers, and sea kayakers - seeking to practice bracing, rolling, open water reentries, etc.   The pool is also popular with freestyle play boaters who want to learn flat water moves such as cartwheels, squirts and stalls and with sea kayakers wanting to refine their roll or work on open water rescues.  It is also a great place to meet other paddlers, find out about upcoming trips, and try out different boats and paddles. Participants often go out for refreshments afterwards to swap paddling stories and watch videos.

    These pool sessions are focused on skill refinement and individual practice for all paddlers - whitewater kayakers,  whitewater and open canoeists, recreational kayakers, and sea kayakers - seeking to practice paddle strokes, bracing, rolling, open water reentries, etc.   The pool is also popular with freestyle play boaters who want to learn flat water moves such as cartwheels, squirts and stalls and with sea kayakers wanting to refine their roll or work on open water rescues.  It is also a great place to meet other paddlers, find out about upcoming trips, and try out different boats and paddles. Participants often go out for refreshments afterwards to swap paddling stories and watch videos.

    HCKC POOL POLICIES

    • Participants must sign in each session and pay $10.00 per family per session to cover pool rental.
    • Please make certain your boat is clean and free of debris inside and out before bringing it into the pool.
    • First time participants must check-in with the pool coordinator before entering the pool.
    • Participants must be able to swim.
    • Participants must have the ability to self-rescue (wet exit at a minimum). 
    • First time visitors must demonstrate this ability.
    • Participation is restricted to HCKC members and their one-time guests.
    • Participants must maintain control of their boats and equipment at all times.
    • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • There will be no swimming or diving.
    • Participants are expected to be courteous and safety conscious at all times.
    • Indy Park Rules require that no one or their equipment is allowed on the pool deck before the designated start time and that all boats and gear must be removed from the pool deck promptly at the designated end time.
    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
    Registration is closed

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer four one-day sessions during the summer on the dates listed above.   However, we are going to try something different to give experienced paddlers more chance for training.

    Since we now have three ACA instructors, we can break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the Introduction to Kayaking material that we always covered in these classes.   In the other, we will cover ACA Intermediate (Level 2 and 3) Instruction that we have offered only once per year in the past. 

    • Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have never taken a class or who feel unsure of their strokes in their recreational, touring, or sea kayak.  

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk with you about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    • ·Intermediate Kayak Control (Edging/Turning and Stroke Refinement)

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have taken an introductory class at least one year ago and who are comfortable with their forward-turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class targets recreational, touring, and sea kayaks.

    Class Content:  Boat control and turning are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control.   The main topics that we cover are listed below:

    •    Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to make it go straight
    •    Bow and stern rudders
    •    Side draws – Maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat
    •    Maneuvers to paddle tighter turns with control

    This section will start with a short discussion of boat dynamics and quickly get on the water to start learning to play with your boat. 

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The Introductory Class will typically be held at Eagle Creek but the instructors for Intermediate classes may opt another location.  .

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits when it’s cool out

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each of the 3 instructors. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they e-mail Jim Sprandel.    The split between Introductory and Intermediate students will be decided as student enrollments are processed.

    Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring:

    • Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.
    • Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class.
    • Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.
    • Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)
    • Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • 25 Jun 2017
    • Cutright PAS, Bloomington, IN

    Trip Sponsor:  Jim Sprandel

    What is so rare as a day in June and we're going to head out onto Lake Monroe for a day of paddling on the East Side of the reservoir.

    We will launch from the Cutright PAS, paddle out, and have a picnic somewhere in Deam Wilderness.

    Check the June newsletter and the Sea Kayak mailing list for more details.


    • 27 Jun 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 6136 Wapihani Dr, Fishers, IN 46038 (116th street launch)
    • 2

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist

    Orivs of Carmel has invited our club for a free demonstration and instructions on the art of Fly fishing.  They will go over all the basics from rods, reels, line, leaders and flies.  How to set up and the art of casting.  This is a family oriented  event.  Anyone of any age can learn to fly fish.  And girls it's not just for macho guys.  Fly fishing is a finesse activity and females tend to do well with fly fishing.  It's not just for trout fishing in Colorado or Pennsylvania. Fly fishing can be done for any species on any type of water.  Once you lean to fly fish you will be hooked.  Next thing you know you will be tying your own flies and taking every opportunity to catch a finned predator. Growing up on the water I remember as kid 8-10 years of age taking my grandfather's 9 foot 9 weight bamboo fly rod rod out and catching everything from bluegill, bass, silvers to northern pike.  The fish just seem to love the little popper fly's I would throw them.  I've  never stopped fly fishing.  This class Is limited to 15 people so please register soon.  Bring your significant other or sibling.  Bring a boat and go paddle after the event.  We can discuss Paddle fishing after.  Click on the link below and go to trips and events or from calendar click on event and register.

    John Wainscott

    317-250-8107

    wldleak@sbcglobal.net

    • 01 Jul 2017
    • 02 Jul 2017
    • Michigan City, IN

    Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club and Northwest Indiana Paddling Association  invite you to join us for this great one-day paddle on Lake Michigan for intermediate and advanced sea kayakers. We're highlighting the features that make the Sunset Coast of Michiana a great segment of the Lake Michigan Water Trail for kayakers.

    On Saturday, July 1st, we start our trip on the peaceful Galien River and winds through the Louis J. Sima Great Lakes Marsh Management Area. Continuing west along the scenic Lake Michigan shoreline along an established segment of the Lake Michigan Water Trail to Michigan City, we'll finish with a short run up historic Trail Creek to Hansen Park.

    This paddle is for strong sea kayakers with some experience on open waters of Lake Michigan that can keep 3-4  mph pace for 15 miles. Most of this trip is on Lake Michigan, life jackets are mandatory, as is a kayak with water tight bulkheads. All paddlers will be asked to sign a waiver. Paddlers may wish to give a $5 donation to NWIPA.

    A moderately challenging trip, this is a great opportunity to build experience with paddling in waves, negotiating heavy boat traffic, and enjoying the company of fellow paddlers.  This plan may be modified because of weather, water or group dynamics.

    Camping Option
    There is an optional camping spot at Dunbar Beach available Friday and Saturday night. You must RSVP no later than Thursday, June 29 to reserve the camp spot. For more info on Dunbar Beach camping and to RSVP contact Dan Plath at daniel_plath@nps.gov
    Dunbar Beach, Beverly Shores, IN 46360  Map link here... 

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    Paddle Plan - Michiana Sunset Coast
    Lake Michigan - New Buffalo to Michigan City – Sat, July 1, 2017

    This plan may be modified because of weather, water or group dynamics

    A. Paddle Route - Lake Michigan A sea kayak paddle of 10 miles along the Lake Michigan Water Trail requiring an appropriate sea kayak and reliable Big Lake kayaking skills plus 5 miles of river paddling on gentle streams. This is a team paddle, as a participant you are expected to adjust to the pace of your team and to Keep in Sight of Each Other till All are back on land. Paddle Break Mm 3 New Buffalo Beach and Mm 9 Long Beach. FYI – Washington Park Beach Mm13.
    Link to Paddle Route www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=480854
    Launch - Galien River - DNR Public Access Site (PAS) – On Red Arrow Hwy north of I-94 Exit 4 - New Buffalo MI
    Take Out - Trail Creek - Hansen Park PAS 240 East Street - Michigan City IN    
    Two Paddle Teams - Lancers launch 1st, paddle at 4 mph. Voyageurs launch 2nd, paddle at 3 mph.

    B. Paddle Time Line (Times EDS / CDS)
       10:00 / 09:00 am - Meet for Shuttle @ Red Arrow PAS
       10:15 / 09:15 - Caravan to Stage Vehicles at Take Outs, return to launch site
       10:55 / 09:55 - Safety Review at launch
       11:00 / 10:00 - Start Paddle
        03:00 / 02:00 – ETA – Voyageurs at Long Beach
        05:00 / 04:00 - ETA - Lancers at Hansen Park

    C. Paddle Plan Contacts
       Coordinator - Kyak Kenneth   TillWeDance@acd.net   269.330.1040
       HCC Coordinator – Jim Sprandel merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net

    D. Paddle Planning Comments
    1. Shuttle  Participants are responsible for transporting themselves and their boats. Car pooling & shuttling help alleviate parking limitations. Joining the caravan prior to the paddle facilitates staging vehicles at take out & shuttling drivers back to put in. After the paddle, drivers will be shuttled back to the put in to obtain their vehicles.
    2. There May be Parking & Access Fees at some public access sites
    3. BBL - Bring Your Own Brown Bag Lunch, Snacks & Drinking Water as desired.
    4. Please Notify a Coordinator, if you plan to participate.

    E. Sunday Paddle
    1. For those that wish to participate there will be a shorter loop paddle Sunday July 2 out of Dunbar Beach. Sea kayaks with adequate flotation required, as well as PFDs.
    2. Schedule and route tbd by those present.

    Paddle SAFE
    1. Risk Assessment - Your “GoNoGo Decision” should be based on the weather, the water, your skills, your training and your experience with the understanding that:
         a. You are engaging in an activity with inherent dangers,
         b. You accept & acknowledge you are participating at your own risk, and
         c. You are responsible for your own safety and to use your own judgment.
    2. Always Wear a Fully Secured Pfd while on the water, for your safety and safety of the group.
    3. Avoid Conditions & Situations Beyond Your Abilities or physical & emotional strength.
    4. Dress for Water Temp & Immersion. Cold Water – wear wet/dry suit.
    5. Paddle with Others  –  Each participant is responsible that we Stay Together  -  
    Using either a Team Paddle or a Group Paddle Format. Be Trained to help each other
    6. Big Lake Paddles require a reliable self rescue, the ability to paddle in 2-4 ft waves, using a sea worthy kayak 15 ft or longer with deck lines & watertight bulkheads, carry appropriate safety equipment and be able to paddle at a rate of 3 mph

     

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    • 08 Jul 2017
    • Cunot Ramp, Cunot, IN

    Trip Announcement Cataract Falls Full Moon Paddle
    Paddle Date: July 8, 2017
    Trip Sponsors: Sue Foxx, Jim Sprandel

    On Saturday, July 8, we will have a Moonlight paddle on Cagle's Mill Lake. We will launch from Cunot Public Access Site and paddle up to Cataract Falls. the falls are interesting in twilight and moonlight. On this night, the sunset will be about 9:16 pm and the moon will rise at 8:04 pm. The moon will be nearly full since the Full Moon will be the next day.

    Difficulty: Moderate - We will be paddling about 7 miles in the head waters on Cagle's Mill Lake at a moderate pace. This is an idle zone so we will have minimal waves or current issues.

    Equipment Required: Kayak, Paddling Gear (Life jacket, safety equipment). Life jackets must be worn at all time while we are on the water. Whistle on your Life Jacket. White Light since we will be paddling at night. Each boat must carry a white light such as head light or flash light. Water to drink since the trip will take 3-4 hours.

    Safety Procedures:  We paddle as a group with a lead and sweep boat since it is possible to get turned around in the channels going up to the Falls. For addition safety, we will implement a “buddy” system where everyone has at least one other boat that they paddle with.

    Schedule:

    • -          6:45 pm – Meet at Cunot Ramp
    • -          7:30 pm – Start paddling up to Falls.
    • -          About 11:00 pm – Return to Cunot Ramp

    Directions: The put-in is about 90 minutes from where I70 and I465 meet on the west side of Indianapolis. Take I70 west from Indianapolis to Exit 37 (SR243 which is one exit past Cloverdale). Travel south on SR 243 until the road dead ends at SR 42. Turn right (west) on SR42 – drive about ½ mile past the bridge and take the right turn (Boat Dock Rd, small store on corner). Follow this road downhill to boat launch.

    DNR Sticker Required: Boats will be required to have an Indiana DNR Sticker. These stickers are only $5/boat/year and you should pick them up before heading down to Cagles Mill since the gate house at Lieber SRA will probably be closed when we will be heading down there.

    Contingencies: The ramp at Cunot is only usable if the Cagles Mill Lake Stage (http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?gage=cagi3&wfo=ind )  is below 647.5 feet.  It is currently at 660 feet and dropping. 


    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis

    Swimming portion of the  Indy Sprint Triathlon Series.  HCKC members and guest provide safety boats for the swimmers in the 500 meter course.  Participants are there to provide assistance to swimmers, guide then on the course,  allow a place to rest or signal for extraction.  We will be on the outside of the course while city lifeguards are on the inside of course. Meet at the Eagle Creek Park office on 56th street just northwest of the main park entrance and just before you get to the bridge over the reservoir.  

     We must be unloaded and on the water by 7:45-50 as the swimming starts at 8am.   Instructions will be given just prior to the event.  No special skills needed.  Items which may enhance your effectiveness are whistle,  short throw line and float, extra PFD.  We are usually done by 9.  Some go to breakfast, some go paddle around, some have to go home and do chores. 

    This is an important event to HCKC as we the club is paid a $1000.00 for helping with this event.  You will get an event T-shirt for participating, please register with shirt size.  Canoe, Kayak or paddle board OK. 

     If you have questions or concerns please contact John Wainscott @ wldleak@sbcglobal.net or 317-250-8107.

     Thanks for your help.

    • 16 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer four one-day sessions during the summer on the dates listed above.   However, we are going to try something different to give experienced paddlers more chance for training.

    Since we now have three ACA instructors, we can break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the Introduction to Kayaking material that we always covered in these classes.   In the other, we will cover ACA Intermediate (Level 2 and 3) Instruction that we have offered only once per year in the past. 

    • Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have never taken a class or who feel unsure of their strokes in their recreational, touring, or sea kayak.  

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk with you about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    • ·Intermediate Kayak Control (Edging/Turning and Stroke Refinement)

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have taken an introductory class at least one year ago and who are comfortable with their forward-turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class targets recreational, touring, and sea kayaks.

    Class Content:  Boat control and turning are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control.   The main topics that we cover are listed below:

    •    Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to make it go straight
    •    Bow and stern rudders
    •    Side draws – Maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat
    •    Maneuvers to paddle tighter turns with control

    This section will start with a short discussion of boat dynamics and quickly get on the water to start learning to play with your boat.  

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The Introductory Class will typically be held at Eagle Creek but the instructors for Intermediate classes may opt another location.  .

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits when it’s cool out

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each of the 3 instructors. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they e-mail Jim Sprandel.    The split between Introductory and Intermediate students will be decided as student enrollments are processed.

    Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring:

    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.

    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class.

    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.

    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)

    Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • 22 Jul 2017
    • 23 Jul 2017
    • Cutright PAS, Bloomington, IN

    Trip Sponsor:  TBD

    We were thinking that it would be nice to get out on Lake Monroe for an overnight when the Wildlife Resting Areas open and when it's actually warm outside.

    We will launch from Cutright, paddle on the east side of the causeway, and camp somewhere in Deam wilderness.    Should be a fun trip.



    • 05 Aug 2017
    • 12 Aug 2017
    • Bayfield, WI

    Trip Sponsors:  Jim Sprandel

    We will have our customary Apostle Islands trip.  If you want to attend, please contact me early since we are limited to about 6 or 7 people per paddling group.   Acceptance will be first come- first served contingent on you having the requisite paddling skill and open water experience.   '

    This will be an intermediate trip. We will have 2 groups.  One group taking an easier "Inner Island" route and the second taking a more challenging and exposed outer island trip.  

    We are restricted to a maximum of 7 people in each group due to camping rules in the islands.   Contact Jim Sprandel if you want information or to check if there is still space in either group/

    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer four one-day sessions during the summer on the dates listed above.   However, we are going to try something different to give experienced paddlers more chance for training.

    Since we now have three ACA instructors, we can break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the Introduction to Kayaking material that we always covered in these classes.   In the other, we will cover ACA Intermediate (Level 2 and 3) Instruction that we have offered only once per year in the past. 

    • ·      Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have never taken a class or who feel unsure of their strokes in their recreational, touring, or sea kayak.  

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk with you about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    • ·      Intermediate Kayak Control (Edging/Turning and Stroke Refinement)

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have taken an introductory class at least one year ago and who are comfortable with their forward-turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class targets recreational, touring, and sea kayaks.

    Class Content:  Boat control and turning are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control.   The main topics that we cover are listed below:

    •    Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to make it go straight
    •    Bow and stern rudders
    •    Side draws – Maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat
    •    Maneuvers to paddle tighter turns with control

    This section will start with a short discussion of boat dynamics and quickly get on the water to start learning to play with your boat. 

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The Introductory Class will typically be held at Eagle Creek but the instructors for Intermediate classes may opt another location.  .

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits when it’s cool out

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each of the 3 instructors. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they e-mail Jim Sprandel.    The split between Introductory and Intermediate students will be decided as student enrollments are processed.

    Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring:

    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.

    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class.

    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.

    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)

    Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • 25 Aug 2017
    • 27 Aug 2017
    • Indiana Dunes State Park

    This is our annual 3-day event with NWIPA at Indiana Dunes State Park   

    I will get out full details in the August Newsletter and the Sea Kayak e-mail list.

    Trip Sponsors:  Maggie Byrne (NWIPA), JIm Sprandel (HCKC)



    • 08 Sep 2017
    • 13 Sep 2017
    • Glen Arbor, MI

    Manitou Island Trip, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
    Trip Sponsor:   Jim Sprandel
    Friday-Wednesday. Sept 8-14, 2017

    We will be paddling out to the Manitou Islands from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Michigan.  We will camp at DH Day Campgrounds in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Thursday Evening  and then take off for South Manitou Island Friday Morning.   D H Day Campground is about a 7-hour drive from Indianapolis so you can get in at a reasonable hour if you drive up after work on Thursday.

    Three-Day Option:  If enough are interested to have a safe crossing, Brad may paddle out to South Manitou  and lead a group back to Glen Arbor on Sunday Morning so that they can have a shorter trip.

    Tentative Itinerary

    Contingencies:  The lake is boss!  We will study the weather and lake report and only paddle if it is safe.   Four miles into an 8-mile crossing is not the time to make that decision so we will look at the forecast for the entire trip and decide before setting out.   This is a 2-3 hour, exposed crossing through a shipping lane so it can’t be taken lightly.  If we decide not to go out to Manitou Island, we can find places that are interesting and challenging to paddle.  In the past, we have paddled protected water in Grand Traverse Bay, paddled around the dunes near Glen Arbor, or driven down to Empire and played in the breaking waves off of the beach there.   Lake Michigan offers so many more learning experiences than Eagle Creek.  If we get to the island and conditions are too big, there is a ferry that runs from both North and South Manitou back to the mainland at Leland, MI.   However, the ferr

    We will have a good idea of the forecast before we leave Indiana and can tune our plan at that time.

    • ·         Friday Morning We will leave relatively early for the 8.5-mile open water crossing of Lake Michigan to South Manitou island.  This island has everything a paddler could want: beachfront camping , self composting privies, a well for water, a lighthouse, and old growth cedars.  There are also shipwrecks you can see from the beach or paddle to if it is calm enough.  There are also 300-foot dunes on the West side of the island..
    • ·         Saturday:   We’ll see what conditions are like and plan accordingly.   One year, we paddled around the island—we explored the wreck on the south end of the island and saw the huge dunes on the west side of the island for the first time.   There is also a foot trail around the island if someone would prefer to hike.  
    • ·         Sunday – Wednesday:  Conditions permitting, we will paddle over from South to North Manitou (a 3.8 mile crossing) and then paddle along the shore.  At CanoeCopia, I was told that you can camp anywhere along the shore of North Manitou except for a bird nesting area on the south end.   Campsites cannot be visible from shore and boats must be pulled up so they are not visible.    North Manitou is 22 miles around so that could be a 3-day (S-M-T) paddle plus I was told that there are interesting places to hike to on the North Island.   Depending on conditions and the sense of the group, we may decide to head back to Glen Arbor directly from North Manitou (a 10.1 miles crossing).  Or cross over to South Manitou, camp overnight, and paddle in from there.

    A lot of our plans for this period depend on the forecast so we will be flexible.

    Required Paddling Skills/Experience:  This trip is more advanced than most club sea kayak trips and noone in the club has ever paddled  this in entirety.   It is only for experienced intermediate to advanced paddlers.  I expect large some wave conditions especially during the crossing and along some of the shore line of the North Manitou and South Manitou since it is exposed to the full fetch of Lake Michigan.  I have seen smooth 5-foot swell on this trip but have also seen confused 3+-foot chop.

    • ·You should feel comfortable in 3 foot seas from all directions including broach and rear quartering and be able to land and self-launch in 2+’ surf conditions.
    • You should be able to maintain a 3.5 mph pace for the 8 mile crossing without leaving your boat.  We may paddle up to 18 miles per day.
    • Self and group rescue skills are required..
    • Several prior great lake or ocean trips in expected conditions.

      Please contact me if you are not sure about this trip.

      Required Equipment:  Sea kayak with spray skirts, fore and aft bulkheads,  full perimeter deck lines, and safety equipment are required.  If you have GPS, SPOT, VHF radio, and area map, please bring them.  

         You will have to carry your own camping gear, clothes, and food with you in your kayak.  Drinking water is available on the South Manitou and we will bring water filters so we can get water from the lake on North Manitou.  People will bring their own food plus food for an extra day or 2 and a book is recommended in case conditions get rough and we have to delay our crossing back to Glen Arbor.

      Expenses:  Cost will be pretty much be limited to camping fees on North and South Manitou ($10/site/night for up to 4 campers) plus the night at D H Day campground ($16/day/site).   Under $100 for the week.

      Contact Information:  Please contact  Jim Sprandel if you would like to attend or want more information.

      • 23 Sep 2017
      • 24 Sep 2017
      • Ohio River

      Trip Sponsor:  TBD

      There are 2 possible locations for this trip and the selected option will depend on the volunteer who elects to sponsor the trip.

      Trip Announcement:  Check the Sea Kayak newsletter in August/September and probably the September Newsletter.


      • 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.


      • 14 Oct 2017
      • 15 Oct 2017
      • Patoka Lake, Indiana

      Trip Sponsor:  Jim Sprandel

      Patoka is a trip that we typically do every other year.   We stay at Fisherman's camp at Patoka.  I'll get down there early on Friday to grab one of the good sites there with water access.   While there on Friday, i"ll probably also explore upstream from the camp since we usually head down towards the dam and swimming beach on Saturday.   Sunday, we often go over to the abandoned quarry on the SE corner of the lake since it really is interesting.

      We will probably paddle about 10-14 miles on Saturday and 6-8 miles on Sunday.

      Watch the Sea Kayak mailing list for details or the October Newsletter.


      • 04 Nov 2017
      • 05 Nov 2017
      • Cutright PAS, Lake Monroe, Bloomington, IN

      Trip Sponsor:  TBD

      Watch for details in the Sea Kayak mailing list and October/November newsletters.

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