Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club Whitewater Fleet

The HCKC Whitewater Group sponsors whitewater trips throughout the Eastern United States and even a trip to Colorado.  Whitewater trips are open to members with the required skills and equipment.   The club sponsors trips cover a range of paddling skills and interests.  This year, there are beginner's (Class II) trips on the Elkhorn and Nantahala as well as Class III-V paddlings on the Yough and Gauley.  Click here to see Whitewater events for this year.

To paddle Whitewater Kayaking safely, you must learn the skills you will need in an orderly manner.  You don't start your Whitewater career by taking your new boat or duckie to the Upper Gauley.  You start with Class I moving water and develop the skills needed to work your way up through Class II and III whitewater.   With experience, training and persistence,you may progress to Class IV and V rapids like the Upper Gauley or New River.   If you are starting out, please take a few minutes and look over the following document which discusses the steps you need to take to evolve as a Whitewater Kayaker: A Progression of Rivers

Every year, the HCKC group paddles a variety of class III-IV whitewater in Pennsylvania, (the Lower Yough and Stonycreek, West Virginia (Cheat, New and Gauley, Tennessee, (Ocoee, Tellico, and Big South Fork), and Wisconsin (Wolf and Peshtigo).  A number of class II trips also come together for training and fun such as the Big Pine in Indiana and the Elkhorn in Kentucky. The class II man-made whitewater course in South Bend is a valuable asset for training both beginning and experienced paddlers. 

In additions, there are weekly pool sessions at Thatcher Pool where you can learn basic paddling, bracing, and rolling.  Students work with more experienced paddlers on what they are learning.   Click on Pool Sessions in the top menu of the HCKC Home page for more information on these training sessions or look in the Whitewater Forum of the Bulletin Board.

We maintain a Whitewater E-Mail list to coordinate Whitewater events within the club.  Please contact Allison if you would like to be added to this list.

Join us on the water. With time and work, you can the share the adventure of the Upper Gauley and Yough with us. 

For more information, contact the Whitewater Chairperson, Allison Sturtevant.


Upcoming WW Events

  • 18 Jan 2017 12:05 AM | Toni (Administrator)

    Hey everyone!  I'm figuratively 'testing the waters' on what kind of interest is within the club for a kids clinic for into whitewater - potentially on the Flatrock River in the spring or early summer.  Please let me know your thoughts as this idea is close to my heart.

    See you on the water

    Toni

  • 11 Jan 2017 4:28 PM | Allison (Administrator)

    While the weather is chilly and your boat is put up for the winter its a great time to dream about what you want to do next year!  I am looking for people who are willing to lead trips and make this another great season.  Please also let me know if you have a trip you want to take, but are not comfortable leading.

    The trip planning meeting is January 21st, so it would be great to hear your tentative (or finalized) plans prior to that.   Thanks A


  • 27 Oct 2016 1:30 AM | Jim Sprandel (Administrator)

    The HCKC Whitewater Group sponsors whitewater trips throughout the Eastern United States and even a trip to Colorado.  Whitewater trips are open to members with the required skills and equipment.   The club sponsors trips cover a range of paddling skills and interests.  This year, there are beginner's (Class II) trips on the Elkhorn and Nantahala as well as Class III-V paddlings on the Yough and Gauley.  Click here to see Whitewater events for this year.

    To paddle Whitewater Kayaking safely, you must learn the skills you will need in an orderly manner.  You don't start your Whitewater career by taking your new boat or duckie to the Upper Gauley.  You start with Class I moving water and develop the skills needed to work your way up through Class II and III whitewater.   With experience, training and persistence,you may progress to Class IV and V rapids like the Upper Gauley or New River.   If you are starting out, please take a few minutes and look over the following document which discusses the steps you need to take to evolve as a Whitewater Kayaker: A Progression of Rivers

    Every year, the HCKC group paddles a variety of class III-IV whitewater in Pennsylvania, (the Lower Yough and Stonycreek, West Virginia (Cheat, New and Gauley, Tennessee, (Ocoee, Tellico, and Big South Fork), and Wisconsin (Wolf and Peshtigo).  A number of class II trips also come together for training and fun such as the Big Pine in Indiana and the Elkhorn in Kentucky. The class II man-made whitewater course in South Bend is a valuable asset for training both beginning and experienced paddlers. \

    In additions, there are weekly pool sessions at Thatcher Pool where you can learn basic paddling, bracing, and rolling.  Students work with more experienced paddlers on what they are learning.   Click on Pool Sessions in the top menu of the HCKC Home page for more information on these training sessions or look in the Whitewater Forum of the Bulletin Board.

    We maintain a Whitewater E-Mail list to coordinate Whitewater events within the club.  Please contact Allison if you would like to be added to this list.

    Join us on the water. With time and work, you can the share the adventure of the Upper Gauley and Yough with us. 

    For more information, contact the Whitewater Chairperson, Allison Sturtevant.

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