Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

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.
    • 05 May 2017
    • 07 May 2017
    • Albright, WV

    Cheat River Festival

    Please Contact Monica Davis 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
    • Lieber SRA, 1317 W. Lieber Road, Suite 1 Cloverdale, IN 46120

    Cagles Mill Lake Paddle from Lieber SRA Beach       Saturday, May 13 2017
    Trips Sponsor:   Mark COWSER

    This year, we are going to paddle Cagles Mill Lake . The lake has a different feel when the water level is closer to winter stage.  

    We will launch from the beach at Lieber State Recreation Area.   If the beach is still underwater, we can launch from the road down to the beach and park at the top of the hill.    We will then paddle down the lake past Cunot PAS and up to the falls.   

    The trip from the Lieber SRA Ramp up to the falls is about 6.5 miles and the first 2.5 miles cross open portions of Cagles Mills Lake which can get choppy and windy.

    We will probably have lunch up at the lower falls.  Shore conditions at the falls are very dependent on water level.  

    Meeting Place:  If the lake stage is below 629, we will meet at the East end of the Swimming Beach at Lieber SRA.  If the lake is above 630, we will either have to unload our boats on the road down to beach or we may be able to use the ramp parking area at the west end of the beach which is a few feet higher than the beach.  

    Directions:  From I-70 and I-465 on the Indianapolis West side, drive west on I-70 to the SR 243 exit (Exit 37).  Drive about 3 miles south on SR 243 to the Lieber SRA Entrance and follow the signs to the beach within the park.  (The SRA is approximately 45 minutes from I-465 and I-70 on the Indy West Side.) 

    Note:  There is a $7 fee to enter the park and you must have a DNR Sticker for you boat—these stickers are usually available at the SRA gate.

    What to Bring:   Be sure to bring your boat, paddling gear, water, your lunch, sun screen, and insect repellent.  I strongly recommend a spray skirt since we may be dealing with wind and boat chop in the first 3 miles.

       Due to the mileage and possible lake conditions, sea kayaks or touring kayaks with spray skirts are recommended

    Paddling Distance:   13-15 miles.

    Schedule:  Plan on being at the put-in and ready to launch at 10:00 am—we should get off the water around 3:00 pm

    Contact Information:  Please e-mail me at cowser_mark@att.net by 6:00 pm Friday May 12 if you plan to attend so I can get latest conditions to you

    • 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.

     

    • 13 May 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • 14 May 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Outfitter: 6410 Cornell Ave in BroadRipple; Demo site: behind the Art Center


    Festivities begin at Rusted Moon outfitters with free food and a boat load of vendors…Begin your day @ 6410 Cornell Avenue Indianapolis, Indiana 

    Demo Lauch: Behind Art Center, 820 East 62nd st. Indianapolis

    Contact Rusted Moon Outfitters for questions: 

    (317)-253- 4453


    HCKC will be there to represent the Club on Saturday

    **If anyone wants to represent the club on Sunday please contact me marianndvs@gmail.com for details

    • 14 May 2017
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    • 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.


    • 19 May 2017
    • 21 May 2017
    • Johnstown PA

    Please contact Mark Kraus for more information.

    • 20 May 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.


    • 27 May 2017
    • Hardy Lake, Scottsburg, IN

    Touring/Sea Kayak Trip Announcement –
    Hardy Lake, Scottsburg, IN                                                        
    Trip Sponsor:  Jim Sprandel

    Hardy Lake is the only state reservoir not created for flood control and is a 741-acre lake. This means that the lake level stays stable year-round, positively affecting the appearance of the shoreline, fishing and wildlife living there..

    Hardy Lake is surrounded on all sides by limestone and rocky bluffs, caves and great fossils, but the property has only slate and shale exposure.  I’ve paddled there several times and it’s an interesting place to visit.  Part of the lake has speed limitations on motor boats while the rest of the lake does not. 

    WhenSaturday, May 27, 2017

    Meeting Time:    10:30 am (Ready to Launch)

    Meeting Location:  
    Hardy Lake State Recreational Area
    4171 E Harrod Rd,
    Scottsburg, IN 47170
    Boat Ramp near Wooster Primitive Camping Area in the SRA

    Directions:  Take I 65 south from Indianapolis to Exit 41 (IN-250).   The SRA is approximately 90 south of Indianapolis.   Get Google Map directions before heading down.

    Note:  There is a $7 fee to enter the SRA and you must have a DNR Sticker for your boat—these stickers are usually available at the SRA gate.

    What to Bring:   Be sure to bring your boat, paddling gear, water, your lunch, sun screen, and insect repellent.

    Paddling Distance:   7-12 miles

    Schedule:  Plan on being at the put-in and ready to launch at 10:30 am—we should get off the water around 3:30 pm.

    Contact Information:  Please e-mail me at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net by 6:00 pm Thursday, May 25 if you plan to attend.   The DNR site had an advisory that some ramps may not be usable so I will scout it out closer to the event and get updated put-in information to people who have indicated interest and to the Sea Kayak mailing list.


    • 27 May 2017
    • 29 May 2017
    • White Lake WI

     Wisconsin Whitewater and Flat water trip Memorial day weekend.

       We will plan on running Sec 3 of the Wolf for the warm up on Sat. which is a class II-III river depending on water level and Sec 4 on Sunday which is a III-IV (water level dependent) and the Pestigo on Monday also a III-IV .  Note that on Sec 4 of the Wolf 4 person rafts are available as are Duckies and rafts on the Pestigo.

    There is an option for formal lessons as well, but you must notify Earl by may1.

        There are few rooms available in the immediate area but numerous camping options. We will be centered around Bear Paw outdoors but a few will be at Kosir's which is on the Pestigo in Silver City Wisc....Bear Paw is in the White Lake , Langlade area.  Note that you will be driving though the Menominee Indian reservation so OBSERVE their speed regulations as you WILL NOT BE IN the United States !

        Also note to make your reservations ASAP as I heard that a group from Mich. is headed there for the same weekend this year. The Nicolet Nat'l Forest is practically across the road and is very nice too.

     Please contact Earl King for more information.



    • 27 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Wildcat Creek

    Muskrat offers a day-trip on the Wildcat River over Memorial Day Weekend.  Wildcat Creek is designated as an Indiana natural and scenic river.  Section and location TBD

    See newsletter for trip details. 

    Trip Leader:  Garry Hill (Muskrat)

    • 29 May 2017
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    • 02 Jun 2017
    • South Bend IN

    East race opens to the public.

    Please Verify at http://sbvpa.org/parks/east-race-waterway/

    • 03 Jun 2017
    • Savage river
    • 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

     

     

     

    • 04 Jun 2017
    • 10 Jun 2017
    • Chesapeake Bay, MD

    Trip Sponsor:  Robert Moore 

    The Chesapeake Bay region offers a wide range of boating and paddling experiences.  A group is planning to visit two regions June 4 - 10, 2017.

    1. Potomac River region – Camp at Smallwood State park for 3 nights.  Paddling trips will be from the State Park and launch ramps nearby on lower Potomac and Patuxent Rivers.  Possible day trips can include Mattawoman Creek and Potomac nearby Smallwood State Park, Mt. Vernon and Fort Washington, Mallows Bay, St Mary’s River, St. Clemmons island, Point Lookout area including a trip out to the Point No Point Lighthouse, and nearby Patuxent River.
    2. Break Camp and drive to Eastern Shore (Delmarva region).  There are a couple of possible paddling trips along the way in the Annapolis and Sandy Point areas.
    3. Tangier Sound – Camp at Janes Island State Park for 4 nights.  Paddling trips will be from the State Park and region. 

      Day trips may include in and around Janes Island, paddle south through Cedar Island Wildlife refuge and into Pocomoke Sound, paddle north into the Big Annemessex River and sanctuary, or drive to some nearby launch sites.  Pocomoke trips could include upper Pocomoke River and paddle through the old growth forest region above Shad Landing and up Nassawango Creek, or launch from Shelltown and tour the Saxis wildlife refuge.  A day trip to Chincoteague on the Atlantic shore is also possible.  Finely, the trip home offers an interesting possibility.  An optional southern route home could include a stop in Cape Charles Virginia (Wise Point launch and paddle Fisherman’s Island Wild Life refuge) before crossing the southern tunnel-bridge and heading west via Newport News. 

    Trip Format – Conduct paddling trips launching from the camp ground ramp or drive a short distance to nearby ramps to see a variety of sites.   

    Paddling conditions – 0-2ft wave height is normal but open bay and large rivers can become rather choppy when wind picks up.  Tides generally run about 1.5-2ft and current is noticeable at times.

    Sea kayaks of 12ft minimum length with spray skirts and water tight bulkheads are required.

    To Sign Up - Those interested in attending should contact Robert at  njordball@gmail .com.


    • 10 Jun 2017
    • Elkhart IN, Willowdale park

    WW BEGINNER TRIP- CHRISTIANA CREEK- SATURDAY JUNE 10

    On June 10, show up at Elkhart, Indiana's Willowdale Park at 10 A. M. EDT for a day of easy class one rapids . The last mile of Christiana Creek has 6 or 7 class I features, logs to dodge, and friendly eddies for ferrying, eddy turns, and peel outs. Practice your moving water roll. If you have rolled in a pool, give the creek a try, with easy rescues at hand.

    Running the last mile takes about an hour, so multiple runs can be done to perfect your class I moves. The trip leader will stay as long as you want and run the creek until no one is still interested. Though this is billed as a beginner trip, everyone is welcome.

    Details:

    Be sure to let me know that you are coming! Ask anything you are wondering about!

    davetibbets@gmail.com

    The Elkhart City Parks we will use do not have public restrooms, so you will want to find a place to relieve yourself before you show up. There is a McDonalds at 130 N. Main St. that's less than 10 minutes from the meeting place.

    You need the 5 whitewater basics: helmet, neoprene spray skirt, pfd, paddle, and kayak. The kayak canbe a playboat, river runner, creeker, or crossover. If you put the word out there are many HCCmembers who will let you borrow a boat. You may want to add elbow pads if you don't have a reliablebrace! The water should be relatively warm.

    Free primitive camping is available for Friday and Saturday nights. Be sure to request this ahead of time!

    Camping also available at Potato Creek State Park

    Willowdale Park:

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/201+Bender+St,+Elkhart,+IN+46514/@41.6882194,-

    85.9755883,826m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m7!1m4!3m3!1s0x8816dcd073838891:0x24df320dd96310e4!2sWil

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    Please email Dave Tibbets for more Information.

    • 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
    • South Bend, IN

    WW BEGINNER TRIP- EAST RACE- SUNDAY JUNE 11

    This trip is designed to follow up on Saturday's Christiana Creek trip. Spend the afternoon running class II rapids in South Bend. Though current information is not posted, it will probably be open 1-5 and cost $15. Check the website closer to the date to be sure: http://sbvpa.org/parks/east-race- waterway/

    It is really safe, with multiple lifeguards to rescue you if needed. In addition to your paddling gear, bringa lawn chair and food, as there are usually quite a few HCC members in attendance.

    The usual meeting spot is the Peoplelink parking lot:

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/201+N+Niles+Ave,+South+Bend,+IN+46617/@41.6777959,-

    86.2465432,826m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8816cd385ade0a7b:0x4f021600617a4380!8m2!3

    d41.6782202!4d-86.2443734

    Please contact Dave Tibbets for further information

    • 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

     

    • 16 Jun 2017
    • 18 Jun 2017
    • NC

    French Broad (Class II-III) with Cincy Paddlers (to include Laurel Creek Class III-IV)

    Please Contact Toni Harris for more information.

    • 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
    • 25 Jun 2017
    • Ohiopyle

    Please Contact Monica Davis for more 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 

    • 24 Jun 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 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.


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

    Trip Sponsor:  Kayak Kenneth
    HCKC Coordinator:  Jim Sprandel

    Yes, a return of the New Buffalo to Michigan City paddle on Lake Michigan.  We will make this paddle on Saturday.   On Sunday, we will probably do an out-and-back paddle along the shore near one of the local beaches.

    They mentioned the possibility of lining up a group campground near Michigan City.   I'll keep you posted.

    Look for more details in the June/July newsletter and I'll release details via the Sea Kayak newsletter as soon as I have them. 

    Jim S.


    • 02 Jul 2017
    • Savage river
    • 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

     

    • 16 Jul 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.


    • 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

    • 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.



    • 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


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

    Trip Sponsors:  Jim Sprandel, TBD

    We will have our customary Apostle Islands trip.  If you want to attend, please contact me early since we are limited to about 5 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.  If we get enough people and 2 trip sponsors,  we may break into two 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 but some campsites effectively limit this to 4 or 5 people.  Details to be worked.  If you have questions, e-mail me.  I will send out preliminary information to the Sea Kayak mailing list, in March.


    • 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.


    • 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


    • 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)



    • 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

    • 14 Sep 2017
    • 17 Sep 2017
    • Summersville WV
    • 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
    • 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.


    • 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

    • 30 Sep 2017
    • Savage river
    • 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
    • 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.


    • 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
    • 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.

    • 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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