HAPPY CA - NEW YEAR FROM CHICAGOLAND CANOE BASE
Let's start out the New Year the right way: Join us on the
North Branch, January 1, 2013.
Details: Most participants own their own canoes and kayaks but rentals are available. Call 773-777-1489 for more details. Participants can organize their own car shuttles as in past years but buses also will be available, courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The District is also furnishing porta-potties and will have a sign-up tent at the start. Please be sure to sign in as we need to know the number of participants to encourage more recognition of paddlesports on our area waters.
Some start as early as 8 am and some show up as late as 10 or 11 am. Trip length is roughly 6 1/2 miles. We plan to meet afterwards at Hackney's on Lake Street in Glenview for some good food and camaraderie.
A change of clothing in a waterproof bag is suggested. Please watch this Safe Winter Paddling Video for good ideas to stay safe and warm.
Thanks to the Cook County Forest Preserve District and their staff at the volunteer office and our County F.P.D. Commissioner, Larry Suffredin, we had the river cleared of blockages, a school bus for car shifting, help at the portages, a new landing site at the finish in Linne Woods, and a hot drink and a snack at the finish line. A dock has been installed at the Winnetka Road dam to ease that problem in the future. More improvements are being planned for the North Branch Ralph Frese Canoe Trail, which inludes the eventual removal of the dams.
Click here to read John Ruberry's blog about New Years day paddle.
Scenes from previous trips
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