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Join Northwest Indiana Paddlers, family, and friends for this annual fall event.


A relaxing 8.6 mile paddle down the Kankakee River will be followed by a trip to Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area where we'll witness one of America's greatest wildlife spectacles: tens of thousands of sandhill cranes visiting the shallow marshes on their annual migration. Don't forget your binoculars and a camera!

In order for us to plan accordingly for shuttles, food, etc., please register  online at the following site:

Sandhill Crane Paddle Registration


Date and time

Sunday October 18th, 2015
10:00 am (CST) to Dusk

Schedule

10:00 am (cst) - Registration begins.

Paddlers with own equipment: Meet at Yellow River Public Access Site at English Lake, Indiana to drop off your boat and register, then proceed to Dunn's Bridge to park and catch the shuttle.

Renters: Contact Ryan Chew at info@chicagoriverpaddle.com, or by calling 224 415-6554

11:00 Shuttles begin from Dunn's Bridge back to the English Lake launch site

12:30 Last shuttle leaves Dunn's Bridge

12:30–2:00 (cst) Launch boats from English Lake

2:30–4:30 (cst) Land at Dunn's Bridge

3:00–5:00 (cst) Riverside picnic at Dunn's Bridge

5:00 (cst) Depart for Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area

6:00 (cst) Sunset


Trip Route

Start: English Lake (Yellow River Public Access Site) boat ramp located at south of the bridge at County Road S 650 W in English Lake, Indiana

Map of the English Lake launch site

Finish: Dunn's Bridge Public Access Site at S 500 E near Wheatfield, IN. The Dunn's Bridge Boat Ramps are owned by the Porter Co. Parks Dept.

Map of the Dunn's Bridge site

Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area
5822 Fish and Wildlife Ln
Medaryville, IN 47957-8152
(219) 843-4841     

Map of Jasper-Pulaski F&W site


Food

Please bring water and snacks for your paddle and plan to join us riverside at the take out for dinner  provided by NWIPA.


Bring a Can & Receive A   Commemorative T-Shirt!  

With the holidays just around the corner, NWIPA would like to do our part to help the less fortunate.  If you bring a can or sealed boxed food, we will give you a commemorative Sandhill Crane T-Shirt.


Rentals

Chicago River Canoe and Kayak will provide rental canoes and kayaks for those who reserve them ahead of time. The number of rental canoes & kayaks are limited so it is good idea to reserve them well in advance. Please contact Ryan Chew at info@chicagoriverpaddle.com, or by calling 224 415-6554.


Event Sponsors

Everglades of the North Documentary, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, the LaPorte County MS4 District


Sponsorship Opportunities

NWIPA is still in need of additional event sponsors to help offset the cost of the expenses associated with the Sandhill Crane Paddle. If you are interested in helping to sponsor the event, please contact Dan Plath at dplath@nwipa.org or (219) 871-9559.


Northwest Indiana Paddling Association is a 501c3 IRS non-profit organization dedicated to paddler safety education and Blueways Stewardship.



October 18th 2015
Kankakee River Sandhill Crane Paddle
with
Wilderness Inquiry Voyager Canoes


Once named, the hekiki, Huakiki, Aukiki, as well as the Sauwauseebe by Native Americans and early explorers, the Kankakee River has historically served as a trading route, food source and water trail. On Sunday, October 18, 2015 it will serve as a source of recreation and inspiration for paddlers and nature lovers of all ages. Join Northwest Indiana Paddlers, family, and friends for this annual fall event to learn more about one of Northwest Indiana’s most awe inspiring, historic, and studied features, the Grand Kankakee River.

The Kankakee River “Sandhill Crane” Paddle has become an annual tradition attracting hundreds of participants since starting in 2010.  Last year, around 200 paddlers enjoyed a picture perfect day on the water before gathering at the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area to witness one of nature’s greatest spectacles, the gathering of ten thousand or more Sandhill Cranes at dusk.

A relaxing 8.6 mile paddle down the Kankakee River will be followed by a trip to Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area where we'll witness one of America's greatest wildlife spectacles: tens of thousands of sandhill cranes visiting the shallow marshes on their annual migration.


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Wilderness Inquiry will be bringing their Voyager canoes again this year!


Register to paddle in a wooden replica of these historic canoes used by the original explorers.


R.S.V.P. for a place with Wilderness Inquiry here… on the event registration form.


Graphic art by Mary Catterlin