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Abbott Labs Canoe Club

The Abbott Laboratories Canoe Club is a corporate-sponsored canoe club open only to the employees, retirees and family members of Abbott Laboratories. This club has been in service since 1992. We organize and participate in trips just about every weekend from May through October in Illinois, UP Michigan, and Wisconsin. Our 50 member club has a very diverse paddlesport interest, so we also like to participate in joint trips with members from Prairie State Canoeists and CASKA when possible.

We can only accept applications for membership from Abbott employees/retirees/family members due to Abbott's potential liability and other possible legal problems, but we'd be happy to plan joint trips with you or your organization!

For more information contact:

Paul Klonowski
Dept 9CN. Bldg AP20-4
Abbott Laboratories
100 Abbott Park Road
Abbott Park, IL 60064-6204
Tel: 847-938-4291 or 847-687-2477
e-mail: Paul.Klonowski@abbott.com



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Chicago Area Sea Kayakers Association

The Chicago Area Sea Kayakers Association (CASKA) was established in 1987. The club maintains an active Yahoo discussion group.

CASKA is dedicated to safe sea kayaking in a wide variety of open water and river environments. Its members lead trips that range from Wednesday night Lake Michigan paddles to 10-day wilderness trips on the Great Lakes and the oceans. CASKA sponsors events and courses for paddlers, such as pool training sessions in the winter, first aid courses and film screenings. One of CASKA's core missions is to disseminate safety information, especially to novice paddlers.

CASKA actively works with local retailers and outfitters, other paddling clubs, and other organizations to help strengthen the local paddling community. CASKA's website, blog and safety center are resources for all paddlers.

For more information:

Website: http://www.caska.org
Blog: http://caskaorg.typepad.com/
Safety Center: http://www.caska.org/safety.htm
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/caska/join



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Chicago Kayak Club

Chicago Kayak Club was formed to promote sea kayaking and other outdoor activities in the Chicago area. We offer:

    - Instruction from beginner to advanced
    - Educational workshops
    - A supportive atmosphere to paddlers of all abilities
    - Free use of Kayaks through the Membership Program ($100 per year)
    - Opportunities to participate in multi-day trips to various locations
    - Organized volunteer projects benefiting conservation groups/non profits
While we are mainly a sea kayaking club, most of us are involved in a variety of outdoor sports. We try to incorporate this into our club by organizing both social and outdoor activities outside of the regular kayaking season, or combining them with paddling such as a camping/kayaking trip.

More information:
Leigh Wilson
Membership Director – Chicago Kayak Club
Web Site:
www.chicagokayak.org

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Chicago Whitewater Association

The Chicago Whitewater Association seems out-of-place in our flat Midwestern region. Yet, this organization of over 200 members is known throughout the country for their winter pool program. Throughout the Chicago area, beginning in mid-October through mid-March, weekly classes teach the fundamentals of the eskimo roll and other necessary introductory skills to maneuver the short and often stubby craft designed to turn on a dime. Spring trips in Illinois and Wisconsin introduce the pool students to the challenges that can be found on rivers of varying difficulties.

For more information contact:

Heidi Haas
Membership Chair

web site: http://www.chicagowhitewater.org


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Illini Downstreamers

Established in 1974, the Illini Downstreamers have been paddling the rivers of Illinois and surrounding states for more than 30 years. There are currently about 53 family and individual members. Most members paddle open canoes and river kayaks on flat water, primarily for recreational purposes. The club's major concern is to improve access for paddlers to Illinois Rivers as more and more rivers are becoming closed to paddlers. The club also is looking for more members. There is an outing of some type scheduled almost every weekend between April and October. Most trips are suitable for beginning and intermediate paddlers, with periodic outings on more challenging streams. To paddle with the downstreamers, you'll need to bring your own gear - we do not have rental/loaner equipment. Non-members are welcome on most trips, so if you're interested in coming along, just call!

For additional information to the Downstreamer canoeing schedule, contact:

Cindy Bingheim
4340 South Main Street
Mazon, IL 60444
Email Illinidownstreamer@sbcglobal.net
Tel: 815-448-2323


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Lincoln Park Boat Club

Lincoln Park Boat Club is your source for kayaking, rowing, sculling and fun in Chicago! Founded in 1910, the Lincoln Park Boat Club provides boats, classes and sheltered water for recreational and competitive rowing, sculling and kayaking. Club membership entitles you to unlimited use of our extensive and always growing fleet of boats, making boating affordable and accessible to all. For more information visit our web site http://www.lpbc.net or e-mail info@lpbc.net

website: http://www.lpbc.net

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Prairie Coast Paddlers

Prairie Coast Paddlers started in 1996 with 15 charter members and has grown with the sport to nearly 100 members from the Chicagoland area. The club's purpose is to provide coastal kayaking opportunities on Lake Michigan, other lakes in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, and on a variety of rivers; teach kayaking skills and safety techniques to kayakers; provide a social outlet for its members; and represent coastal kayakers on appropriate political issues.

For more information contact:

Dan Leigh, Membership Chair
3205 Saint James St.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-1457
Tel: 847-392-8190
e-mail: d.leigh@att.net
web site: http://www.prairiecoastpaddlers.net


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Prairie State Canoeists

Established in 1971, Prairie State Canoeists (PSC) continues to be one of the Midwest's largest clubs with approximately 500 family memberships. Most members live in the Chicagoland area. The club sponsors over 100 trips a year (flat water and whitewater). Day-trips are common, and multi-day trips may include camping. ACA-certified instructors conduct a series of annual training trips for club members of all skill levels. The club's major concerns are clean rivers, river access, and improving put-ins and take-outs on rivers across the upper Midwest.

For more information contact:

Joan Taylor, Chair
E-mail: chair@prairiestatecanoeists.org
Website: www.prairiestatecanoeists.org



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Salt Fork River Runners

Based a little outside Champaign, IL in Saint Joseph, IL.  They are having their first river cleanup in 2012 and will be mapping the Salt Fork to make it more accessible and raise public awareness of this little known jewel.

For more information contact:

Levi Marriott
Saint Joseph, IL
web site: Salt Fork River Runners



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St. Charles Canoe Club

Established in 1972, the club has 52 members who paddle open canoe on flat water, primarily for competition. The club's members are well known for their marathon paddling skills, but many club members also enjoy recreational paddling and organize fun, family racing events where everyone wins through their participation! The club's major concern is getting more people actively involved in paddlesport and to promote canoeing in general. The club meets once a month for a short meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of each month except in December. During the warmer seasons, club members gather at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles on the Fox River at 6:00 PM on Wednesdays to paddle. There is more information at our web site. Please join us for a paddle, you don't have to be a member.

For more information contact:

G. Tave Lamperez - Club Secretary
24 Roosevelt St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tel: 630-584-693l
e-mail: lamperez@netscape.net
web site: www.angelfire.com/sports/scccfox/


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Saukenuk Paddlers

The name "Saukenuk" was taken from local Indian lore, and the word "Paddlers" was chosen because it is used in both kayaking and canoeing. Founded in 1972, the club has about 60 members who like to paddle canoes, river and sea kayaks on flat and white water. The environment, paddling safety and the promotion of the sport are major concerns for the club's members

web site:: www.rivers-end.org/saukenuk/


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Southwest Brigade

The Voyageurs go back several centuries to the opening of the North American Continent. The Brigade has 16 families with 41 members that paddle voyageur canoes and enjoy historical encampments at the various Rendezvous' held in Illinois, the Midwest and other places. Many members also paddle canoes for recreational purposes as well. The club's major concerns are river access, safety, and to inform people about the historic legacy inherited from the voyageurs.

Don Mueggenborg
9 Pfeiffer
Lemont, IL 60439
Tel 630-257-7377
e-mail: DONMUEGG@ earthlink.net


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Stateline Paddlers

Stateline Paddlers is an organization of paddlers based in Rockford, who enjoy paddling in the Northern Illinois or Southern Wisconsin area, join us on a paddle.

Website:http://www.statelinepaddlers.org


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Central Illinois Whitewater Club

Established in 1973, the club has about 30 members, most paddle river kayaks and enjoy whitewater rivers for recreation. Some also paddle competitively. The club's major concern is the protection and preservation of the Vermilion and Little Vermilion Rivers and annually sponsors a Vermilion River Cleanup in May. The club is looking for more actively involved members as well as for the donation of materials to the club's projects, such as maintaining put-in paths and takeouts at the Vermilion Rivers.

For more information contact:

Rick Killian
1798 East 1391st Road
Streator, IL 61364
Tel: 815 672-0408
Email: rbkwhitewater@aol.com


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Mackinaw Canoe Club

The club was founded in the late 1960's and has more than 100 families participating in it's activities. The Mackinaw Canoe Club serves all of Central Illinois and offers a wide variety of paddling experiences. With pool sessions, clinics, flat water trips, canoe camping, poling trips, river clean-up, and whitewater trips; there is a trip or activity that is right for you whether you are a seasoned paddler or a beginner. The Mackinaw Canoe Club is dedicated to promoting the safe and responsible recreational use of our natural resources through all aspects of paddlesports. The Mackinaw Canoe Club participates in the Conservation Congress and is a member of the Illinois Paddling Council.

For more information contact:

Marilyn Black, President
RR 2, Box 5
Clinton, IL 61727
Tel: 217-935-8603
e-mail: blusgrdn@mchsi.com
web site: http://www.rivers-end.org/mcc/mcc.html


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M2C2 - Morris Marathon Canoe Club

With nearly 20 members, this fifteen year old club specializes in marathon canoe & kayak racing. The members also paddle white water canoes and kayaks when the rivers are up.  The club's members had held the IPC Junior title for eleven consecutive years and the USCA national junior title for three years. Their major concern is the condition of the I & M Canal where club members organize cleanups and to promote this waterway for paddling.  M2C2 also sponsors pool sessions beginning in January through February in Morris, Illinois were they instruct on general paddling skills and whitewater Eskimo rolls. Also in the fall they host an IPC points race on the DuPage River in Channahon.

Ben Josefik
or
Dave Buckley

 


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Team Dirt Clod


An informal group of paddlers with members from Illinois, Missouri and around the country.  Paddling sessions regularly planned at a playspot on the Sangamon River in Petersburg, IL, affectionately know as Dead Carp Drop.  Informal trips are punctuated by the Spring Opener on the Saint Francis river in Missouri in the Spring, and an annual rodeo style competition at Dead Carp Drop in late May or early June.

Contact information:

web site: http://teamdirtclod.com/
Erik Johnson
 


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Tippee Canoe Club


The Tippee Canoe Club of Decatur, IL was founded in 1973. It has dwendled down to about 13 families and about half of those participate. The Club is and has always been a family oriented club. Most of our children are grown and we are now taking the grandkids. We do a few local trips around Central Illinois and a week long trip in June on the Jacks Fork in lower Missouri. Our dues are $5 which covers postage and the main entree at our annual meeting and elections

Contact information:

Tippee Canoe Club
 


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Sangamon Paddlers


website: http://www.sangamonpaddlers.wordpress.com

Contact information:

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Southern Illinois University Canoe & Kayak Club

website: http://www.siu.edu/~kayak/


 


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East Race Whitewater Kayak Club

Contact Information:
Jason Tharp

website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/erwwkc/























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