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FYI events are on the meetup group rather than this facebook page - Although on the group page people can do pickup trips. There uses to be obvious links but facebook keeps changing their setup and this page does not work well for interactions. Anyway here is a link to the meetup page http://www.meetup.com/Central-Illinois-Canoe-and-paddling-…/ and the group facebook site is https://www.facebook.com/groups/835505396510038/

We are a group of fun-loving active paddlers who like getting together to explore the many waters available in Central Illinois or anywhere else in the midwest. Canoes and kayaks are available for re
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I was curious about what was the longest unsupported kayak trip. No one knows for sure, as far as I can tell, but this trip was mentioned over and over again. Ed Gillet paddled unsupported from California to Hawaii back in 1987. He used a sextant for navigation and added a kite to help harness the trade winds. Not safe by any means but so impressive. Here are links to several articles about it and below is a video of him talking about it on the Johnny Carson show soon after he got back.http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/edgillet.html http://articles.latimes.com/1987-08-28/local/me-2830_1_maui and https://www.canoekayak.com/touring-kayaks/gillet/

Here's an edited version of my Tonite Show interview with Johnny Carson, September 1987, after I had completed a 64-day, 2400 mile kayak voyage from Monterey...
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For anyone looking for seasonal whitewater - Big Pine Creek in western Indiana (near Lafayette) was great. I went with the Hoosier club on 4/5/14 and we did Rainesville to the Twin Bridges. Water level at the Chuck Weis gauge was 2.5 feet. (note - 0 is more the lowest paddle - not zero). At that level the whitewater clubs rates it 2+ for difficulty. Helmets and sprayskirt for the kayaks (and pfds of course) required as a number of people went swimming. There are also logs down on the right in the most diffcult stretch of class 2 at Rock Ford so you have to stay to the left with the big waves. Some decent surfing options for those with the skillset. The video is just the tail end of RockyFord not showing the hardest. We were slammed with rollers for a decently long stretch. Right after Rocky Ford the S curve is another nice section. Big Pine is dry much of the year so you need to know the gauge to see if it is worth going. The gauge is not a USGS one - its a written one on the bridge at Rainesville. The Hoosier club posts it on their website - when people look they post the level. Often you have to go after a rain - it's already down substantially from yesterday.
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Tim showing how it's really done. Playboating that is.
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Here is info on this springs whitewater clinic. Sign up starts in January. These are great classes.

Rich Gran shared a link to the group: Missouri Whitewater Association.

Reminder - MWA's Spring Clinic is coming up around the next bend: April 21-22, 2018. (see event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1676342069323515/)...

If you haven't watched the Spring Clinic video, you're missing out on a real work of art - created by our very own Bling! It really captures the Heart & Spirit of the whitewater community on the Saint and reveals that this same Heart and Spirit is found everywhere there's whitewater.

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A film and about the Missouri Whitewater Association (MWA) and its annual whitewater Clinic. Almost entirely shot on the Saint Francis River near Fredericktown,…
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If you want to learn how to reenter your kayak if you overturn far from shore - or other skills - Check out our pool sessions. Details on our meetup site.

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Pool session today was great. 5 people came. Peoria Central pool is just lovely. It's quiet (i.e. no noisy heaters to shout over) and the pool is a nice size. Next pool session is SATURDAY Dec 2. If you are interested please rsvp on meetup.

This is a good article on the effects and dangers of cold water. It is geared to boaters. For kayakers and canoeists I would add proper clothing - ie. drysuits and wetsuits - are also essential especially if you are in water over your head. Many cold water deaths occur close to shore, (even in good swimmers) because of cold shock and incapacitation. From a safety standpoint wearing PFDs should be considered mandatory in cold water because of that. (i.e not just in your kayak - but wearing them ). (Legally they just need to be on your kayak but that is useless in these circumstances - you need to wear them).

The dangers of falling overboard are amplified when the water temperature is below 60 degrees. In this week’s Lifelines blog, retired Coast Guard rescue swimmer Mario Vittone talks about four things that can happen to the body in cold water — and dispels a myth or two.
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Pool session dates for Nov and Dec are posted on meetup now. Jan through March dates are also planned but not yet firmed up. https://www.meetup.com/Central-Illinois-Canoe-and-paddling…/

We are a group of fun-loving active paddlers who like getting together to explore the many waters available in Central Illinois or anywhere else in the midwest. Canoes and kayaks are available for re
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Just an FYI - I did just notice on checking that duck hunting season is starting almost a week later this year than last year. Banner Marsh did not post any signs this year on when they are closing. I highly suspect it closes by Saturday Oct 21 though. It usually closes when youth duck hunting starts which is the week before the regular duck hunting season. Duck hunting season for the central zone that we are in is Oct 28 - Dec 26. Banner generally does not reopen to boating again until after christmas.

Bushwacker's is hosting a paddling (and biking) clinic this Friday and Saturday Oct 13 and 14 over at Wildlife Prairie park. There will be free test paddles, and demos. It starts 2 pm Friday. Some people will be camping and then demo's on Saturday start at 9 am. Bushwacker's will, of course, be selling kayaks and have some sales also.

I will not be attending (I work this weekend) but I thought people might be interested so am posting this. This would be a great event ...especially for paddlers looking to purchase new equipment and learn more basics.

Here is a link to their site. http://bushwhacker.com/bushwhacker-in-the-wild/

The meeting place, I believe, is the Parkside pavilion which is across the street from the main part of Wildlife prairie park.

PS - I don't mean to sound like an ad for Bushwacker's but recently they have really stepped up with offering events for new paddlers. This looks like a nice event.

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I just found out about some intro/basic kayaking classes at Wildlife Prairie park next weekend. They are on Sept 29 and 30. Here is a link.
http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/event/kayaking-in-the-wild-4/

September 29th at 5:00pm September 30th at 9:00am September 30th at 11:00am This program designed for beginner kayakers will cover basic safety, techniques and time on one of our lakes testing your new skills. Kayaks and safety equipment are provided. Ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adul...
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I just checked out Peoria Central Pool. It is great!! Huge - way more space than we need for pool sessions. There is also a separate deep dive pool we can use that is big enough for 2 or 3 sea kayaks at a time to practice rescues if you want to do so in very deep water. The main area is 3.6 to 5 feet deep. The pool area is absolutely beautiful. Lockers are old but good showers.. Also the pool area is QUIET (Yeah) so no problem with talking and people hearing you if y...ou want to demo something. The pool area is better than Five Points for our purposes.

We have TWO options on time - Sunday 9:00 to 10:30 am or Saturday 5 PM to 6:30. The first sunday of each month the dive pool is being used for lifeguard rescue class but the rest of the pool is available. The other times we have the whole thing. For Saturday remember it will be dark in the winter. The manager said she leaves late by herself all the time and there have not been any safety incidents. One time a car was broken into but the parking lot is very well lit. We will pretty much be the only ones in the building those times.

Can people who plan to come let me know which dates or times they prefer.

Tentatively for price I am planning $10 for Mackinaw Canoe Club members (since this is run through them) . $15 for nonmembers, Kids free with paying adult. Free for those who are teaching, Everyone needs to cover insurance for themselves and their kids. $5 per event for insurance. Insurance is free with ACA membership.

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Peoria Central Park pool is looking good for winter pool sessions. Mainly Sunday morning will be available. Still working out details. Pool is 25 yds x 8 lanes. 5ft depth at the start end grading up to 3.6 ft for about 2/3 of the length of the pool. So bigger than Five Point. I plan to set this up - anyone wanting to attend - can you post and let me know. I have some money left over from last year to get started with this. This will mainly be for rolling/2 person rescue practice. Also useful to get kids use to water and this pool size is bigger which is nice.

I just heard back from Washington Five Points. They said they had their own swim team now and no longer have availability for the pool for kayak/rolling and rescue practice for this winter. If anyone can help with other options let me know. Last time I checked the riverplex was an option but at 4 times the cost so not terribly practical. Someone said Bradley use to allow the use of their pool - If anyone has connections anywhere let me know.

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Yet another really pretty video from the Apostle Islands Mainland Sea Caves. You can see the roof of the caves in this video - and the colors. The mainland sea... caves are much easier to access than the ones on the islands as no crossings are required and there are outfitters for the less experienced.

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Here is another video from my Apostle's trip.

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Here's another video from the Apostle's Mainland on Lake Superior. This is paddling along the coast. You can see the water movement through the rocks.. Just lovely. I wore my helmet with a go pro on it. I did not bring it for the islands though as I did not want to bring my helmet.

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I just got back from a week long trip to the Apostle Islands last Sat. Here is a video from one of the sea caves on the Mainland.

Photos from the Great Lakes Sea Kayak symposium and Pictured Rocks. Pictured Rock is a stunning place to paddle.

Karen Kyle added 62 new photos to the album: Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium at Pictured Rocks (Lake Superior).

I had a great time at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium and right after that at the Great Lakes one. The "Power of Water" is running the GLSKS this year and ...I really like the changes they made.

I never did test for BCU 2 or 3. I would not have passed but they did not test anyway as the weather was too calm the BCU 3 day that was planned and then when we did have surf and 12 - 15 knot winds that was the BCU 2 day so too rough to test that.

I brought my long 17'4" Cetus kayak that is difficult to turn so great to practice with as it really shows up your flaws. Anyway for BCU 2 you need to to be able to do figure 8s with a number of different types of strokes forward and backward without hesitation in the strokes. I have difficult with neutral stern rudder - rudder to turn is easy - rudder to go straight not so much. You need to be able to stay straight paddling on one side only and ruddering also. The kayak paddle is harder to do that with than the canoe paddle. If I ever try and test again I am bringing my turny smaller sea kayak - lots of people there had multiple sea kayaks and they all brought their turniest one .

The reward for good turns is pictured rocks and the sea caves and the photos are of that. A beautiful area. We paddled close to the rocks and practice turns there. I did not take photos in the classes.

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I just found out about this local paddling event at Emiquon (near Dickson Mounds) for this Saturday - July 22. I cannot attend but it sound like fun. They even have seats in 2 large voyageur canoes that hold a dozen people if you don't have your own boat! Here is a link - https://www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=2147603160

Explore the Emiquon Preserve 10 years after its landmark restoration. In collaboration with Dickson Mounds Museum, The Nature Conservancy, Therkildsen Field Station, and other Emiquon Partner Organizations.
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