Chicago River Pumpkin Paddle!!!

Paul Miller

Canoe Nut
Hi All,

This is not sponsored by the WHCA, but its a good bunch of canoe nuts.

Mark Your Calendar for October 17!

The Pumpkin Paddle will be an opportunity for newer paddlers, veterans and families to experience fall color on the Chicago River’s Ralph C Frese River Trail, and have a little Halloween fun. Bring a carved pumpkin (or not) and fasten it to your boat as you paddle. First second and third place prizes for originality will be awarded. Pumpkins will be judged at the launch site and must reach the takeout intact. The paddle is cosponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and the Illinois Paddling Council. Participants do not have to preregister, but must bring their own boat, paddles, and properly fitted PFD (Life Preserver, which must be worn at all times on the water) The paddle is 5.8 miles long and requires carrying around two small dams. First time paddlers will have difficulty completing this trip and should not attempt it. All participants will be required to have a dump bag (an extra set of dry clothes either in a dry bag or double bagged trash bags) you will be checked for PFD, dump bag, and drinking water before you launch.

The first 30 paddlers to sign in will receive a free Pumpkin Paddle fleece hat. See pic above (Thank you Sigrid Pilgrim!)

We will launch from 9:00am to 11:00am on Saturday October 17th from the put in just below the Willow Road dam which is located on Forestway Drive 500 feet north of Willow Rd. The intersection is .6 of a mile east of the Willow Road exit from the Edens Expressway. Car shifts will be arranged to the take out which will be at Linne Woods one mile west of the Edens on Dempster. Cider and donuts will be served




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