Kishwaukee River paddle from Bauman Park to Atwood on November 19, 2017

Get you last paddle in before the Christmas Rush…. Ho Ho Ho….

Stateline Paddlers is hosting a trip on the Kishwaukee River from Bauman Park in Cherry Valley to Seth Atwood forest preserve on Sunday 19 of November 2017.

Car shuttle is at 10:00, so plan to arrive by 09:45 for time to unload. This is a COLD weather paddle, the high temperature for the day is predicted to be 33°F, and the water will be cold. Dry suits or wet suits are highly recommended. The usual rules apply including but not limited to: Participants provide their own suitable canoe or kayak, paddle(s), PFD/approved life jackets, and wear PFD on water Minors must be accompanied by responsible adult Adults must sign waiver sheet Hydration/drinking water BYO Lunch BYO Dump bag – Dry bag w/change of clothing Contact: This list, e-mail Jeff Reuter at jreuter@pobox.com or sign up on the Stateline Paddlers facebook page. If you have any questions you also call me at 815-494-8502. Members of Stateline paddlers and guests welcome Members of Prairie State Canoeists and guests welcome. Members of Mad City Paddlers and guests welcome

Rock River Paddle from Oregon to Grand Detour Nov. 12, 2017

I am hosting a State Line Paddlers trip on the Rock from Oregon to Grand Detour on Sunday 12 November. This is the last trip of the year that I will host. The trip is about 11 miles.
Expect the water to be cold.
Plan on arriving by 09:45 to unload at East Park, Oregon , on the east side of the river just north RT 64 (about a 1/2 mile south of Lowden State Park) on River Road. Launch GPS coordinates 42° 1.037’N, 89° 19.520’W – Take out 41° 53.759’N – 89° 24.784’W.

Car shift at 10:00.
The usual rules apply including but not limited to:
Participants provide their own suitable canoe or kayak, paddle(s), PFD/approved life jackets, and wear PFD on water
Minors must be accompanied by responsible adult
Adults must sign in , on waiver sheet
Hydration/drinking water BYO, 
Lunch BYO
Dump bag – Dry bag w/change of clothing 
Contact: This list, e-mail to hereagain@grics.net, or my cell phone (815)441-2021
Harry T. (Tom) Meyen

Turtle Creek Paddle November 5, 2017

I am going to go with my traditional Annual Sunday Paddle on the Turtle Creek on Sunday, November 5, 2017. 
NOT SATURDAY
The long term weather forecasts now show little difference.
Expect it to be somewhat cold – mid to high forties to low fifties. I plan to wear my dry suit + some fleece. There is a possibility of scattered showers, so rain gear is suggested. Don’t forget your dump bag.
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FIRST WEEKEND IN NOVEMBER – SUNDAY
I am hosting a Stateline Paddlers trip on Turtle Creek ** Sunday, 5 November 2017 ** Car shift will be at 10:00, plan to be there 09:30 to 09:45 to unload. The trip is about 11 miles. 
The launch is at on O’Riley Road about 400 meters (1/4 mile) east of the bridge in a small forests preserve on the north side of the creek. Take out will be in Sweet Allyn Park on the East side of Beloit.
If you need directions to the launch, Take I-39 North to I-43, get off at Rt 140 go north about 1/2 mile to Townline Rd., then East about 4 miles to O’Riley Rd and turn North. The road turns right after the bridge, and the launch is at the curve in the road.
The usual rules apply including but not limited to:
Participants provide their own suitable canoe or kayak, paddle(s), PFD/approved life jackets, and wear PFD on water
Minors must be accompanied by responsible adult
Adults must sign in , on waiver sheet
Hydration/drinking water BYO, 
Lunch BYO
Dump bag – Dry bag w/change of clothing 
Contact: The e-mail list, e-mail to hereagain@grics.net, or my cell phone (815)441-2021
Harry T. (Tom) Meyen
Members of Stateline paddlers and guests welcome
Members of Prairie State Canoeists and guests welcome
Members of Mad City Paddlers and guests are welcome

Trip report: from Tom Meyen

Yesterday, Sunday, 5 November 2017, in company with nine other paddlers in eight other boats I paddled Turtle Creek in Wisconsin from a small forest preserve at O’Riley Road to Sweet Allyn Park just east of Beloit at Shopiere. The weather looked a little iffy during the drive North from Dixon IL, but the mist stopped, and wind was very light by the time we launched. We were rewarded with blue sky and bright sun toward the end of the trip. Our fleet included two solo canoes, one tandem kayak and six solo kayaks.

The river was low, and several of us had to push our boats away from the mud that contacted parts of the bottoms at launch. The current Is always brisk on the creek, even when the water is low, so the trip only took about three hours including a lunch stop. If we missed the ideal channel, dragging bottom was a common occurrence, and once I had to separate the halves of my paddle and use it like ski poles to push off a particularly shallow place. For this I awarded myself a demerit for poorly reading the river. Landing and re-launch at the lunch stop at the highway 140 bridge was a bit more of a hassle than with normal water, but no major problems as all were experienced paddlers.

On the trip I saw two bald eagles and one blue heron and several others spotted two deer that I missed seeing. All in all, there was less wild life seen than in a typical paddle of the Turtle. A downer was the new Ice Cream Shop at Shopiere was closed for the season.

It was a good trip, and I was pleased that I wore my dry suit, not for falling in the water, but as a full body windbreaker. I met one new paddler from Mad City Paddlers, and the group included at least two from Mad City Paddlers, five from Prairie State Canoeists and six from State Line Paddlers. The numbers add to more than ten because many of us belong to more than one club. At least one of the group belonged to one other club related to the Sierra Club.

Rock River from Beloit to Riverside Park, Saturday Oct 7 2017

Rock River from Beloit to Riverside Park, Saturday Oct 7 2017.

This paddle it to substitute the Wisconsin River paddle in flyer.
We will meet at the launch site at 4th St (Route 213), Beloit, WI in the bicycle co. parking lot, just north of the Rock River at 09:30 am.
For a shorter trip, if there is interest, we can run a second shuttle on the other side of the river to stop at Macktown FP.
It is about a 6.5 to Macktown and 13 mile trip to Riverside Park.
The car shuttle will leave at 10:00. This should allow us to be on the river at 10:30.
We will stop for lunch at the Rockton Dam that we have to portage around.
The long term weather forecast calls for change of rain in the morning, high in lower 70°F.
The usual rules apply including but not limited to:
Participants provide their own suitable canoe or kayak, paddle(s),
PFD/approved life jackets, and wear PFD on water
Minors must be accompanied by responsible adult Adults must sign in on waiver sheet
Hydration/drinking water BYO
Lunch BYO
Dump bag – Dry bag w/change of clothing
Hosted by Jeff Reuter and Tom Meyen
Sign up on facebook, the club e-mail list, or contact:
Jeff Reuter at jreuter@pobox.com –cell (815) 494-8502
Tom Meyen at hereagain@grics.net – cell (815) 441-2021

Rock River Paddle – Oregon to Grand Detour, Saturday, 9/9/17

Tom Meyen is hosting a StateLine Paddlers trip on the Rock from Oregon to Grand Detour on Saturday 9 September 2017

Plan on arriving by 09:45 to unload at  East Park, Oregon  , on the east side of the river just north RT 64 (about a  1/2 mile south of Lowden State Park) on River Road.

Launch 42° 1.037’N,  89° 19.520’W  –  Take out 41° 53.759’N  –  89° 24.784’W for you GPS people.

Car shift at 10:00.

The usual rules apply including but not limited to:

Participants provide their own suitable canoe or kayak, paddle(s), PFD/approved life jackets, and wear PFD on water

Minors must be accompanied by responsible adult

Adults must sign in , on waiver sheet

Hydration/drinking water BYO,

Lunch BYO

Dump bag – Dry bag w/change of clothing

Contact: This list, e-mail to hereagain@grics.net,  or my cell phone (815)441-2021

Harry T. (Tom) Meyen

Members of Stateline paddlers and guests welcome

Members of Prairie State Canoeists and guests welcome

Members of Mad City Paddlers and guests welcome

Yahara River Paddle August 23, 2017 from Stebbenville, WI to Rock River

Saturday, August 23, 2017 from Stebbenville, WI to Rock River

Car Shuttle at 9:17 am at put in at Stebbensville road, take out at Rock River at H.  This is a 9 mile paddle.  We will stop at the park in Fulton for Lunch.

Directions from I90:  Take 14 west at Janesville to H, turn right (heading north) on H.  Take H all the way into Fulton, left on Caledonia road, at one point Caledonia goes off to the left- stay to the right which is Wallin Rd., Left on Stebbensville Rd.  The put in is about a mile and a half down the road. Map attached. Questions call 608-295-9141.

The usual rules apply including but not limited to: Participants provide their own suitable canoe or kayak, paddle(s), PFD/approved life jackets, and wear PFD on water Minors must be accompanied by responsible adult Adults must sign in on waiver sheet Hydration/drinking water BYO Lunch, BYO Dump bag – Dry bag w/change of clothing

Members of Stateline paddlers and guests welcome

Members of Prairie State Canoeists and guests welcome

For questions call (608) 295-9141.

Upper Sugar River Paddle on 4 July 2017

We are replacing the Kishwaukee River do to high water to the Sugar River from Broadhead, WI to Avon, WI.  The first half of the trip is through rural Wisconsin.  The second half is through a more forested area. 

Here is a map to the put-in and car-shift.  https://goo.gl/maps/N9u1Ay9uKFE2

We will meet at a put in at the 2’nd bridge just west of Broadhead, WI on County F at about 09:30 am, and plan to run the car shift by 10:00 am.  There is a picture attached as well.

Disclaimer:
I am not a professional leader, and State Line Paddlers has no profession leaders. Hosting the trip involves setting up the trip and organizing the car shift. All Paddlers are responsible for their own safety. Members of the trip will provide any assistance they can in unusual situations, but make no claims of abilities.

The extended trip is recommended for experienced paddlers with moving water skills only.
The usual rules apply including but not limited to:
Participants provide their own suitable canoe or kayak, paddle(s), PFD/approved life jackets, and wear PFD on water
Minors must be accompanied by responsible adult
Adults must sign in, on waiver sheet
Hydration/drinking water BYO,
Lunch BYO
Dump bag – Dry bag w/change of clothing
Contact for CSC: is Tom Eckels at thomasreckels@gmail.com

Contact for Statelinepaddlers: The club e-mail list, or e-mail to jreuter@pobox.com, or call Jeff Reuter at cell phone (815) 449-8502

Members of Stateline paddlers and guests welcome
Members of Prairie State Canoeists and guests welcome

Hope to see you there.

WAG at 12 miles

Canceled do to high water – Kishwaukee Paddle on 4 July 2017

We are hosting a combined paddle with Prairie State Canoeists and State Line Paddlers on the Kishwaukee River from Bauman Park in Cherry Valley to Seth Atwood Forest Preserve on 4 July 2017.
We will meet at Bauman Park about 09:30, and plan to run the car shift by 10:00. If there is enough interest, the trip can be extended to the rest area on State Route 2 about ½ mile downstream from Meridian Road on the Rock River, and we will run car shuttles to both locations. Parking at Bauman Park is crowded on 4 July, so I suggest you arriving early. Also some people are going to have breakfast at Cherry Valley Café at 9 am as well if you are interested.

Disclaimer:
I am not a professional leader, and State Line Paddlers has no profession leaders. Hosting the trip involves setting up the trip and organizing the car shift. All Paddlers are responsible for their own safety. Members of the trip will provide any assistance they can in unusual situations, but make no claims of abilities.

The extended trip is recommended for experienced paddlers with moving water skills only.
The usual rules apply including but not limited to:
Participants provide their own suitable canoe or kayak, paddle(s), PFD/approved life jackets, and wear PFD on water
Minors must be accompanied by responsible adult
Adults must sign in, on waiver sheet
Hydration/drinking water BYO,
Lunch BYO
Dump bag – Dry bag w/change of clothing

Contact for Statelinepaddlers: The club e-mail list, or e-mail to jreuter@pobox.com, or call Jeff Reuter at cell phone (815)449-8502

Contact for CSC: is Tom Eckels at thomasreckels@gmail.com

Jeff Reuter

Members of Stateline paddlers and guests welcome
Members of Prairie State Canoeists and guests welcome

Sugar River Paddle, Saturday, Jun 17, 2017

We will meet at Yale Bridge on Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 at about 9:00 AM. The canoe launch is north of Sugar River Forest Preserve as shown in the map below. We will shuttle at 9:30 and try to be on the water 10ish.
The lower Sugar River is a winding river for moderate paddlers. It is usually a somewhat slower current however it is at higher water levels it can be stronger. It is has a sand bottom with some tree dams to go around. The section of the sugar we will run is from Yale Bridge Road to Two Rivers Forest Preserve or Mack Town. The trip will be all down river except for the last 1500 feet going upstream on the Pecatonica River to the take out in Two Rivers Forest Preserve. If you want to go on the longer trip we will briefly stop at Two Rivers Forest Preserve to make sure anyone gets out that needs too and then we will continue to Mack Town. Bring a lunch or snack as we will be stopping on a sand bar along way if we can find one. I will go over a few pointers about paddling on a river just before we put in for the beginners if we have any.
The short trip will be 7.6 miles or about 3.5 hours if you want to do the longer trip it would be about 16.5 miles or about 7 hours weather permitting of course. Jeff Reuter will be hosting this paddle for more info call me on my cell at 815-494-8502. Here is a map of where we will be.
The usual rules apply including but not limited to: Participants provide their own suitable canoe or kayak, paddle(s), PFD/approved life jackets, and wear PFD on water Minors must be accompanied by responsible adult Adults must sign in on waiver sheet Hydration/drinking water BYO Lunch, BYO Dump bag – Dry bag w/change of clothing
Members of Stateline paddlers and guests welcome
Members of Prairie State Canoeists and guests welcome
I will also attach a map below