Third Annual Kankakee River Sandhill Crane Paddle Set for October 21, 2012

Once known as 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 21, 2012, it will serve as a source of recreation and inspiration for paddlers and nature lovers of all ages.

Organized by the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, in partnership with the LaPorte County Parks Dept., the Porter Co. Parks Dept., the Kankakee River Basin Commission, the Porter Co. Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, Friends of the Kankakee, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Coulter Produce, and the LaPorte Co. Drainage Board, the 3rd annual Kankakee River Sandhill Crane Paddle is an excellent way 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 120 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.

Paddlers wishing to participate should register online at  http://www.nwipa.org/krsc2012.html#rsvp or (219) 793-6967.  Registration begins at 10:30 am on 9/21/12 at the Yellow River Public Access Site at English Lake, Indiana.  Paddlers will leave their boats at the start, and proceed to park their vehicles at the Porter County Park’s Dunn’s Bridge historic site. From there, a shuttle bus, compliments of Coulter Farms, will be available to take paddlers back to the English Lake for the start.  The last bus is scheduled to leave at 12:30 am (central time).

You don’t have a boat?  No problem. Canoes and kayaks can be rented ahead of time through Chicago River Canoe and Kayak at (312)823-3384 or ryanwc@sbcglobal.net.

The first 125 participants will receive a free commemorative T-shirt courtesy of the producers of new documentary, Everglades of the North – the Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh, and Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.   New this year, participants will receive a pass to Coulter Farm, located in Westville, IN, and receive a free hayride into the Pumpkin patch and pick one small FREE pumpkin.

A $5 suggested donation is requested to support the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association’s education and blueways stewardship efforts in the region.

For more information contact Dan Plath: dplath@NWIPA.org, (219)871-9559 or visit www.NWIPA.org.



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