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2023 Paddling Races Update

September Races

All races have a variety of classes for canoes and Kayaks

Veteran races are always happy to help and give advice to beginning racers

Sept 10 – Joe Kowsky Memorial Race (also called the Dam Race by Joe)

                Channahon State Park  DuPage River  10 AM start

                The race starts above the dam by the Historic Lock Tenders house goes                         

                upstream about 4 miles and return.  Usually little current.

Sept 17 – Vic Hopp Memorial Canoe Race   10 AM start

                 Fox River County Park near Silver Lake WI

                  Race starts in WI downstream to Illinois about 4 miles and return

                  Winding river varied scenery

                  Contact Adele or Jim 847 395 1510  akpcpa@yahoo.com

                  Added bonus Sloppy Joes at end of race

Sept 24      Fall Classic Canoe/kayak race 

10 AM morning start   1 pm afternoon races

                   Start Ferson Creek Park off Rt 31 north of Rt 64 St Charles

                   Fox River, 4 ½ miles upstream and return 

                   Check St Charles Canoe Club Website for more information

RACING 2023 

Since the last newsletter, there has only been one race in Illinois.  Illinois paddlers have competed in some races out of state.


The Vermillion River winds through the countryside above Pontiac.  The course starts at the Playpark in town – upstream for about 4 ½ miles, around the big rock and return. 

Temperature was great and little wind.  Water on the low side and muddy so you could seldom see the bottom or rocks and branches beneath the surface.  Current almost non-existent.

For the first couple miles the field was close with lead boats in sight by all the other teams until the kayaks began to pull ahead.


Adult/Youth: Mike and Ben Josefik  Dwight 1:46

C-1: Dave Buckley, Morris  1:51

Masters Comp: Kevin Bradley, Hoffman Estates

                         Don Mueggenborg Lemont      1:56 

Standard  Don Browning, Crete

                Warren Browning, Fairmont  2:09

C-4  Nick, Noel, Eden, Lizzy Josefik   1:59

                   St Joseph and Dwight

Men’s Kayak: Kyle Gibson Prophetstown  1:41

Women Kayak: Deb Kanost  Valparaso, IN 1:38

Rec Kayak: Terry Weise Washington,IL   2:09