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Don’t Wait! Act NOW to improve Illinois waterway access law!

November 16, 2022

The IPC has been working with a statewide coalition led by the Illinois Environmental Council to improve Illinois waterway access law. Now, this Action Alert goes out to all members and friends and supporters of the IPC. The legislation, enrolled…

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IPC Annual Dinner: The Paddlers Gathered!

November 11, 2022

Thanks to all who braved that wind last Saturday to come to Kankakee for the IPC Annual Dinner, the “Gathering of the Paddlers” at the beautiful Wright-designed Bradley House on the Kankakee River. Our turnout was excellent (the House was…

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2022 Racing Champion to be Awarded at the Gathering of the Paddlers

October 18, 2022

Contributed by Kevin Bradley and Don Mueggenborg The IPC is a proud sponsor of recreational canoe and kayak racing in Illinois. We help to get the word out about racing and racing season but also track points and award trophies…

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Newest Boat Launch Completed at Wes Block Landing on the Pecatonica River

October 18, 2022

Contributed by Roger Schamberger and Joe Ginger This past August, the Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation completed a new kayak launch at Wes Block landing. Wes Block landing is 6 upriver miles from Tutty’s Crossing landing in Freeport. Using…

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Illinois Cleans Up Our Rivers During “It’s Our River Day” Events

October 18, 2022

By Various Contributors This year, from late August and all through September, paddle clubs from around the state enlisted local volunteers to host “It’s Our River Day” cleanups. From the Sangamon to the Fox, and the Mackinaw to the DuPage,…

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Cache River Magic

August 4, 2022

When I first visited the Cache River when I was a 13 -year-old boy, I instinctively knew this place had magic. Not the kind of magic that turns frogs into princes, but the kind that fosters the soul and the…

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Holm v. Kodat and the Current State of Illinois Water Access Law

August 4, 2022

Scott Hays, President, IPC Illinois paddlers have been dismayed by the recently released Holm v. Kodat decision of the Illinois Supreme Court (175 NE 3d 119 – Ill: Supreme Court 2021 to read the decision, click here). Importantly, the ruling…

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