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Moving Illinois Water Law into the 21st Century

October 1, 2023

By Scott Hays President, Illinois Paddling Council The Illinois Paddling Council (IPC) continues to work with the Illinois Environmental Council to advance state legislation clarifying the legal access to Illinois rivers for paddlers statewide. This bill clarifies that since the…

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Anthea’s Victory

October 1, 2023

One woman’s first place finish in the MR150 By Scott Hays Anthea would be the first to say that her overall first-place finish in the MR (Mississippi River) 150 paddling race was not her victory. It was a victory for…

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Find a Paddling Instructor

October 1, 2023

This past summer, Prairie State Canoeists had a few of their members undergo teaching certifications from the American Canoe Association (ACA). This certification consisted of tests, plus two full weekends of classes, and a bunch of practice and zoom sessions.…

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2023 Paddling Races Update

October 1, 2023

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)…

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Updates from the IPC

July 7, 2023

As usual this time of year, there’s lots going on with paddling in and around our state. In addition to the seven IPC canoe and kayak races that lead to establishing our statewide “Paddling Champion” (see the other article in…

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We Are Urban Rivers

July 7, 2023

Our mission is to transform urban waterways into urban wildlife sanctuaries. We are bringing back habitat for native wildlife by building artificial floating gardens in historically industrialized sections of the Chicago River. These gardens are full of native wetland and…

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River Clean Up Month

July 7, 2023

Thanks to the efforts of IPC members Frank Koehler and Scott Hays, the Illinois House of Representatives recently adopted House Resolution No. 169, declaring “The Month of September as River Clean up Month in the State of Illinois.” The Resolution…

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Little Calumet River Day

July 7, 2023

The first weekend in June always has questionable weather; will it be damp and raining or hot and dry?  This year it was not hot, but it was dry, extremely dry with the water levels low on the river.  The…

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2023 Spring Races

July 7, 2023

The 2023 Racing Season is underway.  The first three races proved a challenge as Mother Nature grinned, but did not favor paddlers with a wide smile or water in the rivers. CURRENT BUSTER:  Fox River; Pottawatomie Park; upstream about 4…

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Strainers

June 22, 2023

Picture a pasta strainer, used to retain the noodles while the water drains out. Now picture an unlimitied amount of water (like a river), and how that pasta would go nowhere, being continuously stuck by the force of water. That…

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