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Sugar River Paddle on This Sunday 6/1/2014

We will meet at Yale Bridge on Sunday, June 1 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 level now so it may 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.  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.  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 paddle will take about 3.5 hours with a 30 minute stop in the middle some were if we have to do this.  The total trip will be 7.6 miles at an average of 2.4 MPH 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.

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Pierce Lake Boat Ramp Will Be Closed For Replacement

The main boat ramp for Pierce Lake, adjacent to the Lone Rock concession, is scheduled to be closed for replacement early spring 2014. Replacement could take up to 2 months and planned to be complete by May 1st. During this period, motor boaters are instructed to access Pierce Lake from the boat ramp located in the campground. I for us kayakers and canoeists we will have to put our boats in on the north side of the fishing dock by the boat ramp. The south side of the fishing dock is close until they get the boat ramp done.  I will post more when I have more details.  Here is what it looks like now.

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Stateline Paddlers meeting (Pizza Party)

Our February Stateline Paddlers meeting will be a Pizza party and Jeff and Patti Reuter’s home on Feb 15, 2014 starting at 6:00 PM.  Jeff and Patti live at 10407 Lansdowne Dr., Machesney Park, IL.  Bring your best friend and munchies to share.  Jeff and Patti will furnish the pizza and soda.  We will need to put our events in this year’s flyer so bring you calendars.  Please RSVP Jeff at jreuter@pobox.com or call 815-494-8502 so we have a idea of who and what kind of pizza you like.  See you there.

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Rock River – Oregon to Grand Detour

I am leading a Stateline Paddlers trip from Oregon to Grand Detour on the Rock River.
Saturday – 9 November 2013
Car shift at 10:00, arrive 09:30 to 09:45 for time to unload.

The starting point is at 190 N River Road Oregon, IL or link at

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=190+N+River+Road+Oregon,+IL&hl=en&ll=42.017991,-89.322367&spn=0.017089,0.035362&sll=41.977614,-89.321938&sspn=0.136802,0.282898&hnear=190+N+River+Rd,+Oregon,+Illinois+61061&t=m&z=15

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

River trip Turtle Creek in Wisconsin

River trip Turtle Creek in Wisconsin
Sun, November 3, 9:30am – 4:00pm
42.595713,-88.790797 (O’Reily Road and Turtle creek)
StatelinePaddlers
This is the last trip of the year that I will lead. Weather is predicted to be in the low 50s, and the water will be getting cold. Dress accordingly. Check this list Saturday. If the weather turns bad, or no one responds, I will cancel. I am leading a Stateline Paddlers trip on Turtle Creek** Sunday November 3, 2013 ** 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’Reily Road about 400 meters (1/4 mile) east of the bridge in a small forests preserve. Take out will be in Sweet Allyn Park on the East side of Beloit. 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

Rock River trip from Mactown Forest Preserve to Atwood Homestead Park

Rock River trip from Mactown Forest Preserve to Atwood Homestead Park
Sat, October 19, 9:30am – 3:00pm
42.445185,-89.07965 (Mactown Forest Preserve)
StatelinePaddlers
Stateline Paddlers Rock River trip from Mactown Forest Preserve to Atwood Homestead Park on Saturday Oct 19, 2013. Car shift will be at 10:00, plan to be there 09:30 to 09:45 to unload at the Mactown Forest Preserve boat launch. Mactown Forest Preserve is at the comer of Freport road or IL route 75 and Wagon Wheel road in Rockton, IL. (42.445185,-89.07965) Note: the Mactown boat launch is the next road to the right passed the Visitors building and down the hill to the river. The trip is almost 10 miles. Because of the colder weather setting in remember to dress for the water. This can be a beginners paddle has boat traffic will be light if any at all. 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 and sign waiver sheet, Hydration/drinking water, Lunch (we will likely stop at the Riverside Park), Dump bag – Dry bag w/change of clothing Contact: Jeff Reuter at phone (815)494-8502 or e-mail at jreuter@pobox.com Members of Stateline Paddlers and guests welcome Members of Prairie State Canoeists and guests welcome

Paddle the Upper Wisconsin Dells

Paddle the Upper Wisconsin Dells
Sat, October 12, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wisconsin Dells, wi
StatelinePaddlers
Debbie and I are going to paddle the upper Dells on Oct 12th. If anyone wants to go we will be meeting at Rock Cut @ 8:30 AM. Leaving there at 9:00 sharp. Plan to be on the water by 11- 1130 , latest. Bring the usual gear for paddling and safety. Also bring hydration and a lunch. We will stop for ice cream after !!!! Cold will not stop us. Only rain will makes us reschedule this. So dress for the water and air temps. If you would rather meet us at the put in let me know and I will put out directions. See you then. Laura

(Changed Date) Rock River paddle from Castle Rock State Park to Lowell Park

I am leading a Stateline Paddlers trip from Castle Rock State Park to Lowell Park, Dixon on Sunday October 6, 2013. Car shift will be at 10:00, plan to be there 09:30 to 09:45 to unload. The trip is about 13 miles. If some wish a shorter trip, you can stop at Grand Detour, about 6 1/2 miles.
The trip is stating at Castle rock because Oregon has a BIG festival that week end, and a car/tractor show at East Park making parking uncertain. We will stop for lunch at Grand Detour.
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