Turtle Creek spring freeze paddle

Maripat Ribbon is hosting a Stateline Paddlers trip on Turtle Creek** Sunday March 22, 2015 ** Car shift will be at 10:30, plan to be there 10:00 should put us on the water by 11:00.  The trip is about 11 miles and will take about 4 hours on the water.  Bring a lunch/hydration/ and DRESS WARM!

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.
If you need directions to the launch, Take I-39 North to I-43, get off at Rt 140 go north about 1/2 mile to Townline Rd., then East about 4 miles to O’Reily Rd and turn North. The road turns right after the bridge, and the launch is at the curve in the road.
Weather is predicted to be in the low 40s, and the water will be very cold. Dress accordingly. You must be an experienced paddler for this trip, it is not for beginners.
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

Hope to see a few brave souls there!

Pot-Luck Meeting for February at Lone Rock Cafe in Rock Cut State Park

The StatelinePaddlers February meeting will be Pot-Luck at the Lone Rock Cafe in Rock Cut State Park on Sunday Feb. 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm.   I will bring Barbecue, buns, chips and dip.  Please signup using the link so I will know how much barbecue and buns I need to bring.  Please sign up here. or email me at jreuter@pobox.com and I will continue to update this posting below.  Jim could also also arrange to cook potato soup, have cookies and scones if he knows a head of time.  Bring your trips ideas and dates if possible to the meeting so we can get the flyer reedy before Canoecopia on March 13-15.

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Current signup list

What is Your full name What food will you be bring to the Pot-Luck to share Number of People you are bring
Jeff Reuter Barbecue, Buns, Chips, and Dip 1
Tom Meyen No-Mayo Potato salad (Sour Cream & bacon) 1
Diane Harden baked beans 1
Mark Morrall Mac. Salad 2
Dick Dale Fruit Salad 1
Maripat Bliss – Ribbon brownies 1
Ken Fry wings 2
Jim Talkington The place we meet 1
Kevin P Seuring Potato Dish 1
Debb Talkington Fruit Pizza or Veggie Tray 1
Cathy Anderson Spicy Tex-Mex Corn dip 1
Scott Myers Cheese, Sausage, and Crackers 1

Turtle Creek Paddle on 11/2/14 – O’Riley Rd to Sweet Allyn Park

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Harry T. (Tom) Meyen is hosting a Stateline Paddlers trip on Turtle Creek** Sunday November 2, 2014 ** 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. If you need directions to the launch, Take I-39 North to I-43, get off at Rt 140 go north about 1/2 mile to Townline Rd., then East about 4 miles to O’Reily Rd and turn North. The road turns right after the bridge, and the launch is at the curve in the road. 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. 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

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)
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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