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Ninth annual Kankakee River Sandhill Crane Paddle is set for Sunday, October 14

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The ninth annual Kankakee River Sandhill Crane Paddle is set for Sunday, Oct. 14.

Organized by the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, the Kankakee River Sandhill Crane Paddle offers a rare opportunity to explore an historic waterway, known to native Americans and early explorers as the Hekiki, Huakiki, Aukiki, or the Sauwauseebe, but known to folks today simply as The Kankakee.

The Kankakee River Sandhill Crane Paddle has become an annual tradition, each year attracting between 100 to 250 paddlers for a picture-perfect day on the water before later moving to Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area to witness one of nature’s greatest spectacles: the gathering of 10,000 or more Sandhill Cranes at dusk.

Paddlers should plan to arrive at the Yellow River Public Access Site at English Lake, Ind., no later than 10 a.m. After signing in and dropping off their boats and gear, drivers will move their cars to the “take out” at Porter County Park’s Dunn’s Bridge historic site. Once there, a shuttle bus will transport paddlers back to the English Lake for the start. The last bus is scheduled to leave the Dunn’s Bridge parking lot at 12:30 a.m. (CT).

Wilderness Inquiry, a Minneapolis based nonprofit, will bring its Canoemobile consisting of six 24-foot voyageur canoes to the event. In the six boats, 60 paddlers were able to witness the marvel of paddling the Kankakee River for the entire 8.6 mile trek from the Yellow River Public Access Site to Dunn’s Bridge. Following the paddle, paddlers will enjoy a riverside cookout provided by the NWI Paddling Association.

Those without a boat may rent a canoe or kayak from Chicago River Canoe and Kayak in advance by contacting or by callingÊ(224) 415-6554.

Paddlers wishing to participate, including reserving a seat onboard one of the Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoes, are asked to register online at

This family-friendly event is presented in partnership with Jasper County Tourism, the “Everglades of the North” documentary, the Porter County Parks Department, the Kankakee River Basin Commission, Tri Township School Corporation, Wilderness Inquiry, LaPorte County Soil and Water, and the LaPorte County Surveyor.



Posted 10/12/2018




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