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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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