CIWC Annual Club Picnic at Morgan Monroe State Forest

It’s Summer time and CIWC Annual Summer Picnic is around the corner! Summer Picnic has been a great time for members to assemble and share tales of their adventures in the past years. Don’t miss this year’s picnic at Morgan Monroe State Forest. 

Bring a friend too. Non-members welcome.

At 11 AM, we will meet at the Bryant Creek Shelter and go for a short hike with a short bushwhack to make it a 5 mile loop. There is a small lake for a nice easy paddle. Please make sure you canoe or kayak has a DNR sticker.

At 1 PM, we will volunteer in Lake Clean Up Project around Bryant Creek Lake as way to thank Indiana DNR. The CIWC does a lot of hiking in Morgan Monroe, so this a great opportunity to thank them with a service project.

At 3 PM, we will have pitch in style dinner. Chicken and paper goods will be provided. Bring a dish to share, and your own beverages! 

To help us buy enough amount of chicken or to avoid waste, please keep your RSVP updated. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

-CIWC Leadership team. 

ALERT – ticks are heavy this season.  Some strategics used by many people include spraying your clothes with Permethrin (available at outdoor stores), applying DEET and wearing a hat.  

No pets please. Although we love our own pets, other guests and or hikers we meet may not. 

On any club related trip, including Meetup outings, please be prepared to sign the club waiver (release of liability) and provide emergency contact information. The information would be used to make contact with someone, on your behalf, should an unexpected emergency arise while enjoying a club activity. 

Impromptu picnic and paddle at Summit Lake

Due to the recent rains the local rivers are too high to safely paddle.  Since we had to reschedule the White River Paddle, let’s go paddle at Summit Lake State Park instead.

This is a beginner trip. Club membership is NOT required if this is someone’s first trip with CIWC

Summit lake has a beach, concession stands, and boat rental.  Boat rentals are first come first served.

Once we all meet, we’ll plan the picnic location.  We will plan to launch at 10:30, paddle for a bit, then meet up for lunch, and then paddle some more or go to the beach.

Summit Lake is located off Highway 36 East of Highway 3 near New Castle Indiana.  About an hour from Indianapolis.

Weather is supposed to be partly cloudy and in the 70’s. 

All participants are responsible for their own food.

Boat Rental Fees

Prices listed below are state rental prices. Rentals are subject to sales tax. Prices may vary where boats are rented by private concessionaires. Deposits are required on boats, canoes, life jackets and bicycles except where hunting or fishing license, driver’s license or Annual Entrance Permit may be held in lieu of deposit.

Rowboats and canoes $5 per hour, $20 per day

Kayaks $8 per hour, $20 per day

Paddleboats $8 per hour

If you bring your own boat, you must have an annual DNR permit on it ($5 and available onsite).

Club policy dictates that PFD’s (life jackets) must be worn at all times while on the water.  This policy would not apply to swimming inside the boundaries of the Summit Lake defined swimming beach.

Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an experienced responsible adult who is able to swim.

Day hike at Adventure Hiking Trail – Part 1

This is a placeholder for day hike at AHT. Will post more details soon. Mileage will be 10-15 miles at moderate/brisk pace. This will be a strenuous hike with decent elevation changes and NOT beginner friendly. 

This is point to point hike so we will have to shuttle cars between parking facilities. So this will be a long day hike. 

Important Note:  For planning purposes and as a courtesy to the leaders of the event, if you sign up and are unable to join the hike for any reason, we require that you update your RSVP status before the hike. 

No pets please. Although we love our own pets, other guests and or hikers we meet on the trail may not. 

On any club related trip, including Meetup outings, please be prepared to sign the club waiver (release of liability) and provide emergency contact information. The information would be used to make contact with someone, on your behalf, should an unexpected emergency arise while enjoying a club activity. 

Paddle the White River from Noblesville to 116th St

We will use White River Canoe Company (www.whiterivercanoe.com) as our rental company for this trip. Meet at their livery in Noblesville no later than 10:30AM. The trip departs at 11:00 regardless of whether you are there or not!

This is the Wapahani (half day) trip from Noblesville to 116th St. This is a 9.5 mile trip that takes approximately 4.5 hours. The shuttle picks up at 4:00PM, which is why prompt departure is necessary.  Please wear a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, and appropriate clothes, including shoes that can get muddy or wet. Bring plenty of water. A snack is also recommended.

***YOU MUST BOOK AND PAY FOR YOUR TRIP BEFORE SUNDAY***

Book Here for the 11:00AM trip: https://fareharbor.com/whiterivercanoe/items/19956/
Call the livery for questions or if you need to arrange a shuttle for your own boat.

Club policy and the White River Canoe Company both dictate that you must wear a PFD while paddling.

All attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Inexperienced young paddlers will have difficulties with this trip.  The ideal scenario for youth who wish to paddle would be an experienced adult in the rear of the canoe with the youth in front.

The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience – Day 2

The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience is Indiana’s largest, interactive outdoor recreation event. It features more than 50 hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits and classes from partner organizations, designed to excite families and visitors about outdoor recreation. View the full list of activities.

Admission is free but visitors are encouraged to register to help organizers plan accordingly. This event takes place rain or shine.

The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience is presented by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, with thanks to title sponsor, Central Indiana Ford Dealers. Other sponsors include Indiana State Parks, Indiana Hunter Education Association, Friends of NRA, Braun’s Fun Time Campers, Workwear USA, National Wild Turkey Federation, Indiana American Water and U.S. Foods.

CIWC training sessions at Braun’s Fun Time Campers Learning Center at Shafter Picnic Area: 

Noon: Wilderness Adventure: Are You Ready?

2 p.m.: How to Build a Campfire 

4 p.m.: Day Hiking Essentials

For more Information, please visit event official page at Indiana DNR website here. 

Here is the activity map.

The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience – Day 1

The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience is Indiana’s largest, interactive outdoor recreation event. It features more than 50 hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits and classes from partner organizations, designed to excite families and visitors about outdoor recreation. View the full list of activities.

Admission is free but visitors are encouraged to register to help organizers plan accordingly. This event takes place rain or shine.

The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience is presented by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, with thanks to title sponsor, Central Indiana Ford Dealers. Other sponsors include Indiana State Parks, Indiana Hunter Education Association, Friends of NRA, Braun’s Fun Time Campers, Workwear USA, National Wild Turkey Federation, Indiana American Water and U.S. Foods.

CIWC training sessions at Braun’s Fun Time Campers Learning Center at Shafter Picnic Area: 

Noon: Wilderness Adventure: Are You Ready?

2 p.m.: How to Build a Campfire 

4 p.m.: Day Hiking Essentials

For more Information, please visit event official page at Indiana DNR website here.  

Here is the activity map.

Sylvania Wilderness Canoeing and Porcupine Mountains State Park Sightseeing

To sign up, you need to be a CIWC member and pay $355 trip fees directly at the CIWC website.</a> Before making meetup RSVP, please complete the registration in the website. 

Co-Leaders:            

Elden Hartman: <a href=”mailto:elhart54@sbcglobal.net”>elhart54@sbcglobal.net

Roger Coulter: jroger7@aol.com

Trip Fee: $355.00

Cancellation Date: August 15, 2017 

Rating: Beginner to Moderate Level; Adults and Teenagers 14 or older, with experience

We will depart Indianapolis early in the morning on Sunday, October 1, 2017 and drive through Rockford, IL and then straight up through the middle of WI into the Upper Peninsula of MI, to the 60,000 acre Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park near Ontonagon, MI, where we will spend two nights in a rustic cabin with 8 bunks near the shores of Lake Superior. We will spend a full day there on Monday to see some beautiful sights of the “Porkies”, including the Lake of the Clouds Scenic Area, the Escarpment Trail and the Overlook Trail.  On Tuesday, we will drive 70 miles to Sylvania Wilderness in Ottawa National Forest near Watersmeet, MI, stopping on the way at Sylvania Outfitters to pick up our canoe paddles and PFDs. Our canoes will be shuttled for us to the Clark Lake landing. We will camp four nights in a primitive wilderness campsite on Clark Lake about a one hour paddle (and no portaging) from our entry point, and take some day paddles or hikes from our base camp there. Sylvania Wilderness is a beautiful and pristine area of 18,000 acres, with 34 lakes, and 25 miles of hiking trails and portages. The portages are well-maintained and easy trails of short to moderate length. One of the days while we are camping in Sylvania, we will take a day trip in the van to the resort town of Eagle River, WI, about 35 miles away.  We will leave our campsite on Clark Lake early on Saturday morning, paddle back to the landing, and hit the road after a much-needed hot shower, arriving home late Saturday evening.

The trip fee will include all meals and snacks on Monday through Friday, except for the day we travel to Eagle River, and meals on the drive up and drive home on Sunday and Saturday. We will provide the stoves, fuel, cook gear, eating and drinking cups, plates, and eating utensils. For suppers, we will have home-made dehydrated meals or Mountain House entrees, and Ramen noodles, along with some puddings or other desserts. We may be able to have some fried fish to supplement our regular menu, if we have fishermen, and they catch fish they can keep. For lunches, we will have peanut butter, jelly, tuna in foil packs, Miracle Whip or mayonnaise on tortillas, flatbread or sandwich thins. There will also be beef jerky, summer sausage, dried apples, and granola bars for snacks. For breakfasts, we will have bacon, eggs, oatmeal, granola, and pancakes, but probably not all for the same breakfast! We will have coffee singles, tea bags, Crystal Lite drink mix packets, and hot cocoa for drinks. No alcoholic beverages will be permitted. We will have filtered lake water to drink at all times as well. If you have any special dietary needs or complaints with the above fare, let me know. There will be weight and space restrictions on what you can bring. The club leaders will bring all the food and gear needed for the trip. You will just need an inflatable sleeping pad, sleeping bag, tent, and clothes. No bulky foam pads or metal chairs will be allowed, and cans and bottles are prohibited pursuant to National Forest regulations.

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Upper Gauley River Whitewater Rafting, Lansing, West Virginia

Once in a year Rafting adventure with CIWC. To sign up, you need to be a CIWC member and pay $320 trip fees directly at the CIWC website. Before making meetup RSVP, please complete the registration in the website. 

Any questions, please feel to comment below or email the trip leaders:   

Elden Hartman: elhart54@sbcglobal.net

Roger Coulter: jroger7@aol.com

Trip Fee: $320.00                                             

Cancellation Date: July 15, 2017

Family and Difficulty Rating: Minimum Age is 15 (with Waiver Signed by Parent), Strong Swimming Skills Required, Prior Rafting Experience Recommended but Not Required.

The legendary Upper Gauley River is the most renowned whitewater in West Virginia, and one of the top three rated whitewater rafting experiences in the United States. The Upper Gauley trip is a high impact adventure recommended for only serious whitewater enthusiasts. The Upper Gauley drops over 335 feet in 9 miles, and features 40 action-packed rapids, including five Class V rapids and a huge Class IV rapid at Wood’s Ferry. You will encounter tight, technical rapids that demand precise maneuvering, skill and attention, and navigate through steep drops, narrow chutes, rocky ledges and crashing whitewater. A professional guide in our raft will provide instruction at each major rapid and throughout the trip. Our raft will be 16 feet long, and comfortably seat 8 members of our group and our guide. This is a full-day trip, with approximately four hours on the water, plus shuttle time to and from the river, and lunch along the river.  All necessary rafting equipment (helmet, PFD, paddle, and raft) will be provided. You may want to wear a synthetic layer over your swimsuit, to help warm you from exposure to the 50 degree water temperatures. If desired, wetsuits and splash jackets are available for rent, for an extra $15.00 and $10.00, respectively.  

The trip fee will include camping Saturday evening at the resort’s Mill Creek campground at a large campsite, or multiple sites, containing a picnic table and fire ring, located near the campground showers and restroom facilities, and within walking distance of the restaurants, trip meeting areas and shops. You should bring your own tents and sleeping bags, and camp chair for sitting around the campsite. You can borrow sleeping bags and tents from the club or trip leaders if you do not have your own. The trip leaders will serve dinner and hot and cold beverages on Saturday evening. There will be no alcohol provided or permitted. We will depart on our trip on Saturday at 9 a.m. from the southeast side of Indianapolis, near the I-65 Southport Road Exit 103. The travel time to Lansing, WV is approximately six hours, but we will stop along the way for lunch and bathroom breaks as needed. We will enjoy a hot country breakfast buffet on Sunday morning (provided as part of trip fee), and meet with our group for outfitting and instructions before departing for the river on a shuttle bus at approximately 9 a.m. We will enjoy a complimentary hot lunch along the river, after we have conquered all of the Class V rapids. We should be back at the resort by 3 p.m., where we will take showers and change our clothes before heading home. We expect to get back to our starting point by 11 p.m. on Sunday evening. 

CIWC Work Day

Twice a year we “pay back” Holliday Park for allowing us free use of their facilities for our socials, workshops, classes and other events.  Your volunteer hours are needed to help us meet our goals with our partnership agreement. 

Dress in work clothes as we will be out on the grounds most likely doing light yard clean up or landscaping work.  Gloves and tools will be furnished.  After we conclude we always head over to Broadripple and catch some lunch at some fun place.  This gives everyone a chance to talk up recent outings and upcoming plans.  It’s even likely that brand new trip ideas will be hatched. 

Please RSVP if you plan to volunteer at this event so that we can have a count on volunteers. 

You may need to sign a waiver onsite to volunteer at the event. Thank you! 

CIWC Social and Presentation

Come and join us on Wednesday  June 14th for our regular bi-monthly gathering at Holliday Park. 

Doors open at 6:30 PM and there will be light refreshments in the corridor outside the auditorium.  (No food and drink allowed in the Auditorium. Please!).  At 7:00 PM we will assemble in the Auditorium for three interesting presentations.  

Presentation #1:  Kathy James a RN, on behalf of the Ball State School of Nursing, will give us a 20 minute presentation on the dangers of sun exposure and developing Melanoma.  In addition to discussing warning signs, Kathy will also discuss preventative measures to reduce risks associated with too much sun exposure.

Presentation  # 2: Leslie Green will review the CIWC’s recent trip to Capitol Reef and The Escalante-Grand Staircase national Monument. You may have seen the incredible pictures and here’s an opportunity to hear about this great trip. 

Presentation #3:  Lisa Forester and others who were on the recent Adventure Trail backpack at O’Bannon Woods State Park, will recount their involvement with rescuing some lost hikers. Our involvement in this rescue has also opened up an opportunity to partner with the Park in the future.  We will have a open discussion about future partnership opportunities.

Note: You don’t require CIWC membership to attend the social event and presentations. It’s all free!! 

Please RSVP and update as needed so that the event host can plan for the refreshments and seatings. 

Don’t forget to invite your friends.