CIWC Introduction to Canoe Camping -
Chain O Lakes, State Park, IN
June 9-10, 2018
Trip Leaders: John Carlson and Bob Hart
Type of Trip: Paddling
Cancellation Date and full payment: May 1, 2018
Adults and High School Youth, 14 or older with experience
Maximum number: 10
Minimum number: 7
Wilderness Level: 2
Difficulty: Beginner, but some camping experience required
This activity is designed for those who wish to learn about and prepare themselves for extended canoe camping trips out of state. This can be a qualifier for an extended canoe camping trip. Canoe camping is one of the best ways to experience the wilderness area as it gives you a lot of flexibility. For this introductory event we have picked a slightly remote setting on the water but our campsite will definitely be away from our cars. Safety will be stressed. Participants must be able to enter and exit a canoe by crawling over packs and be prepared to swim if the canoe would swamp.
You will learn basic canoe strokes and safety considerations plus how to lift carry and portage a canoe. We will demonstrate rescue scenarios in case of an open water swamp. You will have plenty of time to practice what you have learned. Our canoe camp will cover setting up of tents and tarps as well as how to safely secure food away from animals. You will also learn that canoe campers eat very well – leaders will plan both dinner and breakfast meals. Participants will be responsible for their own lunches and snacks. More information including what gear to bring will be provided in advance of the trip. This will be a carpool trip.