Intro to Canoe Camping
Chain O Lakes State Park - Albion, Indiana
June 22-23, 2019
Co-Trip Leaders: John Carlson and Kevin Ayers
Type of Trip: Paddling/Camping
Trip Cost/Deposit: $55
Cancellation Date and full payment: May 1, 2019
Wilderness Level: 2
Trip Difficulty: Beginner, but some camping experience required
Group Size: 10/7 Maximum/Minimum
Adults and Youth 16+ with Adult
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
All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form and Long Waiver Form.