Getting To Know: NWI Paddlers Ass’n Canoe Kayak Club
Even though we are still locked in winter tundra, canoe and kayak enthusiasts across Northwest Indiana are planning out this year’s summer activities. The Northwest Indiana Paddlers Association, 350 members strong, is making positive impact on the environmental awareness as well as quality of life in Lake County and Porter County Indiana.
At a recent board meeting members discussed how to safely lead and organize an ambitious roster of weekend paddling trips, education programs, membership outreach, and waterway improvement activities. Several large scale events are being planned in conjunction with other Chicago clubs and paddling groups down-state.
One keynote event is scheduled for June 4th, when US Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar is scheduled to come to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s new facility in Portage Indiana. The purpose of a Cabinet Secretary to visit Portage Indiana is to dedicate the Lake Michigan Water Trail, a volunteer initiative involving paddling organizations from 4 states to make a contiguous paddle-friendly waterway completely around Lake Michigan . NWIPA’s president, Dan Plath was one of those instrumental in moving the federally designated Water Trail forward. A sea kayak event is being planned around the dedication along with media attention. Advance planning for the event is in the early stages. “There are a lot of moving parts to make this work”, says Plath.
In 2009 & 2010 some event highlighte were:
- Michigan City Indiana Trail Creek
- Ride The Wave Regatta, New Buffalo, Michigan to Michigan City, Indiana
- Little Calumet River Outing, Portage, Indiana
- Burnham to Marquette Expedition, Miller Beach, Gary, Indiana
- Kankakee River
- Numerous others small group trips
Care to get involved?
3rd Annual Northwest Indiana Paddling Association Winter Rendezvous
Westchester Public Library Annex, 100 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton IN 46304
See the web site for complete information and optional pot luck dinner participation.
Life is like a river, say the Taoist philosophers. If your life would flow more peacefully living near the water, whether that’s a pond, a stream, river, or the shores of Lake Michigan, I can help you find what you are seeking.