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The 2015 Little Calumet River Bald Eagle Paddle
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The 2015 Little Calumet River Bald Eagle Paddle

The Northwest Indiana Paddling Association is proud to present the 2015 Little Calumet River Bald Eagle Paddle! Learn about the recreational opportunities along the West Branch of the Little Calumet River. Enjoy wilderness and wildlife in your own back yard. Come to paddle and find out about this wonderful resource in our community!

5/16/2015
When: 5/16/2015
9:00 AM
Where: Carlson Oxbow Park
Hammond, Indiana  46323
United States
Contact: Mike Echterling
219.808.0457

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Learn about the recreational opportunities along the West Branch of the Little Calumet River. Enjoy wilderness and wildlife in your own back yard. Come to paddle and find out about this wonderful resource in our community!

Long thought to be an unusable urban ditch, this is no longer the case. The Little Calumet River has recovered and is now becoming a rich wildlife habitat, with many species of birds, fish, mammals, and plants thriving in this natural wonder in your own back yard. And what better way to enjoy it than from the seat of your canoe or kayak?

Join NWIPA for a paddle on the Little Calumet River on May 16th! This year’s event consists only of the paddling event – no other activities are planned. 

WHERE:
Oxbow Park, Hammond IN
Turn east off Kennedy Ave. at the stoplight between the river and I-80/94. Follow the signs.  We will put in at the west edge of Oxbow Park.

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TIME:
Saturday, May 16th
Registration begins at 9:00 am.
Following a safety orientation, launching in groups will begin at 9:30 am.
The last launch time is at Noon (in order to be able to catch the shuttle back to the starting point). The last shuttle from Grant St. back to Oxbow Landing is at 3 pm.

Bring your own canoe or kayak, or...

RENTALS:
Chicago River Canoe and Kayak will provide discounted rental canoes and kayaks for those who reserve them ahead of time. The number of rental canoes & kayaks are limited so it is good idea to reserve them well in advance. Please contact Ryan Chew at  ryanwc@sbcglobal.net

SHUTTLES:
A shuttle bus - for people only (no boats) - will run from the take-out point at Grant Street back to the launch point in the afternoon. The last shuttle will be at 3 pm.

COST:
Free! But a $5 donation to NWIPA will be appreciated.

DETAILS:
Free shirts for the first 120 participants.
Paddlers should pack a lunch and bring drinking water.
We will paddle 6 miles from Oxbow Landing to Grant St.

For the safety of everyone, all paddlers must wear PFD's during the entire paddle, and no alcohol use is allowed during the event.

NWIPA volunteers will be there to assist you with launching and landing your boat, give safety tips to novices, and be an on-water guide as you enjoy this hidden gem of a waterway in our own back yards.

Don't forget your camera to capture all the fun and wildlife!

CONTACT: For more information about this event contact
Mike at mike_echterling@yahoo.com (219-808-0457)
or
Erik at laivotais@yahoo.com (219-616-8118)

Volunteers Needed:
We still need help with registration and boat handling. Your help as a volunteer with NWIPA will be greatly appreciated.
To help, contact Gayle at:
 gaallyn@gmail.com or 219-793-6967

Northwest Indiana Paddling Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to canoeing, kayaking, blueways stewardship, and paddling safety education.

Find out more and become a member at http://www.nwipa.org/

Thanks to our generous sponsors that made this event possible:
BP,
LCRBDC,
Hammond Parks Foundation,
Friends of the Little Calumet River

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