Northwest Indiana Paddling Association

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Join Northwest Indiana Paddlers, family, and friends for this annual fall event.

A relaxing 8.6 mile paddle down the Kankakee River will be followed by a trip to Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area where we'll witness one of America's greatest wildlife spectacles: tens of thousands of sandhill cranes visiting the shallow marshes on their annual migration. Don't forget your binoculars and a camera!

In order for us to plan accordingly for shuttles, food, etc., please register  online at the following site:

Sandhill Crane Paddle Registration

Date and time:

Sunday October 14th, 2017

10:00 am (CST) to Dusk

Paddle a Voyager Canoe!

If you missed the opportunity earlier this summer, you have one more chance to paddle in a 24 foot wooden voyager canoe. Wilderness Inquiry is bringing their boats to the English Lake launch to join the Kankakee River Sandhill Crane Paddle!

If you wish to paddle like an original explorer, register at

Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Reservations

Voyageur Canoe Reservations…


10:00 am (cst) - Registration begins.

Paddlers with own equipment: Meet at Yellow River Public Access Site at English Lake, Indiana to drop off your boat and register, then proceed to Dunn's Bridge to park and catch the shuttle.

Renters: Contact Ryan Chew at info@chicagoriverpaddle.com, or by calling 224 415-6554

11:00 Shuttles begin from Dunn's Bridge back to the English Lake launch site

12:30 Last shuttle leaves Dunn's Bridge

12:30–2:00 (cst) Launch boats from English Lake

2:30–4:30 (cst) Land at Dunn's Bridge

3:00–5:00 (cst) Riverside picnic at Dunn's Bridge.

5:00 (cst) Depart for Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area

6:00 (cst) Sunset

Trip Route

Start Paddle: English Lake (Yellow River Public Access Site) boat ramp located at south of the bridge at County Road S 650 W in English Lake, Indiana

Map of the English Lake launch site

Finish Paddle: Dunn's Bridge Public Access Site at S 500 E near Wheatfield, IN. The Dunn's Bridge Boat Ramps are owned by the Porter Co. Parks Dept.

Map of the Dunn's Bridge site

Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area

5822 Fish and Wildlife Ln

Medaryville, IN 47957-8152

(219) 843-4841     

Map of Jasper-Pulaski F&W site


Please bring drinks and picnic lunch for after your paddle.

Receive A   Commemorative T-Shirt!  

We will give you a commemorative Sandhill Crane T-Shirt while supplies last!

We are looking for Event Sponsors and Partners! Contact Dan Plath at dkplath@gmail.com for opportunities. Thank you!


Chicago River Canoe and Kayak will provide 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 info@chicagoriverpaddle.com, or by calling 224 415-6554.

Please Note

Paddlers are required to wear properly secured life jackets while on the water and the consumption of alcohol is not allowed during the event. Water temperatures are low, so it is a very good idea to bring a change of clothes inside a sealed bag or container in the event of capsize.

October 14th 2018
Kankakee River Sandhill Crane Paddle

Join Northwest Indiana Paddlers, family, and friends for this annual fall event.

Graphic art by Mary Catterlin

Northwest Indiana Paddling Association is a 501c3 IRS non-profit organization dedicated to paddler safety education and Blueways Stewardship.