Northwest Indiana Paddling Association

© 2019 Northwest Indiana Paddling Association

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 13th, 2019

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! Reserve your spot when you register!


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.

Paddlers borrowing a loaner boat or going in a voyager canoe: Go directly to Dunn's Bridge County Park to park and catch a shuttle to the start.

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 water and snacks for your paddle and plan to join us riverside at the take out for dinner provided by NWIPA.

Receive A   Commemorative T-Shirt!  

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

Loaner Boats

Reserve when you register at the eventbrite link

Event Cost

Free!!! (But a donation is greatly appreciated to help offset event costs)

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.

Accessibility and Essential Eligibility Criteria (EECs)

NWIPA and our partners strive to make our events as inclusive and accessible as possible. In order for us to conduct safe paddling events for our participants, all paddlers need to be able to perform the following essential eligibility criteria:

   Breathe independently (i.e., not require medical devices to sustain breathing)

   Independently maintain sealed airway passages while under water

   Independently hold head upright without neck / head support

   Manage personal care independently or with assistance of a companion

   Manage personal mobility independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance

   Follow instructions and effectively communicate independently or with assistance of a companion*

   Independently turn from face-down to face-up and remain floating face up while wearing a properly fitted life jacket*

   Get in/out or on/off of a paddlecraft* independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance*

   Independently get out and from under a capsized paddlecraft*

   Reenter or remount the paddlecraft following deep water capsize independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance*

* To participate in adaptive programs, participants must acknowledge only the first six EEC listed above.  Entry-level adaptive programs will involve teaching and practicing EEC #7-11.

If you may need adaptive assistance or have questions on the EECs please contact Dan Plath, an ACA Certified Canoe and Kayak Instructor with an Adaptive Paddling endorsement at dkplath@gmail.com at least 5 days prior to the event.

Thank you to our Event Partners

Jasper County Soil and Water Conservation District, Porter County Parks and Recreation, Everglades of the North, Wilderness Inquiry,  Kankakee and Yellow River Basin Development Commission, LaPorte Co. Surveyor, and LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District.

October 13th 2019
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.