Canoeing and Kayaking on the Blanchard River Water Trail: Liberty Landing to Blanchard Landing
May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
One event on May 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm
One event on May 16, 2020 at 1:00 pm
One event on May 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm
The Hancock Park District is facilitating a series of self-guided float trips with shuttle service this spring. Canoeists and kayakers will have the opportunity to see wildlife, enjoy scenic beauty, and spend quality time together in the great outdoors. Liberty Landing to Blanchard Landing is a popular half-day trip on the Blanchard River Water Trail. At 9.3 miles, the trip is scenic with no permanent obstacles or need to portage (unless trees block the trail), and there are bends, narrow sections, and riffles to make it interesting and fun.
When: Trip #1 Saturday, May 2 at 1 PM ; Trip #2 Saturday, May 9 at 1 PM; Trip #3 Saturday, May 16 at 1 PM; Trip #4 Saturday, May 23 at 1 PM
Storm Date: If the trip is cancelled due to rain, thunder and lightning, strong wind, or flooding, it may be rescheduled for the following day.
Where: Meet at Blanchard Landing at 1 PM (State Route 235, south of U.S. Route 224 West). Canoeists and kayakers will be transported to Liberty Landing.
Who: Adults and youth ages 16 and 17 (youth under the age of 16 are welcome to participate but must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older)
Prerequisite: Participants must have the ability to swim.
Watercraft: Watercraft availability includes tandem canoes and solo kayaks. Specify watercraft preference when registering. The weight limit for a kayak is 275 pounds.
Enrollment: The maximum number is 10 per trip (maximum of two participants per canoe).
Fee: $20.00 per person with a signed Assumption of Risk/Liability Release/Waiver of all Claims form and/or a Parental Consent form if applicable. Forms will be available at Blanchard Landing and Liberty Landing prior to the trip.
Supplies: Dress and plan accordingly for the weather. Wool, fleece, and fast drying clothes are recommended in the spring when air and water temperatures are cold. Extra clothes and/or a small cooler with snacks and drinks can be brought along on the trip (alcohol is not permitted). Canoes, kayaks, personal flotation devices, and paddles will be provided. Without stops and with strong and steady paddling, the trip should take approximately 3 hours.