Chicago Kayak Clubs

Chicago Kayak Clubs
Chicago's close proximity to Lake Michigan, the Mississippi River and many small streams and fast rivers make it a good place for kayakers to enjoy their sport. The Chicago area has several kayaking clubs. These organizations offer kayakers of all skill levels a chance to learn more about the sport while making friends and taking trips to surrounding waters.

Chicago Kayak Club

The Chicago Kayak Club is an organization aimed at sea kayakers in the Chicago area. It offers classes, club trips, a variety of clinics and volunteer conservation projects. The club provides members with free club kayaks during group trips, as well as a supportive environment where you can learn new kayaking skills and techniques.

The club usually holds its outings between April and October, and the outings are often in or around the Southern Florida Coastline. Off-season trips are less frequent and sometimes include such activities as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Smaller paddling trips are in the Chicago area and take place one to three times a week during the regular season and are commonly held at Skokie Lagoons near Chicago.

The club's yearly membership dues are $100 and includes free kayak use for Chicago-based trips, regular email news, access to kayak storage facilities, a quarterly newsletter and discounts at several Chicago based retailers. The membership does not include transportation, parking and camping fees, meals, nonkayak related equipment and personal gear.

Chicago Kayak Club

2738 Noyes St.

Evanston, IL 60201

Chicago Whitewater Association

The Chicago Whitewater Association is open to kayakers and canoeists of all levels who have an interest in whitewater kayaking. The club offers lessons for beginners year round. Pool classes take place in the fall and winter, and river classes take place in the spring and summer. The club hosts outings to waterways in Chicago but also focuses on rivers and small streams throughout Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Annual association dues are $15.

Chicago Whitewater Association

1701 Genualdi Ave

Streamwood, IL 60107

Chicago Area Sea Kayak Association

The Chicago Area Sea Kayak Association is supports all levels of paddlers. The group takes advantage of the Lake Michigan waters as well as surrounding rivers, where many of their outings take place. In addition to regular kayak trips, the group is heavily involved in conservation efforts, such as river cleanups. Creative trips, such as night and early morning kayaking, offer members a chance to see the Chicago area waters from a new and different perspective.

Annual member ship dues are $15 for an individual and $25 for families. Multiyear memberships are available at reduced cost.

Chicago Area Sea Kayak Association

PO Box 467

Lisle, IL 60532

Article Written By Jim Jansen

Jim Jansen has been writing articles since 2005 and has been featured in publications such as "The River Watch," and also contributes to and LIVESTRONG.COM. He has a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Michigan State University. Jansen specializes in outdoor recreation and environmental topics.

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