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Busse Woods Paddle

The Ned Brown Preserve, also known as Busse Woods, is a 3558 acre preserve that has a 460 acre lake popularly used for boating, canoeing, and kayaking.  On a good day you might see deer, cormorant, heron, and various other birds and turtles.  Lets get together and see what we can spot!


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  • Barb

    It was really great meeting you all. It was a beautiful day to paddle. I brought my mother-in-law out for her first kayaking experience on her 81st Birthday today. She loved it!

    August 3, 2013

  • Joanna B.

    My husband and I recently bought kayaks and joined the meetup this morning and absolutely loved it! The group was so inviting and kind and the forest reserve was gorgeous ... We are looking forward to the next paddling meetup! Thank you guys!

    August 3, 2013

  • toni w.

    I'm really disappointed but I can't make it tomorrow

    August 2, 2013

  • Dori H.

    I don't have my own kayak. :(

    August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Judging from the comments below: I will go to the event, all ready for hiking...Will they have any kayaks for rent, I'd love to join.

    July 31, 2013

    • Michelle M.

      We do not have kayaks for rent, unfortunately. For everyone interested in renting a kayak and going out, we *do* have Kayak Adventures at Voyagers Landing, in Elgin, for $20 a participant. Its a great time, in a beautiful area, at a low cost. Its not quite renting, but you get to go out kayaking with our instructors, and many other participants, for about an hour. Feel free to call the store to sign up,[masked]

      1 · August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I would love to do this, but do not own a kayak. Will there be some available to rent? I know they have been redoing the boat house, but previously have only had canoes available. Thx

    June 24, 2013

    • Michelle M.

      Hi! We unfortunately do not have any kayaks to rent! I'm not sure about the boat center, either, since they started their updates. We do have Discovery Courses every weekend where we supply the equipment for a casual paddle, its only $20! You can sign up for those by calling the store and making reservations :) [masked] Hope we get to see you on the water one way or another!

      June 24, 2013

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