• Brown County State Park, Indiana
    Gorgeous Brown County! Crispy cool weather and blue sky should make this trip exemptional. Plan to reserve own site on Raccoon ridge loop. Sites[masked] is electrical and[masked] is not electrical but they are close to entrance and clustering together. One Bath house will be open by main gate, otherwise pit toilet. For RV users, dump station and water will be open. Hiking and visiting Nashville's stores will be main activities. Will plan on share bun fire every night and will collect money there. Bring marshmallows, hot dogs, to have fun! See ya there!

    Brown County State Park

    1405 S.R. 46 W. (39.17648001,-86.2657938) · Nashville, IN

  • Let's Take a Hike: Starved Rock (Fall Color Edition)
    Let's Take a Hike: Starved Rock (Fall Color Edition) We will meet at 9:15 at the Visitor's Center (Not the Lodge!) and start the hike at 9:30. We will be hiking 8+ Miles. Don’t forget a camera, plenty of water, and a snack for the hike. Make sure you dress for the weather. Starved Rock State Park Rte.178 & 71 Utica, IL 61373 We will depart for the at 9:30 sharp. Please be on time. When you RSVP: Add if you need a ride or can offer a ride. DNR Website: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/parks/pages/starvedrock.aspx Link to Map: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Parks/Documents/StarvedRockSiteMap.pdf From the Chicago area: Take I-294 or I-355 south to I-55. Take I-55 south to I-80. Go west on I-80, 45 miles to Exit #81 (Rt. 178, Utica). Go south (left) 3 miles on Rt. 178 and follow the signs into the Park. See you there, Kevin

    Starved Rock State Park

    SR-71 & Illinois Route 178 · Oglesby, IL

  • Fall Colors Canoe/Camping Weekend at Tippecanoe State Park + see Sandhill Cranes
    Fall Colors Canoe/Camping Weekend at Tippecanoe State Park. Attention canoers! Get ready for a relaxing journey as you float down the beautiful Tippecanoe River. We will be canoeing Friday and Saturday. You may paddle with us either/both days. Late Saturday afternoon/evening, we will head to Jasper-Pulaski to see the Sandhill Cranes. We will hike Friday evening and Sunday morning. Feel free to come camp with us at anytime over the weekend or just make a day trip here on Saturday for a paddle and see the Sandhill Cranes. It is about a 2 hour drive from Chicago. Tippecanoe River State Park offers some of the finest recreational opportunities in the state, featuring a unique natural area. The land, which is generally level, drains toward the Tippecanoe River, which meanders approximately 7 miles along the eastern border of the park. An occasional small sand dune adds variety to the scenery. The park offers a variety of habitats, such as oak forests, pine plantations, abandoned fields, marshes and the river. An extensive trail network offers hikers a variety of terrain and vegetation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sH3LcTLMXE This is an individual site trip (Indiana State Parks do not have outdoor adult group campsites.) If you are paddling, you will have the option to bring your own or rent canoes/kayaks. We will have a potluck at the Canoe Camp on Saturday Night. Please bring a dish to pass. You are on your own the rest of the meals. Please state in the comments if you are looking for a ride, can offer a ride, or would like to share a campsite or share a canoe. _________________________________ I am planning on canoeing 2 days. You can paddle just Saturday if you like. Friday's Canoe Trip: We will be doing a 11-mile trip on the Tippecanoe River. We will be canoeing from Monteray City Park to the Riverside Camp at Tippecanoe River SP. If you need rentals, the cost is $70 per person per canoe (2 people per canoe) or $60 per single kayak. This is a 2 day rental. If you rent for Friday, you must paddle Saturday also. They do not pickup at Tippecanoe State Park. Saturday's trip ends at the Canoe Rentals. If you are planning to rent, you must make your own reservations. Call:[masked] to make reservations. We will meet at 9:00 (Eastern Time) at Riverside Rentals. If you bring your own kayak/canoe, we will be doing our own shuttle. We will be canoeing from Monteray City Park to the Riverside Camp at Tippecanoe River SP. Map of Friday's Trip: http://www.tippy-canoerentals.com/images/Tippecanoe_River_Monteray_to_TRSP.pdf _____________________________ Saturday's Canoe Trip: We will be doing a 12-mile trip on the Tippecanoe River. The cost is $60 per person per canoe (2 people per canoe) or $50 per single kayak. We will meet at 9:00 (Eastern Time) at Riverside Rentals. If you are planning to rent, you must make your own reservations. Call:[masked] to make reservations or book online at: http://riversidecanoes.com/ . If you bring your own kayak/canoe, we will be doing our own shuttle. We will be going from the River Camp at Tippecanoe State Park to to Winamac City Park (12 miles) (0.7 miles before Riverside Rentals). Map of Saturday's Trip (Riverside Rentals is 0.7 miles past Winamac City Park. Riverside Rentals is not on this map.): http://www.tippy-canoerentals.com/images/Tippecanoe_River_TRSP_to_Winamac_Park.pdf _________________________________ Camping Information (You need to reserve your own site): Tippecanoe River State Park: 4200 N. U.S. 35, Winamac, IN 46996 Website: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2965.htm Map: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/tippecanoe_river_trail.pdf Camping options: River Camp – Primitive (Pit Toilet Only) ($12 per night) I will be staying at the River Camp. Map: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/tippecanoe_canoe_camp.pdf Family Camp – (Electric/Showers/Flush Toilets) ($30 per night) Map: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/tippecanoe_electric.pdf Rent-a-Camp – One room cabin with 2 sets of bunk beds and loft. Electric/Shared Shower Building ($40 per night) Map: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/sp-tippecanoe_rent-a-camp_copy.pdf Reservations: http://indianastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/Tippecanoe/r/campsiteSearch.do?contractCode=IN&parkId=570042&selectedSiteRb=9339 _____________________ Sandhill Cranes (Sunset 7:01 eastern time) This is the beginning of the migration. Last year, this weekend they had about 5,000. In early December they peaked at 15,000. We are planning on meeting at the Sandhill Crane Observation Point at 5:30. We will then head to the other Observation Tower around 6:20. The other Observation Tower is about an 1 mile walk from the road. The sunset at 7:01. Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area Website: https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3091.htm Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area Map https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/fw-jasper-pulaski.pdf Kevin

    Tippecanoe River State Park

    4200 N US Hwy 35 · Winamac, IN

  • Pike's Peak Park on Mississippi River Iowa
    We went there last year and it was amazing! Mississippi river look gorgeous there! I hope colors will start changing then! There are numerous numbers of hikes there from easy to advance. We are staying on non electric sites. Thereare are 3 conjoin sites which group will share. Bathhouse is there pretty good where you may charge your phone if you need. I believe someone will brining kayak as well, but it's no boat launch in the park. You may need to go Wyalusing park across the river. Weather should be warm. If you have 40 F sleeping bag, it will be warm enough! Any other questions:-) please ask!!!

    Pike's Peack

    32264 Pikes Peak Rd · McGregor, 52157, IA

  • Wildcat Mountain – Group Site – Paddle, Hike, and/or Bike
    Wildcat Mountain – Group Site – Paddle, Hike, and/or Bike Dates: Thursday, Sept 20 – Sept 23 It is great going into an area where there is too much to do. Wildcat Mountain State Park has 20 miles of hiking trails. Elroy-Sparta Trail is 32 miles long. It is 2nd in a series of 4 connecting “rail to trail’ trails which totals 101 miles. Elroy-Sparta Trail is also known for its 3 tunnels which the longest is ¾ mile long. Kickapoo Valley Reserve, which borders to the south of Wildcat Mountain, has another 60 miles of hiking trails and 24 miles of mountain biking trails. Paddling the Kickapoo River is an adventure on its own. The Kickapoo River is known as the “Crookedest River on Earth”. The part we will be paddling goes through Wildcat Mountain State Park and Kickapoo Valley Reserve. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GDlfdoGELo _____________________________________________________ We will be staying at a group site at Wildcat Mountain State Park. Wildcat Mountain is about a 4 1/2 hour drive from Chicago. There are pit toilets at the campsite. Flush toilets and showers are about 1 mile away. We are camping from Thursday, Sept 20 thru Sunday, Sept 23 (3 nights). The cost will be $21. This fee is for firewood, campsite, misc. expenses, and PayPal fees. Refund Policy: Full refund will be given until Sept 10th at 11:00 pm. No refund will be given after 11:00 pm Sept 10th. We will be having a potluck on Saturday Night. Please bring a dish to pass. You are responsible for all meals, snacks and beverages. Alcohol is allowed. Carpooling: Please include in your RSVP if are looking for a ride or can offer a ride. Well behaved pets and kids are allowed. Pets must be leashed at all times. Website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/wildcat/ Group Campground Map: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/wildcat/pdfs/groupcampmap.pdf All events are optional. Join us for any or all of the events. You can also just stay at the campsite or explore the area. There is a large Amish Community in the area. We will be setup hikes throughout the weekend at Wildcat Mountain and Kickapoo Valley Reserve. _____________________________________________________ Friday, Morning – Paddle Kickapoo River. Come and experience nature with a canoe or kayak trip down the beautiful Kickapoo River. The Kickapoo River offers unmatched scenery of Wisconsin's driftless region. It is a very safe, slow moving river that can be enjoyed by a beginners as well as experienced canoe enthusiasts. Most areas the river is 3 to 4 feet deep. The river follows a meandering, winding path through Wildcat Mountain State Park and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, with plenty of places to stop for a picnic, swimming or exploring. Since the river gets very crowded on Saturday, we are planning to paddle on Friday. Rates: $40 per canoe (2 people per canoe), $30 per Kayak (1 person per kayak). If you want to have them shuttle you personal canoe/kayak, it is $20 per canoe/kayak. Kickapoo Wild Adventures (http://www.kickapoowild.com/) (If people want to do their own shuttle, here is a $4 parking fee at the takeout.) The parking lot gets full. We are planning to paddle 12.5 miles. It should take about 5-6 hours. We will paddle from Kickapoo Wild Adventures to Landing 10 (see map). Map: http://kvr.state.wi.us/Documents/Maps/RecreationMaps/KickapooRiverGuide.pdf If you need a canoe partner, we will match you up with someone. ____________________________________________________ Friday Evening, Night hike through Tunnel #3 at Sparta Trail _____________________________________________________ Saturday, Morning – Bike or Hike the Elroy – Sparta Trail (Tunnel #3) Elroy - Sparta Bike Trail: With three rock tunnels (The longest one is ¾ mile) and five small towns along its 32.5 mile route, the trail is a favorite Wisconsin bicycling destination. Elroy – Sparta Bike Trail was the 1st “Rail to Trail” in the nation. At ¾ of a mile long, tunnel 3 is the best tunnel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4y3FpuXUzE Bike Trail Pass: $4.00/person. Hikers don’t need a trail pass. Website: http://www.elroy-sparta-trail.com/ Map: http://www.elroy-sparta-trail.com/files/10/Maps/4/Elroy-Sparta%20Trail.pdf We will meet at the trail head in Norwalk. We will first bike or hike to tunnel 3. Tunnel 3 is 3 miles from Norwalk. It is ¾ of a mile long. Therefore, the round trip is 7.5 miles. When we return to Norwalk, those wanting to ride more can ride to tunnel 2 (4 miles from Norwalk) and/or tunnel 1 (12 miles from Norwalk). These tunnels are both ¼ of a mile long. The others will enjoy ice cream and head back to camp. ____________________________________________________ Saturday Evening: Group Potluck _____________________________________________________ Kickapoo Valley Reserve – The History: Day Use Permit: $4.00/person Map: http://kvr.state.wi.us/Documents/Maps/RecreationMaps/VisitorGuideMap.pdf Website: http://kvr.state.wi.us/Home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00mkFfdRGBQ This land has come full circle. For thousands of years, Native Americans lived here. While they left hundreds of archeological sites, they changed the land little. As settlers occupied the valley, they cut down the trees, plowed the land and yoked the Kickapoo River for milling. Their numbers multiplied so much the river’s periodic flooding become a problem. In the 1962 Flood Control Act, Congress authorized the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a flood control dam—the La Farge Lake Project. The Corps bought the land (8,569 acres, removed 147 families), removed the houses and buildings, and began erecting a large, earthen dam across the valley floor. Overtaken by the economic and environmental concerns of the late 1960’s and 1970’s, the dam project stopped in 1975. The dam lay 39 percent complete; a five-story control tower stood on the valley floor, and the Corps had spent approximately $18 million. Over the next 20 years nature gradually reclaimed the La Farge project area. Trees covered the valley, which the Corps had cleared for a 1,780-acre, 12-mile long reservoir. The dam looked more and more like one of the natural bluffs. In the 1996 Water Resources Development Act, Congress completed the circle. It directed the Corps to return up to 1,200 acres to the former Native American inhabitants—the Ho-Chunk Nation—and the rest to the State of Wisconsin. The Kickapoo Reserve Management Board now oversees the state’s portion. It is attached to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Preserving the land’s return to nature, the 1996 act directs the Ho-Chunk and the State to manage the Kickapoo Valley Reserve for low-impact tourism and education. Lying between Wildcat Mountain State Park on the north and La Farge on the south, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve comprises 8,589 acres in Vernon County, Wisconsin. The Kickapoo River begins in Monroe County and flows south and southwest through Vernon, Richland, and Crawford Counties. As it snakes through the Reserve, the Kickapoo River is bounded by high scenic hills, bluffs, and rock outcroppings that sometimes stand several hundred feet from the valley floor. Named after the Kickapoo Indian Tribe, the river empties into the Wisconsin River near Wauzeka, Wisconsin. _____________________________________________________ FYI: The closest grocery store is 15 miles away. Hillsboro County Market (http://hillsborocountymarket.com/) E18590 State Highway 33, Hillsboro, WI 54634 Hours: Sunday 9am- 5 pm Monday-Thursday 7am-8 pm Friday and Saturday 7 am-9pm The closet gas station (ice) is 3 miles away. Ontario Fast Trip, 201 N Garden St., Ontario, WI _____________________________________________________ Amish The Amish culture is based on traditional values and practices that date back to the 16th century. They are known for their simple living, plain dress, and resistance to modern conveniences (such as electricity). Their horse-drawn buggies are a common site on our country roads. Amish farmers will extend a friendly wave as you watch them maneuver their massive draft horses before a plow or wagon. Please remember that they do not wish to be photographed. The Amish of Southwestern Wisconsin brought with them, or have honed, many old-world skills, wood working and furniture making, quilt making, basket weaving, baking and candy making among them. To acquire Amish-made items, you need only attend farmers markets in towns such as Viroqua or drive the back roads looking for the simple hand-lettered signs that announce a family’s specialty. Please remember there are no sales from the Amish on Sunday sales. Here are a few shops: Trail's End (also called “Amish Walmart”), S302 A Little Ridge Road, Ontario, WI 54651. Hours: Friday & Saturday, 8 am - 6 pm Down A Country Road Amish Gifts, (http://www.downacountryroad.com/) 12651 WI-33, Cashton, WI 54619 Hours 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Viroqua Farmer's Market. Located at 116 South Rock Ave, Viroqua, WI, this popular farmer's market has goodies for everyone. The Viroqua Farmer's Market is held May - October each Saturday from 8 am - noon. Viroqua Public Market, (http://www.viroquapublicmarket.com/) 215 South Main Street, Viroqua, WI — 54665 Hours: Mon - Wed: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Thu - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm _____________________________________________________ This is a great trip. I hope you can make it. Kevin

    Wildcat Mountain State Park

    E 13660 WI-33 · Ontario, WI

  • Camping weekend at Kettle Morain South Unit, WI
    It is one of the closest and really enjoable parks in South Wisconsin. We will hike and boating. A group campground is situated just on the north tip if Scuppernong trail system. Use Ice Age trail to Connect to yellow trail of Scuppernong system and then follow trail blazers. Ice Age Trail goes just behind our site but for easy access follow driving circle to the most far part of it and you will see an entrance to the trail and maps! Ottawa camp ground is 5 miles south and has beautiful beach! It has showers and small store. You may bring lounge chair to enjoy! For kayaking lovers, there are many small lakes around! Last year some campers went on Rice lake and liked it much. Also on the map I found Upper Spring Lake has a boat launch and lake has creek connecting to Lower Spring Lake! It might be interesting. It is still mosquito and tick season. Bring lot of propellant, torches, candles, nets that small creatures won’t destroy your enjoyment! On Saturday night as a tradition, we should have pot luck! You may bring a dish to share, or cook something on the grill! Just please keep in mind and keep your food cool all the time! If you have any else to add to enhance our time, please post and share your thoughts! https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kms/


    W348 S4695 South Waterville Road · Dousman, WI

  • Kayaking south Wisconsin: Yahara to Rock river 12 miles.
    This summer we are missing a lot of outdoors! Weather is not beloved us. We should start picking up some trips and I am offering day on the water! Yahara river to Rock river float will take about 4 hours and cover 12 miles. Yahara starts with some curves and speed but no rapids. Rock is very placid and relaxing. Not many places to stop on the Rock but I know couple where we can stretch our legs! So please come and enjoy time on the river and meet new friends! I will post this event on Madison and Beloit meet ups! And you should have your own kayak! No rentals available around there!

    Boating lunch

    9537 co rd h · Edgerton, wi

  • Let's camp, hike, and paddle Chain O'Lakes State Park, INDIANA
    Friends, I have missed all of the camping adventures you’ve been on this year so I am putting out a camping event myself. Please join us for a fun weekend not too far from Chicago and enjoy great hiking trails, kayaking/paddling from lake to lake at the Chain O'Lakes State Park in Indiana. Let us get a doze of summer - hike, paddle, eat, drink, and relax around the campfire (I will even roast you the best ever roasted marshmallow you've ever had)! The Group Campsite RALLY CAMP B is reserved from July 13 - 15. It accommodates 30 people. Check in is at 2 PM and checkout 5 PM Sunday. The RSVP fee will cover the site fee and if left over, firewood. Kayak & canoe rentals are available on site. The site holds TEN UNITS, so I have limited the RSVP to ten, but if you are sharing tents, you can bring a friend. GROUP CAMPSITE DESCRIPTION Grassy area with no pads or electric. Area measures 146 X 76. Slide out/tip out are permitted. 10 yards to water, 15 yards to vault toilet, 100 yards to lake. Please note, there is an one-time entrance fee for each car on arrival that will last through your stay. PARK DESCRIPTION This is lake country and a small boater's paradise. Nine connecting lakes will be the center of your adventures at Chain O'Lakes. Paddle through the chain of serene kettle lakes, hike the 10 miles of forested trails, fish the electric-motors-only lakes, stay overnight in a forested hillside family cabin, or visit the park's old one-room schoolhouse nature center. Other facilities available for visitors to enjoy include a campground, beach and picnic shelters. DESCRIPTION OF HIKING TRAILS Note: For trail locations, view the property map here: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/chain_o_lakes_trail.pdf There are easy, moderate and rugged trails of various distances. MORE INFORMATION ON THE PARK https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/sp-ChainOLakes_IMP2010.pdf https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2987.htm GETTING THERE 2355 E. 75 South Albion, IN 46701 (260)[masked] GPS INFO (Latitude, Longitude):[masked], [masked]°20'9"N, 85°22'43"W FROM THE NORTH: STATE ROAD 9 SOUTH TO PARK ENTRANCE. FROM THE SOUTH: STATE ROAD 9 NORTH TO PARK ENTRANCE. FROM THE EAST: U.S. 6 WEST TO SR 9 SOUTH TO PARK ENTRANCE. FROM THE WEST: U.S. 6 EAST TO SR 9 SOUTH TO PARK ENTRANCE. FROM FORT WAYNE: U.S. 33 NORTHWEST TO SR 9 NORTH TO PARK ENTRANCE. Blue-Green Algae ADVISORY for Sand Lake: (Chain O'Lakes) Swimming and boating permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. If you are looking for a ride, please say a little about yourself and post a request in the comments. Refund Policy: Full refund will be given if you cancel by July 7th at 11:00 pm, no refund after that. As always, there will be a potluck on Saturday night. Please bring a dish to share. You are on your own for all meals, snacks and beverages. Let's camp!

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    Chain O' Lakes State Park

    2355 E. 75 South · Albion, IN