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Prairie State Canoeists (PSC - “www.prairiestatecanoeists.org”) is one of the Midwest's largest and oldest paddling clubs (in existence since 1971). Most members live in the Chicagoland area and the Club is about evenly split between canoeists and kayakers.

Our club sponsors over 150 trips a year (both flat-water and whitewater) and most trips are within 100 miles of Chicago. Day-trips are common and multi-day trips may include camping.

ACA-certified instructors conduct training classes/trips for all skill levels.

We post some of our beginner trips/classes to our Meetup page in order to provide opportunities to paddle on a club trip, or training class, to assess participation from our Meetup.com members.

For Meetup trips/classes, participants will need their own kayak/canoe, paddle and personal flotation device. No alcohol is allowed.

Help us celebrate our 50th Year, and join FREE in 2021 for a one year membership.

Check out the PSC website at: “www.prairiestatecanoeists.org”

For membership information and application click “>JOIN PSC” on the PSC home page.

For upcoming trip information click “Events Calendar” under the “Events” tab on the PSC home page. Displayed will be a full list of classes and trips available to PSC members

More trips and classes are added throughout the season.

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Free Virtual Paddle Craft Safety Presentation

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This is a ZOOM virtual presentation given by members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 37/25. Registered members will receive the Zoom link and a reminder before the start of the presentation.


Instead, request a Zoom link directly from the Coast Guard - email to [masked]

In your email, tell them you would like to attend the Monday, October 25th Paddle Craft Safety Presentation at 7:00pm

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Free Virtual Paddle Craft Safety Presentation

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