Chicago Whitewater Association

Chicago Whitewater Association is a 501(c) non-profit organization. Chicago, Illinois


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  • 06/28/2016 10:59 AM | Tom Costello (Administrator)

    A group of 12 people paddled the Kishwaukee on Sunday from Baumann Park to 1 mile or so past the Hy 39 bridge. Harriet and Doug let the trip and here is Harriet's write up.

    Hi All,

    The weather was a little sketchy at the beginning, buy the time we shuttled we had glimpses of sunny blue skies. The water level was good, the weather broke into a  sunny, breezy day. We were treated to a eagle flying directly overhead carrying his sushi lunch. Turtles, catbirds, & kingfishers were abundant and a goldfinch were all spotted by the group. Harriet & Don got some surfing in. Tom took a dip at lunch & worked his roll at take-out. The Elderberry bushes were in full bloom. After the paddle most went out to enjoy some ac and a cold drink at a local establishment. Thanks to our old & new friends who shared the Kish with us for a great day on the water.

    Harriet & Doug

  • 06/16/2016 4:31 PM | Tom Costello (Administrator)

    We had beautiful weather in Wisconsin last weekend for the final beginner trip of the year. The water was running a little high and warm (70). We had 8-9 beginners on the two day trip although several students was their 2nd year on this trip. We had 4 NEW paddlers who really put themselves out there and ran everything! Jennifer, Jeff, Mike and Al (NEW 4) all had great attitudes and coached each other on.

    Saturday we did Wolf River Section 3. The water was at about 525 CFS which covered a lot of the rock and made things a bit easier. This was the first time on a true whitewater river for the NEW 4 and it was a long day as we had 15 paddlers in the group. There were several swims and people learned the importance of hitting eddies high, ferrying and avoiding the holes we just spent 20 minutes pointing out:-). We'll work on bracing next.

    Sunday we were up early and off to the Red River. The CFS was 250 CFS or about 6.5 ft. The locals were out and no bugs, yet. I took this video of some of the highlights I was able to catch. Bob Menard also posted a great video on YouTube of some of the others on the trip. Most of the video is at a rapid called Monastery, for the old monastery in the background. This is a steep, class 3 rapid with holes,curliers and a nasty sticky hole at the top. The water was high enough to run the ledge on the right, which bypassed the hole in the left, making it a little easier. If you are out of your boat, nothing will keep you and the rocks are pretty smooth so the consequences are not that bad. I was surprised that the NEW 3 (Mike has to leave on Sunday) all ran Monastery. Pretty gutsy for folks who've only been in a kayak outdoors for a couple of cold months.

    For Bob's video go to


  • 05/04/2016 12:19 PM | Tom Costello (Administrator)

    There was a Memorial Tree planting for Sarah Hartman, Joe Tybor and Dan Leigh on Saturday April 30th at 11:00am. Location is 301 E. Hydrolic Ave. Yorkville, IL. Many friends and family came and help plant the trees and show support to these wonderful friends, instructors and paddlers who lost their lives to cancer last year.

  • 05/04/2016 10:27 AM | Tom Costello (Administrator)

  • 04/29/2016 5:35 PM | Tom Costello (Administrator)

    In March CWA members hosted the Reel Paddling Film Fest and the proceeds were to go to American Whitewater who works on river stewardship activities throughout the United States. The film fest was a huge success and CWA donated the $1100 to AW. Attached is the thank you letter from AW.

    Reel Paddling Film Festival

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