Salt Fork River Paddle and Potluck

WHAT: Saturday, June 21st, please join us at Homer Lake for an afternoon together as we spend time celebrating Illinois River Appreciation month by paddling down the Salt Fork River followed by a potluck. Weather permitting, this is a wonderful opportunity to be on the river and if you have never canoed or kayaked, a great chance to learn! If the river is high we will enjoy some time paddling around Homer Lake.  And remember, the Playscape is available for those young and young at heart and there are many trails for those who enjoy to hike. Later we will gather for a potluck meal and take time to update everyone on the proposed Bulldog Mine. Come for part of the day or just for the meal and updates, but either way, hope you can join us!

WHERE: The Homer Lake Forest Preserve Walnut Hill open air pavilion (at the spillway) is rented from 3:00 to dark, so come out, set up your chairs, and enjoy being outside at this lovely forest preserve.

WHEN: Saturday, June 21st!

Paddlers: By 12:30, meet at the Collins Pond bridge (the SW corner of Homer Lake accessed by driving on 2500E to the river), unload any gear you have at the bridge, and park in the Collins Pond parking area. Our goal is to have everyone on the river by ~1:00. Carrie Otto and Sue Smith are coordinating this float so let either of us know if you plan to attend and indicate if you are bringing your own gear, extras to share, or need equipment for the paddle.

Potluck: We are aiming for 5:30PM to enjoy a potluck together at the Walnut Hill pavilion. There are a few outlets for anyone who brings a warm dish. Hamburgers, hot dogs and brats will be provided, but please bring something to share. Lemonade and iced tea will be provided but feel free to bring other drinks. If you have reusable dishes and tableware that is great, but we will have some paper plates, napkins, and tableware on hand for those in need.

Hope to see you Saturday!


Contact Sue Smith at 217-621-7528

Carrie Otto, Prairie Rivers Network, at / 217-344-2371 x 208.

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