Potawatomi Paddlers Association, Inc

Newsletter of Paddling Events and Plans in the Kankakee River Valley
Winter, 2024


This year we at Potawatomi Paddlers Association, Inc (PPA) are changing how we communicate with members and the community in general. Instead of monthly meetings, we will be sending, by email mostly, quarterly newsletters like this.  We hope it helps PPA stay in contact with you.

If you know of others who you believe would be interested in PPA, and they approve receiving ie, send us their email address to be added to our mailing list

Rock Creek paddle, May 2023

Where are we Going This Year?

May 5 Advanced Kayak Training with John Chase at Manteno Lake

June 1   Kankakee River,Stateline Bridge to Momence

June 15  Beginner Kayak Training with Amy Nehls at K3 Splash Valley

June 22 Middle Fork Vermillion River

July 27 Kankakee River–Momence to Aroma Park

August 17 (tentative)  Kankakee River-“Everglades of the North” with Northwest Indiana Paddling Association

August 24 DuPage River, Shorewood to Chanahon

Sept 28  Kankakee River, Kankakee Bird Park to Warner Bridge

October 12 Lake Murphey at Willow Slough, Indiana

November 2   Monster Lake, Braidwood


Special Destinations, dates TBD:  Little Calumet/African American Water Trail; Fox River; Pecatonica River; Kishwaukee


PPA Annual Meeting

This year’s Annual Meeting will be Thursday, February 22, 7:00 pm, at Flanigan’s Pub, located in the lower level of the Majestic Building, 150 North Schuyler Ave., in Kankakee. The agenda will include voting for Board members and Officers of the PPA Corporation. Also, we will review the paddle dates and locations proposed for 2024 and other proposals.  From now on, this will be the only official meeting of PPA

Culver’s Fundraiser

Calling all foodies and supporters of Potawatomi Paddlers! We’re excited to announce that we’re hosting a fundraiser at Culvers of Bourbonnais, 983 N. Convent,  on Wednesday March 6 from 5 pm to 7 pm. When you indulge in a mouth-watering meal during that time, 10% of your purchase will be donated to Potawatomi Paddlers. So come out and enjoy a tasty dinner while supporting a great cause! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference in the community. We look forward to seeing you there!  And don’t forget the frozen custard!

Manteno Lake training, May, 2023

PPA Board of Directors

PPA Corporation officers are elected to one-year terms at the Annual Meeting. Current officers are: Frank Koehler, President; John Persec, Vice President; Bruce Cowhig, Secretary-Treasurer

PPA Board members are elected to three-year staggered terms, meaning only some members’ terms expire each year. This year, terms expire for current members Sarah Viall, Bruce Cowhig, Josh Hudson, and Dan Morrison.

Other Board members (and their term expiration years) are: Frank Koehler (2025); John Persec (2025); Janet Glidden(2025); Holly Froning (2025)

Training Dates

An important part of PPA’s mission is to encourage and enable safety on the water. A trained kayaker is a safer kayaker. A trained kayaker also has more fun on the water.!  PPA  has organized two training opportunities this Spring:

Sunday, May 5, 9 am –4 pm. Manteno Lake. American Canoe Association (ACA)-certified trainer John Chase will lead this workshop in all aspects of kayaking on flatwater. You must bring your own equipment.  $35 for participants age 18 and over; $25 ages 10-18.

Saturday, June 15, 9 am-11 am, Splash Valley Water Park, Kankakee.  Organized in cooperation with Kankakee Valley Park District. Basic kayaking in the pool at the Water Park. Kayaks provided.  $25


Want to take your paddling to the next level? Visit Canoecopia, in Madison, Wisconsin, March 8-10 . Many displays of kayaks and canoes of all types and brands, plus workshops and presentations by experts in the paddling world  on all aspects of paddling and kayak/canoe camping.  For more, see the website:   Canoecopia – World’s Largest Paddling Expo! (rutabaga.com)

Basic Kayak training, Splash Valley, Kankakee, June 2023
Basic Kayak training, Splash Valley, Kankakee, June 2023