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North Branch canoe trip

Thursday, December 25, 2008
Pioneer Press
by Robert McCray

• Launches any time between 8 a.m. and noon, Thursday, Jan. 1.

• Launch site: Skokie Lagoons, at the Willow Road Dam. Meets just north of Willow Road on Forestway Drive.

• Trip length: 6 1/2 miles, from the Willow Road Dam to the finish point at Dempster Street in Linne Woods.

• Shuttle procedure: A driver should: 1. Drop off his/her boat and passengers near the launch site; 2. Drive to the finish line at Linne Woods and park the car. 3. Take a Forest Preserve District shuttle back to the launch site. 4. Pick up the car at the finish of the trip.

• Staying warm is imperative. Even the best paddlers can get wet, says Ingrid Pilgrim, veteran paddler, who says that to keep warm when you're wet, "you need either a wet suit or a dry suit, or synthetics like Polypro, and a nylon windbreaker and waterproof pants and gloves. Also, as insurance, bring a dunk bag (a bag that's waterproof) containing another set of clothes not only for yourself but for somebody else who doesn't have one. A dunk bag is a requirement."

• For information on canoe or kayak rental, call (773) 777-1489.

-- Robert McCray



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