A LONG STANDING CLUB OF ILLINOIS SINCE 1972
(Sponsored by the St. Charles Park District)
This is your gateway of opportunity to talk to and learn from some of the most experienced paddlers Illinois has produced or to just have a social paddle with one of Illinois friendliest clubs. We do our best to cater to all abilities from the beginning fledgling canoeist to the seasoned professional paddler. Just give us call or e-mail ahead of time and pop down to one of our Wednesday practices and plan a first timer paddling session with some of our expert trainers.
The Club Commodore Talks
Welcome to the St. Charles Canoe Club Web site. If your interests lie in canoe or kayaking read on and see what we are all about.
We are a club of about 40 members consisting of individuals and families who do quite a large variety of paddling. We largely consist of calm water marathon racers with amatur and professional ranks. In past years we've had half the members of the US Olympic Flatwater Team, Top five finishers in the Pro World Championships(Schiwigan) and consistently a large contingent of National Marathon Champions over the years. The club has hosted the the United States Canoe Association (USCA) National Championships in 1978 and 1996, as well as the ACA National Sprint Championships in 1987. We also like to think of ourselves as a well rounded club with a good schedule of pleasure cursers, but this varies form year to year depending on intrest. Whatever your intrest, remember, whether your trying to become a member of the Olympic team or just trying to get across the lake to your favorite fishing spot, we can teach you how to get there with proper technique and efficiency. So come along and enjoy whatever aspect of canoe and kayaking we can offer you.
The club publishes an activities and race schedule every year with planned events at least twice a week. Our annual club fund raiser the "Current Buster" Canoe and Kayak Race held on the first weekend in May on the fox river in St. Charles and "Fall Classic" Canoe and Kayak Race held on the last weekend in September also on the fox river in St. Charles. A monthly news letter along with this web site and Facebook is published/updated to keep members up to date on various club activities.
Meetings for the club are held on the third Wednesday of each month. During the winter, the meetings are held indoors and include a speaker or demonstration of some kind. The summer meetings are held outdoors normally on or near the Fox River after practice near Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles.
Our training starts as soon as we feel it safe to be on the water. Around the beginning of April we start practicing although some members try to paddle all year long when the water is not hard. We meet weekly during training season for Wednesday Night Practice at Ferson Creek Park. We try to launch boats for our practices at 5:30pm sharp. The seasoned paddlers travel upstream 7 to 9 miles during a workout practicing wake riding, starts, proper technique and generally building a strong base of endurance. While our newcommers will either stay right in front of the launch site or begin to travel upstream with a veteran team at their side.
We believe that the camaraderie of our club, with the group practices is often what creates a great athletes, not to mention great friends!!!
Weekends usually mean a road to a nearby river race or a little longer trip to the pro races.
Whatever your preference, just give it a go.