Cleanup and Paddle the Little Calumet River

June 7, 2014 | 8:30am, 9:30am - 2pm

Clean up the Little Calumet River and learn about the history and ecology of the Little Cal! The Little Calumet River Cleanup helps to collect several hundred pounds of garbage each year. Paddlers will learn about the historical importance and current status of the Little Cal river ecosystem while paddling to Kickapoo Woods and cleaning up along the way. Clean up tools, breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided.

Advanced paddlers with their own boats will meet at 8:30am at Gouwens Park for a 9am launch and travel the entire 7 miles to the Little Calumet Boat Ramp Preserve, cleaning up along the way. Inexperienced paddlers and those needing a loaner boat will meet at the Little Calumet Boat Ramp Preserve at 9:30am. This group will learn about the ecology and history of the river and will travel down the river to Kickapoo Woods and then return to the boat launch, cleaning up along the way. Both groups will arrive at the Calumet Boat Ramp by about 1pm for lunch.

The event is sponsored, in part, by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, and is sponsored and organized by the Calumet Waterway Stewards, a coalition that includes representatives from Illinois Water TrailKeepers, Openlands, City of Blue Island, Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau, Illinois Paddling Council and citizens who want to enjoy and improve local waterways. The event is funded by Illinois Coastal Management, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and Outdoor Nation.

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