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Joan at Pool Session

Pool Sessions



Pool sessions are going strong and keeping us sharp for summer paddling

 Dave Strike

 "AS IF" Drill

September 2009

This semi-annual "AS IF" drill was conducted this time with "challenges" for 2 teams. This event was done in the style of "The Amazing Race" for the purpose of participants to test their skills and learn new ones in preparation for upcoming expeditions.

Annual Locks Trip
October 2009

The 2009 annual locks trip was a Halloween adventure!

Read the trip report here

See photos here and here

  Sea Kayak Georgia

BCU Week

October 2009

Nine ISK members spent 5 days on Tybee Island in GA for the Sea Kayak Georgia BCU week.
Read the intriguing reports of four of those members here
See photos here and

   Fall Rendezvous
October 2009

    Night Navigation
September 25 - 27, 2009

Nine ISK members attended the 2009 Night Navigation event on Mille Lacs Lake. Read more about it and see GPS Track of route here.

Basic navigation class

September 2009

ISK member Rhett Taber:

We learned about charts, plotting courses and basics of navigation. This was an excellent way for beginners to learn the basics, as well as giving the more experienced navigators an opportunity to "fine tune" their knowledge.

This session was also be an excellent introduction for those who will be attending the Night Navigation class the following weekend.



Voyageurs Trip

September 24 – 27

8 people joined trip leaders Larry Stephenson and John Mayerle for an adventure filled weekend at Voyageurs National Park.

Read about the trip here.


September 13

Congratulations to all six ISK members who successfully completed their ACA Instructor Certification Exam

 Mike O’Neill
Peggy O’Neal
Peter Larson
Tony Schmitz
Michelle Forseth
Jeff Forseth

Full Moon Paddle

September 4th 2009

After many less-than-stellar full moon paddle attempts, the evening of September 4th proved the old adage that Mother Nature has saved the best for last!  Read More

Annual Picnic

August 2009

Many ISK members and guests gathered Sunday morning under generous sun and light wind for the summer picnic and paddle.

Full story 


Apostle Islands

Circumnavigation of Outer Island


Ron's most excellent Video

Introduction to Kayaking Class


12 participants and 4 instructors


Memorial Day Rendezvous

For the 4th annual Memorial Day Rendezvous there were a total of 16 members

Read more here


Home Built boats and Kayaks
May Program

Two of  ISK's members, Tony Schmitz and Ron Steinwall  build traditional (Greenland-style)  skin-on- frame kayaks and paddle



The AS IF Drill was a resounding success: a hearty, early season, 14 mile paddle that left everyone

What's the best boat for me?

April Program

There is no best boat, but there are design characteristics and considerations


Ice Out Contest

Congratulations Ron Steinwall, with your guess of 

Cold Water Immersion & Hypothermia



March Mississippi River

& Chili Feed

Fifteen ISK members gathered at Ellison Park in Monticello on Saturday morning for the Mississippi River Paddle.   Clint was our trip leader and host for the after paddle gathering, and Deb was the trip coordinator. Continued


Tom Watson, "The Seven Steps"
March Program

A series of measures to take when in a survival/emergency situation.

Hand Tool Sharpening Clinic

Dan Morrison showed how to  properly sharpen hand tools used for building a paddle or boat, using Japanese water stones.


A Fresh Look at Kayak Cooking

February Program

 ISK culinary guides Deb Strike, Michelle Forseth and Dana Dickson inspired us to use more creative approaches to breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Annual Event Planning Party

Jan 10, 2009

Members gather to plan the upcoming year



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