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Blanchard River Challenge: Self-Guided Float Trip #4

May 20 @ 7:00 am - May 21 @ 1:00 pm


canoesThis trip is an enjoyable, yet challenging adventure at approximately 37.6 miles with a primitive tent camping experience at Riverbend Recreation Area’s campground. This two-day float trip includes up to seven potential portages around dams and rock fields with six potential portages on the second day alone, including a long portage at the waterfall near Riverside Park. All food and camping gear will have to be transported in the watercraft unless other arrangements are made (e.g. food and camping gear can be left in a second vehicle overnight at Riverbend Recreation Area with a permit or dropped off by a friend or family member). Canoeists and kayakers will paddle 20.9 miles on the first day and 16.7 miles on the second day. If the water level is too low to support boating or if too many obstacles exist in the form of fallen trees or if the water level is too high, the trip will be cancelled.

Storm Date: There is no storm date. If there is inclement weather, such as rain, thunder and lightning, and strong wind, the trip will be cancelled.

Meet at Blanchard Landing at 7 AM (located on S.R. 235, south of U.S. 224 West).  This trip is open to adults and youth ages 16 and 17 (youth under the age of 16 are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult age 18 or older).

Register by Friday, May 19, at 4:30 p.m. with $48/person with a signed Assumption of Risk/Liability Release/Waiver of All Claims form and/or a Parental Consent form if applicable

The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 7 a.m. Canoeists and kayakers will be transported to Blanchard River Nature Preserve via the HPD Shuttle Service.  Wool, fleece, and fast drying clothes, and an extra set of clothes in a water-resistant bag are recommended. Bring lunch, snacks, and water or Gatorade in a small cooler. Canoes, kayaks, personal flotation devices, paddles, maps, and shuttle service will be provided.


May 20 @ 7:00 am
May 21 @ 1:00 pm
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Hancock Park District