Tuesday, July 27, 2021

CranePaddle: Once Around The Islands

Long Island View

About CranePaddle: Once Around The Islands

Circumnavigating an island is one of the great joys of kayaking, providing a constantly changing perspective while giving you a great sense of accomplishment. The Crane Wildlife Refuge, home to seven islands, offers an excellent opportunity to do this, suitable for even beginning paddlers. These islands provide a haven for wildlife and have a rich cultural history spaning from when Native Americans summered on these shores, harvesting the shellfish for which this area is known, to their purchase by Chicago industrialist Richard T. Crane, Jr., who made them part of his vast early-20th-century summer estate.

On this adventure, we’ll paddle around three of the bigger islands, the largest of which—Choate (formerly Hog) Island—supports myriad birds and mammals including egrets, herons, deer, and coyote. We’ll land on Long Island and take a short hike to a hilltop that overlooks the tide marsh that interconnects the islands. From here, we’ll enjoy a splendid view of the c.1778 Proctor Barn and the c.1725-40 Choate family homestead.

Please note: Participants must be competent swimmers and age 15 or older. While appropriate for all levels of kayak skill, this trip is physically demanding. The starting location and other relevant details for all will be emailed to registrants the day before the event at the address provided upon registration.

Equipment policy: For each guest, we provide a sit-on-top kayak, paddle, and personal floatation device (a.k.a., PFD or “life-jacket”). You are also welcome to bring your own equipment. If you’d like to do so, please purchase your reservation and then email us at CraneOutdoors@TheTrustees.org with a brief description of the equipment you’d like to bring (e.g., 14’ sit-in kayak, paddle, PFD). Use of personal equipment is contingent on approval by Trustees staff and signing of liability waiver.

Weather cancellation policy: All trips will take place rain or shine with the following exceptions: If there is a high confidence that thunder and lightning will be present, we may cancel a trip up to one hour in advance. If the forecast is for steady and heavy rain all day, we may decide to cancel within 24 hours of the event. If either of these happens, all registrants will be notified by email with as much notice as possible and receive a full refund.

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