Kankakee River Paddle


The Newton County Park Board partnered with the Northwest Indiana Paddlers for the annual Everglades of the North Paddling Event on July 25. Special thanks to North Newton School Corporation and Luke’s Tavern in Sumava Resorts.

An annual event, check back for the 2016 date and check out Northwest Indiana Paddlers’ website nwipa.org for more information about area paddling events!


Film producers guide Kankakee paddling event


Over 80 paddlers took to the Kankakee River July 25 for the Northwest Indiana Paddlers Everglades of the North Event. NWIPA joined with the Newton County Park Board to organize the free event through the flooded riverbanks of the river. Jeff Manes and Pat Wisniewski, writer and producer respectively, of the Everglades of the North documentary accompanied paddlers on their tour of the Grand Kankakee Marsh highlighting points of historic and ecological significance. The native hibiscus flowers, also called swamp mallows were not in bloom, however the high water levels allowed participants to venture deep into the historic bayous and even witness fledgling eagles along their route.

After the paddling event, participants gathered at Luke’s Restaurant in Sumava for lunch and a detailed presentation by Manes and Wisniewski about the Grand Kankakee and the importance of the river to this day.

The Northwest Indiana Paddlers and the Newton County Park Board are working with the Upper Iroquois Watershed Initiative for a paddle event Aug. 29 on the Iroquois River in Brook. Registration starts at 9 am and boats and a shuttle will be available for use. Reservations are requested and can be made online. T-shirts will also be distributed, along with coupons to area businesses. For more information and to make a reservation for this free event go to www.iroquoiswatershed.com

NWIPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the region’s paddling resources and opportunities, providing environmental stewardship of the region’s waterways, education, and to be a link between the region’s paddlers for more information about NWIPA go to nwipa.org