Cache River Canoe and Cookout

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participants paddling down the Cache river.
The Cache River habitat includes 48,415 acres of bottomland forest and associated sloughs and oxbow lakes, 3,561 acres of croplands and 15,524 acres of reforested areas.

A professionally guided canoe tour through one of the nation’s most ecologically diverse areas is on tap for Saturday, May 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Veteran Adventures, a program area of Touch of Nature, will host a voyage through the Cache River Wetlands which will provide plenty of opportunity to see a plethora of plant and animal species found nowhere else in Illinois.

This trip will be free for all veterans, current service members and members of the National Guard, the Reserves and the Registered Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Participants will need to bring a water bottle, sunscreen, hat/sunglasses and appropriate clothing for the weather. All canoes, paddles, personal floatation devices and lunch will be provided free of charge. Participants are welcome to bring their own canoe or kayak if they wish to transport it to the site themselves.

Children and family are welcome and encouraged to join! There is no paddling experience required to join in on the fun; there will be a certified American Canoe Association guide assisting participants and providing valuable paddling knowledge.

Sunday, May 26

participants enjoying a paddle on the Cache RiverParticipants will meet at the Lower Cache River Access in Ullin Illinois, 62992 (location can be found on Google Maps) or catch a shuttle leaving from Touch of Nature (1206 Touch of Nature Rd, Makanda, IL 62958) which departs at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 26 and will return back to Touch of Nature around 5 p.m. the same day.

Lunch will be served 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. where bburgers, hot dogs, vegetarian options will be served hot and fresh along with some sides & drinks. The canoe tour will take 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be aapproximately 3 miles long on calm, flat water.

Contact Greg Nejmanowski at 618/453-1121 with any questions regarding the event.

Individuals with disabilities are welcomed.  Call 618/453-5378 to request accommodations. 

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