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Guided Nature Paddle:
Sterling Lake: FULL


Guided Nature Paddle:
Sterling Lake: FULL

Saturday, August 24

10 AM - 12 PM

Youth Ages 9 to 99


AgesResidentNonresidentAdditional Child ResidentAdditional Child Nonresident
Over 12 $10.00 $13.00 $10.00 $13.00


Email with questions or to join a waitlist. 


Explore nature from a different perspective--on the water in a solo kayak. We will paddle Sterling Lake at Van Patten Woods, highlighting its unique features and some of its inhabitants. Suitable for beginners, although paddling experience is preferred.

Brief on-land paddling instruction is provided prior to launching the kayaks. Cost includes solo kayak, paddle, life jacket, and dry bag.

Meet at the Sterlng Lake Car-Top Boat Launch.

Wear quick-dry clothes (no jeans, no 100% cotton fabric) and shoes with a heel strap and closed toes that will get wet (no flip-flops, Crocs or slides). Bring a water bottle.

Each participant must sign the waivers and wear a life jacket properly when on the water.


April Vaos

Van Patten Woods 15838 West Route 173
Wadsworth, IL, 60083

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