Sandhill Cranes trip

Each fall, all the sandhill cranes of the upper Midwest fly south, stopping at a single preserve in Northwest Indiana for a month of socializing, courtship and eating corn that the harvesters miss.  We'll paddle a stretch of the Kankakee River in its glorious fall colors, where we may see cranes and other wildlife.  Then we'll swing by Jasper-Pulaski preserve for the sunset spectacle of as many as 15,000 sandhill cranes returning from their daytime feeding grounds.

  • Paddling starts at mid-day at English Lake, IN; crane viewing an hour before sunset when numbers peak
  • We sometimes describe the river part of the trip as an excuse for a paddling company to take people to see the cranes.  Cranes aren't river birds, so we're unlikely to see them till after the paddle.  Fortunately, it's a lovely river too.
Duration: 
8 miles; with crane viewing, allow a full day
Cost: 

$95/person canoe or tandem kayak; $65/person in single kayak;

A child riding as a 3rd person in a canoe would be an additional $35, but please talk to us about this before committing.  This is a somewhat long and potentially chilly trip for many children.

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