Meet Director: Gordon
Course Setter: Gordon Pearce
||Registration and Start
(Maximum time on course: 1 hours)
Cost: (per individual or team)
(We suggest a maximum of four people per group.)
On-line registration is
NOTE: We could use a couple of volunteers to help out with registration.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
if you can help out for an hour or two. You'll still get a chance
to paddle the course!
Please join us for the annual Chicago Area Orienteering Club
Canoe-O. This event is designed to test your paddling skills as
well as your orienteering skills.
This year, the Canoe-O is included in the season
pass. The canoe rental fee is not included, so if you need
to rent a boat, go ahead and register, and select the 'Season Pass
The controls will be scattered around the south pool, with its
many inlets and islands. There will be two courses, a short course
and long course. The long course is a 1-Hour score-O where you try
to collect as many points as possible without exceeding the 1-hour
We will be using ePunch, so bring along
your SI chip/card/stick. If you don't have one, you can borrow one
at no charge.
We will be keeping track of the number of people on each team,
as well as the type of watercraft, but there will not be
separate classes for single/double/canoe/kayak, etc.
Bring shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. You may need
to get out of your boat to punch at a few of the controls, and you
may need to wade for very short distances. A change of clothes for
afterward is highly recommended.
Canoe rental will be available at the start/finish. We have
arranged for 12 boats to be guaranteed for our use. There will be
5 canoes (up to 3 people) and 5 kayaks (2 people each) reserved.
These will be available for $20 (flat fee per boat). Boat rental
includes paddles and personal flotation devices (PFDs). You can
request your type of boat and a 10:00 or 11:30 start time during
registration. To help us use the rental canoes most efficiently,
please arrive at least 15 minutes before your time-slot. If
you missed the pre-registration, and you need to rent a boat, please
arrive after 11:30 a.m., as all of our boats will probably be reserved
at 10:00. If our reserved rental boats sell out, you
are still free to rent directly from the canoe concession. The start/finish
will be at the boat rental building.
Competitors are welcome (nay, encouraged) to bring their
own canoes, kayaks, or rowboats. Please have your current Illinois
boat license already affixed. (Park district police and or Illinois
DNR have shown up to verify compliance in the past!) For
personal watercraft, please launch your boats at the public boat
ramp and paddle over to the boat rental building for the start.
Here are a few rules specific to Canoe-O (subject to change without
- Every person must be wearing a personal flotation device (PFD)
at all times. If you are in your own boat, you may have
up to 3 adults.
- Competitors start and finish with all crew members and equipment.
One or all teammates may leave the boat during the event, but
at the finish line the crew, boat, and all equipment must be back
together again. This means that one teammate could run between
controls while another paddles.
- No swimming is allowed. Many controls
may be designated as "wet" controls, which means they
must be visited in a boat. If you have
any questions about whether a control is "wet" or "dry,"
please ask at the start/finish before you begin.
- No boat may be portaged along or across Higgins Road, for safety
reasons. The courses have been designed to make this a very unfavorable
- There will be some legs where paddling might not be your best
- Running the entire course is not allowed. Some of the controls
will be on islands, and forest preserve rules prohibit swimming
in the reservoir.
- Controls will probably not be visible from across the the water.
However, other competitors' boats will be visible.
Take I-90 (Kennedy Expwy and Northwest Tollway) northwest of the
Loop 23 miles. Exit at I-290 / Route 53 southbound. Go about 1 mile
and exit at Higgins Road. Turn left and go about a quarter mile
to the first forest preserve entrance on the right. Watch for the
red and white orienteering signs to direct you to the boat rental
building, where the start/finish will be located. If you are using
your own boat, please launch it at the public boat ramp nearby and
paddle to boat rental building -- please don't carry your boat through
the rental building!
The Pace #208 bus runs every half-hour starting at 8:43 from the
Davis stop on the Purple Line in Evanston, or at 8:03 from the Des
Plaines Metra station. Twenty minutes after that the bus travels
along Golf Road which borders Busse Woods on the north. Another
option is the #606 Pace bus that leaves the Rosemont stop on the
Blue Line at 8:15 and 9:45 Sunday mornings and also takes twenty
minutes to get to Golf Road. Get off either bus near the I-90 overpass
over Golf. Walk west on Golf Rd and then south along the Salt Creek
embankment and into the fields and woods of the forest preserve,
and use an old orienteering map for guidance to get to the shelter
where the event is being held. On the way back to the City, I like
to stop for a hamburger and beer at Portillo’s or Chili’s
on Golf Road near the bus stop. An alternate route if you don’t
want to bushwhack is to get off the bus at Arlington Heights Road
and walk south to the bike path where it crosses Higgins Road.(under
1 mile of walking from the bus to the meet location)