Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

NON-HCKC April Fools on Big Pine Creek

  • April 02, 2022
  • near Rainsville, IN

"Muskrat's 45th Annual April Fools

On Big Pine Creek Cruise"

will be held Saturday April 2nd 2022.


Meeting time is 9:30 AM

at our Traditional Meeting Location, 

in Downtown Pine Village.  

Please, Don't go to A "Launch Site" !!!

Go to Pine Village !!! 

The "Launch Site" will not be Announced until we Meet

in Pine Village.  There are several possibilities,

with the selection based on Water Levels.

"I did not want to use the word Put-in", shouted Muskrat.

Rocky Ford Rapid at 2-ft on the Chuck Weis Gauge


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There are 3 Meeting Locations:

     In addition to Pine Village, this event has two other Meeting Locations available, one in Kokomo and another in Lafayette.  All 3 Locations and Meeting Times are described below:    

1) The west-side McDonalds in Kokomo, corner of Sycamore St & Dixon Rd. 
    Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 33. Enter Kokomo on SR-931 (avoid the new US-31 By-Pass).  Then, go West on Sycamore Street (first Stop Light North of Wildcat Creek). Follow Sycamore all the way thru the City. The west-side Micky-D's is on the Left just before the Stop Light at Dixon Road (2331 W. Sycamore St, Kokomo 46901).
    This is the site of the April Fool's Traditional "Trip Leader's Breakfast", which has been held every year since the beginning in 1978.  Muskrat will arrive at 7AM if you would like to eat, sip some coffee, and listen to some "Pitifully Old and Raucous River Tales".      We will leave from there promptly at 8:00 AM.

2) The Lafayette East-side McDonalds, on SR-26,  just west of I-65 & SR-26.    (4200 South St, Lafayette 47905)
    Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 31. Be there NO LATER than 8:30AM.  
The group from Kokomo will arrive at 8:45 and leave ASAP, hopefully by  9:00 AM, or as soon as all the Potty-Stops have been accomplished.

3) Downtown Pine Village, on SR-26, about 20-miles west of Lafayette. 
    Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 30, at the Jct of SR-26 & SR-55, in Beautiful, Downtown Pine Village.  The Boat-laden auto caravan from Kokomo & Lafayette will arrive in Pine Village at....about....around....or somewhat after.......9:30 AM.    Be there early!!!!!!!

    Park anywhere Downtown. Expect to see Paddler-People wandering around in the middle of the highway. The Locals just ignore Us. They know we're Harmless, and that we'll soon be Gone.


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If you're interested in attending this Cruise, but have concerns about your abilities or equipment (Stream conditions??, type of Boat?? spray skirts?? helmets?? float bags??), please feel free to contact me.  Muskrat's complete contact info is available at the end of this Trip Announcement.


Also, please read the description of my Last Minute Update, 

down below the next picture.

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   Each year I make a Scouting Run thru the Big Pine Valley on the Day Before my April Fools Cruise.  I check the Water level (on the Chuck Weis Gauge in Rainsville) immediately upon arrival.  Then I visit all possible "Launch Sites" and Takeouts, visit with the Landowners at each location, dropping off a copy of this Newsletter if no one is home.  When I'm ready to leave, I check the Water level again and note any changes.


    My plan for that day includes being home no later than 6PM, so I can prepare my email "Last Minute Update" which I Promise to have available to my Expedition Team Members no later than 7PM.  For everyone else, I will be sitting next to my telephone all evening, beginning at 7PM. Feel free to call me any time after 7PM to see about the Water level and the expected Level of Difficulty.


The "Launch Site", however, 

will not be announced 

until we meet in Pine Village.