2022 Calendar of Events
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Earth Skills Paddle
Mark Denzer (primitive technologist ) led us on a paddle through the river and talked about traditional Native American uses of plants, trees, animals and other resources of the area. We learned how to make plant cordage from local sources, friction fire from local native woods, explored and gathered food plants and heard about how local Native Americans once lived from the land on the Cache river through stories passed down to Mark from local Native people. A display with locally made items was present for participants to ask questions about.
Full Harvest Moon Paddle
We will set out from the docks of Cache Bayou Outfitters and paddle the Cache Wetlands and enjoy the peaceful sounds of Illinois Hidden Bayou under moonlight. Referred to as the Harvest Moon, Septembers special theme reflected an ancestral time of the year where cultures sang, danced, and celebrated a bountiful harvest.
September 30th- October 2nd
Brain Tanning Buckskins
at Wildcat Bluff Prairie Farm
Join Kevin Clinton as he shares over 30 years of experience in making leather from animal hide. In this 3-day workshop, you’ll learn the ancient art known as brain tanning. Each student will learn and practice every step of the process. Over the course of the long weekend, you’ll transform a deer rawhide into soft, supple, natural, beautiful leather for clothing, pouches, crafts and more.
Includes: Instruction, Camping, Tools, Raw hide
Hunters Moon Paddle
The full moon that appears in October is called the Hunters Moon, so named as the preferred month to hunt summer-fattened deer and fox unable to hide in now bare fields. Like the Harvest Moon, the Hunters Moon is also particularly bright and long in the sky, giving hunters the opportunity to stalk prey at night. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunters Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes. We will discuss and share some of the history and lore surrounding the Cache river and surrounding areas. Please come early and get a lesson if needed.
$37.00 for Adults 18-up
$21.00 for Teens 12-17
Horseshoe Lake Bald Eagle Tour
Oct. 16th 9:00am-12:00pm
Join the staff of Cache Bayou Outfitters for another adventure exploring the science and lore of America’s first symbol the Bald Eagle. Our Bald Eagle Kayak Tour is offered only during the months October 2022 and March 2023 when paddling conditions are suitable, and visibility and abundance of eagles are greatest. Up close encounters with eagles are common as they swoop down from Cypress trees and catch fish. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture this unique wilderness experience. The still waters of Horseshoe Lake make this tour easy for all ages. Canoes, Single and tandem kayaks are available
$40.00 per adult
$20.00 per teen
$17.00 per youth
Know before you go
Duration: 2.5-3 hr.
Bring weather appropriate clothing, camera, life jackets(required) and paddles provided and required
For a full refund, cancel at least 72 hours in advance of the start date of the outing for a full refund or credit
Mysteries of Fire:
Methods, history, and our ancient relationship with this elemental power of nature
Join Mark Denzer, Primitive Technologist, certified Pyro and Professional Wilderness River Guide, as he takes you on a journey though the lens of human’s ancient, complex and romantic relationship with the technologies of fire. This lecture will cover how fire was and still is used by humans for cooking, heating, rituals, festivals and transforming landscapes. Following the lecture, a demonstration and hands-on workshop will be given on the various methods of creating fire from friction and percussion, including flint and steel, hand drill and bow drill. Mark's knowledge of fire comes through study and teaching primitive technologies for over 25 years, including academic research though experimental archeology and attending and working for various wilderness programs throughout the country.
Hosted by Friends of Giant City
Location: Giant City Visitors Center
Registration begins soon.