2021 Calendar of Events
Hunters Moon Paddle
October 20th 6:30pm -8:30pm
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. Moonrise at 7:13pm Please come early and get a lesson if needed.
$35.00 for Adults 18-up
$20.00 for Teens 12-17
October Wabash River Trip
Join us on the beautiful Wabash River for our annual adventure to the great state of Indiana at the Grayville, Indiana boat ramp on the Wabash and floating down to the New Harmonie State Park. This years trip will include a Smithsonian exhibit called Waterways of Indiana. This all day adventure includes a meal of burgers and brats at the end of the float. Preregistration is required by calling (812) 838-4191 x 3054
Halloween Paddle at HorseShoe Lake
October 31st 9am - 12:30pm
Cache Bayou Outfitters will be hosting Halloween paddle to bring you an outdoor adventure! Mark Denzer of Cache Bayou Outfitters will be kayaking with us and is happy to answer questions regarding the local ecology and wildlife. Also if you have never kayaked or canoed before Mark will provide you with basic instructions to get you started. This is a fantastic opportunity to have some outdoor fun with a great group, or maybe a chance to try something new.
Meet at pavilion located near Horseshoe Lake spillway, and bring a sack lunch.
Pre-paid registration is required.
$35.00 per adult
Earth Skills for Youth
November 6th 9am-3pm
Join us at Wildcat Bluff Prairie Farm for a Day of connecting to the Earth with ancestral skills! Shelter building, lost proofing, friction fire, rivercane bunch bows & arrows and awareness games! Please bring a sack lunch.
Adults are free as long as they bring a child.
Ages 13-18 $25.00
Ages 5-12 $20.00
Past Events 2021
October Earth Skills Paddle
October 3rd from 11AM-4PM
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. Please bring a packed lunch, bottled water and a knife.
September Harvest Moon Paddle and Soup!
September 19th from 5:30-7:30PM
The Full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox is named the Harvest Moon since, during this month, the Moon helps the harvest by providing more light at the right time than other Full Moons do. Come join us for our monthly Full Moon paddle. Plans are to have a nice bowl of Harvest soup of the Oyster mushroom and Wild rice variety.
August Green Corn Moon Paddle
August 21st from 7-9PM and 22nd 7:30-9:30
The August full moon is referred to as the Ripening Moon, Sturgeon Moon or Green Corn Moon. Come join us as we will set out from the docks of Cache Bayou Outfitters and paddle out to Button Land Swamp and enjoy the peace and sounds of Illinois Hidden Bayou under moonlight. No prior canoe experience required. Please come early and get a lesson if needed.
June 22nd and 23rd Strawberry Full Moon Paddle
We hosted another Full Moon adventure on the Cache River. The Strawberry Moon (June’s full Moon and typically the last of spring or the first of summer) marks the ripening of strawberries that are ready to be gathered. The name has been used by Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, among others.
June 20th Father's Day Sunset Paddle
The perfect Father’s Day activity, kayaking/canoeing on the swamp with family and friends! it was a great way to spend Father’s Day. We paddled out at sunset and then greeted a waxing moon on the Cache. We paddled for about 2hrs, stopping along beaver lodges, ancient cypress groves and hearing about the rivers historic past.
June 13th 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.
July 23 & 24 Thunder Moon Paddle
The Farmers Almanac refers to the July full moon as a Full Thunder Moon. For this months full moon we paddled through the ancient wetlands of the Cache River on two different nights. The Guide shared their knowledge of beavers, bats, owls, and other local nightlife.
June 7th Outdoor Yoga and Kayak Outing at Horseshoe Lake
Healing Traditions and Cache Bayou Outfitters joined forces to bring you an outdoor adventure! We began the morning with outdoor yoga, followed by a brief meditation. Then had a light and healthy breakfast together, followed by a few hours of kayaking on beautiful horseshoe lake. Mark Denzer answered questions regarding the local ecology and wildlife. This was a fantastic opportunity to have some outdoor fun with a great group!
May 25th Flower Moon Paddle
This Flower Moon was the biggest and brightest super moon of the year! May marks the time when seeds should be started for the farming season ahead, birds begin to lay eggs, and flowers spring forth in abundance across North America. To celebrate we enjoyed the sound of frogs calling while we paddled in our local wetlands.
April 25th Pink Moon Paddle
The first super moon of the year. The Pink Moon symbolizes the sprouting of seed and the explosion of spring flowers particularly the wild ground phlox or pink moss phlox which is one of the first flowers to bloom with the arrival of the spring.
March 28th, Sap Moon Paddle
We kicked off the year with a paddle in the Cache River Wetlands under the full moon. At this time of the year, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworms to become active, inviting the returning summer birds to feed—a true sign of spring. Roots also begin to stir and push their way up through the soil, as the Earth awakens from its winter slumber. The sap begins to run and time for harvest in southern Illinois.