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2024 Calendar of Events

      Solar Eclipse Tour 2024

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The Cache River is in the path of totality for the Great American Eclipse! Observers there will see (appx.) 2 minutes 28 seconds of totality! Come join us for a Cache River Canoe Solar Eclipse Tour like no other! The day will be full of story, song, science, and food.  Presentations include speakers Mark Denzer (Operations Manager) will share the lore and stories of the Eclipse from around the world. Lead Guide Sam Buckner will share the elementary science of the Eclipse and what to expect during the event! Lastly, will be Ojibwe Traditional Jay and Sweetie Bird from northern Minnesota. They will share traditional Ojibwe star knowledge and songs about the eclipse and how astronomical events fit into there cosmology. We will set out on the swamp in the early morning- the perfect time to witness dozens of warblers, great blue herons, ospreys, cormorants, egrets, kingfishers, and eagles. Southern Illinois is at the apex of the area of longest duration for viewing the eclipse which will occur at 12:42 pm on the Cache River. What better way to experience it by canoeing through an ancient cypress swamp. Followed by a catered meal of BBQ pulled pork sandwiches or veggie option,. The trip will be for the duration of 4-5 miles.

Pricing & Info

Itinerary (11:30am – 3pm)

Dates: April 8th Time:

Dress- weather appropriate clothing,

Directions – Google Map 240 Dean Lane, Illinois 62992

 

Early bird registration. Pricing $150.00/per adult, $85.00/per teen 12-17, $55.00/11 ages & younger, include choice of single kayak, canoe, special eye glasses, life vest, snacks, water bottled water, catered meal & professional naturalists. 50% refund if its a rainy day. If it rains or is cloudy we will still have the presentation, the tour and the meal. 

Pink Moon Paddle

 

 

Join us on our Full Pink Moon Paddle. 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.  Kayak the Cache wetlands and hear the swamp come alive with the sounds of spring peepers, southern leopard frog and so much more night.

 

We will meet at 240 Dean Lane, Ullin Illinois, 62992 fifteen minuets before the paddle. We recommend bringing a flashlight and drinking water.

$38.00 per adult
$21.00 teen
$18.00 youth

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Blossom Moon Paddle

 

 

The Blossom Moon marks the arrival of high spring. Come Join river guide Mark Denzer for a night paddle around the Cache River Wetlands canoe trail.  Listen along the way for the sounds of spring, and watch the moon rise over the water. 

 

We will meet at 240 Dean Lane, Ullin Illinois, 62992 fifteen minuets before the paddle. We recommend bringing a flashlight and drinking water.

$38.00 per adult
$21.00 teen
$18.00 youth

Mothers Day Paddle Sunset Paddle 

  

What better way to spend Mothers Day than being greeted by sounds of nature of the Cache at sunset. We will launch from the boathouse at 6pm and returned at Sunset. We paddled for about 2 hours, stopping along beaver lodges, ancient cypress groves and hearing about the rivers historic past. 

 

Location: 240 Dean Lane, Ullin Illinois, 62992

Cache Bayou Outfitters office 

 

$38.00 Adults

$21.00 Teen 

$18.00 Youth 

Frog Moon Paddle 

 

 

The Frog Moon paddle dived into the life of night time creatures in the Cache River wetlands. We will learn about frog habits, life cycles, what creatures are currently active during this time of year within the Cache River watershed.  In addition, we learn about the history of the Cache River, its ecological significance and its unique history.  7pm launch time

 

Location: 240 Dean Lane, Ullin Illinois, 62992

Cache Bayou Outfitters office 

 

$38.00 Adults

$21.00 Teen 

$18.00 Youth 

Fathers Day Sunset Paddle 

 

The perfect Father’s Day activity. Kayaking/canoeing on the swamp with family and friends! What better way to spend Father’s Day being greeted by sounds of wildlife of the Cache at sunset. We will launch from the boathouse at 7pm. We’ll paddle for about 2hrs, stopping along beaver lodges, ancient cypress groves and hearing about the rivers historic past.

 

Location: 240 Dean Lane, Ullin Illinois, 62992

Cache Bayou Outfitters office 

               

Registration coming soon 

$38.00 per adult
$21.00 teens
$18.00 Youth 

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Full Thunder Moon Paddle

 

Join us as we paddled through the ancient wetlands of the Cache River at night and hear the call of this ancient wild place. We will be paddling under the first full moon of the summer sometimes referred to as the Thunder Moon. The guides will share their knowledge of beavers, bats and owls of the Cache River. 

Adults (18-up) $38

Teens (12-17) $21

Youth (5-11) $18

Location: Office Cache Bayou Outfitters 

240 Dean Lane, Ullin Illinois 62992

Green Corn Moon Paddle 

 

Two moons fall under the moon of August. We will hold the first moon on July 29th (2 days before the actually full moon) to offer our guest a full moon paddle on the weekend. The second tour will take place on a Wednesday when the moon will be completely full. 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. Please bring a headlamp, bug spray, and water. This is a family event so we are discouraging alcohol. 

No prior canoe experience required. 

 

Please come early and get a lesson if needed.

 

$38.00 for Adults 18-up
$21.00 for Teens 12-17

$18.00 for Youth 5-11

Location: 240 Dean Lane, Ullin Illinois 62992

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        Cache River Days Tour                    

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Join us for a once a year offering of a free guided tour on the Lower Cache River as we celebrate the river with the town of Ullin, Illinois!  Open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. This tour is a 1.5 hour paddle through the Button Land Swamp, eagle pond and the main channel of the Cache River!  We will be sharing its rich history from its prehistoric Native American past, through its French inhabitant's, to its American settlement and more.  Additional, we  will share its rich ecological significance as Americas Northern most Cypress/ Tupelo Swamp !  This a free tour offered to the public, however tips and donations to our non for profit 501c3 are excepted, but are not mandatory! 100% donations go to the Eagle House a facility for outdoor education for local and regional youth ! When you register it will give you the option of a costume amount. So please consider helping us!  Please bring water, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Arrive 10-15minutes early for registration. 

9pm Tour 

3pm Tour 

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 Harvest Moon Paddle 

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. Referred to as the Harvest Moon. This month special theme reflects an ancestral time of the year where cultures sing, dance and celebrate a bountiful harvest.
No prior canoe experience required. Please come early and get a lesson if needed.

 

$38.00 for Adults 18-up
$21.00 for Teens 12-17
$18.00 for Youth 5-11

Ancestral Earth Skills Paddle & Atlatl Making  

$75.00 per Adult

$55.00per teen

 

9-5pm

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 traditional Atlatl (spear dart thrower),  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.

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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. 

Location: 240 Dean Lane, Ullin Illinois, 62992

Cache Bayou Outfitters office 

 

$38.00 Adults

$21.00 Teen 

$18.00 Youth 

               

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        Eagle Tour at Horseshoe Lake 
              March 3rd & November 1st

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/Canoe Tour is offered only during the months Nov 2023 of and March 2024 when paddling conditions are suitable, 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

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Mysteries of Fire:

Methods, History, & Our Ancient Connections 

 

November 5th

Sponsored by Friends of the Cache River! Join Mark Denzer, Primitive Technologist, and Professional Wilderness River Guide, as he takes you on a journey through 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.

Location: Eagle Lodge at Cache Bayou Outfitters 

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