Due to the small nature of our business, we do not keep regular hours. Boat rental times or tours can be arranged are based on availability by using our online booking system with Peek-pro.    In addition, tour times are based on the customers desired time and guide availability and should be arranged several days in advance if possible.   We recommend Google maps or MapQuest when searching for address.             

October 1st, Hunter Moon Paddle

The first full moon that appeared in October was called the Hunters Moon, so named as the preferred month to hunt summer-fattened deer and fox unable to hide in now bare fields. 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 discussed and shared some of the history and lore surrounding the Cache river and surrounding areas.

March 17, Sap Moon Paddle

 

The Sap Moon, as it marks the time of the year when

maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins. Cold weather or not, we kicked off a year of paddling with our first full moon tour. 

March 28th, Sap Moon Paddle

6:30-8:30 P.M.

We will kick 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.

The Ojibwa share this teaching.....
"Ziizaabaakwaadoke Giizis (Sugar Moon)
The third moon of Creation is Sugar Moon, is when the sap of Ninaatigoo Mitig (Maple Trees) starts to flow (ziigwang) as the maple sap begins to run, we learn of one of the main medicines given to the Anishinaabe which balances our blood and heals us.
During this time, we are encouraged to balance our lives as we would our blood sugar levels
Some also say; Aandekgo Giizis (Crow Moon).
Watch the skies as the Crows start to play, gather and sing as they group up and also partner up as they get twitterpated as most do in Spring / Ziigwang / In the Time of Flowing."
Barbara Wright (Ojibwa)

​Adults (18-up) $30
Teens (12-17) $20
Youth (5-11) $17

April 19, Pink Moon Paddle

 

The Pink Moon Tour represents a time in the year were spring flowers are in full bloom. paddlers listened to chorus frogs, spring peepers, and barred owls singing there thanksgiving songs to welcome spring.

May 18, Strawberry Moon Paddle

The Strawberry Moon Tour represents a time in the year were early fruits are yielding abundance. Paddlers had to opertunity to  sample some of Iroquois Strawberry drink. 

June 16th, Frog Moon Paddle

 

The Frog Moon paddle dives into the life of night time creatures in the Cache River wetlands. We learned about frog habits, life cycles, and what creatures are active during this time of year within the Cache River watershed.

April 13th & 14th Spring Retreat & Sunday Paddle

 

Join Sarah Brenes, Yoga Instructor & Bonnie Burton, Retreat Facilitator, for this nature inspired spring retreat. Sarah offered three yoga sessions throughout the weekend that were "mixed level.  Followed by a paddle

on the Cache River that Sunday afternoon.

www.centerforlostarts.org/retreats.html

May 4, Earth Skills of Southern Illinois 

Wilderness Guide Mark Denzer led an adventure in the woods. Guests learned to use materials from nature for friction fires, food, shelter, plant fiber rope making, safe water collection and much more!  We spent the day hiking with pack baskets, minimal gear and discussed safety techniques for staying healthy and safe while traveling through the wilds of southern Illinois. 

July 9th Earth Skills Paddle

Mark Denzer (Traditional Native Skills practitioner) led a paddle through the Cache River and taught about traditional Native American uses of plants, trees, animals and other resources of the area. He taught participants how to make plant cordage from local sources, friction fire from local native wood, gather wild edible plants and talked about how local Native Americans once lived from the land on the Cache river and told stories passed down to him from local Native people. 

July 5th, Thunder Moon Paddle

We paddled through the ancient wetlands of the Cache River at night and heard the call of this ancient wild place. We paddled under the first full moon of the summer, sometimes referred to as the Thunder Moon. The guides shared their knowledge of beavers, bats and owls of the Cache River. 

July 5th, Thunder Moon Paddle

6:30-8:30pm & 7:00-9:00pm

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. 

There will be two separate trips of 13 people each leaving from our docks 30 mins apart in order to reduce the risk or Covid-19 exposure. 

Adults (18-up) $30

Teens (12-17) $20

Youth (5-11) $17

August 16 Green Corn Moon Paddle

The August full moon is referred to as the Ripening Moon, Sturgeon Moon or Green Corn Moon. We set out from the docks of Cache Bayou Outfitters and paddled out to Button Land Swamp and enjoy the peace and sounds of Illinois Hidden Bayou under moonlight.

October 13th

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 discussed and shared some of the history and lore surrounding the Cache river and surrounding areas, while paddling though the swamp.

September 13

Harvest Moon Paddle

We will set out from the docks of Cache Bayou Outfitters and paddled out to Button Land Swamp and enjoyed 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.  

Adventure Tour 

Not available until Fall 2020

Please calling 618-201-4090 for availability and bookings.

 

On this all day tour of the Cache River we will paddle a total of 8-9 miles to the Cache Rivers Visitor Center and back. Tours will be scheduled to leave early morning in order to complete the journey by late afternoon. The state of the art visitor center is always a highlight of our trips, although we will also be visiting prominent landmarks and see more of the Cache River than most visitors get to see. We will break for lunch a catered lunch that is included in the price.

This is an adventure for the physically fit and adventurous spirit.

Not for young children.

$70.00 Adult

$50.00 Teen

Large group rates available.

For more information about the Visitor Center you can visit https://www.dnr.illinois.gov 

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