March 5th & 6th 
Ancient Art of Flint Knapping

We had a hands-on learning experience with two of the best flint knappers in the Midwest, Larry Kinsella and Don Stormer. They shared the ancient methods of creating usable flint tools for hunting and daily chores utilized by stone age peoples worldwide.  There was also an atlatl demonstration, atlatl contest and tips for creating your own as a modern hunting tool. 

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March 26 

Prehistoric Methods of Maple Syrup Tapping

at Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center

Mark Denzer of Cache Bayou Outfitters  demonstrated prehistoric methods of maple syrup processing and shared the ancient Native American lore of the sugar bush.  This included techniques for making primitive tools for obtaining the sap, bark containers for collection vessels, wooden bowls for rock boiling of the sap and creating friction fires for boiling the sap down to syrup, sugar or candy. 

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April 22,

Creating Fire with Tinder Fungus

at the Makanda Mushroom Festival

Mark Denzer of Cache Bayou Outfitters shared the lore, history, and uses of tinder fungus. We will explored the various methods of creating fire with including flint and steel, pyrite on flint, friction fire, and metal match ferro rods; and mushrooms such as Chaga, Cracked Cap Polypore, and Horse Hoof Fungus (Amadou). He also talked about how these have been used by human cultures for centuries. 

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May 14th,

Lake of Egypt Paddle Fest

We provided boats for the Pyramid Acres Marina's 3rd Annual Paddle Fest!

We enjoyed a day of water sports with friends and family on beautiful Lake of Egypt. 

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June 12th, 

Full Frog Moon Paddle

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

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March 18th,

Sap Moon Paddle

We kicked off the year with the March full moon. The Sap (or Sugar) Moon is when the sap of Ninaatigoo Mitig (Maple Trees in Ojibwa) starts to flow (ziigwang).  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.   A demonstration on how to tap a maple using ancient Ojibwa  methods was shown at the beginning of the paddle.  

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April 16th,

Full Pink Moon Paddle 

The second full moon paddle of the season was the Pink Moon which 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.  We Canoed and kayaked the Cache wetlands and heard the swamp come alive with the sounds of spring peepers and other calls of the night.

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May 8th, 

Mothers Day Sunset Paddle

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

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May 13th,

Full Blossom Moon Paddle 

The Blossom Moon marked the arrival of high spring. We joined river guide Mark Denzer for a night paddle around the Cache River Wetlands canoe trail.  Listen along the way for the night sounds of the animals, and watched the moon rise.

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July 31st 

Family Earth Skills & Paddle

10am-4:30pm

Join the staff of Cache Bayou Outfitters as we share the ancient art of primitive pottery and a day of paddling on the swamp. We will learn how to process wild river clay and making it into usable pottery such as animal effigies or clay pots.  A demonstration in the art of primitive firing will be given in the afternoon after the paddle with the option of returning the following week for your personal pots firing. Class size is limited! 

 

$45.00 per adult 18-up

$23.00 per teen 12-17

$20.00 per youth 4-11

Yoga and Kayaking at Horseshoe Lake

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Dates TBA 

 9:00am -1:00pm

Meet at pavilion located near Horseshoe Lake spillway- East Side Dr and Promised Land Rd.

Carpool from Makanda Boardwalk available.

Healing Traditions ( Anne Discepolo)  and Cache Bayou Outfitters ( Mark Denzer) are joining forces to bring you an outdoor adventure!

We will begin the morning at 9:00am with outdoor yoga, including sun salutations, and yummy deep stretching. Our yoga practice will be followed by a brief meditation to help attune ourselves to the subtle energies of the natural environment around us.

Then an enjoyable light and healthy breakfast together in the pavilion at 10:00am, followed by a few hours of kayaking on beautiful horseshoe lake. 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 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. Those that have never practiced yoga or haven’t tried kayaking are encouraged to join us. To provide a personalized experience we are limiting this outing to only 10 individuals.

$60 price includes yoga class, light breakfast, and 3 hour kayak rental (including paddle and life jacket).

 

Rain Date TBA 

Date and prices to be announced 

Wabash Adventure 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  Harmonie State Park. This all day adventure includes a meal of burgers and brats at the end of the float.

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June 19th, 

Fathers Day Sunset Paddle 

6:30pm-8:30pm

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.

$37.00 per adult
$21.00 teens
$18.00 Youth 

July 13th,

Full Thunder Moon Paddle

7:30-9:30pm

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) $37

Teens (12-17) $21

Youth (5-11) $18