Midwest Kayak Fishing Symposium

Midwest Kayak Fishing Symposium

Rocktown Adventures, a specialty outdoor retailer and adventure club, will be hosting the second annual Midwest Kayak Fishing Symposium on May 20 and 21 at Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park, IL. This educational and family-friendly event is designed for anglers and paddlers of all skill levels.

“We are excited to be hosting this event for the second year in a row to give anglers the opportunity to learn about all things kayak fishing related as well as try out different kayaks during our demo paddles,” said Kevin Versino, General Manager, Rocktown Adventures.

The first day of the event will include test paddles on Olson Lake from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with kayak models from NuCanoe, Jackson Kayak, Native Watercraft, Old Town and Perception. Kayaks, paddles, life jackets and basic paddling instruction will be provided. Seminars on kayak fishing topics such as cold weather paddling tips and safety and rescue will also be held during the event. Following the demo paddles and seminars, camping and fishing will take place at Pierce Lake beginning with a community BBQ and then the kayak launch at 5:30 pm. Campers can rent a fishing kayak for $25 for the evening paddle. On the second day of the event, the group will launch at 7:30 am and will fish until noon. Kayak rentals are available for the morning paddle for $25.

The price for this kayak fishing experience is $10, with all proceeds benefiting the Chicagoland Chapter of Heroes on The Water, an organization whose mission is to help warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors. Individuals are welcome to participate for one day or two.

Campsite reservations are not included and need to be reserved by participants. Rocktown Adventures has reserved campsites at the Hickory Hills Loop. Please visit Reserve America for fees and availability. For more information on the Midwest Kayak Fishing Symposium, please visit rocktownadventures.com or call 815-636-9066.

Rocktown Adventures has a mission to provide Northern Illinois, Chicagoland and Southern Wisconsin residents the most knowledgeable, friendly staff and best selection of outdoor recreation products and programming to take advantage of the region’s recreational natural assets. Rocktown Adventures has locations in Rockford and Aurora.

The store carries a wide selection of premium equipment and apparel from leading brands such as Jackson Kayak, NuCanoe, Wilderness Systems, Simms, Adidas Outdoor, Mountain Khakis, Outdoor Research and more. Rocktown Adventures delivers on its promise to help customers “Gear Up and Head Out” by offering rentals, lessons, social trips, private trips and memberships through its Regional Adventure Club, theRAC. Enrolling in theRAC allows customers to take advantage of discounts on rentals, trips and lessons without the hassle of transporting or storing equipment.

Visit rocktownadventures.com or visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/RocktownAdventures for more info.


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