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Sangamon River Fall Float 2023

October 7, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration Deadline Extended!! 

Join Menard County Trails & Greenways on October 7, 2023 as we paddle 5 beautiful miles of the Sangamon River from the Gudgel Bridge to the New Salem riverside picnic area/boat ramp.

Take part in this annual event where we join together to enjoy the solitude, beauty and natural history of the Sangamon River as it meanders through rural Menard County. With a hint of fall in the air, the tree-lined river will likely be stunning. Immediately following the float everyone is invited to socialize around a cozy campfire at New Salem State Historic Site riverside picnic area for a weenie roast (provided with registration).

$25 Registration Fee — includes shuttle, snacks, weenie roast, local geologic features handout, and best of all–comraderie with fellow boaters.

All participants must pre-register! Registration is limited and closes at 5:00 PM October 4, 2023!

Each Participant MUST:

Register online by 5:00 PM October 4, 2023

Sign a Waiver and Release of Liability form (available at sign-in)

Provide your own canoe or kayak and paddles

Provide a PFD(personal flotation device)

Be responsible for delivering your equipment to the launch site at Gudgel Bridge by noon, and completing your registration and sign-in at New Salem before 1:00PM. Shuttle will depart New Salem at 1:00 PM back to the launch site. (Detailed directions will be provided in a confirmation email following online registration.)

Cancellation Policy:

In the event the float must be cancelled due to inclement weather or unsafe river conditions registrants will receive a full refund (minus handling fee).

Cancellation policy for participants: Ticket price (minus handling fee) will be 100% refunded if cancelled prior to 5:00 PM October 4, 2023. Refunds will not be granted after 5:00 PM October 4, 2023.

American Canoe Association

This is an American Canoe Association (ACA)–sanctioned event. Everyone will have the opportunity to join the ACA at the individual membership rate. 


October 7, 2023
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


Sangamon River
IL United States


Menard County Trails & Greenways