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Canoe Series: Canoe Camping

June 25, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - June 27, 2021 @ 11:00 am UTC-5

$229.00 – $259.00
Chain O' Lakes, Canoe Camping, DNK Presents

Canoe Series: Canoe Camping – 2 Night Trip

Keep Calm and Canoe On

Location: Chain O’ Lakes State Park

Date: June 25-27, 2021

Meet: Chain O’ Lakes State Park

Cost: $259.00 per person we provide canoe, $229.00 per person with personal boat

Cost does not include: Transportation to & from Chain O’ Lakes State Park, park entrance fee, fees incurred from expenses leading up to the event, Saturday lunch, snacks

Cost does include: 2 professionally trained women guides, group meals, meals included: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, basic camping gear – if needed please indicate when registering, camping fees for two night, campfire wood, permit fees, insurance, special gift from DNK Presents. Participants will need to bring their own lunch on Saturday.

Itinerary and Information:  This canoe trip at Chain-O-Lakes State Park is designed to help improve canoe paddling skills while merging them with your tent camping skills.  Meet at Chain-O-Lakes boat rental at 4:00pm on Friday, June 25.  We will load camping gear into tandem canoes and head across Sand Lake to enter the chain of lakes that will quickly make you feel like you are in some far off wilderness land.  Arriving on Rivir Lake we will use 3 of the canoe-only camping sites.  Please plan on sharing a tent with one other camper, unless you have your own hammock.  This will be home for the night.  Once you are settled in you have lots of choices.  Hiking trails fan out in all directions.  Bring a fishing pole and see if you can catch dinner.  Are you a bird watcher?  Head out and add to your life list.  Bring a hammock and “hang out.”  Or, do a little more paddling!!  You pick!

Saturday will be a full day to play and explore the park by canoe or by foot.  Or, kick back and enjoy a good book.  

On Sunday morning, we will leave camp at about 10:00am, retrace our path, and head back to Sand Lake where we will return our boats and head for home.  

DNK Presents will take care of renting tandem canoes, paddles, and life jackets. We will make the Friday/Saturday night tent camping reservations, provide 2 dinners, 2 breakfast, 2 guides for 2 nights, campfire wood. 

Chain O' Lakes, Canoe Camping, DNK Presents
Chain O’ Lakes, Canoe Camping, DNK Presents


Chain O' Lakes, Canoe Camping, DNK Presents
Chain O’ Lakes, Canoe Camping, DNK Presents

“Keep Calm and Canoe On” is part of a Canoe Series of 3 events. You do not need to sign up for all three events, you can do 1, 2 or all 3 – the more you do the more you save!

Canoeing on a Lake – Day Trip – $59.00 we provide the canoe, $39.00 with your own boat

Canoeing on a River – Overnight Trip – $199.00 we provide the canoe, $169.00 with your own boat

Canoe Camping 2 Night Trip – $259.00 we provide the canoe, $229.00 with your own boat

Save $30 when you sign up for all three! Use code Save30

*Sign up for two events receive $20 off with code Save20 


Meet Your Guides: Check them out on our team page too!

Darlene Patterson

Darlene Patterson DNK Presents Guide
Darlene Patterson DNK Presents Guide

Darlene Patterson’s outdoor experiences are extensive and varied.  By canoe, they include thru-paddling the 740-miles of the Northern Forest Canoe trail (in 28.5 days), paddling a dugout canoe on the Amazon river in Peru, and working summers as a guide/instructor at the Voyageur Outward Bound school near Ely, MN.  There have been 3 trips exploring above the arctic circle (both in Canada and Norway), as well as backpacking on trails that include the Appalachian Trail, Red River Gorge, and the Knobstone Trail.

When safely tucked back into life in central Indiana, her days are spent teaching art in an elementary school and making work in her Patterson Pottery studio.





Blair Dietrick

Blair Dietrick DNK Presents Guide
Blair Dietrick DNK Presents Guide

Blair has hiked the Triple Crown (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, & Continental Divide Trail) as well as various other trails including the Teton Crest Trail, Lost Coast Trail, an Arizona Trail section hike, & the Camino de Santiago (French Route). She has also rock climbed in public lands across Utah & California and canoed in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. Her certifications include Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Master Educator, & S212 Wildland Fire (Chainsaw).

She has worn various hats in the outdoor industry including trail worker, welder, logger, cook, carpenter, mechanic, gear shop employee & tree worker. Currently Blair is back home working for the family business and building out her ‘92 Ford Club Wagon on the weekends. When not working or playing outside, Blair enjoys reading, road & mountain biking, & spending time with her Chihuahua, Zelda Mae.

Recommended Gear and Clothing:

Canoe Basics

  • Dry bag (large) or duffle bag with plastic bag layering system to keep contents dry)
  • Dry bag (Med/small) for change of clothes, phone, map, med card, etc.
  • Trail map
  • Compass
  • Matches
  • Cell phone in protective bag
  • Headlamp
  • Personal first aid and meds
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • water/water bottles
  • Water treatment supplies (including a gravity bag)
  • Meals, snacks, energy bars, etc 
  • Group tarp (part of safety plan)

Camping Basics

  • Tent or sleeping hammock
  • Sleep system (bag, mattress, etc)
  • Stove and fuel
  • Cookset and utensils
  • Dishes
  • Meals
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper and feminine supplies (include ziplocs if need to carry used supplies out)
  • Trowel
  • Handsanitizer
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Credit card/small amount of cash
  • Health insurance card/list of emergency contacts
  • Folding camp chair ( small enough to fit in canoe)
  • Parachute cord or small clothes drying line
  • Small repair kit or tools

Clothing Basics (dress for anticipated weather conditions and LAYER!!!  Avoid COTTON.  Need Multiple items in case of submersion.)

  • Synthetic/Nylon layers on top and bottom.  Use moisture wicking.
  • Multiple pair of wool/synthetic socks
  • Gloves
  • Paddling footwear
  • Camp footwear
  • Hat (for sun and cold)
  • Bandana or buff
  • Swim suit
  • Camp towel
  • Stuff or compression sacks

To learn more about Chain O’ Lakes State Park click here!


If there is another lock down or code red situation we will reschedule the workshop and a full refund or trip transfer will be available to you.

We will be reaching out to participants before the weekend and asking if you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has had COVID-19 related symptoms, or if you are experiencing or have in the past 14 days experienced COVID-19 related symptoms. If answering “yes” to any of these questions you will be asked to not join the workshop.

*If you have any questions regarding our procedures that are being taken to keep you safe and healthy please feel free to email Danielle at danielle@dnkpresents.com

Creating Safe Spaces:

The Backpacking Series is focused on creating a safe space for women and empowering women to feel more comfortable and confident in the outdoors. If you are a woman or a person who identifies as female you are welcome to join us!


June 25, 2021 @ 4:00 pm UTC-5
June 27, 2021 @ 11:00 am UTC-5
$229.00 – $259.00
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Chain O’ Lakes State Park
2355 E 75 S
Albion, IN 46701 United States
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