Summit Lake State Park, Canoe Series, DNK Presents

Canoe Series: Day Trip

Canoe Series: Day Trip, Canoeing on a Lake

Keep Calm and Canoe On

Location: Summit Lake State Park

Date: May 15, 2021 

Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

Meet: Summit Lake State Park/Boat Rental Parking Lot 

Cost: $59.00 per person we provide canoe, $49.00 per person with personal boat

Cost does not include: Transportation to & from Summit Lake 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, permit fees, insurance, special gift from DNK Presents

Itinerary and information:  Meet at the boat launch at Summit Lake State Park located near New Castle, Indiana at 10:00am.  A tandem canoe, paddles, and life jackets are included in the pricing of this trip but the state park entrance fee is not.  You will need to provide your own waterproofing bags for personal gear, as well as, your snacks, lunch, and water.  Dress for the weather and anticipate getting at least a little wet.  It is advised that you pack a change of clothes and place them in your dry bag.  The day will start by learning some basic maneuvering strokes before heading out to explore the beautiful scenery.  The group will pull ashore, stretch their legs, and enjoy a shore lunch at around noon.  The return to the cars will be at 2:00pm. 

Optional Camping:  Your guides will be camping at Summit Lake State Park on Friday evening.  You are invited to do a “self-registration” with the state park and car camp on your own site.  All who chose this option are invited to join Blair and Darlene for an evening of socializing around the campfire. This car camping option is not included in your DNK registration and needs to be set up on your own.  Hope you can join the fun! 


“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!

Canoeing on a Lake – Day Trip – $59.00 we provide the canoe, $49.00 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 Summit Lake State Park, check out the link 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

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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!

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Wilderness Survival Article Info.

Hello Adventurers!

We came across this article (link below) which has some great tips on learning about plants and animals in the backcountry. As you go out for your summer adventure in the wilderness make sure you are fully prepared. If you can’t make one of our beginner adventures the guide from Flora and Fauna gives you some great survival tips for the backcountry. As always do not attempt to consume any plant or berry that is in question of edibleness. There are many plants and berries that are not edible in the wilderness and it is always best to have a trained professional that is experienced on wilderness survival who is with you to determine whether something is edible or not.

Click here below to read the full article.

We are offering Sunday evening paddle adventures on the White River in Indianapolis this summer. Starting June 7th from 4-6:30 we will dock at Broad Ripple park with our canoes and kayaks for a leisure paddle on the River. These events are first come first serve so if you want to sign up click here. We are looking forward to seeing you on the water this summer!

Is your business looking for something different for an office outing? We offer outdoor adventures for businesses for team building such as canoeing, camping, hiking, learning the basics of the backcountry, and many more! Contact us to learn more about outdoor adventures for your company!

We hope you have an adventurous weekend!

Danielle & Kate

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