LENA, Ill. — The Lena Community Park District will host the Fourth Annual “Pec” River Fest. The “Pec” River Fest involves activities, competitions, entertainment, food and refreshments.
The Pec River Fest will be Friday, July 15, at McNeil’s Damascus Landing and Saturday, July 16 and 17, at McConnell’s “Bobtown” Landing. Both of these landings provide access to the Pecatonica River for canoeing, kayaking, small watercraft, fishing, wildlife viewing and other leisure family activities.
The ever-popular “Catered Pontoon Rides” will be Friday, July 15, at McNeil’s Damascus Landing MDL, 4998 W. Cedarville Road, Lena. Secure your seat for an approximate one-hour ride on the Mighty Pec with a catered picnic-style dinner for only $20 per person. Advance registration is required by calling (815) 369-5351 or (815) 990-0146. This will be a late afternoon and early evening event with live entertainment at river’s edge.
Saturday, July 16, will be the well-attended Summer Flotilla from the McConnell “Bobtown” Landing (MBL) to McNeil’s Damascus Landing. This paddle features a leisurely 7.9-mile scenic view of the Pecatonica River. Advance registration is preferred. Bring your canoe/kayak/PFD and paddles. A limited number of canoes will be available for rent. Lunch and SAG Pontoon will be provided.
Sunday, July 17, will be the Third Annual Illinois Paddling Council-sanctioned canoe and kayak races. This event has more than 40 categories for race applicants. Racers will compete in amateur and professional series. The Professional series will launch from the Browntown, Wis., landing, 1 mile west of Browntown on Highway 11. This race is approximately 18 miles in length. The Amateur series will launch from Brewster’s Landing, 1 mile east of Winslow, Ill., on Winslow Road. This race is approximately 6.7 miles in length. All races will be going “down river” and terminate at McConnell’s “Bobtown” Landing. Contact the Lena Community Park District for entry and shuttle information at (815) 369-5351, or Jane Parks, superintendent of Recreation, at (815) 990-0146.
The Pecatonica River offers more than 58 miles of recreation and wildlife opportunities in Stephenson County alone. The entire Pecatonica River is more than 200 miles in length. Several efforts are under way to improve access and the overall health of the Pecatonica River in Stephenson County.
From the July 13-19, 2011 issue