Happy 'Canoe' Year: Float set for Chicago River

January 1, 2012 7:36:00 AM PST
More than 300 paddlers are taking to the Chicago River for the New Year's Day Canoe Paddle.

The 27th annual event kicks off Sunday. The tradition is sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County in conjunction with the Illinois Paddling Association and supported by Prairie State Canoeists. The event starts near the Skokie Lagoons and finishes about four miles south in Linne Woods.

Superintendent Arnold Randall joined ABC7 live from the site during our ABC7 News Sunday Morning to tell us all about the paddle trip.

Earlier this month, the Cook County Forest Preserve District's board of commissioners passed a resolution celebrating the yearly canoe paddle. The resolution says "all who participate universally agree that there is no better way to ring in the New Year."

Participants must wear proper clothing and bring their own canoes and personal flotation devices.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)