Fall 2021 Outdoor Adventure Trips

Day Canoe/Kayak at UIS Field Station at Lake Springfield: Friday, August 27, 1 P.M. – 3 P.M. –  Stop by the UIS Field Station at Lake Springfield anytime between 2 P.M. and 4 P.M. to canoe and kayak on Lake Springfield. The last canoes and kayaks will leave the dock at 3:30 P.M., and a bags set will also be available to play. Campus Recreation will provide all the equipment you need, and you will meet a Campus Recreation staff member at the field station, who will help you if you have never canoed or kayaked before. Registration begins Monday, August 23 at 9 a.m. in the TRAC front office. Spots are limited.

Day Canoe/Kayak at UIS Field Station at Lake Springfield: Friday, September 3, 11 A.M. – 1 P.M. –  Stop by the UIS Field Station at Lake Springfield anytime between 2 P.M. and 4 P.M. to canoe and kayak on Lake Springfield. The last canoes and kayaks will leave the dock at 3:30 P.M., and a bags set will also be available to play. Campus Recreation will provide all the equipment you need, and you will meet a Campus Recreation staff member at the field station, who will help you if you have never canoed or kayaked before. Registration begins Monday, August 23 at 9 a.m. in the TRAC front office. Spots are limited.

Day Canoe/Kayak at UIS Field Station at Lake Springfield: Friday, September 10, 2 P.M. – 4 P.M. –  Stop by the UIS Field Station at Lake Springfield anytime between 2 P.M. and 4 P.M. to canoe and kayak on Lake Springfield. The last canoes and kayaks will leave the dock at 3:30 P.M., and a bags set will also be available to play. Campus Recreation will provide all the equipment you need, and you will meet a Campus Recreation staff member at the field station, who will help you if you have never canoed or kayaked before. Registration begins Monday, August 30 at 9 a.m. in the TRAC front office. Spots are limited.

Day Hike at Lincoln Memorial Gardens: Friday, September 24, 2 P.M. – 4 P.M.  You will meet a Campus Recreation staff member at the start of the hike and then hike with a small group. Registration begins Monday, September 9 at 9 a.m. in the TRAC front office. Spots are limited.

Horseback Riding: Riverside Trail: Friday, October 1, 2 P.M. – 4 P.M.  Join Campus Recreation on the inaugural horseback riding event! We will meet at TRAC and travel to Riverside Trail, just north of Springfield, where we will take a guided trail ride. Cost is $20 per student and spots are limited. Registration begins Monday, September 9 at 9 a.m. in the TRAC front office. Spots are limited.

Day Hike at Carpenter Park: Friday, October 15, 2 P.M. – 4 P.M.  You will meet a Campus Recreation staff member at the start of the hike and then hike with a small group. Registration begins Monday, October 4 at 9 a.m. in the TRAC front office. Spots are limited.

Day Canoe/Kayak at UIS Field Station at Lake Springfield: Friday, October 22, 2 P.M. – 4 P.M. –  Stop by the UIS Field Station at Lake Springfield anytime between 2 P.M. and 4 P.M. to canoe and kayak on Lake Springfield. The last canoes and kayaks will leave the dock at 3:30 P.M., and a bags set will also be available to play. Campus Recreation will provide all the equipment you need, and you will meet a Campus Recreation staff member at the field station, who will help you if you have never canoed or kayaked before. Registration begins Monday, September 9 at 9 a.m. in the TRAC front office. Spots are limited.

*A UIS Student is defined as a currently enrolled student being assessed the Rec Center portion of the General Fee. 

If you have any questions concerning Outdoor Adventures trips please contact the office of Campus Recreation at 217-206-7103.

Outdoor Adventures Equipment Rental

If you would like to plan your own adventure you can rent the equipment you need from Rec Sports. Click the following link to see a list of the equipment available for rent. Outdoor Adventures Equipment Rental Price (pdf)

Kayaks and canoes on our pull behind trailer.

*Please note that you do not need to rent equipment if you are participating in an Outdoor Adventures trip offered by Rec Sports.

Equipment Rental Policies and Procedures

  • Any Rec Member or UIS Community Member may rent equipment from Recreational Sports.  All individuals must have a valid UIS icard to rent Outdoor Adventures equipment. Payment is due at the time of the rental.
  • Reservations for equipment are required to ensure the equipment desired is available for rent.  Reservations are made on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Allow up to 30 minutes to check out equipment. It is the responsibility of the renter to inspect equipment and be sure it is all there and in good condition. If something is missing or in need of repair, a Rec Sports Staff Member must be notified immediately so it can be recorded before equipment is checked out.  If for some reason the renter fails to inspect the equipment, he/she is held responsible for damaged or missing equipment upon its return.
  • Each renter must sign a Rec Sports Waiver at time of rental. The renter will be held financially responsible for any damages or loss of equipment.
  • Times to return equipment will be established when the equipment is checked out. Returned equipment will be inspected by a Rec Sports Staff Member.  Fines for dirty, lost or damaged equipment may be assessed.
  • Fines: The fee for late returns will be the cost of one day’s rental for each day past the due date. Renters will incur all costs for repair/replacement of any damaged or lost items.

To make a reservation contact Recreational Sports at 217.206.7103 or by email recsports@uis.edu.  To ensure your equipment is available, please contact Recreational Sports 2-3 business days in advance.