Fall 2022 Outdoor Adventure Trips

Canoe/Kayak at UIS Field Station – September 10th: Launch from the UIS Field Station and spend the afternoon paddling around Lake Springfield.  Be on the lookout for deer, turtles, swans, and other native wildlife.

UIS Students: Free Registration opens 8/29 at 9:00am

Horseback Riding at Riverside Stables – September 16th: Enjoy a scenic trail ride along the Sangamon River.  No experience is needed.  Riverside Stables asks that all riders submit their height and weight so they can be matched with the appropriate horse.  There is a 200 pound weight limit.

UIS Students: $30.00 Registration open 8/22 at 9:00am

Canoe/Kayak at UIS Field Station – September 17th: Launch from the UIS Field Station and spend the afternoon paddling around Lake Springfield.  Be on the lookout for deer, turtles, swans, and other native wildlife.

UIS Students: Free Registration opens 9/6 at 9am

Canoe/Kayak at UIS Field Station – September 24th: Launch from the UIS Field Station and spend the afternoon paddling around Lake Springfield.  Be on the lookout for deer, turtles, swans, and other native wildlife.

UIS Students: Free Registration opens 9/12 at 9am

Hike at Carpenter Park – October 14th: Enjoy exploring this waterway just south of Lake Springfield, where wildlife is abundant.

UIS Students: Free Registration opens 9/19 at 9:00am

Candlelight Walk at New Salem - October 8th: The Candlelight Walk offers the only opportunity to see the village at night. Period clothed interpreters will be inside many of the log homes and shops in the village to talk about life in 19th century Illinois.

UIS Students: Free Registration opens 9/26

Moonlight Canoe/Kayak - October 10th: Join Campus Recreation on a night on the lake. We'll be traveling by the light of a full moon in the cove close to the UIS Field Station at Lake Springfield.

UIS Students: Free Registration opens 9/26

*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 Campus Rec. 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 Campus Rec

Equipment Rental Policies and Procedures

  • Any Campus Rec or UIS Community Member may rent equipment from Campus Recreation.  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.
  • Please contact Campus Recreation 2-3 business days before your trip 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 Campus Rec 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 Campus Rec 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 Campus Rec 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 Campus Recreation at 217.206.7103 or by email campusrec@uis.edu.  To ensure your equipment is available, please contact Campus Recreation 2-3 business days in advance.