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Small Inland Lakes   

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Easy Rivers 

Intermediate Rivers  

Difficult Rivers 
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Paddling events, activities and classes
Saturday, August 19th -Paddling Event to Support Charlevoix Pool
Ferry Beach in Charlevoix 9 am - 1 pm
The Charlevoix Area Community Pool is having a fundraising contest:   Paddling 4 the Pool, which will be in a fun format:  predict your time for a 4 mile paddle (on a kayak, SUP or canoe).  Estimate your time to complete the 4-mile paddle, if you are the closest to your prediction you are the winner!  Stick around Ferry Beach after the contest for prizes, awards and other fun. Obviously, no time pieces are allowed on board. Cost is $65 per craft prior to August 11, $75 after August11.  For additional information or to pre-register using, or at the pool.  You may register on the day of the event on Ferry Beach between 7:30-9:00.  Ferry Beach in Charlevoix 9 am - 1 pm

Friday & Saturday, September 15-16 - 2017 Paddle Antrim Festival 

The Paddle Antrim Festival celebrates the amazing waterways and communities of Northern Michigan.  The Festival includes a two-day kayak event through the Chain of Lakes of Antrim County. This choose your own adventure paddle provides the opportunity for you to paddle one or both days and decide how far to travel.  There are exits strategically placed along the route so you may go anywhere from 7 miles to all 42 miles, making it an event for both beginner and the advanced paddler. Local events begin Thursday evening with food, music, and great times and continue through Saturday when we end with a bang at the Final Bash hosted by Short’s Brewing Company. Friends, family, and the entire community are welcome to join for the local events. For more information, go


Paddle Antrim hosts community paddles throughout the paddling season.  We encourage all ages and types of paddlers and paddle crafts to join us on the water for these slow paddles.  They last approximately one hour on the water, are free, and no registration is required.  All paddlers must bring their own craft/boat, paddle, and pfd (life jacket). As with all Paddle Antrim events, pfds must be worn at all times. All ages are welcome but children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult out on the water. Directions to all community paddle locations can be found at  

Tuesday, August 15th – Bellaire’s Rubber Ducky Evening Paddle –
Come out for a relaxing evening paddle as part of Bellaire’s 12 Days of Summer Celebration and Rubbery Ducky Festival. This hour-long slow paddle will leave from Richardi Park in downtown Bellaire and head  up and back on the Intermediate River as you enjoy great company and a wonderful time out on the water.  This free event begins at 6:30 with check-in and we will launch promptly as a group at 7:00. Make sure to see what other great activities are happening during Bellaire’s 12 Days of Summer Celebration and Rubber Ducky Festival.

Saturday, October 7th – Central Lake Color Paddle –
Come out for our last community paddle of the season in Central Lake and take in the beginning of the season’s changes. This hour-long slow paddle will begin at the Bradford St boat launch (just south of Thurston Park Campground) at 1:30 pm to check in, we will launch promptly as a group at 2:00 pm.


Paddle Antrim offers a variety of kayaking classes throughout the paddling season. Descriptions of classes are below. If you are interested in a specific class, please contact us and we will let you know the next time we will offer that class. Class size is very limited with a maximum student:instructor ratio of 5:1. All participants must be at least 14 years old and classes are non-refundable.

American Canoe Association Level 2 Instructor Certification Workshop – August 11-13th – River Park, Ellsworth, MI – This workshop is appropriate for those interested in teaching kayak skills in near shore environments and inland lakes. It is designed to develop your teaching/coaching skills. There are no pre-requisites to join, but you should have reasonably good personal paddling and rescue skills. We also offer a variety of skills clinics to help develop your personal paddling skills. The Instructor Certification Workshop takes place over three days leading you to a potential internationally recognized certification.  $395 including course materials. To register for this class, contact Michael Gray, Uncommon Adventures, directly at or 231-882-5525. 

Bracing/Rolling Class – River Park, Ellsworth, MI – If you have been through a few strokes clinics are comfortable with edging, then this two hour clinic is your logical next step. You’ll be going through a progression of skills that help you learn to avoid capsize and in turn, progress to skills that can lead to successful eskimo rolls. You are coached by people standing in the water next to you, so you are supported and do not have to continually exit your boat.
Brace/Roll Class Aug. 10 1-3, Ellsworth
Brace/Roll Class Aug 10 3:30-5:30, Ellsworth

Fundamentals of Kayaking – This class is for new paddlers and those who may have been paddling but are looking to learn basic safety skills and improve stroke technique. You’ll learn a bit about what kayaks work best for what conditions, choosing gear, boat fit, dressing for paddling, kayak and paddle design, carrying and loading kayaks. You will learn good techniques for fundamental kayaking strokes:  forward, backward and stop.  You will also learn to stabilize your kayak with a solid low brace and turning with sweep strokes. The final part of the kayaking class will be spent working on “wet exits” and group rescue practice, including a variety of methods of T-Rescue. Registration is $95.

Level 1 & 2 Coastal Kayaking – Paddlers will learn the fundamental safety skills and will learn stroke enhancements that will help you turn better and travel forward with less energy expended. After a stroke tune-up, we’ll introduce you to the high brace, which can help you further avoid those nasty immersions. Eskimo bow rescues, non-roll solo rescues (paddle rescue float, etc.) and the components of a successful Eskimo roll will then be covered during the “wet” session. You’ll also be introduced to “risk management” as it relates to sea kayaking in the places you plan to play. Registration is $155

Strokes and Maneuvers Refinement Clinic – For those who have some good fundamental strokes under their belt and have done a bit of rescue practice, this is the next step.  Learn to blend strokes together in a way that helps you begin to move your kayak more like you wear it, push our boundaries a bit and increase your speed and control. Registration is $95.

 These rules apply to all paddles, there are additional requirements for the Paddle Antrim Festival.  
2. A US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) must be worn properly at all times.
3. All paddlers must attend the safety briefing prior to the paddle and follow the designated course.
4. No alcohol will be allowed on the water.    
5. Paddle Antrim reserves the right to remove any paddler due to any safety concerns.
Equipment Rental or Accessories
Want to participate in one of our events but don’t have your own paddle craft yet?  Check out our services section to find out where you can rent a boat locally or pick up any last minute paddling supplies.
Don’t want to paddle but still want to be part of these fun events?  Sign up to volunteer and help make these fun events a success.