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Paddling events, activities and classes

Saturday, June 17, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Splash into Summer at the Sleeping Bear Dunes Water Adventure 

The “Splash into Summer: Water Adventure Expo” will include water play safety demonstrations, skills practice, exhibits, and more. The expo is an event for adults and kids who like to swim or paddle in rivers, inland lakes, or Lake Michigan. Kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) demonstrations, mock capsize/self-rescue exercises, and life jacket fitting are among the event offerings. Stations will also be set up for weather and rip current recognition, gear checklists, and drowning survival strategies. Face painting and scavenger hunts for kids will round out the expo. Food trucks will be onsite or visitors may pack a picnic lunch.


The event will be held at the mouth of the Platte River.  Get there by
heading west off of M-22 on Lake Michigan Road at the southern end of the park.
The event is free. For more information, contact Sue Jennings at 231-326-4751. “The event is intended to celebrate safe water play and smart adventuring,” said Superintendent Scott Tucker. “As the water warms up and becomes more inviting in early summer, this event will be a great opportunity to develop skills and remind everyone about water safety and the importance of wearing a life jacket. It is essential to know how to respond if you find yourself in an unplanned out- of-boat experience or a rip current.”


July 15 - July 16
 9th Annual Kayak for a Cause on Walloon Lake

For eight years now, Kayak for a Cause on Walloon Lake has brought together avid paddlers and lovers of the outdoors to share in a fun and unique event that not only showcases the beautiful lake that Camp Daggett calls home, but also helps support a worthy cause.  In our 9th year we invite you to join our kayaking team, and take part in this great event with the goal of raising scholarship dollars in support of the Camp Daggett Adventure Center (CDAC) and it’s student programs. Please consider supporting this great event, or join in the fun yourself as we paddle around the pristine waters of Walloon Lake on
July 15 & 16, 2017.

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


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  

June 15th - Fundamentals of Kayaking - 9AM-12:30PM or 1:30-5PM Village of Central Lake – Paddle Antrim is hosting a 3.5 hour class where paddlers can learn the 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. Beginning with “land school”, 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… before we even leave the beach! Next 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.  If you are new to the sport and don’t yet have your own kayak, no problem. Just make sure to note that in your registration. Registration is $95. For more information or registration go to or call 231-492-0171.

Friday, June 16th
Ellsworth Pig Roast Evening Paddle
Join us for our first community paddle of the 2017 season as part of Ellsworth Pig Roast Celebration. This hour-long slow paddle will leave from River Park (Ruston Rd/Bridge St) in the Village of Ellsworth and head down and back in Ellsworth Lake. This event begins at 6:30 pm to check in and we will launch promptly as a group at 7:00 pm. Make sure to check out all the other great events happening as part of the Ellsworth Pig Roast that weekend.
Wednesday, August 2nd – Elk Rapids Harbor Days Sunset Paddle – Grab your paddle craft of choice and meet us for an amazing sunset paddle on Grand Traverse Bay as part of Elk Rapids Harbor Days. This hour long slow paddle will begin at Elk Rapid’s Dam Beach at 7:00 pm to check in and we will launch promptly as a group at 7:30 pm. Make sure to check out all the other great activities that week during Elk Rapids Harbor Days.

Tuesday, August 15thBellaire’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 6:30with 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 on 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.

 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.