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The 10th Annual Freshwater Summit -The Freshwater Summit -Friday, October 20, 2017;
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front Street, Traverse City

The Freshwater Summit is an annual conference of environmental professionals and engaged citizens focusing on current issues facing the Great Lakes region.

Meteotsunami’s in the Great Lakes
FishPass Project on the Boardman River
Swimmer’s Itch
Local research and restoration projects
And much more!

$15 for students
Includes lunch

The Freshwater Summit is a product of the Freshwater Roundtable and is organized by The Watershed Center, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inc., Inland Seas Education Association, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, and the Grand Traverse Conservation District.


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  

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.

 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.