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Traverse Area Paddle Club

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Small Inland Lakes   

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Easy Rivers 

Intermediate Rivers  

Difficult Rivers 
Clean-up Trips 

Out-of-town Trips 

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Jordan River Raft Excursion - September 29.  Join us as we team up with Jordan Valley Outfitters to offer a 2 1/2 mile guided family-friendly raft trip down the beauytiful Jordan River.  Come experience this wild and scenic river!

Paddling Film Fest at the Garden Theater in Frankfort
Saturday September 29
For details, see

Leif Eriksson Day Row and Run
October 6, 2018

In recognition of this day and the explorer’s spirit, we have organized the Leif Eriksson Day Row and Run. Much like the Viking explorers, the Row and Run starts on the water with a 1-mile paddle boat race in Lake Charlevoix; this is followed by a 5K run. This year’s race will be in Charlevoix, Michigan on October 6th, 2018.  

The Cause

Our proceeds this year will be going to support a new charity in our area called the Rayder Den! This outreach organization provides a food pantry within the Charlevoix middle/high school campus that is available to all children in need.  There is a similar program in the elementary school; however, support ends after the move to the middle/high school.  This program extends that support throughout a child’s school career.  In the program’s initial run last year, they were serving 20-30 children each week.  We hope to be able to provide a strong showing of support for this noble cause in 2018! 

The Race

One mile boat race goes from Depot Beach to Ferry Beach in Charlevoix. Participants will have to bring their own kayak/canoe and wear a USCG approved life jacket. The 5k will traverse along a road course in the city of Charlevoix. Registration is $25 and includes collectible t-shirt and swag from various sponsors. Day of event registration is $30.

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Leif Eriksson Day Row and Run Planning Committee