June 2016

Spring 2016 Ripple Effect Mini-Grant Awards

IMG_8330Paddle Antrim announced it will award over $2,400 to three projects that will help benefit Northern Michigan’s Chain of Lakes region through education, water resources protection, and increasing access to the water.

“We are very pleased to be able to award our Ripple Effect grants to these great projects.  Each project helps support our mission of protecting our waterways and connecting people to these amazing waters through paddling” says Deana Jerdee, Paddle Antrim’s Executive Director. The projects are:

  • Antrim Conservation District, in partnership with Helena Township, will install a kayak slide to provide an additional access point for paddlers on the Chain of Lakes at the Alden Ball Park.
  • The Upper Chain of Lakes Association will be do maintenance on the educational buoys that identify the no-wake zones on portions of the Upper Chain of Lakes.
  • The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay will upgrade their Bay Monitor, a 23’ eco-friendly aluminum hulled tugboat which is used for water quality monitoring, research, and educational purposes.

Paddle Antrim’s Ripple Effect Mini-Grant Program awards grant to local non-profit and governmental organizations whose projects align with their mission to protect the water resources and enhance the economic vitality of the region through stewardship, education, improved water trail access and promotion of the waterways.  The next round of funding will be in the fall.  To learn more about Paddle Antrim or the Ripple Effect Grant Program, please visit paddleantrim.com/ripple-effect.


First Evening Paddle June 17th in Ellsworth

Paddle Antrim invites all paddlers to join them Friday June 17th for their first evening paddle, part of the Ellsworth Pig Roast Celebration. This relaxed, hour-long paddle will travel down the calm waters of Ellsworth Lake. All types of paddlers are welcome – canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. All paddlers must bring their own paddle craft and personal flotation device (lifevest). All ages are welcome but those under 18 must be accompanied by their parent/guardian out on the water. No registration is required. To participate, meet at River Park (Bridge St/Rushton Rd in Ellsworth) on June 17th at 7:00 pm. Grab your friends, make some new ones, and enjoy a relaxing paddle out on this great lake.