Paddle Antrim is hosting three more community paddle events this paddling season and invites all paddlers to join them. These relaxed, hour-long paddles are along different sections of the Chain of Lakes. In June, Paddle Antrim hosted their first community paddle in Ellsworth and are excited to do additional events this summer within the different communities.
“These are the equivalent to community slow rides that the biking community hosts,” says Deana Jerdee, Paddle Antrim Executive Director. “We hope to encourage people to get out and enjoy their waterways. Through these events we hope to provide opportunities for people to get out more and maybe try a place they have never been, knowing there is a group there for support.”
All types of paddlers are welcome – canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. Paddlers are responsible for bringing their own paddle craft and personal flotation device, as life vests must be worn at all times when out on the water. All ages are welcome but those under 18 must be accompanied by their parent/guardian out on the water. These events are free and no registration is required.
This season’s community slow paddles will be:
- August 3, 2016 – Meet at 7:00 pm at Dam Beach in Elk Rapids
- August 16, 2016 – Meet at 6:30 pm at Richardi Park in Bellaire.
- October 1, 2016 – Meet at 2:00 pm at Thurston Park in Central Lake.