September 2018

Ripple Effect Grant Applications Due October 19th

Paddle Antrim is accepting applications for their bi-annual Ripple Effect Mini Grant Program. This competitive grant program funds projects that protect the waterways and connect people to them. Potential projects must focus on stewardship, education, or increasing accessibility to the lakes and rivers.

Since 2015, Paddle Antrim has awarded over $19,000 from income earned through their events.  Projects must be focused on the Elk River Chain of Lakes watershed or adjacent watersheds which impact Antrim County. Eligible applicants include Michigan-based non-profit organizations or governmental entities.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday October 19, 2018 to be considered. More information can be found online at

Paddle Antrim Celebrates the Chain of Lakes

Paddle Antrim is ready to celebrate Northern Michigan’s Chain of Lakes at the Paddle Antrim Festival September 13-15th.  This event is highlighted by a two-day paddle through Antrim County’s Chain of Lakes and includes community events all weekend long for the entire community.

On Friday September 14th over 100 paddlers will launch from the Village of Ellsworth’s River Park and paddle up to 15 miles to the Village of Bellaire.  On Saturday, they will continue from Bellaire and paddle up to 27 miles to the Village of Elk Rapids.  “We are excited to share our pristine waters,” says Deana Jerdee, Paddle Antrim executive director. “Watching all of the paddlers launching from the sandy beach in Ellsworth together is a pretty amazing sight.”

There will be community events all three days and Paddle Antrim encourages the entire community to come out and be a part.  The Paddle Antrim Festival starts with the Kick-off Party on the 13th from 5:30-8:00 pm at Ellsworth Community Park. There will be great live music from Kellerville as well as opportunities for great food from the Cantina food truck. The party continues Friday afternoon from 2-5pm in Bellaire’s Richardi Park with music by Kenny T and outdoor games.

The Festival ends at the Final Bash Saturday night held at Short’s Brewing Company’s Production Facility (211 Industrial Park Dr. Elk Rapids).  This family friendly event features great food by Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen, brews from Short’s Brewing Company, and live music by the Sleeping Gypsies and the Pistil Whips.  There will be outdoor games for everyone to enjoy.  The Final Bash is from 3:00-9:00 pm and entry is $5, free for those under 12.

For more information, please go online at, email or call 231-492-0171.