Paddlers Take to the Chain of Lakes

Elk Rapids, MI – Paddle Antrim is ready to celebrate Northern Michigan’s Chain of Lakes at the Paddle Antrim Festival September 12-14th.  This event is highlighted by 170 paddlers embarking on a two-day paddle through the Chain of Lakes and includes community events all weekend long for the entire community. 

On Friday September 13th 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.  “This event highlights the pristine and diverse waters and quaint communities that our area has to offer,” says Deana Jerdee, Paddle Antrim executive director. “Watching all of the paddlers launching 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 12th from 5:30-8:00 pm at Ellsworth River Park (6625 Bridge St). There will be great live music from Holly Keller-Thompson as well as opportunities for great food from Miller’s Sweet Roasted Corn. The party continues Friday afternoon from 2-5pm in Bellaire’s Richardi Park with music by Leslee and Peter and outdoor games. 

The Festival concludes with a Final Bash Saturday afternoon from 3-9 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 Olivia Mainville and Jakey Thomas. There will be outdoor games for everyone to enjoy. 

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