Stand Up For Great Lakes to Paddle The Chain of Lakes Water Trail to Benefit Paddle Antrim

We are excited to announce that Stand Up For Great Lakes will be traveling the entire Chain of Lakes Water Trail, from Six-Mile Lake to the Elk Rapids Dam, to raise money and awareness for the Chain of Lakes Water Trail and Paddle Antrim. Joe Lorenz, Kwin Morris and Jeff Guy will represent Stand Up For Great Lakes, traveling 60 miles on paddle boards through the Chain of Lakes, which… Read More »


MI Paddle Stewards Offer Online Course to Educate Paddlers on Aquatic Invasive Species

Last year we partnered with MI Paddle Stewards to offer paddlers an in-person workshop to learn more aquatic invasive species identification, prevention and reporting. We are very excited that despite these extraordinary times, MI Paddle Stewards is offering an online program to help paddlers continue to learn about AIS in order to protect the waters they love. The MI Paddle Stewards new self-paced, online program from Michigan Sea Grant and… Read More »


Water Trail Tales – Exploring Grass River Natural Area

Grass River Natural Area Route: Cottage Drive Park to Clam Lake DNR Access Route overview: Intermediate Level 7 Miles 3 Hours Estimated Time By Deana Jerdee, Executive Director To celebrate my birthday this year, my entire family, including my mom and my sister’s family, decided to enjoy an adventure on the Chain of Lakes. We loaded up our trailer full of nine boats and headed to Cottage Drive Park on… Read More »


Elk Rapids Rotary Park Public Input Session

We are excited to announce that we, along with the Village of Elk Rapids, are looking for public input on a preliminary design of improvements for Elk Rapids Rotary Park. We announced this project back in 2019 and are very excited to be moving forward to the community input phase.  In 2017, the Village of Elk Rapids completed a Recreation Survey and a universal kayak launch was an identified improvement… Read More »


2020 Paddle Antrim Festival Cancelled

Dear Friends, For the last five years we have welcomed paddlers to northern Michigan to experience our pristine waterways during the Paddle Antrim Festival. It is with a heavy heart that I announce the difficult decision to cancel the beloved festival for 2020. This year has not turned out as any of us have expected and to hear of another cancellation is likely not the news you were looking for… Read More »


Warmer Weather Brings Cold Water Safety to the Forefront

Here at Paddle Antrim paddler safety is of the upmost importance. Northern Michigan is expected to see air temperatures in the range of 70 degrees this week and while we are excited for the warmer weather we want to remind everyone that the water is still extremely cold. During this strange time of social distancing, many of us are relying on nature more than ever for entertainment which means you… Read More »


Paddle Antrim Joins the Global #GivingTuesdayNow Movement

Paddle Antrim is joining the global #GivingTuesdayNow movement to raise funds and share stories of generosity in the Chain of Lakes region and beyond.  #GvingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support… Read More »


An Update From Paddle Antrim

Greetings! We wanted to take a moment and check in with you. Like you, we are taking a moment to read the ever-changing flow of the situation, and identify a plan to best navigate these uncharted rapids. We believe that access to nature is critical during these times and will continue to be. Therefore, thanks to incredible donors who helped us create a successful capital campaign, we are working with… Read More »


Paddle Antrim Adds Water Trail Expert and Seasoned Marketing Professional

Elk Rapids, MI – Paddle Antrim is pleased to announce the addition of a water trail expert and a seasoned marketing professional to their growing organization. Harry Burkholder joins the board of directors and Ellie Kirkpatrick joins the staff as a marketing and outreach specialist. Burkholder, a Traverse City resident, has established himself as one of the foremost authorities in Michigan for water trails and recreation authorities. In 2019 Burkholder… Read More »


Help us Open the Chain of Lakes Water Trail

When people have fun and positive experiences on the water, they fall in love with a place. It’s this sense of care that leads to a curiosity about what makes a place special and nurtures an instinct to protect it. Paddle Antrim is currently leading and coordinating the development of the Chain of Lakes Water Trail. Your support for this effort will help to create a high quality and accessible… Read More »