Category: Community

Paddle Antrim Hosts More Community Paddle Events

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.

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


Ellsworth – A Paddle Antrim Festival Community

Activity and enthusiasm share the stage in the Village of Ellsworth. Located at the north end of the Chain-of-Lakes, this community boasts strong agricultural and lumbering roots. It remains a solid agricultural region with many dairy and beef farms, orchards, vineyards and farm markets. Ellsworth is very involved in local and Chamber of Commerce events, programs and activities. One of the area’s signature events, the Pig Roast, is celebrated and produced each year the third weekend in June by an all-volunteer committee.  The Village of Ellsworth continues to be an active member of the Breezeway Task Force. The community leaders are constantly exploring ways to enhance and promote its many natural recreational and business amenities as well as improving the resident’s and visitor’s quality of life.

With its’ excellent location on the Chain-of-Lakes, Ellsworth offers a multitude of recreational opportunities for all ages including; kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, birding, photography or painting. The Wooden Shoe Campground, which is owned and operated by the village, is a great destination for campers. It features an up north setting and includes many family-oriented amenities. A stop at the Ellsworth Labyrinth (one of the largest in the Northern Midwest) located on the shores of Ellsworth Lake allows a chance to relax, meditate and contemplate. The Ellsworth Community Park offers an elevated archery range, covered pavilion, multi-purpose building, restrooms, playground area, day boat dock, walking paths, observation deck, sledding hill and a paved parking area.

A perfect adventure and a chance to escape to your inner spirit awaits you in Ellsworth. Celebrate and explore the natural beauty and tranquility that is offered here year round. Nature and art in perfect harmony, along with restoration and advancement, abound and grow throughout the entire region!

For more information on local events, business offerings and opportunities, check out the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce or the Village of Ellsworth.

– East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce