The Paddle Antrim Festival celebrates and bring awareness to the amazing waterways of Northern Michigan. The Festival includes a two-day kayak paddle covering over 40 miles of Northern Michigan’s Chain of Lakes as well as many wonderful events hosted by the local communities. It is a choose your own adventure where you can paddle one or both days and decide how far you want to go. There are exits strategically placed along the route so you may go anywhere from 7 to all 42 miles.
The Paddle Antrim Festival is always the 2nd weekend after Labor Day.
Paddle Antrim hosts community paddles throughout the paddling season. We encourage all ages and types of paddlers and paddle crafts to join us on the water for these slow paddles. They last approximately one hour on the water, are free, and no registration is required. All paddlers must bring their own craft/boat, paddle, and life jacket, no belt-styled life jackets allowed. As with all Paddle Antrim events, pfds must be worn at all times. All ages are welcome but children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult out on the water. Directions to all community paddle locations can be found at www.paddleantrim.com/map.
June 15th – Ellsworth
July 2nd – Central Lake
August 1st – Elk Rapids
August 15th – Bellaire
August 28th – Kewadin
Paddle Antrim offers a variety of American Canoe Association (ACA) Certified paddling classes throughout the season. Class size is very limited with a maximum student:instructor ratio of 5:1. All participants must be at least 14 years old must meet the ACA’s essential eligibilty requirements. Classes are non-refundable.
Want to participate but don’t have your own equipment yet? Check out the local places to rent/buy equipment.
Intro to Kayaking
Coastal Kayaking Immersion
Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding
Intro to Flatwater Canoeing
Want to participate in one of our events but don’t have your own paddle craft yet? Check out our services section to find out where you can rent a boat locally or pick up any last minute paddling supplies.
Don’t want to paddle but still want to be part of these fun events? Sign up to volunteer and help make these fun events a success.