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June 2019

Ellsworth Community Paddle

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ellsworth River Park, 6625 Bridge St
Ellsworth, MI 49279 United States
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Grab your paddleboard, kayak, or canoe and join Paddle Antrim for an amazing evening paddle on Ellsworth Lake as part of the Ellsworth/Atwood Pig Roast. This slow paddle will begin at River Park (6625 Bridge St). Meet at 7:00 pm to check in and we will launch promptly as a group at 7:15 pm. Paddle Antrim encourage all ages and types of paddle crafts to join us on the water for these slow paddles. These paddles last approximately one hour…

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Intro to Kayaking

June 19 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Ellsworth River Park, 6625 Bridge St
Ellsworth, MI 49279 United States
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This class gives paddlers the fundamentals for paddling all types of kayaks in a fun and safe way. Students will learn essential safety skills and strokes. You will have the opportunity to learn how to “wet exit” (get out of your kayak safely). You’ll learn a bit about what kayaks work best for what conditions and other paddling best practices. This class is great for beginners but anyone who has never received formal instruction will benefit. Course Covers: Safety gear, boat…

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Kids Kayaking

June 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ellsworth River Park, 6625 Bridge St
Ellsworth, MI 49279 United States
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$40

Our kids class is a great way to introduce your child to the sport of kayaking. Designed with fun and water safety as primary goals, we teach students through a variety of games and exploration. Our experienced, certified instructors teach basic strokes, directional control, how to get in and out of the kayak safely, and what to do when you capsize. Classes are taught in traditional youth sized sea kayaks. Maximum student:teacher ratio is 4:1 Ages: 7-13 $40/person for two…

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July 2019

Central Lake Community Paddle

July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bradford St Boat Launch, Central Lake, 7854 Bradford St
Central Lake, MI 49622 United States
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Grab your paddleboard, kayak, or canoe and join Paddle Antrim for an amazing morning paddle out of Central Lake. This hour-long slow paddle will begin at Central Lake’s Bradford St Boat Launch (just south of the Thurston Park Campground) at 7:00 pm to check in and we will launch promptly as a group at 7:15 pm. Paddle Antrim encourage all ages and types of paddle crafts to join us on the water for these slow paddles. These paddles last approximately…

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Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding

July 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
DNR Boat Launch – Birch Lake, 14200 Birch Pointe Drive
Kewadin, MI 49648 United States

SUP or Stand Up Paddle boarding is the fastest growing paddle sport in the world and for good reason.  It’s a ton of fun!  Whether you want to paddle SUP for fitness on your local pond, explore meandering rivers, play on the Great Lakes or run whitewater on a paddle board then this is the place to start. Whether you are new to the sport or have been paddling  for a while but haven’t had any formal instruction then SUP Fresh Start…

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Kayak Rescues Class

July 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
DNR Boat Launch – Birch Lake, 14200 Birch Pointe Drive
Kewadin, MI 49648 United States
$75

Join us for an informative, energizing and very experiential learning session as we explore and discover the best solutions to when (not if) we end up in the water, out of our boats. This course is geared for ALL levels of paddlers. Course Covers: 30 Second Kayak Rescue, Hand of God, Cowboy, Paddle Float, Scoop, and You Tell Me. This course is geared to ALL level of paddlers. Participants must be at least 14 years old and meet the ACA eligibility…

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Intro to Kayaking

July 10 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
DNR Boat Launch – Birch Lake, 14200 Birch Pointe Drive
Kewadin, MI 49648 United States
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$70

This class gives paddlers the fundamentals for paddling all types of kayaks in a fun and safe way. Students will learn essential safety skills and strokes. You will have the opportunity to learn how to “wet exit” (get out of your kayak safely). You’ll learn a bit about what kayaks work best for what conditions and other paddling best practices. This class is great for beginners but anyone who has never received formal instruction will benefit. Course Covers: Safety gear, boat…

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St. Clair Lake-Six Mile Lake Natural Area Community Paddle

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Clair Lake DNR Boat Access Site, 9400 6 mile lake Rd
Ellsworth, MI 49729 United States
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Paddle Antrim is teaming up with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and Little Traverse Conservancy for an amazing evening paddle through the St. Clair Lake – Six Mile Lake Natural Area. This slow paddle will begin at the St. Clair Lake DNR Boat Launch (9400 block of 6 Mile Lake Rd, Ellsworth). Check-in is at 7:00 pm. Prior to launching, conservancy staff will share interesting details about the natural area and will join us on the water. As with…

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Coastal Kayaking Immersion 7/24/19

July 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Ellsworth River Park, 6625 Bridge St
Ellsworth, MI 49279 United States
$125

In this all day class paddlers will focus on boat control, safety, and building confidence. You will learn fundamental safety skills and stroke enhancements that will help you turn better and travel forward with less energy expended. Other skills will include basic rescues, edging, and beginning bracing. You’ll also be introduced to “risk management” as it relates to sea kayaking in the places you plan to play. Course Covers: boat control – stroke enhancement, edging/stability, capsize prevention – bracing, moving…

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Kids Kayaking

July 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
DNR Boat Launch – Birch Lake, 14200 Birch Pointe Drive
Kewadin, MI 49648 United States
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$40

Our kids class is a great way to introduce your child to the sport of kayaking. Designed with fun and water safety as primary goals, we teach students through a variety of games and exploration. Our experienced, certified instructors teach basic strokes, directional control, how to get in and out of the kayak safely, and what to do when you capsize. Classes are taught in traditional youth sized sea kayaks. Maximum student:teacher ratio is 4:1 Ages: 7-13 $40/person for two…

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MI Paddle Stewards Workshop

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Clearwater Twp Hall, 5440 River Street
Rapid CIty, MI 49676 United States
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Free

Paddlers 18+ years are invited to join Michigan Sea Grant and partners for a one-day program about protecting water trails from aquatic invasive species (AIS). Participants will learn about the dangers of AIS, how to identify them, and how to report sightings through the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network. Then head out for an hour paddle on a nearby water trail. Kayaks, gear, and lunch provided! This is a free workshop thanks to Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program with coordinating…

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Elk Rapids Community Paddle

July 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Elk Rapids Rotary Park, 305 US-31
Elk Rapids, MI 49629 United States
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Grab your paddleboard, kayak or paddle craft of choice and join Paddle Antrim for an amazing evening paddle on the Elk River as a kick off to Elk Rapids Harbor Days. This hour long slow paddle will begin at Elk Rapid's Rotary Park at 7:00 pm to check in and we will launch promptly as a group at 7:15 pm. Paddle Antrim encourage all ages and types of paddle crafts to join us on the water for these slow paddles.…

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August 2019

Kayak Rescues Class

August 13 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
DNR Boat Launch – Birch Lake, 14200 Birch Pointe Drive
Kewadin, MI 49648 United States
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$75

Join us for an informative, energizing and very experiential learning session as we explore and discover the best solutions to when (not if) we end up in the water, out of our boats. This course is geared for ALL levels of paddlers. Course Covers: 30 Second Kayak Rescue, Hand of God, Cowboy, Paddle Float, Scoop, and You Tell Me. This course is geared to ALL level of paddlers. Participants must be at least 14 years old and meet the ACA eligibility…

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Bellaire Community Paddle

August 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Richardi Park, 100 E Antrim St
Bellaire, MI 49615 United States
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Grab your paddleboard, kayak or paddle craft of choice and join Paddle Antrim for an amazing evening paddle on the Intermediate River as a lead up to Bellaire's Rubber Ducky Festival & Race. This hour long slow paddle will begin at Bellaire’s Intermediate River at 7:00 pm to check in and we will launch promptly as a group at 7:15 pm. Paddle Antrim encourage all ages and types of paddle crafts to join us on the water for these slow…

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Kids Kayaking

August 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ellsworth River Park, 6625 Bridge St
Ellsworth, MI 49279 United States
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$40

Our kids class is a great way to introduce your child to the sport of kayaking. Designed with fun and water safety as primary goals, we teach students through a variety of games and exploration. Our experienced, certified instructors teach basic strokes, directional control, how to get in and out of the kayak safely, and what to do when you capsize. Classes are taught in traditional youth sized sea kayaks. Maximum student:teacher ratio is 4:1 Ages: 7-13 $40/person for two…

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Intro to Kayaking

August 21 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This class gives paddlers the fundamentals for paddling all types of kayaks in a fun and safe way. Students will learn essential safety skills and strokes. You will have the opportunity to learn how to “wet exit” (get out of your kayak safely). You’ll learn a bit about what kayaks work best for what conditions and other paddling best practices. This class is great for beginners but anyone who has never received formal instruction will benefit. Course Covers: Safety gear, boat…

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Grass River Natural Area Community Paddle

August 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Willow Day Park, White Birch Lane
Bellaire, MI 49615 United States
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Grab your paddleboard, kayak or paddle craft of choice and join Paddle Antrim for an extra special community paddle.  We are co-hosting this paddle with Grass River Natural Area to explore this special place. Grass River's naturalist will be there to share the natural history of the river. This slow paddle is scheduled for  2 hours. We will begin at Willow Day Park at 6:00 pm to check in and we will launch promptly as a group at 6:15 pm.…

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September 2019

2019 Paddle Antrim Festival

September 12 - September 14

The Paddle Antrim Festival celebrates the amazing waterways and communities of Northern Michigan.  The Festival, always the second weekend after Labor Day, includes a two-day paddle event through the Chain of Lakes Water Trail in Antrim County. This choose your own adventure paddle provides the opportunity for you to paddle one or both days and decide how far to travel.  There are exits strategically placed along the route so you may go anywhere from 7 miles to all 42 miles. Local events begin Thursday…

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Jordan River Raft Trip

September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jordan Valley Outfitters, 311 N Lake St
East Jordan, MI 49727 United States
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Join Paddle Antrim as we team up again this year with Jordan Valley Outfitters to offer a 2 ½ mile guided family-friendly raft trip down the beautiful Jordan River. This is an opportunity to experience this wild and scenic river that you won’t want to miss and at the end we will enjoy some local cider and doughnuts. Space is limited, so make sure to register early. The trip will begin at Jordan Valley Outfitters, 311 N. Lake St, East…

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