Paddle Antrim Events


Paddle Antrim Festival
September 13-15, 2018

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 dropout points 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.

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Community Paddle Series

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

2018 Community Paddle Series to be announced shortly


Kayaking Instructional Classes

Paddle Antrim offers a variety of ACA Certified kayaking classes throughout the paddling season. Descriptions of classes are below. If you are interested in a specific class, please contact us and we will let you know the next time we will offer that class. Class size is very limited with a maximum student:instructor ratio of 5:1. All participants must be at least 14 years old and classes are non-refundable.


These rules apply to all paddles, there are additional requirements for the Paddle Antrim Festival.  

  1. HAVE FUN!
  2. A US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) must be properly worn properly at all times, no belt style life jackets.
  3. All paddlers must attend the safety briefing prior to the paddle and follow the designated course.
  4. No alcohol will be allowed on the water.    
  5. Paddle Antrim reserves the right to remove any paddler due to any safety concerns.


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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.


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 Paddle Antrim Festival Photos & Video 

Paddle Antrim Festival Photos