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Paddle Antrim Current News

Groundbreaking at Elk Rapids Rotary Park

Paddle Antrim and the Village of Elk Rapids are excited to announce that construction has commenced at Elk Rapids Rotary Park, with completion anticipated by late fall 2024.  “This week, we were thrilled and honored to break ground on construction at Elk Rapids Rotary Park,” said Karen Simpson, Village President. “With construction slated to be complete in November, we are excited to be at the finish line of implementing our… Read More »

Paddle Antrim’s 10-Year Journey to Preserve and Promote Northern Michigan’s Waterways

A decade ago, few organizers imagined that the creation of Paddle Antrim, a small non-profit, would become a catalyst for regional support to protect and promote Northern Michigan’s pristine 100-mile Chain of Lakes. As the paddling organization celebrates its 10th anniversary, Paddle Antrim’s collaborations with volunteer paddling enthusiasts, local businesses, and local governments across the region have resulted in: The first state-designated water trail in northern Michigan, a 100-mile route… Read More »

Paddling the Upper Chain: A Guide to Scenic Water Adventures

The Chain of Lakes Water Trail is a hidden gem, with an upper and lower chain divided by the picturesque Bellaire dam. While the lower chain boasts renowned lakes like Torch Lake and Elk Lake, the upper chain offers a quieter, off-the-beaten-path experience that’s well worth exploring. In this guide, we’ll unveil some enticing routes along the upper chain that are perfect for kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, and even… Read More »

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