Dear Friends,

For the last five years we have welcomed paddlers to northern Michigan to experience our pristine waterways during the Paddle Antrim Festival. It is with a heavy heart that I announce the difficult decision to cancel the beloved festival for 2020. This year has not turned out as any of us have expected and to hear of another cancellation is likely not the news you were looking for today. The festival is the highlight of the paddling season for us and many of you so this was a very difficult decision we made based on careful consideration of CDC, State, and local orders and guidelines for the care of our entire community.

We know many of you are anxious to be on the water and connect as a community. We hope you will take time this summer and/or early fall to explore new routes on the Chain of Lakes Water Trail. We have been hard at work to make it easier for you to plan and seamlessly execute your paddling trips on the almost 100 miles of the Chain of Lakes Water Trail.This summer we will install signs at all 81 access sites, and have a paddler guide and new website ready for you to plan your next adventure.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding, 2020 is not the year that any of us expected. We look forward to sharing exciting news about the Chain of Lakes Water Trail with you in the near future and seeing you at the next Paddle Antrim Festival, September 16-18, 2021.

Warmest regards,