Non-Competitive Two-Day Paddling Event on Northern Michigan Water Trail

Registration is now open for the 2021 Paddle Antrim Festival, September 16th-18th. Now in its sixth year the Paddle Antrim Festival is the best way to experience the Chain of Lakes Water Trail and the quaint lakeside communities surrounding the trail. This fun, non-competitive event provides opportunities for all levels of paddlers to participate one or two days and paddle 7 to 42 miles. This event highlights the wide-range of… Read More »


Connecting Northern Michigan’s Waterways and Communities – One Paddle at a Time

Paddle Antrim is pleased to announce that the Chain of Lakes Water Trail in Northwest Michigan is officially open to the public. In 2014, efforts began to create a 100+ mile water trail – making paddling the Chain of Lakes accessible and navigable for paddlers. Now in 2021, this goal has become a reality as the non-profit organization celebrated the Chain of Lakes Water Trail Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, May… Read More »


Paddle Antrim Warns of Cold Water as Weather Warms

Northern Michigan is starting to see warmer air temperature and while the water looks tempting, Paddle Antrim warns paddlers to take precautions to protect themselves from heightened dangers of sudden, unexpected cold water immersion while on early season paddling outings. While spring is in the air and outside temperatures are warming, lake temperatures are much cooler, with Grand Traverse Bay currently only 40 degrees. When water temperatures are below 70… Read More »


Improvements Coming to Elk Rapids Rotary Park

Paddle Antrim is pleased to announce that the Village of Elk Rapids has approved a final design and engineering report for improvements to Elk Rapids Rotary Park. Elk Rapids is the end of the 100+ mile Chain of Lakes Water Trail which travels through 12 lakes and interconnected rivers and can serve as both the beginning and end of many paddling adventures. Rotary Park is the main trailhead for the… Read More »


Celebrating Our Amazing Female Leaders on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. At Paddle Antrim we have an exceptional roster of women leaders on our board and staff who deserve recognition and celebration today and every day.  Paddle Antrim Board Megan Olds –  Vice President/Treasurer  After spending her childhood summers at Glen Lake and along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Megan was inspired to move from Ohio to… Read More »


Fighting the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in the Winter

This blog post was written by: Kirk Acharya, Coordinator, CAKE CISMA Calling all ice fisherpeople! Help stop the spread of invasive species between lakes. Even in the dead of winter when the lakes freeze over aquatic invasive species (AIS) can still thrive and hitch a ride on your tackle and tip-ups. In Northern Michigan many lakes are plagued with Eurasian Water Milfoil and Zebra mussels; two species that can survive… Read More »


Paddle Antrim Executive Director Receives Verlen Kruger Award

Paddle Antrim is proud to announce that Executive Director Deana Jerdee has been selected by The Quiet Water Society to receive the 2021 Verlen Kruger Award. The Verlen Kruger Award is given annually to a person who has supported and promoted paddle sports along with water conservation, education, or history in Michigan. Verlen Kruger was a world class Michigan canoeist, who was the first to receive a Quiet Water Society… Read More »


Exploring the Chain of Lakes by Land Part 1

By Ellie Kirkpatrick, Marketing and Outreach Specialist  While most paddlers have hung up their boats for the year, we encourage you to still get out and explore the area by land. There are so many great, family friendly hikes in the region with beautiful views of our pristine waterways. Below are just a few of the year-round hiking options. All of these trails are non-motorized and allow snowshoeing and cross… Read More »


Stand Up for Great Lakes raises $13,000 for the Chain of Lakes Water Trail

On August 1st, Stand Up for Great Lakes paddlers Joe Lorenz, Kwin Morris, and Jeff Guy traveled 50 miles on paddle boards along the Chain of Lakes Water Trail. They recently announced that through these efforts, they raised $13,000 for Paddle Antrim a non-profit is working to protect the Chain of Lakes and host of the Chain of Lakes Water Trail. Stand Up for Great Lakes, who is also a… Read More »


Have You Seen New Signs on the Chain of Lakes?

Have you noticed the Chain of Lakes Water Trail signs in the ground near your favorite water access? Maybe you have seen them from the road or from the water and wondered what they are. Getting these signs in the ground was a huge undertaking and a massive milestone for Paddle Antrim, you can read more about that here.  Below is a brief explanation of the three different types of… Read More »