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 »


Paddle Antrim Warns Paddlers to be Cautious as Water Temperatures Drop

As temperatures in Northern Michigan are cooling down, Paddle Antrim warns paddlers to take precautions to protect themselves from heightened dangers of sudden, unexpected cold water immersion while on late season paddling outings. “The trees are changing color and taking fall paddles provides some of the most beautiful scenery in Michigan but the water is getting cold. Paddlers need to take extra steps to protect themselves from the dangers of… Read More »


Signs Installed Opening the 99-Mile Chain of Lakes Water Trail

Paddle Antrim is pleased to announce that signs have been installed along the Chain of Lakes Water Trail, Northern Michigan’s only state designated water trail. From small lakes to big lakes, and meandering rivers, this trail provides a paddling experience for all skill levels. Whether kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding or fishing, there are opportunities for all to enjoy along this 99-mile-long trail. “While the lakes have always existed, the water… Read More »


Water Trail Tales – Paddling The Intermediate River

Intermediate River Route: Richardi Park out and back along Intermediate River Route Overview: Beginner level 3 miles 1.5 hours estimated time By Ellie Kirkpatrick, Marketing and Outreach Specialist  Deana and I recently went out for an evening kayak on an easy but delightful paddle through the Intermediate River out to Intermediate Lake and back. This 3-mile paddle takes about 1.5 hours and is an easy trip to do with a… Read More »


Stand Up for Great Lakes Paddles the Chain of Lakes Water Trail

Photo credit: 9&10 News & Corey Adkins They did it! Stand Up for Great Lakes successfully paddled the entire Chain of Lakes. Starting at Six Mile lake, near Ellsworth and ending at Elk Rapids Rotary park. The journey began at 5:30 AM and ended at 9:30 PM and was 50 miles in length.   Over 50 paddlers joined the SUFGL paddlers along the way and they were cheered on by hundreds… Read More »


Paddle Antrim Named MyNorth’s 2020 Red Hot Favorite Non-Profit in the Charlevoix Chain of Lakes Region

We are pleased to announce that we have been named MyNorth’s 2020 Red Hot Best Favorite Nonprofit in the Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes Region.  More than 12,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2020 red Hot Best competition which was different this year than in the past. Instead of sharing winners in each category for Northern Michigan as a whole, they decided to dig into 11 different regions to discover the… Read More »


Stand Up For Great Lakes to Paddle The Chain of Lakes Water Trail to Benefit Paddle Antrim

We are excited to announce that Stand Up For Great Lakes will be traveling the entire Chain of Lakes Water Trail, from Six-Mile Lake to the Elk Rapids Dam, to raise money and awareness for the Chain of Lakes Water Trail and Paddle Antrim. Joe Lorenz, Kwin Morris and Jeff Guy will represent Stand Up For Great Lakes, traveling 60 miles on paddle boards through the Chain of Lakes, which… Read More »


MI Paddle Stewards Offer Online Course to Educate Paddlers on Aquatic Invasive Species

Last year we partnered with MI Paddle Stewards to offer paddlers an in-person workshop to learn more aquatic invasive species identification, prevention and reporting. We are very excited that despite these extraordinary times, MI Paddle Stewards is offering an online program to help paddlers continue to learn about AIS in order to protect the waters they love. The MI Paddle Stewards new self-paced, online program from Michigan Sea Grant and… Read More »


Water Trail Tales – Exploring Grass River Natural Area

Grass River Natural Area Route: Cottage Drive Park to Clam Lake DNR Access Route overview: Intermediate Level 7 Miles 3 Hours Estimated Time By Deana Jerdee, Executive Director To celebrate my birthday this year, my entire family, including my mom and my sister’s family, decided to enjoy an adventure on the Chain of Lakes. We loaded up our trailer full of nine boats and headed to Cottage Drive Park on… Read More »


Elk Rapids Rotary Park Public Input Session

We are excited to announce that we, along with the Village of Elk Rapids, are looking for public input on a preliminary design of improvements for Elk Rapids Rotary Park. We announced this project back in 2019 and are very excited to be moving forward to the community input phase.  In 2017, the Village of Elk Rapids completed a Recreation Survey and a universal kayak launch was an identified improvement… Read More »