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 »

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 »