Life Jackets and Proper Cold Water Gear Save Lives 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. “Whenever paddlers are out on the water, they should dress with the assumption they may end up in the water,” says Deana Jerdee, Paddle Antrim Executive Director. “With the cooler weather, water temperatures have dropped and therefore… Read More »

Applications Being Accepted for Paddle Antrim’s Ripple Effect Mini-Grant Program

 Paddle Antrim is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for their 2021 Ripple Effect Mini-Grant Program. This competitive grant program funds projects that protect the waterways and connect people to them. Potential projects must focus on stewardship, education, or increasing accessibility to the lakes and rivers. A list of completed projects funded by this Mini Grant Program can be found on the completed projects page.  Since 2015,… Read More »

Planning Your Two Day Adventure on the Chain of Lakes Water Trail

Photo Credit: Pure Michigan  The Chain of Lakes Water Trail is a 100+ mile water trail that spans four counties: Charlevoix, Antrim, Grand Traverse, and Kalkaska. Best suited for day trips, the water trail has experiences appropriate for all paddling levels from beginner to advanced. The small lakes and meandering rivers in the Upper Chain are great for beginners or anyone who loves a peaceful paddle filled with rare wildlife.… Read More »

Become a Wellspring Supporter – Help us Keep our Waters Pristine

Do you love our waterways and want to keep them clean for generations to come? At Paddle Antrim we know that connecting people to our waterways through paddle sports is key to keeping our waterways pristine. Increasing water resource protection is also critical to the economic vitality of this region which is largely driven by water tourism.  A wellspring is a source/head of a spring, stream, or river. A continual… Read More »

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 »