Due to all of the logistics involved, all registrations are final. Thank you for understanding!
SEPTEMBER 16-18, 2021
The Paddle Antrim Festival celebrates the amazing waterways and communities of Northern Michigan. The Festival, always the second weekend after Labor Day, includes a two-day paddle event through the Chain of Lakes Water Trail in Antrim County. This choose your own adventure paddle provides the opportunity for you to paddle one or both days and decide how far to travel. There are exits strategically placed along the route so you may go anywhere from 7 miles to all 42 miles.
We look forward to welcoming paddlers to the the 6th Paddle Antrim Festival. The Festival will look a little different this year and registration will be limited to 200 paddlers at this time. Your safety and the safety of our staff and volunteers is very important to us. We will continue to comply with all CDC, State, and local guidelines. Details and updates will be provided via email to all participants.
- HAVE FUN!
- All participants must be 18 years or older and in proper physical condition to participate.
- All types of non-motorized kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, and surfskis will be allowed for Day 1 (Friday) and also Day 2 (Saturday) up to Checkpoint 1 (Dockside - 9 miles). All crafts must exit at Dockside unless the criteria below (#4) is met.
- To paddle Saturday past Dockside (9 miles), your paddle craft must be one of the following. Each craft will be inspected for compliance, please feel free to contact us if you have questions on your specific boat.
A. A kayak with water-tight bulkheads in the bow and the stern and a minimum length of 12 feet. Positive secured flotation is allowed in lieu of bulkheads but may be subject to demonstrating ability to displace enough water to complete a deep-water re-entry. (For flotation bag examples, click here)
B. A sit on top kayak with a minimum length of 12 feet.
C. A surfski with a minimum length of 12 feet. A boat leash is required.
D. A paddle board with a minimum length of 12 feet. A leash is required.
- A US Coast Guard approved inherently buoyant vest-style personal flotation device (PFD, i.e. life jacket) must be properly worn at all times. No inflatable or belt style life jackets are allowed.
- PADDLER SAFETY IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US! A whistle, flares, or other signaling device is required. We recommend paddlers have the ability to do some form of kayak remount or self-rescue. Spray skirts are recommended but only if you are skilled in doing a wet exit while wearing one. Paddlers should never paddle alone, especially in large or rough bodies of waters.
- All paddlers must attend the safety briefing prior to the paddle and follow the designated course.
- No alcohol will be allowed on the water. Paddlers who consume alcohol before or during the event will not be allowed to continue.
- No pets are allowed.
- Paddle Antrim reserves the right to change the route or remove any paddler from the event due to any safety concerns.
- Registration is final. Transfer of registrations to another individual may be requested anytime.
- In the event that State or local COVID-19 restrictions prevent holding the Paddle Antrim Festival, registrants will be given the choice of receiving a full refund, transferring their registration to 2022 or donating their fees to Paddle Antrim. Donations are tax deductible and will be used to support Paddle Antrim's mission to support water trail infrastructure and stewardship of our waterways.