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2021 Paddle Antrim Festival

September 16 - September 18

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.
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. Thursday paddlers can check in. Friday paddlers will begin in Ellsworth and paddle up to 15 miles through Central Lake to Bellaire. Saturday participants can paddle up to 27 miles from Bellaire to Elk Rapids.
Registration includes three celebrations hosted by the communities. Thursday evening the Village of Ellsworth hosts a Kick Off Party to get things started. Friday the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce hosts a Block Party. Saturday afternoon Short’s Brewing Company hosts the Final Bash, a great way to end a fabulous weekend.
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


September 16
September 18
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