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2021 Paddle Antrim Festival

September 16 @ 5:30 pm - September 18 @ 7:00 pm

Registration opening in June!!

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.

We look forward to welcoming paddlers to the Chain of Lakes Water Trail for the 6th Paddle Antrim Festival on September 16-18, 2021.  The Festival will look a little different this year and registration will be limited to 150 paddlers at this time.  We are working on details and more information will be available in the coming weeks, with registration opening in June. 

Thursday September 16th 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. 

Your safety and the safety of our staff and volunteers is very important to us. Due to COVID-19, we will be complying with all CDC, State, and local guidelines (e.g. masks and social distancing). 


September 16 @ 5:30 pm
September 18 @ 7:00 pm
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Ellsworth River Park
6625 Bridge St
Ellsworth, MI 49279 United States