Regardless of your experience level, if you love to canoe, kayak or paddleboard, one of Northern Michigan's most popular paddling events is for you.

The sixth annual Paddle Antrim Festival (Elk Rapids) is set to get underway, September 16-18. The Paddle Antrim Festival is said to be the best way to experience the Chain of Lakes Water Trail and the charming lakeside communities surrounding the trail. This is a non-competitive event that provides opportunities for all levels of paddlers to participate for one or two days and paddle 7 to 42 miles.

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Basically, you'll hit a series of small lakes and connecting rivers on your first day of paddling. On day two, you can explore up to five lakes and two rivers including the Grass River Natural Area and the crystal blue waters of larger lakes including Torch Lake.

While on the water, you'll also get to paddle through Ellsworth, Central Lake, Bellaire, Alden, and Elk Rapids

Paddle Antrim Executive Director Deana Jerdee:

We are excited to invite all levels of paddlers to grab their canoe, kayak or paddleboard and experience the diversity of paddling available on our pristine waters. Over 150 paddlers come from all over the state and the country to experience the diversity of the pristine Chain of Lakes Water Trail and the wonderful hospitality each community has to offer.

Is this an all-ages event?

No, all participants must be 18 years or older and in proper physical condition to participate.

Do you have to register in advance?

Yes, registration is limited to 200 paddlers and will close on September 12th at midnight or once the maximum number of paddlers is reached.

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