It doesn't matter what your experience level is, if you love to canoe, kayak or paddleboard, this two-day paddle festival in Elk Rapids, Michigan is for you.

Registration is now open for the 7th annual Paddle Antrim Festival in Elk Rapids which is about 30 minutes from Traverse City. The two-day event this year is scheduled for September 15-17. 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.

Is this an all-ages event?

No, unfortunately this is not an all ages event. All participants (for safety reasons) must be 18 years or older and in proper physical condition to participate.

Do You Have to Register in advance?

Yes, you must register in advance.

How Much Does the Paddle Antrim Festival Cost?

Early Registration:

  • Single Paddler 1 Day - $65 
  • Single Paddler 2 Days - $100
  • Tandem Paddler 1 Day - $110
  • Tandem Paddler 2 Days - $170

Registration After July 13:

  • Single Paddler 1 Day - $70
  • Single Paddler 2 Days - $110
  • Tandem Paddler 1 Day - $120
  • Tandem Paddler 2 Days - $180

This year, the event will include three days of live music, food, drinks, a block party, and more.

Over 175 paddlers from all over the state and the country participate in this event.

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