The Paddle Antrim Festival is a fun, non-competitive kayak event where paddlers, from beginner to advanced, can enjoy being out on Northern Michigan’s Chain of Lakes. Kayakers can choose to paddle one or both days and choose the distance they want to travel. Those looking for a relaxed paddle may exit after 7 miles, while those looking for a challenge may continue up to 42 miles, with many exit points in between. This event highlights the diverse paddling the Chain of Lakes provides. The first day experience a series of small calm lakes, perfect for all paddlers. The second day explore up to five lakes and two rivers including the tranquil Grass River Natural Area and the crystal blue waters of Torch and Elk Lakes. Over the two days paddlers will enjoy the charming communities of Ellsworth, Central Lake, Bellaire, Alden, and Elk Rapids. To make the event stress-free, meals and shuttle service can be added at the time of registration. Beyond great paddling, the weekend is filled with great food and festivities. Beginning Thursday there are local events with music and refreshments open to all. The Festival ends with the Final Bash Saturday night hosted by top sponsor Short’s Brewing Company. This all-ages party is the entire community enjoy live music and great food and drinks. Short’s Brewing Company and sponsor Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen will be there serving up the most amazing food and finest brews for all to enjoy.