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Coming up August 15 Leave No Trace workshop - free!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Seaton Creek Campground

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In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act


Volunteer opportunities!

We have been asked to help out a variety of local events; here are the details for August 19, 26 and September 1.

From: Joel Gaff (


Hello there, I'm contacting you today to see if any of your club members would be interested in helping us out at the Traverse City Triathlon at Bowers Harbor on Sunday, August 19.  We need 5-6 more kayakers for swim course support from 7:30am-9:30am. No experience is necessary - we'll train you on race day. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have, or you can have folks sign up via the link below.


Thanks so much for your consideration,


Joel Gaff, Jr.

Race Director

Traverse City Triathlon


My name is Courtney Greening and I host the Break a Wave open water swim race at Haserot Beach on Old Mission Peninsula. I wondered if any members of the Traverse Area Paddle Club would have interest volunteering as additional water support for the event this year?

The event details are as follows:

When: Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Where: Haserot Beach, Traverse City MI

Time: 7:15am - 10:30am


Additional event details can be found on the website:

Please be in touch with any additional questions that you may have.

Thank you,

Courtney Greening

Event Director  231-590-0430





The Great Lakes, home to 20% of the fresh surface water on the planet, are threatened every day by Line 5, the most dangerous pipeline in the US.

It's time to elevate national awareness of the risk that the Line 5 pipeline poses to our Great Lakes. Saturday, September 1 ofLabor Day weekend marks the 4th Pipe Out Paddle Protest at the Straits of Mackinac.

This year, help us shut down Line 5 by:
1.Attending the paddle protest at The Straits;
2.Attending the Traverse Citysister protest;
3.Organizingyour own sister protest; and
4.Sharingthese events with your community and encouragingothersto get involved!




Every day, nearly 23 million gallons of oil flow through two 65 year old pipelines at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac. Canadian oil takes a shortcut through the Great Lakes,one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the world,and crosses back into Canadawith less than 10% of its contents being used in Michigan. Line 5 has spilled at least 29 times since 1968, leaking 1.1 million gallons into surrounding ecosystems.

To learn more about Line 5 check out: Oil & Water Don't Mix, Beneath The Surface, and Retire Line 5




We envision sister flotillas with kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, and any other watercraft floating together on the same day to let the nation know that we stand together as water protectors. Will you help by joining us or organizing a sister event? Let’s paddle together and be seen and heard on 9/1/18 to impact critical 2018 elections and shut down Line 5 before it’s too late.

We deeply appreciate your support and
welcome your involvement!



To hold a protest, please




Paddle Antrim classes and events
Go to for more information on all of the following events. 

Community Paddle - August 15. All ages and paddle crafts are invited to join us for these one hour slow paddles throughout the Chain of Lakes.  Free and no pre-registtration is required.


Intro to Kayaking - $90 - August 21, September 13. This 1⁄2 day class gives paddlers the fundamentals for paddling all types of kayaks in a fun and safe way. Great for new paddlers & those who have been paddling for a while without formal instruction.

Next Steps for Kayaking
$90 – August 23. This 1⁄2 day class is the next class for paddlers who have taken the Intro to Kayaking Class. Focusing on tuning strokes and learning other important skills like rescues, edging, and beginning bracing.

Paddle Antrim Festival
September 13 – 15.  Celebrate with a two-day paddle event through the Chain of Lakes Water Trail - includes three days of live music & food/drinks. This choose-your-own adventure allows you to paddle one or both days and decide how far to travel; great for all levels of paddlers.

Jordan River Raft Excursion - September 29.  Join us as we team up with Jordan Valley Outfitters to offer a 2 1/2 mile guided family-friendly raft trip down the beauytiful Jordan River.  Come experience this wild and scenic river!

Saturday September 29
Paddling Film Fest at the Garden Theater in Frankfort

For details, see