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Paddle Antrim Festival 2023

Fri September 15 - Sat September 16 Elk Rapids, MI 49629 US RaceJoy Ready


Festival Website

Additional festival information can be found at


Chain of Lakes Water Trail
Elk Rapids, MI US 49629


The 2023 Paddle Antrim Festival is Presented by Short's Brewing Company.

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 in Antrim County. 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.

Schedule of Events:


5:30 pm-7:30 pm – Ellsworth River Park (6625 Bridge St.) – Paddler Check-in, boat drop off, and boat wash station open.
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Ellsworth River Park (6625 Bridge St.) – Kick off Party hosted by the Village of Ellsworth


8:30 am-9:30 am – Ellsworth River Park (6625 Bridge St.) – Paddler Check-in. Breakfast will be available to those who purchased with registration.
9:30 am – Ellsworth River Park (6625 Bridge St.) – Safety brief. All paddlers must be in attendance.
9:45 am – Launch!
Central Lake’s Thurston Park (7854 Bradford St)  – Lunch for paddlers who purchased during registration.
1:15 – All paddlers who intend to paddle to Bellaire must be past the Central Lake Checkpoint.
2:00 pm -5:00 pm – Bellaire Richardi Park (100 E Antrim St.) – Block Party hosted by the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce. Saturday only paddlers may check-in and pick up packets during the Block Party.  


6:45 am -7:45 am – Ohio Street Launch (google directions) – Paddler Check-in. Breakfast for those who purchased with registration.
7:45 am – Ohio Street Launch – Safety brief. All paddlers must attend, even those who paddled Friday.
8:00 am – Launch! We will launch paddlers who are going past checkpoint 1 first. A bagged lunch will be provided for paddlers who purchased it during registration (please have a drybag to store until you are ready to eat).
4:00 pm – After 4PM paddlers must exit at the next checkpoint they come to.
3:00-8:00 – Final Bash – hosted  by our top sponsor – Short’s Brewing Company at their Pull Barn in Elk Rapids (211 Industrial Park) – Join us for a great celebration!

Festival Contact Info

If you have any questions about this festival, please contact the festival director at


Available for Apple and Android devices.

Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Paddle Antrim Festival 2023.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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