Paddles Up Niagara

12th Annual Paddles Up Niagara
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Beaver Island State Park, Shelter 2B
7:00 am to 2pm

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Join us for the 12th Annual Paddles Up Niagara along the southeastern shore of Grand Island. The fun day of paddling, food and vendors takes place at Beaver Island State Park at Shelter 2B.

Paddling Schedule

7:00 & 7:30 am Eco Tour or Early Bird Paddle: Join us for a guided Eco Tour lead by Paddles Up Founder Paul Leuchner and DEC Niagara River Ecologist Tim DePriest starting at 7:00 and 7:30 or paddle at your own pace during our Early Bird Paddle starting at 7:00 am. On both courses you will see the Niagara River Restoration projects near Strawberry and Motor Island, a Bald Eagle nesting area, Heron Rookery and more. *Please note, both morning paddles will cross the river channel, requiring moderate paddling abilities.

11:00 am Fun Paddle: Enjoy the waters and shoreline of Grand Island and Beaver Island State Park. This paddle stays close to shore and is suitable for paddlers of all abilities.

Paddle Fair

8:30 am – 2:00 pm

NYS Parks: Try a Kayak – Thinking about getting a kayak? This is a great opportunity to try one out. (please note, kayaks are to try out only and cannot be used to paddle in the event)

WEKANU: Instructors from WEKANU will provide paddling skills and rescue demos

Food: Grand Island Historical Society will provide hot and cold breakfast food and drinks starting at 6:15 am; Food Trucks will serve from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Flying Bison: Beer tent provided by Flying Bison will open at 11:30 am.

Vendors and Demos: Check out paddling merchandise and other goods from vendors including NYS Parks Marine Division, WEKANU, Buffalo Niagara River Keeper, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Buffalo Geological Society and more.

THANK YOU to our Event Organizers: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Waterkeeper Alliance Splash Event Series by Toyota, Town of Grand Island, New York State Parks and the Niagara River Greenway Commission.

THANK YOU to our Event Sponsors: WEKANU, Anchor Marine, NYS Parks Marine Division, Cabela’s, K and D Action Photography, Tops Friendly Markets, Grand Island Fire Company, Bill’s Boatworks, Seabirds International, NY State Parks Niagara Region Interpretive, Flying Bison Brewing Company, Buffalo Coffee Roastery.

THANK YOU to our Event Vendors: Hamburg Natural History Society, Buffalo Geological Society, Grand Island Historical Society, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 35 Grand Island.