Paddlesports enthusiasts will once again have a full slate of activities to choose from in Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake during the month of June.
Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, Mac’s Canoe Livery, Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Raquette River Outfitters have teamed up to organize paddlesports events for the fourth consecutive year. The month-long event is called “Celebrate Paddling” and consists of activities nearly every day of the month.
The activities will include trivia night, slideshows, kayak tours, guided trips, clinics, an SUP festival, river clean-ups and a pair of races. There will be an 8-mile paddling race in Tupper Lake and a new Celebrate Paddling Invitational race during the final weekend.
Trip highlights include both a full moon paddle and solstice trip. There is a clinic designed specifically for women, a yoga for paddlers evening, and a water safety course.
Mac’s Canoe Livery is hosting several clinics designed for people interested in improving their race paddling skills. They are also hosting trips for local businesses looking to get more familiar with the area.
There are several talks scheduled, including “History of the Adirondack Voyageurs” at 7 pm, June 12 at Nori’s Village Market. Several voyageurs will be on hand at Nori’s Village Market for a 40th anniversary discussion of the Voyageur Treks program of the Association of Adirondack Scout Camps. Voyageurs are trained outdoor leaders who guide scouts on rigorous 50-mile canoeing and hiking treks across the Adirondacks. The treks program connected 12 different boy scout properties.
River clean-ups start in Tupper Lake on June 9. Another will take place in Saranac Lake on June 23.
An Adirondack Paddling Symposium is set for June 21-23rd, with a track for kayakers, canoeists and pack boaters. Included along with classes will be morning yoga and catered meals on the banks of the Moose River. Evening presentations will follow dinner and take place fireside with a few beverages. The vendor village will allow students to interact with manufacture reps, talking shop, playing with boats, boards and gear and even having the ability to use stuff in your classes (the ultimate way to demo.) There will be a rental option, for those who have not made the jump to buying their own craft. Monday the 24 will be an add-on option, to put new skills to the test with a variety of guided tour options. Learn more about the event here.
More information and a schedule of events celebrating paddling in the Adirondacks can be found here.