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Paddle Antrim, Chain of Lakes Water Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


Paddle Antrim has completed the final elements of the Chain of Lakes Water Trail and is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 26.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at Ellsworth’s Community Park on 9238 Lake St. at 1:30 p.m.

Following the ceremony people are invited to launch their kayaks across the street at River Park.

Paddle Antrim is a non-profit organization dedicated to protect Northern Michigan’s water resources by using paddle sports to connect people to the waterways.

The Chain of Lakes Water Trail is 99 miles of water trails for paddlers to explore throughout the Ellsworth, Central Lake, Bellaire and Elk Rapids communities.

The towns will have access points that will allow paddlers to walk into town to enjoy amenities such as restaurants, retail stores, outfitters, art galleries and more.

“While the lakes have always existed, the water trail provides the information people need to make decisions on where to paddle,” said Deana Jerdee, Executive Director of Paddle Antrim. “We have worked with our partners to identify 84 access sites and consolidate the information, so people know where they can launch, what amenities are available, what distances they will travel and more to help create a quality paddling experience.”


Signs have been placed near the water’s edge at each access site so paddlers can identify where to exit from the water.

Paddlers also will have access to a 30-page waterproof flipbook Paddler’s Guide or they can download a digital map through the ‘Avenza Maps’ app.

For more information on the water trail, visit .

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