Celebrate Paddling kicks off in Saranac Lake area

People interested in paddlesports will once again have a full slate of activities to choose from in  the Saranac Lake area during the month of June.

Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, Mac’s Canoe Livery, Raquette River Outfitters, Paul Smith’s VIC, Placid Boatworks and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail have teamed up to organize paddlesports events during the third annual Celebrate Paddling month.

Activities this year will include slideshow presentations, paddling clinics, a lightweight canoe demonstration, an SUP Festival, and river clean-ups.

The event kicks off Saturday, June 2, when  Adirondack Lakes and Trails hosts “Go Lightweight with Swift Canoe & Kayak,” at Lake Colby. The daylong event will give participants the opportunity to stop in and get a personal introduction to the Swift line of boats.

The indoor activities will kick off at 7 pm Tuesday with a slideshow presentation at the Blue Moon Café.  Sydney Aveson will talk about how she surveyed Adirondack waterways for aquatic invasive species last summer, and how she discovered the whimsical world of packrafting. 

The following evening Zander Connor and Tyler Citrin will talk at 7 p.m. at Bitters and Bones about their sea kayaking trip circumnavigating the Scottish Highlands.

Thursday night, Adirondack Lakes and Trails will lead a kayak tour on a local waterway.

Saturday will feature Paddlesport Instruction Day at Lake Colby beach in Saranac Lake. There will be clinics on pack boats, tandem canoeing, swift water canoeing, sea kayaking, rescues, and outfitting your kayak.

On Sunday, Raquette River Outfitters will lead a river clean up on the Raquette River between Simon Pond and Moody Marsh. Canoes will be provided.

Starting Monday, June 11, there will be more paddling clinics, guided trips, and excursions to area waterways, among other activities.

“June is a wonderful time to get out on the water,” said Rivka Cilley, co-owner of St. Regis Canoe Outfitters.  “The turtles are laying their eggs. The dragonflies, baby birds and other wildlife are giving birth to little ones.  It is always amazing to get to see a couple of baby loons riding on the back of their mother or father.  The new leaves on the trees lend a feeling of freshness. The spring flowers are in full bloom in June including the Hobblebush, Lady Slipper, Trilliums, Spring Beauty, and others. The carnivorous plants including Pitcher Plants and Sundews are fun to see in the bog areas. The diversity of plant life in the Adirondacks is fascinating.”

Celebrate Paddling is sponsored by the Cloudsplitter Foundation, Guide Boat Realty, and Nori’s Village Market.

Anyone looking for additional information can find a full schedule of events at www.celebratepaddlingadk.com

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