Paddling festival’s a splash

Staff reportApril 25, 2014 

More than 60 paddling retailers and manufacturers will be on hand May 9-10 for the fourth annual Northwest Paddle Festival. The free event will be at Lake Sammamish State Park.


The fourth annual Northwest Paddling Festival, planned for May 9-10, will feature more than 60 businesses showing canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, paddling equipment, accessories and gear.

The schedule includes the Northwest Paddling Challenge on May 10. Kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and outriggers will race six miles in a three-lap race along the shores.

There also will be a 2-mile course (one lap) for those interested in a shorter run or just new to racing.

There also will be sessions, including packing a sea kayak and planning food for multiday trips. There will be a chance to try a stand-up paddleboard, take a 30-minute kayak tour on the lake or try paddling on an 18-person canoe.

The festival will run from 2-7 p.m. May 9, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 10 at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah.

The event is free. If you want to try out canoes, kayaks or paddleboards, there is a $7 demo fee for the day. Parking is $10 or a Discover Pass.

For more information, go to northwestpaddling

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