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.

COURTESY OF NORTHWEST PADDLE FESTIVAL

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 festival.com.

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