Jessie Hadley of Woods & Water Ecotours and
the Les Cheneaux Islands Community invite you to attend this exciting
new paddling festival in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Les
Cheneaux Islands. It will be a rich blend of the combined elements
learned from the woods and water. Professionals in the kayaking
and canoeing field will present an unbeatable venue for learning
and enrichment. The event is designed to be fun, comfortable,
safe facilitated by the very best instructors in the Midwest.
Hiawatha Paddling Festival, “Celebrating Nature
& Paddling" was first conceived from the idea…..why
not bring a paddling festival to a premier paddling destination?
We also understood that through this event we could create a learning
experience that would bridge skills between beginning recreational
kayakers, family paddlers and coastal kayakers and canoeists.
Hiawatha Paddling Festival is an entry level
event open to families and all types of beginning kayakers and
canoers and meant to supplement other fine events taking place
in the Great Lakes. We hope to give you an enjoyable peek at several
paddling disciplines that make up a lifelong activity that we
love to share. Our goal is help people go to water with better
judgment and skills to be safe while having more fun exploring
the earth’s natural and cultural treasures.
When? September 9-11, 2011 , Our Lake Huron
waters can still be warm, weather settled and we’re not
ready to say goodbye to summer yet!
Where? Les Cheneaux Islands, Michigan in da UP!
The Les Cheneaux Island archipelago located along the northern
shores of Lake Huron has a population of 2050 people. It is a
quiet community that takes pride in their natural and cultural
assets, including a long history of small wooden boat construction.
Most residents live within the shoreline villages of Hessel and
Cedarville. Here, they center their culture and life among the
waterways among the islands and within the upland abundant natural
areas. This 80 miles stretch of vibrant shoreline supports some
of the highest natural diversity in Michigan. Artisans, boat wrights,
fisherman, loggers, conservationists and naturalists, like Aldo
Leopold, have made these islands a unique place to remember and
for experiencing traditions of the past.
Venue? Cedar Campus puts us right on Lake Huron
where classrooms, teaching sessions, food and lodging all happen
in one place. Surrounded by 500 acres of boreal forest and 6 miles
of shoreline, this popular up north conference center is frequented
by groups such as the Michigan Audubon Society, 4H and other organized
groups. Located on a secluded peninsula with meandering cedar
lined footpaths and a limestone boulder-strewn shoreline; this
an exquisite place for any nature lover. September is a great
time to see a variety of migratory birds while on their flight
south to over wintering grounds. Nature is in abundance here!