Breakers to Bridge Paddle Festival

September 9, 2016 5:00 pm @ 5:00 PM – September 11, 2016 12:00 pm @ 12:00 PM
Kestner Park

Positioned in the heart of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, the Portage was the artery of America’s first great metal mining region. Join us to celebrate the culturally significant mine ruins to virtually untouched waterfalls, coastlines, and crags by paddling 10 miles from Breakers To Bridge to support the Keweenaw Land Trust’s mission of protecting land and water access for public use.

Breakers to Bridge Paddle Festival, a weekend of events centering around paddling in the Keweenaw, is planned for September 9-11, 2016. The event kicks off Friday evening with the 5Point Film On the Road at Breakers To Bridge at the Continental Fire Company in Houghton. On Saturday, a 10 Mile non-competitive timed paddle from Breakers to Bridge will take place followed by a celebration at Kestner Park in Houghton. On Sunday there will be numerous opportunities for families and individuals to get out on the water through interpretive paddles, clinics, demos and trips to various locations in the Keweenaw. The event is being planned by the Keweenaw Land Trust in partnership with Michigan Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Program. Registration is now open for all events at Boat rental is available, but must be reserved at time of registration.

The full weekend festival includes:

Friday, September 9th 2016 (Kestner Park unless otherwise noted)

4:00-8:00PM: Check in & Bib Pickup
5:00-7:00PM: Course talks on the hour every hour (15 minutes in length each)
6:00-9:00PM: Sunset Paddle Film Festival

Saturday, September 10th 2016 (Locations as Noted)
7:00AM-10:00AM: Check in & Bib Pickup (North Can
al Township Park)
10:00AM-4:00PM: Breakers To Bridge Paddle Race (North Canal Township Park)
1:00AM-8:00PM: Music & Food at the finish area, Kestner Park
5:00AM-7:00PM: Silent Auction Kestner Park
7:00PM: Awards Ceremony and Recognition

Sunday, September 11th 2016 (Throughout Keweenaw)

Clinics, Paddles, Demos (9:00AM-Noon)
Sailing Demos
Beginner Kayak Skills Clinic
Paddle Roll Clinic
Glasswater Sturgeon River Paddle
The Portage Historical Paddle

Breakers To Bridge Is a fundraiser for the Keweenaw Land Trust, a community partner dedicated to protecting land, water and quality of life through conservation, stewardship and education.

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