Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a free Paddle Fest June 15 from noon to 3 p.m. at Spring Meadow Lake State Park, 2715 Country Club Drive in Helena. This event offers the community an introduction to many different paddling sports. Paddling stations will be set up along the north and west shore.
Paddle Fest will provide the public a chance to try a variety of different paddling sports. FWP's focus is to promote safe, responsible boating and the use of life jackets when on the water.
Participants will have the opportunity to try kayaks, paddle rafts, rowing frame rafts, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, throw bags to practice life saving techniques and also cover aquatic invasive species.
Doug Ammons, a word class kayaker and outdoor adventure author from Missoula, will speak at the Group Use Picnic Shelter at 2:30 p.m. Ammons will also share dazzling outdoor photography and how adventure and the natural world fits into our lives.
Children must be accompanied by an adult and everyone must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket. Participants are encouraged to wear their own life jacket if possible. Paddling unassisted at some stations will be determined by the child's age, size and ability.
FWP is partnering with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Adventures Unlimited, Helena Outdoor Club, Pink Cowboy, Capital Sports and many community volunteers to offer this event. For more information contact Liz Lodman, FWP Boat Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a great chance for the family to get out and enjoy the outdoors. See you at Spring Meadow Lake State Park on June 15.