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Paddle Antrim raises money for waterways

Eighty-nine paddlers explored Antrim County's chain of lakes in the non-profit organization's festival.

The first Paddle Antrim kayakers hit the water Friday in Ellsworth.

Eighty-nine paddlers explored Antrim County's chain of lakes in the non-profit organization's festival.

This is a two-day kayak paddle.

Paddlers ended their day in Bellaire after about 15 miles on the water.

"We want to bring awareness to our communities and to the beautiful chain of lakes that we have here," said Deana Jerdee, Paddle Antrim Executive Director. "We're using it as an awareness, also a fundraiser as a nonprofit, so we can give back. Our goal is to give back to our communities in doing projects in stewardship, education, as well as increasing accessibility for paddlers to the water ways."

A 27 mile paddle is set for Saturday starting in Bellaire and wrapping up in Elk Rapids.

There is a Paddle Antrim Final Bash Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. in downtown Elk Rapids.

For more information about the non-profit organization, Paddle Antrim, and its festival, click here.

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