The USCG Auxiliary invites you and your membership to an exciting, informative, and fun event on May 18th at Hemlock Crossing County Park in West Olive, Michigan. We are calling it, "Paddlepalooza!”
In coordination with the National Safe Boating Council’s “Ready! Set! Wear It!” campaign, the event includes both shore side and on-the-water activities. Starting at the park, there will be boating safely education sessions and equally important, courtesy vessel exams. The Coast Guard considers any kayak, canoe, etc., found adrift as a Search and Rescue case. The application of an identification sticker on each vessel reduces the amount of time and resources required to follow up on a potential missing person.
Paddlers will meet and register at Hemlock Crossing County Park, 8115 West Olive Road, anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.for a short presentation on paddleboat safety. After a check of recommended safety equipment, the paddlers begin a float trip downstream on Pigeon River. Food and refreshments will be provided at a home on the river near the bridge on Lakeshore Drive. Transportation for the paddlers and their vessels will be available from the end point back to Hemlock Crossing Park if required.
I would like to ask you to publicize the event to your membership. We are dedicated to keeping paddle sports a safe and fun activity for everyone. Please let me know if you are able to support this event.
USCG Auxiliary, Grand Haven, MI
Flotilla Staff Officer – Public education