SUP Fest, slide show, guideboat talk are next in paddling lineup

SARANAC LAKE – The final week of a month-long celebration of water-based activities kicks off this weekend with the Adirondack SUP Festival at Lake Colby beach.

The celebration of stand-up paddleboarding, organized by Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, started Friday and continues until Sunday with tours, clinics, gear demonstrations and races.

Overall, 15 boating activities were scheduled for Saranac Lake in June, including a Northern Forest Canoe Trail festival last weekend and several activities still to come.

On Tuesday, St. Regis Canoe Outfitters owners Dave and Rivka Cilley will give a presentation about the paddling trips they have taken outside the Adirondacks. The slide show will take place at the Left Bank Cafe in Saranac Lake. Locations that will be covered include Everglades National Park, Florida Rivers, and Bowron Lakes Provincial Park. Dinner, snack and drink options will be available for purchase at a discounted price.

On Wednesday, traditional Adirondack guideboat builders Chris Woodward, Jim Cameron and Allison Warner will talk about their craft in a panel-style discussion at Historic Saranac Lake’s Saranac Laboratory Museum building at 89 Church St. The trio will discuss their early influences, the current state of the guideboat and other relevant issues. This event was organized by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in partnership with Historic Saranac Lake.

On Thursday, Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters will lead an evening kayak tour on an area waterbody, a weekly offering this summer. Reservations are required, so call 518-891-7450 in advance to go on this trip.

On Friday, Dewey Mountain will be hosting a Build a Cardboard Boat session from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Dewey base lodge. Building materials, including cardboard and duct tape, will be available for builders. This is a family-friendly event. The boats are being made for Saturday’s cardboard boat race.

On Saturday, June 25, Adirondack Lakes and Trails will host the first-ever Corrugated Cup Cardboard Boat Race on Lake Flower. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and races start at 10:30 a.m. Participants are required to bring their own homemade cardboard boat. There will be several awards given out, including “best in show” and “most spectacular sinking.”

The proceeds from this event go to the Northern Forest Explorers program, run by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. This program gives a local youth the opportunity to spend a week outside paddling, camping, learning outdoor skills and testing themselves on adventure courses designed especially for young people. Scholarships are available to children between the ages of 10 and 14.

That Saturday afternoon, activities continue with a cleanup of the Saranac River, beginning near the Lake Flower dam and continuing downstream. Volunteers are being asked to arrive at the Saranac Lake village parking lot on Dorsey Street at 1 p.m. and plan to be off the water no later than 5 p.m. Following the cleanup, there will be a free barbecue at Riverside Park on Lake Flower. The event is being coordinated by St. Regis Canoe Outfitters. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Tyler Merriam at 518-891-1838 or tmerriam@canoeoutfitters.com.

For more information on the activities, visit www.celebratepaddlingadk.com.