Ridgefield is celebrating the river on June 2nd, 2018 with its Seventh Annual BIG Paddle.
Enjoy a pancake breakfast in downtown Ridgefield and then head to the Port for a two hour canoe, kayak or paddleboard adventure OR enjoy other festivities like vendors at Paddler’s Village at the Port, a Totally Awesome Scavenger Challenge around the Ridgefield area, live music with Chicamarimba, a beer garden, an obstacle course for all ages, First Saturday events including a Farmer’s Market in historic downtown Ridgefield and a “Follow the Fish” trail connecting the two areas.
The Big Paddle event at the Port begins at 9:00 with a Chinook Drumming and Blessing ceremony. Then, a flotilla of kayaks and canoes will paddle five miles round-trip along Lake River to the confluence with the Columbia River. The flotilla will include the Chinook Tribe’s 30′ canoe and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership’s two 34′ canoes. Paddle participants will experience the sights and sounds of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, visit historical sites like where Lewis & Clark landed, and enjoy water healthy fun and recreation.
The Open Paddle starts at 1 pm at the Boathouse. We provide naturalist guides on this 2.5 mile paddle anlong the Lake River. There are many activities going on at the port throughout the day but the Tribal Blessing and big canoes are only part of the morning activity.
8:30am – show up and get your boat ready!
9:00am – Drum ceremony and Blessing Ceremony
9:30am – Launch the boats
11:30 – Return to the dock
1:00 – Show up and get your boat ready!
1:30 – Launch the boats
3:30 – Return to the dock
Check-in begins at 8:30am at Ridgefield Kayaking for the morning tour and at 1 pm for the afternoon tour.