Allegan County Parks Offering Free Family Kayaking Day in August
Summer activities with the family, surely, make everlasting memories. Of course, toting the entire family along for every adventure can get expensive. That's why I love opportunities for families to get out and explore nature without having to pay a cent.
Yes, you can visit the many parks, nature trails and preserves we have here in SW Michigan. But, if you'd like to get out on the water, Allegan County Parks is offering a free program in August that will get you and your family into some kayaks, out on the water, free of charge.
As announced on their Facebook page, Allegan County Parks has partnered with Outdoor Discovery Center to offer this free event taking place on August 7th from 9am - 11am. Included are:
- Life Vests
The launch location will be at New Richmond Bridge Park at the north entrance. The plotted course is suitable for those who inexperienced with kayaking or those who are just looking for a relaxing day on the water.
Registration is Required
Because kayaks are provided, an exact number of participants will be needed. That's why registration is required.
A couple of things to know:
- To participate in the event you will need to fill out a health screening form
- Even if you need a double seated kayak you only need to register one boat. The other participant's information is not needed.
You can find the registration page here. Registration is open until 8/6, the day before the event. However, they do say that boats are limited so if you'd like to enjoy the free family kayak day I would register sooner rather than later.
You can find more information on the Allegan County Parks Facebook page. As well, if you'd like to know more about the Outdoor Discovery Center, or ODC, you can find their website here.
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