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Recreation 101: Introduction to Paddling

Join us for this FREE one hour introductory course to Canoeing and Kayaking, brought to you by Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  Classes are located at Highland Recreation Area, Island Lake Recreation Area, and Proud Lake Recreation Area.  After being introduced to basic safety methods, paddle techniques, and maneuvering, you will take the vessels out on the water. The gear and guides will be provided, just bring enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
This is great inspiration for launching your next outdoor adventure!



Highland Recreation Area  – Tuesdays at 4 pm
June 20
July 18
August 15
September 19
October 17*
Proud Lake Recreation Area – Wednesdays at 6 pm
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June 21
July 19
August 16
September 20
October 18*
Island Lake Recreation Area – Thursdays at 6 pm
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June 22
July 20
August 17
September 21
October 19*
BONUS SUNDAYS!  We will also meet the LAST Sunday of each month at 6pm for all locations with the exception of Sunday, October 29, where we will just meet at Proud Lake Recreation Area starting at 5pm.

Pre-registration is required. Courses fill up quick so hurry and register! Complete the form below or call us at (248) 685-2379.
Fine Print:
In the case of severe weather, we will cancel the event.  Please contact us at 248-685-2379 two hours prior to your class if you are not able to attend or to inquire of about weather cancellations. All Recreation 101 events are free to participate, however a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan’s State Parks, Recreation Areas, Boating Access Sites as well as State Forest Campgrounds and Trails


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