Paddle Williamstown is a good way to show off community

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By The Staff

Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner has a good idea and that’s to show the largest lake in Northern Kentucky to folks who enjoy kayaks and canoes.

So from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m this Saturday, Aug. 27, the lake will be closed to motorized traffic for the first and hopefully, not the last, Paddle Williamstown.

The event features races, a poker run, Mayor’s brunch and activities for the kids. It should be a good time, weather permitting.
If you go to the event, here’s a few ideas that might make your participation more enjoyable:

Be sure to bring:
•    Water shoes, river sandals, or an old pair of sneakers.  Some kind of footwear that you won’t mind if it gets wet.
•    U.S. Coastguard approved PFD (life jacket).  Inexperienced swimmers should wear theirs. – Note: Those renting a canoe or kayak will have one provided.
•    Appropriate clothing.  Bring an extra layer if it’s to be cool in the morning.  You can always take it off as the temperature rises.
•    A small towel to put in your kayak or canoe.
•    A secure way to attach your car keys to you or your clothing.
•    No Glass.  
•    No Alcohol.              
Paddle Williamstown will provide:
•    Water and food stops on the lake for those who register, as part of the “Mayor’s Paddle.”  You may elect to bring your own water bottle and/or high energy snack with you.
•    A trash bag.  Please use it for your disposable items.  We support Leave No Trace practices.

Remember that everything you bring has a chance of getting wet, including you, even if you did not intend it!  Please use a dry bag for your expensive, water sensitive items or leave them at home.  

For those who are bringing their own kayak or canoe, you will be directed to put in at the Williamstown Marina boat ramp, 290 Boat Dock Drive.
For those who have pre-registered to rent a kayak or canoe, please drive to the Summer Drive boat ramp, where you will get your boat, paddles and PFD’s.

For more information call 859-824-6351.

The city should be commended for making the event affordable and family-oriented. It’s an opportunity for others in the region to see what makes this area a special place to call home and hopefully as a byproduct, those coming to the area will eat at local restaurants, gas up at local gas stations and visit local stores and even better plan a return outing because we’re just that close.