Paddle Williamstown showcases lake, community

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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.

This is the third year for the event and 300 more more are expected to participate.

From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 24, the lake will be closed to motorized traffic for the 3rd Annual Paddle Williamstown.

The event features races, a poker paddle, snack and water stops, and a scavenger hunt for the kids. It should be a good time, weather permitting.

If you go to the event, here are 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 second one in your car can also be helpful to dry off before head home.

• A hat and/or sunglasses.

• 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, however you may elect to bring your own water bottle and/or high energy snack with you if you choose.

• 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 or in your car.  

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 PFD¹s.

For more information call 859-824-6351.