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Discover Our Wild Side Special Event

3rd Annual “Paddle By Your Refuge”
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Elizabeth Park, Trenton, MI

A Benefit for the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance
Come experience the natural beauty and rich history of Elizabeth Park and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge at the 3rd annual “Paddle By Your Refuge.”  Paddle around Michigan’s oldest county park to pristine Humbug Marsh and Island.  Learn about kayaking and the amazing natural resources and wildlife of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. An interpreter from Huron-Clinton Metroparks will also be on hand at Humbug Marsh to give you an in-depth introduction to this beautiful natural area.  

Riverside Kayak Connection will be providing kayaks.  Guided tours will be offered for intermediate to advanced paddlers.  All participants will receive a free waterproof map holder, whistle, compass, and copy of the Detroit Heritage River Water Trail map. Because the number of participants at a given time could vary significantly, space may be limited. All event proceeds benefit the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance.  

Beginner Tour and Lessons
A great opportunity for novice paddlers to experience the quiet, natural serenity along the Elizabeth Park canal.  Instructors from Riverside Kayak Connection and Quiet World Sports will be available to help you develop your paddling techniques.  Participants will be on the water for 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

Fee: $15.  Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.  Tours depart every 15 minutes until 2:00 p.m.
Humbug Marsh Tour
Intermediate and advanced paddlers will accompany kayak instructors from Riverside Kayak Connection and Black Parrot Paddling on a six-mile round-trip paddle to Humbug Marsh, the last undeveloped jewel along the U.S. side of the Detroit River. This trip will entail an upstream paddle on the Trenton Channel.  The Intermediate Trail lasts about 2.5 to 3 hours. 

Fee: $25 with Riverside Kayak Connection kayak, $15 for those bringing their own kayaksRegistration begins at 9:00 a.m.  Tours depart every 15 minutes.  The last tour leaves Elizabeth Park at 1:00 p.m.

Interpretation at Humbug Marsh
For those on the Humbug Marsh Tour, an interpreter from Huron-Clinton Metroparks will be available to answer questions about the marsh. Become more acquainted with some of the plants and animals that call the marsh home. It is hawk migration season so keep an eye up from the water as up to 500,000 broad-winged hawks cross the Detroit River on their way to South America. Learn about the rich cultural heritage of the coastal marsh - Humbug Marsh has been a major waterfowl hunting area for over a century!

Event T-shirts
"Paddle By Your Refuge” T-shirts will again be available for $10. 

Download Event Flyer
Download the event flyer for more great information on "Paddle By Your Refuge", including a trail maps for the Beginner and Humbug Marsh Tours!

For Additional Information
For more details on the paddling tours, kayaking tips, and registration information, contact Riverside Kayak Connection at 734.285.2925 or riversidekayak@ameritech.net.

Other Activities
After your paddle, step back in time at the popular "Somewhere in Time" event, happening at Elizabeth Park's beautiful waterfront or stop by the "Taste of Trenton" in downtown Trenton for a flavor-filled experience!

Event Sponsors and Volunteering Organizations

Black Parrot Paddling Michigan Sea Grant
City of Trenton Quiet World Sports
Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative Riverside Kayak Connection
DTE Energy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority Wayne County Parks
Metropolitan Affairs Coalition


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