The H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego will host the seventh annual Oswego Paddlefest Saturday, Aug. 17. Kayakers, canoeists and stand-up paddleboarders are encouraged to enjoy and appreciate the unique beauty of the historic Oswego River & Canal by “locking through” four canal locks. There will be two launch points again this year. Both courses will end at the H. Lee White Maritime Museum's boating center on the West First Street Pier in Oswego.
The long course, geared for experienced paddlers, is approximately 13 miles and launches from Indian Point Park on NYS Rte. 481 in Fulton. Paddlers will launch for the long course between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Aug. 17. The short course is approximately 5.5 miles and launches from Minetto Riverview Park on NYS Rte. 48 from 8 to 9 a.m.
The full paddle trip can be up to six hours or more. Paddlers are asked to arrive at their preferred site 30 minutes ahead of launch time. Kayakers, canoeists, and stand-up paddleboarders are all welcome to participate. Minors aged 4 to 11 years of age must be the passenger of an adult. For everyone's safety, this event is recommended for ages 12 and older. Life jackets and whistles are required. Paddleboarders are welcome, but a leash is mandatory. Pets are not allowed at this event. A shuttle service will be provided between Wright’s Landing in Oswego to each of the launch sites the morning of the event.
Early registration is open at $25 and lasts until Aug. 10. Regular registration is $35 and runs from Aug. 11 to Aug. 15. Paddlers may register on-site the morning of the event using cash or check only. There is a limit of 600 paddlers. A pre-check-in will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at the Maritime Museum, 1 W. First St. Pier, Oswego. The first 100 people to check-in Friday will receive a goody bag. Tickets for the kayak raffle can be purchased through the ticketing site, at the H. Lee White Maritime Museum, or the morning of the event ($5). The winning ticket will be drawn at the conclusion of the event.
The event qualifies for the Erie Canalway Challenge. For information on how to participate by logging miles along the canal, go to https://eriecanalway.org/explore/challenge
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For more information about the event, visit the H. Lee White Maritime Museum's website at www.hlwmm.org, or give us a call at 315-342-0480. For area accommodations and visitor information, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386).
Special thanks to all of the Paddlefest 2019 sponsors: Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Cities of Fulton and Oswego, Town of Minetto, Port of Oswego Authority, Oswego Expeditions, and the NYS Canal Corps.
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