From DNR reports

On Friday, July 26 at 10 a.m., join the friendly and experienced staff of Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus at Silver Lake State Park for a free Introduction to Kayaking program.

Instructors will be bringing a large variety of kayaks for participants to use as demonstration models. Participants will be able to ask the certified instructors questions about the sport of kayaking and the necessary equipment. For anyone who has ever had an interest in kayaking, this is an excellent opportunity to learn the basics and enjoy this fantastic sport.

It is recommended that participants sign up in advance, as there will be a limited number of kayaks available on an hourly basis. All ages are welcome to participate in this free program.

To assure your spot, or for more information, please call Silver Lake State Park at 231-873-3083. Afterwards be sure to check out their Kayaking 202 program at 2 p.m.

Silver Lake State Park’s Kayaking 202 course is the perfect opportunity to expand your kayaking knowledge.

Certified instructors from Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus will also be presenting a three-hour kayaking course on Friday, July 26 at 2 p.m.

This class will cover the fundamentals of flat-water kayaking. Instructors will go over the equipment, safety and kayaking techniques. Participants must be at least 14 years of age, and participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Class will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if fewer than four participants are registered. Cost is $50 per participant and will be collected the day of the event. Maximum participation is 10 people, so those interested in attending are encourages to sign up early.

To reserve a space in the class or for more information, call Silver Lake State Park at 231-873-3083.

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