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Breakers to Bridge Paddle Festival Returns in 2017
September 9th, 2017  
The Michigan Tech Outdoor Adventure Program and KLT are proud to announce the 2017 Breakers to Bridge Paddle Festival! Positioned in the heart of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, the Portage was the artery of America's first great metal mining region. Join us to celebrate the culturally significant mine ruins to virtually untouched waterfalls, coastlines, and crags by paddling 10 miles from Breakers to the Lift Bridge to help raise awareness of the Keweenaw Water Trail. 

This year features a number of changes in response to last year’s inaugural event. The signature 10-mile paddle will begin at the Stanton Township boat launch just south of the actual breakers. This was done to avoid potentially dangerous water conditions should another early fall storm arise. Additionally, the East Houghton Waterfront Park near the Super 8 will serve as both the finish line and gathering area before and after the paddle. For those looking to take part in a more casual paddle, shorter guided looped paddles around town and kayak try-outs will take place throughout the afternoon leaving from the East Houghton Waterfront Park. No matter your skill level, there are fun options available for you to take part in!

Registration is now open for the 10-mile Breakers to Bridge paddle. Visit for a full schedule and to sign up! Space is limited so be sure to register early to reserve your place. Cost is $45 for a solo kayak or paddleboard or $60 for a tandem kayak or canoe.

Interested in volunteering? There is a need for assistance with loading and unloading boats on both Friday evening and Saturday all day as well as general help on Saturday during the event. Go to, then hit Volunteer at the bottom to learn more.

Visit the Breakers to Bridge Website



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