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Saturday July 28, Benzie Conservation District - Water Tour on Little Platte Lake
Little Platte Lake Water Tour



Learn to Identify Aquatic Plants!
Sat, July 28th
9 am - 12 pm
Little Platte Lake DNR Access Site on Saffron Road
We are hosting a water tour on Little Platte Lake withspecial aquatic experts: Jo Latimore; Outreach Specialist, MSU Fisheries & Wildlife dept.; Lori Knudson, Biological Technician, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; and Jane Perrino, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, BCD. These knowledgeable folks will join us in paddling and discovering more about the properties of Little Platte, such as the undisturbed wetlands it harbors on its eastern shores, the plethora of birds and creatures that use it as a home, and the invasive species that have created their home there as well.

Participants will need a canoe or kayak, paddles, life jacket, appropriate clothing for the weather, and a water bottle. The tour will begin and end at the same place so no shuttling is necessary.

Please register bycontacting John Ransom at or 231.882.4391 x 13.
Jo Latimore is an aquatic ecologist and Outreach Specialist in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Her work focuses in public participation in assessment and management of Michigan’s streams and lakes; science communication, outreach, and engagement; natural resources leadership development; and improving our understanding of aquatic ecosystem health by assessing responses to disturbance.
As an Outreach Specialist, the majority of her work is focused on engaging with individuals and organizations to promote understanding and stewardship of aquatic ecosystems.

 Paddle Antrim 2018  Summer Paddling Schedule

Go to for more information on all of the following events. 

Community Paddles - August 1 & August 15. All ages and paddle crafts are invited to join us for these one hour slow paddles throughout the Chain of Lakes.  Free and no pre-registtration is required.


Intro to Kayaking - $90 - August 21, September 13. This 1⁄2 day class gives paddlers the fundamentals for paddling all types of kayaks in a fun and safe way. Great for new paddlers & those who have been paddling for a while without formal instruction.

Next Steps for Kayaking
$90 – July 19, August 23. This 1⁄2 day class is the next class for paddlers who have taken the Intro to Kayaking Class. Focusing on tuning strokes and learning other important skills like rescues, edging, and beginning bracing.

Paddle Antrim Festival
September 13 – 15.  Celebrate with a two-day paddle event through the Chain of Lakes Water Trail - includes three days of live music & food/drinks. This choose-your-own adventure allows you to paddle one or both days and decide how far to travel; great for all levels of paddlers.

Jordan River Raft Excursion - September 29.  Join us as we team up with Jordan Valley Outfitters to offer a 2 1/2 mile guided family-friendly raft trip down the beauytiful Jordan River.  Come experience this wild and scenic river!