On Ridgefields Lake River try for dry

first_imgNow that things are finally drying out around here, it’s time to get back in the water.Go ahead and try for on the water only. The idea at Ridgefield’s annual Big Paddle Festival is launching as many landlubbers as possible onto Lake River in canoes, kayaks and paddleboards June 3. Staying dry during all that is a nice idea — but splashes do have a way of finding victims.The day is organized around two massive outings: a morning guided tour and a casual afternoon meander. Bring your own vessel or rent one, at the discounted event rate of $25, from Ridgefield Kayak; either way, registration is mandatory so nobody gets lost at sea. (Contacting Ridgefield Kayak ahead of time to reserve your boat is a good idea.)The morning journey, which gets underway at 9:30 a.m., has been titled an “interpretive paddle.” Think of it as a five-mile hike on the water that also celebrates National Trails Day, the first Saturday in June.A flotilla of kayaks and canoes will launch from the Port of Ridgefield at 5 W. Mill St. and paddle five miles, round-trip, to Lake River’s connection with the Columbia River. You’ll hear stories about the area’s rich history, from original inhabitants to the Lewis and Clark expedition’s passage; you’ll also experience the wonders of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge from a unique point of view.The flotilla will include the Chinook Tribe’s 30-foot canoe and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership’s two 34-foot canoes. This trip lasts approximately two hours and requires a $5 event fee, which gets you a guaranteed seat in one of those big canoes; if you are renting, that fee is deducted from your boat rental, so your total remains $25.last_img read more