September 15, 2023 - September 16, 2023
festival dedicated to people-powered watercraft.
Kayaks, Canoes, and Stand-up Paddleboards are welcome to join us at Point Park for this unique event. The confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers is the setting for the first two day’s activities, and the weekend concludes with a lake excursion at North Bend State Park Lake on Sunday.
- Paddlefest weekend starts off on Friday night with food trucks and live music from
6 – 8 p.m. followed by a lighted paddle up the Little Kanawha River from Point Park at 8 p.m. Electric lights and glow sticks illuminate the group on this opening night event.
- The main event on Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., provides a unique opportunity to paddle a three-mile stretch of the Ohio River, from Point Park downriver to Blennerhassett Island and back. Safety watercraft will be on hand to slow private motorized craft passing through. On Blennerhassett Island, the staff and volunteers at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will be welcoming Paddlefest participants to tours of the Blennerhassett Mansion, horse-drawn wagon rides, and special events and activities. (an additional fee)