Why You Can’t Miss Oregon’s Spring Paddle Festival

Looking for something different to do this spring? How about the annual Spring Paddle Festival at Vancouver Lake? Now in its 26th year, this springtime favorite is everything a great event should be – fun, educational, family-friendly, and hands-on.

Pacific Northwest Wine | Rainstorm

So maybe Oregon wine is missing from the line-up, but that’s okay! Pack some snacks and your favorite Pacific Northwest wine and you’ve got all the makings for a picnic between paddling sessions. Now it’s a truly terrific event!

So what exactly makes this a can’t-miss event?

It’s free. Nope, you didn’t misread that. The Spring Paddle Festival is totally free of charge. There’s no admission, no tickets to buy in advance, no need to rent either a canoe or kayak since they’re provided by the sponsor. It’s just a fun way to spend a day or two learning more about paddling and enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends.

It’s fun. In case there was any doubt in your mind about the amount of fun you’ll have at this event, allow us to clear that up. It’s 100% awesome. There are a ton of different sessions to take part in, like Stand Up Paddling 101, Yoga for Paddling, and even a class on how to pack for a multi-day sea kayaking trip.

Not only are all the basics of canoeing and kayaking covered, there are clearly lots of opportunities to learn about niche areas of these water sports. And the best part of all? You get to fully participate by getting out on the water and putting your new skills to the test!

It’s the perfect way to build up a thirst for wine! Not that you need an excuse to enjoy a fine Oregon wine, but we must say that the Spring Paddle Festival can certainly help develop a thirst. Whether you pack a bottle or two into a picnic basket to enjoy on-site or you follow up the event with glass or three at home, nothing beats enjoying a nice Pacific Northwest wine after a day on the lake.

This year’s Spring Paddle Festival takes place April 28 & 29 – don’t miss it!