The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Parks & Recreation’s will host the second annual Paddlefest beginning at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 25 at Delaware Seashore State Park, 25039 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach.
Paddlefest was created to celebrate the park’s wildlife-rich salt marshes and the park’s 50th anniversary in 2017. Due to its success, participants and staff agreed that it would become an annual event due to popular demand. In 2017, 200 paddlers participated.
Paddlefest is geared toward the experienced kayaker. The course meanders through 4 miles of salt marsh creeks where heat, wind and tide are all factors that can make it a challenge, even for the experienced paddler. Park staff will be stationed throughout the course to discuss wildlife and local history and provide water and snacks to participants.
At the end of the course, kayakers will be presented a certificate of completion, and photo opportunities will be available. A food truck will also be on hand with food for purchase. A state parks shuttle bus also will be circulating to take participants back to their cars since Paddlefest is a one-way course.
Advance reservations are required. Participants may bring their own kayaks, or they may rent from Coastal Kayak in Fenwick Island.
For more or to register, call 227-6991.