Spend a family-fun filled day celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1st, with the 8th Annual Big Paddle. Enjoy festivities all day at the waterfront and downtown Ridgefield.
At the waterfront (5 Mill St. Ridgefield), enjoy a guided Interpretive Paddle on a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard in the morning, or a Recreational Paddle in the afternoon. On land, explore vendors at Paddler’s Village, live music all day, a beer garden, a self-guided waterfront hike into the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and an all-ages obstacle course.
There will also be a Kayak Polo demonstration and scrimmage by the Portland Kayak Polo club, and a Kayak Carnival featuring land-based games using paddling gear. A full schedule of events is available online at Ridgefield Big Paddle.
In downtown Ridgefield experience Ridgefield First Saturdays at Overlook Park with the Ridgefield Farmer’s Market, a Follow-the-Fish trail, live music, a wine garden with Windy Hills Winery, face painting, and Big Games.
Big Games will include frisbee checkers, giant Jenga, cornhole, and sidewalk chalk. Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library will be hosting a used book sale.
Registration is required for the Interpretive and Recreational paddles. Register online for $5. Rentals are available, but you must reserve ahead of time, contact Alder Creek Kayak. Trolley rides between Overlook Park and the Waterfront will be available.
For more information, including volunteer and vendor opportunities, please visit Ridgefield Big Paddle online.