MI Paddle Stewards - Mid-UP

Aug. 2, 2024

Camp 7 Lake Hiawatha National Forest
15706 33 Rd, Manistique, MI 49854

MI Paddle Stewards Training
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET

Kayak Skills Safety Training 
1:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET

Directions: From Rapid River travel east approximately 14 miles to the Intersection of US-2 and Forest Highway 13. Turn left and travel north approximately 8.4 miles on Highway 13 to CR 442. Turn right (east) and drive 7.8 miles to the campground road on the left (north).

The MI Paddle Stewards train-the-trainer half-day course is for people who anticipate training others how to identify and report aquatic invasive species and/or how to decontaminate paddleboats to prevent the spread of invasive species. You must have at least five previous paddlesports experiences to participate in the training. You do not need to have experience with aquatic invasive species identification prior to the course, but you do need to complete the online MI Paddle Stewards course through Michigan State University’s Desire2Learn platform prior to the training.

Have a safe kayak trip—learn how to avoid potential dangers, practice self-rescue skills and develop the skills you need to manage minor in-water incidents.
Kayak Skills Safety Training is an additional half-day course. Participants that register for MI Paddle Stewards do not have to take the safety portion but are welcome to. 
Note: please wear quick-dry clothes for water immersion –no cotton. Bring dry clothes to change into after the course is complete (water immersion will be the last course element).

This is a free event. 

Please bring a water bottle, sack lunch, sun block, and weather appropriate clothing to the event.

Registration for MI Paddle Stewards - Mid-UP Michigan is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 30, 2024.

There are 22 openings available.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information, contact Erica Clites at clitese1@msu.edu.