Annual Paddle Fest offering four distinct events

April 23, 2018

Spartanburg Water’s signature paddling event, Paddle Fest, continues to evolve. Four monthly Paddle Fest events are offered this year, with the addition of one session at Lake Bowen, which is a first, officials said. Three Saturdays and one weekday event are scheduled for May through August, concentrating on a distinct type of paddling per event.

The dates and event descriptions are:

  • Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m.: Lake Blalock Park, Educational Paddle Tour, click here to register. This session is limited to 20 participants.
  • Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.: Lake Blalock Park, Beginner Kayaking, click here to register. Both sessions are limited to 12 participants.
  • Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.: Lake Blalock Park, Stand-up Paddle boarding (SUP), click here to register. Both sessions are limited to 12 participants.
  • Tuesday, August 14, 6 p.m.: Lake Bowen Park, After-Work Paddle Tour, click here to register. This session is limited to 20 participants.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own kayaks, canoes, Stand-up Paddle boards and safety equipment, but a limited supply of each will be available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis. Each event is free, but registration is required online or by phone in order to attend. Each session has a limited capacity.

Participants have daylong access to the lakes and can purchase an annual permit for non-powered boats valid for use on both lakes for only $5.

To register for any of the Paddle Fest sessions, click here. For more information, email or call Event Manager Jon Morgan, jonmorgan@spartanburgwater.org or 864-578-5442.

ABOUT SPARTANBURG WATER: Spartanburg Water, an award-winning utility, is comprised of Spartanburg Water System and Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District. It serves a population of nearly 200,000 within Spartanburg County, as well as others in parts of Greenville, Union and Cherokee counties. With the help of its dedicated team of more than 250 employees, each day it produces an average of 25 million gallons of drinking water and cleans 12 million gallons of reclaimed water for its customers and community.