PADDLEFEST 2017 - October 20 - 22
Attention all paddle clubs and paddlers!

Location: Fontainebleau State Park - GROUP CAMP 3, Mandeville, LA. For more information on Fontainebleau State Park go to

NOTE: This is NOT inside Fontainebleau State Park. It is a little over one half mile east of the park entrance.

What: A weekend to relax, have fun, socialize with other paddling enthusiasts and maybe learn a thing or two. Bring yourself, your boats, camping gear, and anything else you think you may need for this weekend.

BOAT RENTALS - If you need to rent a kayak, get in touch with Bayou Adventure - and reserve a boat.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES (but you are always free to do things on your own)

5-8 Arrival & Set Up
5-7 Registration
7:00 Social - Pot Luck and BYOB (Campfire)
all day Gear Swap
all day Registration
all day Canoe/Kayak Cart Display
all day Tent Display - Car camping vs canoe camping
all day English Gates
7:00 - 7:30 Salutation Yoga - Evelyn Almquist
7-9:30 Breakfast provided by the club
9:30 - 10:30 KickStart Your Kayak - Larry Koenig
9:30 - 10:30 Kick Start Your Canoe - Byron Almquist
11:00 - 12:00 Kayak - Advanced Stroking - make that kayak hum! - Larry Koenig
11:00 - 12:00 Canoe Strokes - Byron Almquist
11:30 - 1:00 Lunch on Your Own and Knots for Paddlers
1:00 - 5:00 Paddle Cane Bayou or Bayou Lacombe (venue TBD) - Woody Wood
1:00 - 2:30 First Aid - What you should have in your first aid kit
6:00-8:00 Wienie Roast - club will provide buns, dogs and fixins. BYOB
7:00 Election of Officers and Executive Committee
Rest of Night Social/Party around the campfire (BYOB)
7:00 - 7:30 Salutation Yoga - Evelyn Almquist
7:00 - 9:00 Breakfast provided by the club
9:00 - 12:00 Bicycling on the Tammany Trace
9:00 - 12:00 Kayaking the Lake Ponchatrain Northshore - Dirk van Duym
  Paddlefest Ends - See you next year!

FEES (NEW lower fees!)

Adults $10 a person (Saturday Only - no bunkhouse)
$15 a person (entire weekend, includes use of bunkhouse. There are 2 bunkhouses - one for men and one for women. Each one sleeps 30. They have good bathrooms with showers, A/C and heat. Bring bed linens or sleeping bag, pillow, and towels.)
$5 (accompanied by a full paying adult)
Children under 12 Free (accompanied by a full paying adult)

Registration fee includes admittance to BHPC workshops and clinics, and paddle events.

PaddleFest registration fees DO NOT include camping fees if you choose to camp at the park itself, boat rental fees, river/camp lunches or any non-BHPC events.

CLICK HERE to Register Online

Or fill out a registration and mail it in with your check. REGISTRATION FORM

You can also register at the event - but please let us know ahead of time so we have an idea of how many people to plan for.

Just send an email to and let me know which days and how many people.

If you have any questions,




Outfit Your Boat
Woody helping Martina add cllips for a bilge pump and kneeling pads.

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Pictures from Previous Paddlefests
Paddlefest 2011