Presque Isle Poker Paddle

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Saturday, June 4 at 10 am

Paddlers of all types and skill levels are invited to join us for a day of fun on Presque Isle! Kayaks, Canoes and Stand-up Paddle Boards will paddle 4.25 miles to circumnavigate the lagoons and bay to begin/end at the Graveyard Pond/Lagoon Boat Launch. This event is limited to 150 participants. Minimum age is 18.

Event Details

The Presque Isle Poker Paddle will start at the Lagoons Boat Lunch on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 10 am. After launching, paddlers will follow the 4.25 mile circuit through the lagoons, Marina Lake, East/West pier, Presque Isle Bay, Misery Bay, and Graveyard Pond to finish where they started. Throughout the paddle, participants will draw a card at each of five separate checkpoints. The objective is to have the best or worst poker hand at the end of the paddle. Participants may earn a maximum of two extra cards by picking up trash along the way and making a donation to the Presque Isle Partnership.

The cost per paddler is $50 and includes a whistle, 20-liter dry bag, prizes for best/worst hands, door prizes, and an after party at the Millcreek Brewing Company on West Lake Road where paddlers will enjoy a free meal and craft brew. Once all cards have been validated, prizes will be given to those with the best and worst hands (official poker rules will be posted at check-in and on players’ card). Best hand prize is $300 and the worst hand wins $150. In case of a tie for best/worst hand, the cash prize will be split.

Direction of travel dependent on wind and wave conditions on the Bay the day of the event.

This is a BYOB event (Bring Your Own Boat). What if you want to participate but Idon’t have a boat? No worries, for an additional fee of $15 you can have a kayak and necessary safety gear waiting for you at the launch. To reserve a kayak prior to the event, contact Jim Butts, Event Coordinator at 814-838-5144 ext.102 / M-F 8-4.

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  • All participants must abide by Pennsylvania Boating Laws
  • Each person must possess a whistle and PFD in their boat at all times and is strongly encouraged to wear the PFD during the paddle
  • No alcohol is permitted on Presque Isle
  • Bring plenty of drinks and snacks
  • Wear good water shoes
  • Leave a change of clothes in your car
  • Bring your waterproof camera
  • Pets are not permitted
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and bug spray may come in handy
  • Presque Isle is a State Park and all participants must abide by all DCNR & PA Fish and Boat Commission laws which can be found at: and

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