Presque Isle Poker Paddle

Jun. 8, 2024

Thank you for participating in the 2024 Presque Isle Poker Paddle! We truly appreciate your support for the Presque Isle Partnership. A special thanks to our dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors for making this event possible.

Congratulations to our Poker Winners and Prize winners:

  • Best Hand: Full House Ace High (Paddler 002, Jennifer A)
  • Worst Hand: 9 High (Paddler 150, Lisa N)
  • 50/50: 11347 (Randal W.)
  • Door Prizes
    • Kevin-John Jobczynski Photo: 084
    • Erie Apparel Shirt: 125
    • Erie Apparel Shirt: 155
    • Photo/Book Bundle: 121
    • Photo/Book Bundle: 146
    • Patriotic Pillows: 020
    • Oasis Pub Bucket: 110
    • Presque Isle Partnership Basket: 187

We also want to extend our gratitude to the Oasis Pub & Tiki Bar and their staff for providing a great meal and a festive atmosphere.

We loved having you and hope you enjoyed all that Presque Isle naturally offers!

-Presque Isle Partnership

All registered paddlers, please click the link below for important event information and day-of agenda


  1. The forecast is currently calling for less than 50% chance of rain Saturday, high of 68 degrees, and winds 20-30 knots from the East.
  2. These forecasted conditions have heightened our concerns over participant safety. Therefore, we are altering the course to eliminate Presque Isle Bay and Horseshoe Pond from the paddle.
  3. The NEW ROUTE will be contained within the protected Lagoons and a portion of Misery Bay. The route is no longer a complete loop.
  4. The NEW ROUTE is attached below.
  5. It is at each paddler’s discretion to complete all, some, or none of the poker stops -and in no particular order/sequence.
  1. You can draw your remaining cards at the Presque Isle Partnership tent.
  1. If you choose to NOT paddle, you have the option to hike to the poker stops, or you may draw all your cards at the Presque Isle Partnership tent.
  2. Presque Isle Poker Paddle is a rain or shine event, and all registration fees are non-refundable.
  3. The paddle portion of the event will be cancelled if there is lightning detected nearby, and no make-up day will be scheduled.

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Participant Map 2024

Welcoming KAYAKS, CANOES & PADDLE BOARDS… all paddlers are invited to join Presque Isle Partnership for a day of fun on the waterways of Presque Isle on Saturday, June 8! The 5.5 mile poker run takes participants on a scenic journey through the Presque Isle Lagoons.

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What is a Poker Run?

A poker run is an event where participants travel to different checkpoints, collecting playing cards along the way. At each checkpoint, they draw a card, and the objective is to have the best poker hand by the end of the run. It's a fun and social activity that combines elements of gambling with outdoor adventure.

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Details about the Poker Paddle

Groups of 20 boats at a time will launch at the Lagoons Boat Launch on Presque Isle State Park. When registering, paddlers must choose a desired launch time to ensure we don't encounter any floating traffic jams. Our first launch time is 7:30am and then every 15 minutes until 11am.

Paddlers will stop at five pre-determined locations along the route, drawing a card at each location. Individuals with the best and "worst of the best" five-card poker hands win cash prizes.

You may choose to adjust your route as you please and draw any "skipped" card stops at the end of the course. All paddlers must be finished by 2pm.

The event wraps up with a post-paddler meetup and lunch buffet at OASIS PUB & TIKI BAR from 10am-3pm. Each paddler must present a YELLOW Meal Ticket included with your registration.


$50/paddler includes:

  • players card
  • Poker Paddle 10L Dry Bag
  • safety whistle
  • complimentary buffet at Oasis Pub & Tiki Bar
  • door prize ticket for a chance to win more than $400 worth of prizes
  • and the gratification of knowing that your participation helps bring to life worthwhile projects that enhance Presque Isle State Park!
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Boat Rental

Don't have a boat? Rent one

Rent a kayak at a "Poker Paddle discount" of $25 from our partners at Presque Isle Canoe & Boat Livery adjacent to the launch area. Indicate your need to rent when you register below.

Secure your spot in the Poker Paddle

Thanks to our 2024 Sponsors!