Parkersburg Paddlefest will be taking place September 16, 2017 and will once again coincide with the craft brew and BBQ event Downtown Throwdown.
Parkersburg Paddlefest is a fun-filled three day festival dedicated to people-powered watercraft. Kayaks, Canoes, and Stand-up Paddleboards are welcome to come and participate in this unique event. Point Park, at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers, is the setting for the first two day’s activities, and the weekend concludes with a lake excursion on Sunday at North Bend State Park Lake.
- Paddlefest weekend starts off on Friday night with a lighted paddle up the Little Kanawha River from Point Park. Electric lights and glow sticks illuminate the group on this opening night event.
- The main event on Saturday provides a unique opportunity to paddle a three mile stretch of the Ohio River, from Point Park downriver to Blennerhassett Island and back, while the river is closed to commercial traffic. No worries about being run over by barges, as they will be prohibited from passing through the area from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Safety watercraft will be on hand to slow private motorized craft passing through. On Blennerhassett Island, the staff and volunteers at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will be welcoming Paddlefest participants to tours of the Blennerhassett Museum, horse-drawn wagon rides, and special events and activities.
- Saturday evening, Paddlefest participants are encouraged to attend “The Downtown Throwdown”. The Throwdown is a craft brew and barbecue blowout that features fantastic food, frosty beverages and live local performers making inspired music! It takes place in Parkersburg’s Bi-centennial Park, just three blocks from Point Park in historic downtown Parkersburg.
- On Sunday, before heading back home, the festival offers a farewell lake paddling excursion on North Bend State Park Lake. The lake, located about 40 minutes east of Parkersburg in beautiful North Bend State Park, is only 17 years old and still has lots of standing trees in the water which have become habitat for what is arguably the largest congregation of Red-headed woodpeckers in the United States. It offers a scenic and serene final paddling trip with which to end a wonderfully wet weekend!