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Paddling a kayak in a lake

Paddlefest will return in 2022!

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 (Sept. 16th) at 8 p.m. 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 (Sept. 17th) 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., provides a unique opportunity to paddle a three-mile stretch of the Ohio River, from Point Park downriver to Blennerhassett Island and back, while commercial traffic is restricted on the Ohio River. No worries about being run over by barges. 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 Mansion, horse-drawn wagon rides, and special events and activities. (an additional fee)
    • Temple Challenge, Full Circle Yoga, and Appalachian Disc Golf will all be offering additional activities for those interested once they reach the island. 
      • Kayak rental includes boat, paddle & life jacket. Tandem kayaks are also available. 
  • Sunday (Sept 18th),11 a.m. – 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!
  • Registered Parkersburg Paddlefest Participants are insured by the American Canoe Association (ACA) throughout the duration of the event. 

*If you are planning on registering on the morning of Paddlefest, please bring cash of the correct amount of $20 per paddler.

**Please Note: You will need to bring cash if you are interested in taking tours of the Blennerhassett Mansion, horse-drawn wagon ride, or purchasing anything from the concession stand while on Blennerhassett Island. The Temple Challenge, Disc Golf, and Full Circle yoga activities are free.

DIRECTIONS: GPS Coordinates for Point Park: 39.266376, -81.566279 – At the base of 2nd street drive through the flood wall and turn left. WATCH for “Kayak Drop Off” and “#PKBPaddlefest” Signs! 

Have Questions? Give us a call at 304-428-1130. Any questions may be directed to [email protected]