Latest News – July 21

Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest Success for Twin Lakes

Some times with all the history surrounding Twin Lakes, it’s hard to remember the first anything that happened. But no doubt, folks who participated in the Inaugural Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest are not likely to forget the first one held on July 12, 2014.

Video Take Down Moment from the Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest

Obit_Spacer_Thin“Less than 100 people participated,” stated Paddle Fest organizers. “And all the participants received a prize!”

Racers competed in four divisions: three-person canoe, tandem kayak, single kayak and stand-up paddle boarding. The event started at the upper lake at the Red Rooster boat ramp parking lot. The race course was a one-mile across and back to Interlaken Resort on Twin Lakes, with timed intervals determining the winners. There was some fierce competition and one day, readers can find the race results HERE.

Johnny “Canoe” Gwaltney (second from right) poses with volunteer friends (left) and Karl-the Take-Down-King (right), and owner of the Twin Lakes General Store at the Inaugural Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest in Twin Lakes on July 12, 2014. Photo: Leadville Today

Johnny “Canoe” Gwaltney (2nd from right) poses with volunteer friends (left) & Karl-the Take-Down-King (right), and owner of the Twin Lakes General Store at the Inaugural Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest in Twin Lakes on July 12, 2014. Photo: Leadville Today

Background: When your name is Johnny Canoe, what else are you going to do, except start the Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest, in Twin Lakes, Colorado!  It was a dream-in-the-making for years, but Johnny “Canoe” Gwaltney finally filled out enough federal forms to secure the proper permits, thus making Paddle Fest an official Twin Lakes annual event, to be held every second weekend in July. So a big “high five” paddle on that accomplishment!

If you’re looking for some high country, alpine lake adventure, be sure to mark  Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest on your 2015 calendar.

For those who may not know, Johnny owns and operates the Twin Lakes Canoe and Kayak Adventures boat rental shop next to the Twin Lake General Store. And while it’s not a huge operation, it’ll certainly meet your needs for rental should you decide  to head out to Twin Lakes for some kayak or canoe adventure! For more info, call or log on: 719-251-9961; www.twinlakescanoeandkayak.com

 

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