Latest News – June 16

It’s an “All-Paddle” Good Time at PaddleFest 2016

The 3rd Annual Paddle Fest will be held Saturday, July 9 at 9 a.m. on Twin Lakes at the Red Rooster Boat Ramp. Paddle Fest is a series of timed races and challenges on the Twin Lakes Reservoir. It is the yearly endeavor of Johnny “Canoe” Gwaltney, freewheeling proprietor of Twin Lakes Canoe & Kayak Adventures (TLCKA). While it hasn’t yet reached global status like the Trail 100, each year the event has doubled its participants. Expecting this to be the biggest Paddle Fest yet, Johnny Canoe has been preparing since March.Spac_50

Spac_50Events taking place involve tandem kayaks, windsurfiers, skulling, stand-up paddleboards, and of course the canoe. Participants may bring their own conveyance or rent from TLCKA at half-price. Paddlers make their way one mile across Twin Lakes on their chosen water vessel, retrieving a mystery item from a coffee tin on the far side of the lakes. Cut-off time is 4 p.m. Registration is $40, which provides entry, an event t-shirt, and a dinner of BBQ at the Paddle Fest party held directly after the awards ceremony. More that $400 in prizes will be awarded to the winners. Live music provided by Johnny Canoe and the Whoever Else He Can Get Band, (volunteering musicians can call (719) 251-9961).

This year, Johnny Canoe is hoping for a higher local turnout from Leadville and Buena Vista. Volunteers and sponsors are actively sought and may call (719) 251-9961. Visit the TLCKA website {} for more info about and early registration into Paddle Fest 2016.Spac_50


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