DNR to offer paddling program for beginners

Published 8:00 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host an I Can Paddle! Program from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at Myre-Big Island State Park.

According to a press release, families will learn water safety basics from experienced guides while exploring Albert Lea Lake. I Can Paddle! Instructors will teach participants everything from how to launch a kayak to paddling efficiently and planning a safe kayak adventure.

The program is designed for first-time paddlers. No experience is necessary. All equipment — including boats, paddles and life jackets — will be provided, the press release said.

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“We provide all the gear along with friendly instructors who can show you how to use it,” Minnesota State Parks and Trails Director Erika Rivers said. “Our goal is to make it easy for busy families to discover the fun of spending time outdoors together.”

Reservations are required and can be made online or by phone at www.mndnr.gov/reservations or call 866-857-2757 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

I Can Paddle! Is part of a series of skill-building programs offered by the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. Other programs in the series introduce camping, paddling, mountain biking and archery to beginners.