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TipMittPaddle_poster_11x17_version3A benefit for the Top of Michigan Trails Council, this two-day event will feature a Saturday “Paddlerama” where paddlers will participate in a series of paddle events, including:  sprints, SUP jousts, SUP yoga, demos, races, and water safety programs on Mullett Lake at the beach of Aloha State Park.  Stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes are welcome.

Following a day on Mullett Lake, paddlers and the public will converge onshore for a camping, live music and craft beer festival, featuring some of the tastiest beers, local eateries and bands from around the region.  Sunday will challenge paddlers with a 13-mile paddle from Aloha State Park through the inland waterway to the beach at Cheboygan State Park, including a paddle-through and photo opportunity at the Cheboygan Locks.

The Top of Michigan Trails Council is a (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to advocate and facilitate the development and maintenance of a safe, multi-use year-round recreational trail system in northern Michigan.  Currently there are over 288 miles of trails in the Council’s inventory.


Purchase Tickets

Paddlerama Pass – $65 (before 8/10) / $75 (before 9/2) – 18+ // Advance tickets only


  • Admission to Saturday Paddlerama events on Saturday 9/7 at Aloha State Park
  • Exclusive paddler happy hour presented by North Peak Brewery (two drinks tickets)
  • Exclusive paddler dinner
  • Music festival ticket
  • Shuttle transportation courtesy of Johnson Buses on Saturday from optional overnight parking at Cheboygan State Park to Aloha State Park
  • Secure and complimentary valet of vessels at Aloha State Park
  • Camping
  • Sunday 9/8 13 mile paddle from Aloha State Park to Cheboygan State Park
  • Sunday morning breakfast

General Admission w/ Camping – $35 – All Ages


  • Music and craft beer festival ticket
  • Camping at Aloha State Park

General Admission Festival – $25 – All Ages


  • Music and craft beer festival ticket



4:00 PM – Doors to music & beer tickets and general public

4 PM – 5:30 PM – Chris Sterr

5:45 PM – 645 PM – Dan Henig

7:15 PM – 8:15 PM – The Understorey

8:45 PM – 10:00 PM – Whiskey Shivers

10:30 PM – 11:45 PM – The Crane Wives


Saturday September 7th


8:30 am – 10:30 am at Aloha State Park

Paddlers to check in for Paddlerama, set up camp, and coordinate overnight parking.  Parking is available at Cheboygan State Park (13 Mile Paddle finish line) with a return shuttle to Aloha State Park in time for Saturday’s events.


Shuttles leave Cheboygan State Park Saturday morning at 9:30 am and 10:30 am


11:00 am

Option 1: SUP Yoga

Instructor:  Christy Stempky – Certified Yoga Instructor

SUP Yoga is the fastest growing sector to the worlds fastest growing sport because its a fun and challenging workout.  Yoga techniques and poses will be demonstrated in this on water class giving you a chance to try it out for yourself

Option 2: Great Lakes Drowning Prevention Program

Instructor:  Bob Pratt – Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project

On the Great Lakes alone there have been 52 drowning deaths in 2013!  Many of these deaths could have been prevented with some basic knowledge and rescue techniques that will be provided to you here today.  Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project has grown in popularity with this hands on, in water demonstration class.  We strongly encourage all to participate!

12:00 pm

Option 1:   Introduction to Kayaking

Instructor:  Kevin Karpinski – Green Planet Extreme Adventures

In this demonstration participants will have the opportunity to learn about and try different types and styles of kayaks, identify the correct paddle lengths, PFD’s and proper use of a spray skirt.  The program also includes discussion for navigating the Inland waterway, tips for the open water, and efficient paddling techniques.

Option 2: SUP Paddling Technique ~ runs from 12:00-1:30 pm

Instructor: Mary Radtke – SUP Edu

In this demonstration both beginners and advance SUP riders will receive tips from one of the state’s most respected instructors.  Learn about proper paddling technique, glide and efficiency, race turns, different types of boards and when to use them, and how to get more involved with SUP.

1:00 pm

Option 1: Kayaking Experience

Instructor: Kevin Karpinski – Green Planet Extreme Adventures

Apply what you’ve learned in Introduction to Kayaking with    experienced kayaking guides on hand to help you along the way.  Demonstration and testing of various types of products and tours of Mullet Lake Shorelines are provided.  If you have a question about kayaking or have wanted to try the latest in gear now is your chance!

1:30 pm

Option 1: PaddleFit ~ Runs until 3:00 pm

Instructor: Pat Kennedy – Certified PaddleFit Instructor

PaddleFit combines outdoor fitness with stand up paddle training and techniques. The goal of this class is to provide you with a system that helps you achieve your fitness goals, improve your technique and guide you on your path to a healthy lifestyle.

2:00 pm

Option 1: SUP Joust

Option 2: Inflatable Kayak Relay

3:00 pm

Option 2:  SUP Joust

Option 3 :  SUP Sprints

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

North Peak Brewing Company exclusive paddler happy hour & dinner featuring food from Pier M33

Sunday September 8th

9:30 AM

Begin 13-mile paddle to Cheboygan State Park

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Photo opportunity at Cheboygan Locks

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Paddlers arrive at Cheboygan State Park


Craft Beer Village

Craft Beer Village Presented by:

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Exclusive paddler happy hour, courtesy of North Peak Brewing Company.



Kayak & SUP Rentals

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Green Planet Extreme Adventures

Providing:  KAYAKS


Brasswind Landing Arts & Adventure

Providing:  SUP’s


Great Lakes Eco Adventure Center

Providing:  SUP’s


What ages can participate?

All ages can attend the music festival.  18 and up for all on-water paddle events.

How will transportation be handled?

Transportation is provided by Johnson Buses out of Petoskey, MI.

In order to get our paddlers off the water and returning home on their own schedule Sunday, vehicles will be parked at the end of the paddle route in Cheboygan State Park.  Shuttle transportation is provided on Saturday September 7. Please plan on checking-in for the event and setting up your camp at Aloha State Park. A secure vessel valet is available for overnight storage of your SUP, Kayak and Canoe at Aloha State Park.  After your camp is set up at Aloha you may choose to move your vehicle to overnight parking located at Cheboygan State then we will provide shuttle service back to the campsite.

If you are a Paddler:  Sunday morning our Valet team will tag your gear and transport it to Cheboygan State Park where it will be waiting for you at the check-out pavilion near the finish line and overnight vehicle parking.

What gear will the festival transport?

-3-4 small to medium bags/per camper (example tent, air mattress, sleeping pads, and a duffel bag)
-Or 2 large containers per camper (example large Sterelite container plus a large tent)
NO kayaks, canoes or SUPs (that’s your job to take it down the river!)

NO pets, children, and electronics

NO gasoline/fuel (includes starting fluid), or gas power generators

What are the camp sites like?

Aloha boasts level grassy campsites that accommodate up to four campers have have electricity (30 and 50 amp services).   The park has modern showers, paved roads, and also has a boat launch and boat basin.  Limit on one trailer or camper per site.  For additional information, please visit Aloha State Park’s website.

Do I have to have a State Park Recreation Passport to enter the Aloha State Park?

All vehicles entering a state park must have a recreational passport, it’s state law.  Some additional info on the perks of the Recreation Passport:

By purchasing the Recreation Passport when you renew your license plate registration, you’ll experience state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trails, boat launches and hundreds of Passport Perks shopping discounts from around the state. You’ll also support historic and cultural sites in state parks and grants for neighborhood parks.

Can I camp on Friday & Sunday night too?

You sure can!  You can call Aloha State Park at (231) 625-2522.  Camping is also available at Cheboygan State Park and their number is (231) 627-2811.

What should I bring to camp?


-sleeping bags

-sleeping pads/inflatable mattress

-bug spray




-cold weather gear (fall nights can get chilly)


-ID, cash, and/or credit card for check-in, drinks, food, and vendors

Please pack lightly as we are limited on space to transport your camping gear back to your car on Sunday at Cheboygan State Park.

I don’t want to camp, but I still want to travel from out of town.  Are there any hotel deals?  

We are excited to have an exclusive group rate at the Fleetwood Inn, the official hotel of Tip of the Mitt Paddle Fest.  Standard rooms are available for $69.99.  You can make your reservation by calling (231) 627-3126 and reference Tip of the Mitt Paddle Fest.

Can I bring outside alcohol into the event?

Due to Michigan Liquor Control laws, no outside alcohol is permitted at the festival.  Plenty of tasty options will be available for you to enjoy!

What food options are there?

Paddlers will enjoy a complimentary dinner on Saturday evening.  Local food vendors will also be on-site with a variety of local tasty fare.

What should I bring to paddle?


-Coast Guard approved PFD (you will not be allowed to paddle without this)

-surf leash for SUPs

-energy bar or snack for the Sunday paddle

-waterproof camera

-dry bag for any sensitive items

-wetsuit if cold weather is expected



-active wear

-rain gear (weather dependent)

What if it rains?

First off, it’s going to be 78 degrees and sunny both days!  Second off, the event is held rain or shine.