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 pads/inflatable mattress
-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
-dry bag for any sensitive items
-wetsuit if cold weather is expected
-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.