New event brings river recreation into play

Pedal, Paddle, Play

Fort Wayne, Ind.  (WANE) – A relatively new organization is working to improve aspects of our rivers that relate to recreational access, safety and regional continuity.  Northeast Indiana Water Trails is made up of a mix of people; planning organizations, city and county departments, local outfitters, Indiana DNR, outdoor enthusiasts, watershed groups and others with a passion for local rivers.  That passion has produced a new event that will introduce the greater community to NEI Water Trails, provide form for participants to enjoy the local waterways and greenways and to raise support to create an interactive website.  The site will include current information about river conditions, safety and stewardship and suggested paddle trips.

The event is called Pedal, Paddle, Play!  It will be held near the Historic Wells Street Bridge, (North Wells and Cass Streets) beginning at noon on Saturday, June 11.  Participants will choose to bike or paddle (canoe or kayak) to six stations to compete for prizes.  Each station will present a river topic such as water, ecology, fishing from kayaks, riverfront development, water recreation safety and more. Also planned are live bands playing throughout the afternoon, demonstrations from local environmental groups, Fort Wayne Police and Fire Departments, and family-friendly activities.  Sport Wayne, Inc will bring a zip line and walking water balls, which will be available to use for a fee.  Food trucks will also be on site. Participants will meet at 1004 Cass Street for awards and the music will continue until approximately 7p.m.

Early registration is encouraged, and if bike, canoe or kayak rental is needed, it’s recommended that it be reserved as much in advance as possible.  Click here to register online.  In person registration is available at Fort Wayne Outfitters and Earth Adventures.

Click on the link to learn more about NEI Water Trails.

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