IC Watershed Coalition to sponsor ‘Float the Paint’

IRON RIVER—The Iron County Watershed Coalition is sponsoring the second “Float the Paint” on Saturday, Aug. 4.
    The event is an invitation to get out on the water and have fun in the summer sun. Residents and visitors to the area are invited to put canoes and kayaks into the Paint River at the Bates-Amasa bridge and take out at the Paint River Landing for music and food at the outdoor pavilion overlooking the river.
    Canoeists and kayakers should plan on a four-hour leisurely float between the bridge and the Paint River Landing. Start time at the Bates-Amasa bridge will be 11 a.m. to drop off equipment and shuttle vehicles to the Paint River Landing. There is no fee for participation in Float the Paint.  
    “Canoes and kayaks should be in the river by noon, ready to appreciate the calm waters on this stretch of the Paint River, while they enjoy the view and the wildlife along the way,” said Maggie Scheffer of the IC Watershed Coalition.
    This year’s “River Float” will challenge participants to a river scavenger hunt, and all participants will be entered for a chance to win an Old Town fishing kayak with life vest and paddle.
    Although personal equipment is encouraged, canoes and kayaks may also be rented by contacting Peddlers and Paddlers, adjacent from KFC in Iron River, or at the Paint River Landing near Crystal Falls.
    The public is invited to be at the Paint River Landing to join the paddlers as they come off the river and enjoy the music and refreshments.  
    Events like “Float the Paint” are intended to develop a stewardship ethic supportive of projects that will ensure the highest quality waters, bolster the local economy, and promote the environmental integrity of the Great Lakes basin for future generations.
    The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition has supported Watershed Awareness projects with a Community Conservation grant. Additional support is provided by Iron County Women Who Care.  
    Those interested in becoming members and supporting the work of the Iron County Watershed Coalition are encouraged to go to www.ironcountywatershedcoaltion.org and go to “become a member.”