website_4upJoin us for the 2015 Northwest Paddling Festival, to be held May 8 and 9 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, the festival brings paddle sports retailers, manufacturers and athletes together in one location!

Featuring more than 60 paddle sports businesses offering canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, paddling equipment, accessories and gear, the Northwest Paddling Festival is a can’t-miss event for any paddling enthusiast.

Shop, compare and browse the best in paddle sports brands side-by-side, enjoy a guided kayak tour around the lake, test your skills in First Time SUPin’ clinics and more.

The event is free to the public to attend. If you’d like to demo canoes, kayaks and SUPs at the event from the beach, there is a nominal $7 demo fee for the day.

Northwest Paddling Festival Special Announcement and Press Release


Paddle Events LLC is pleased to announce that the Northwest Paddling Festival (NWPF), to be held at Lake Sammamish State Park May 10th, will be produced by the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) beginning with the 2014 event.

The principals of Paddle Events, LLC will all continue to volunteer in the production of the event, with Michael Collins staying on as committee chairman for 2014 and Greg Whitaker chairing in 2015. As small business owners, it’s been a real balancing act to maintain our own companies while producing the Northwest Paddling Festival. The Paddle Events principals will continue to bring their passion for growing the industry, but it is now bolstered by the NMTA’s experience at operating and marketing major boating events in the Northwest.

The NMTA produces the annual Seattle Boat Show, as well as other events.The association has a full-time lobbyist in Olympia representing various facets of the recreational boating industry, and also funds the NMTA Grow Boating program, which invests more than $120,000 annually to promote boating in the region.

The Grow Boating program has supported the Northwest Paddling Festival since its inception; that support has included allocating funds to hire public relations expert Lisa Samuelson, the owner of Samuelson Communications, to secure print and television coverage for the event.

We all look forward to seeing everyone back at this year’s event. Watch for details on this website in upcoming weeks. For those who have volunteered in the past, we’d love to have you back. Meetings will still be at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month in the conference room at the NMTA’s offices, located at 1900 N. Northlake Way, #233 (upstairs in the building behind Fisheries Supply).

Additional information about the NMTA is available on its website.

Paddle Events, LLC

Sea Kayaker Magazine and Mountain to Sound Outfitters
Michael Collins, Joan Collins, Greg Whitaker