website_4upJoin us for the 2014 Northwest Paddling Festival – the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest bringing 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 on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, 2014 on Lake Sammamish is a can’t-miss-event for any paddling enthusiast. Shop, compare a 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.


Friday, May 9: 2pm – 7pm

Saturday, May 10: 9am – 5pm

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.

Join us on Saturday May 10th for the Northwest Paddling Challenge – a spectator-friendly race on the shores of Lake Sammamish State Park. This six-mile course will host kayakers, stand up paddleboarders, and outriggers in a three-lap race along the shores.  We will also be hosting a two-mile course (one lap) for those interested in a shorter run or just new to racing.


Special Thanks to Northwest Paddling Festival Sponsors:



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 principles 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 Whittaker 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. With the new arrangement there will still be the passion to grow the industry provided by the Paddle Events principals now combined with NMTA’s experience at operating and marketing major boating events in the Northwest.

NMTA produces the annual Seattle Boat Show along with other programs. In addition they have a full time lobbyist in Olympia representing all aspects of the recreational boating industry, plus they fund the NMTA Grow Boating Program that invests over $120,000 per year in the promotion of boating in the Northwest.

The NWPF has been the recipient of help from the NMTA Grow Boating Program all three years of the event. Each year the Grow Boating Committee allotted funds to hire Lisa Samuelson, of Samuelson Communications, to get the NWPF TV and much of the newspaper coverage we’ve enjoyed.

We all look forward to seeing everyone back at this year’s event. In the near future you should receive information from George Harris, president of NMTA, regarding this year’s event. For those that have volunteered in the past, we’d love to have you all back. Meetings will still be at 6:30 on the second Monday of the month, the location will change to the NMTA conference room located at 1900 N Northlake Way #233. If you’ve not volunteered in the past, but would like to start, please join us January 13th.

To learn more about NMTA go to their website

Paddle Events LLC
Sea Kayaker Magazine & Mountain to Sound Outfitters
Michael Collins, Joan Collins, Greg Whitaker

To learn more about exhibiting in the 2014 Northwest Paddling Festival, click here.