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Splash into Summer at the Sleeping Bear Dunes Water Adventure Expo! Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) is partnering with area government agencies and private organizations to host a free water adventure expo.
The “Splash into Summer: Water Adventure Expo” will include water play safety demonstrations, skills practice, exhibits, and more. The expo is an event for adults and kids who like to swim or paddle in rivers, inland lakes, or Lake Michigan. Kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) demonstrations, mock capsize/self-rescue exercises, and life jacket fitting are among the event offerings. Stations will also be set up for weather and rip current recognition, gear checklists, and drowning survival strategies.
Face painting and scavenger hunts for kids will round out the expo.
Food trucks will be onsite or visitors may pack a picnic lunch.
The event is hosted by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, in partnership with the American Canoe Association-Michigan Chapter, Benzie County Emergency Medical Services, Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP), Lake Township Park, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Sea Grant, National Weather Service, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, with funding support from the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes.
The event will be held at the mouth of the Platte River by heading west off of M-22 on Lake Michigan Road at the southern end of the park. The event is free. For more information, contact Sue Jennings at 231-326- 4751.