LAKEWOOD - The Chautauqua Lake Association will hold its second annual Paddle for Chautauqua Lake event on July 27 beginning at 8 a.m. with registration and the event itself beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The leisurely guided paddle event begins and ends at Long Point State Park Marina with a turnaround in Bemus Point at the Lawson Center. Funds collected from the event go toward lake maintenance.
"We had over 60 canoes and kayaks at last year's Paddle event. We were very encouraged by the turnout and are looking forward to this year," said Chautauqua Lake Association President Doug Conroe. "An event like this not only helps us raise much-needed funds to maintain our lake, but it is also a fun reminder of why we care for these waters so much."
Left to right, Dave Burns (Shults Subaru), Heather Nolan (CLA), Craig Butler (CLA), Anthony Hopfinger (Lawson Center Boat Museum) and Darren Hills (Shults Subaru) standing with the 2013 Breeze Kayak outside the Lawson Center Boat Museum in Bemus Point.
Participants in the event are able to enjoy a free continental-style breakfast before the cruise and a free barbecue lunch after the cruise. Anyone who collects $50 or more in pledges or sponsors for the event also receives a free commemorative T-shirt. There will be a 2013 Breeze Kayak raffle at the event along with many other prizes. The Lawson Center will offer special morning hours the day of the event providing complimentary tours of the boating museum for all those wishing to visit before the return route back to Long Point State Park. A lakefront lawn area next to The Lawson Center will be provided for bringing kayaks and canoes ashore.
"The first annual event, was the brainchild of the Shults Auto Group and their Subaru dealership. It was inspired by other paddle events that take place across the country," said Conroe. "We are happy to be hosting this event for the second year and couldn't do it without Shults Subaru and our other sponsors," he said. Evergreen Outfitters and YNN-Buffalo are also sponsors of the 2013 event. Registrations can be found by visiting www.paddleforchautauqualake.org or by visiting Shults Subaru, Chautauqua Lake Association, Evergreen Outfitters or Chautauqua Marina. All funds collected through sponsorships and pledges go directly to the Chautauqua Lake Association.
For more information about the Chautauqua Lake Association, visit the CLA on the web at www.chautauqualakeassociation.org or call 763-8602. To view pictures from last year's event or to download a registration form, visit www.paddleforchautauqualake.org.
The CLA's mission is to provide effective and efficient lake maintenance services for the benefit of all Chautauqua Lake users. As the "Stewards of the Lake," the CLA serves to promote and facilitate the ongoing scientific monitoring of Chautauqua Lake and its ecosystem.