Now’s your chance to enjoy Bays Mountain Park’s iconic reservoir from a new perspective. Join us for a paddling program this summer!

Programs include Kayak Lessons, Evening Canoe/Kayak Tours, and lake tours focused on the beavers and waterfowl that live in and around the reservoir. For all programs, attendees must provide their own kayak/canoe, paddle, and TYPE III PFD (personal flotation device). These programs are best suited for children 10 and up, and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Each program will meet at the dam, and the park advises attendees to be mindful of social distancing will unloading and launching their boats.

Kayak Lessons
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | July 17 and Aug. 21
$10 per non-member and $5 per member
This program is designed to help beginners establish a base set of skills, or for intermediate paddlers to gain confidence in their expanding skillset. The lesson will cover parts of a kayak, what to wear and pack, types of PFDs and kayak, as well as basic padding strokes. Click here to register.

Evening Canoe/Kayak Tours
6 to 8 p.m. | July 1 & 15, Aug. 5 & 19, Sept. 2 & 16, Oct. 7 & 21
$10 per non-member, free to members
Come explore the reservoir on this naturalist-led tour! Experience the sights and sounds of the lake in the evening. For public health and safety purposes, each session is limited to 20 boats. Click here to register.

Beaver Ecology
6 to 8 p.m. | July 8 & 22, Aug. 12 & 26
$5 per non-member, free to members
On this naturalist-led paddling tour, learn about beavers, how they live and their effect on other wildlife. Enjoy a guided evening paddle around the reservoir to see beaver lodges, dams and other signs beavers leave behind! Reservations open June 29.

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. | July 9 & 23, Aug. 13 & 27
$5 per non-member, free to members
On this naturalist-led paddling tour, learn about the natural history of the many birds that call Bays Mountain Reservoir home. This guided tour lets attendees experience birding from the comfort of their own canoe or kayak. A quieter boating adventure lets you observe waterfowl closely! Reservations open June 29.