Join a group of like-minded female paddlers for a weekend festival, hosted by inspirational paddler Anna Levesque! This festival is all about fostering community by connecting, sharing, paddling, and supporting each other on the river. Trips will be offered on different rivers and lakes representing a range of skill levels, and are open to all women in all watercraft!
Donations and registration fees benefit the Shannon Christy Memorial Fund, an organization that supports non-profits focused on women’s empowerment, and also benefits the Live Like Maria Fund.
New for 2023!
Lake Paddle Guided Excursion– Join professional women instructors for a guided lake excursion paddle with a stand up paddleboard or sit on top kayak, included with the activity! If you’re newer to paddling or not quite ready for whitewater, select a lake paddle and also enjoy the rest of the festivities.
Paddlefest Scholarship- This year, we are offering scholarships for BIPOC women to attend and stay onsite. See below for details and to apply.
2023 Weekend Schedule
Schedule is subject to change and will be updated here.
|6 PM-8 PM||Registration/Check-In around Big Wesser Riverside Pub on NOC's Main Campus||Big Wesser Riverside Pub|
|Saturday, June 3||7:15 AM-8:15 AM||Yoga with Anna (Must Pre-Register)||NOC Tennis Courts|
|Saturday, June 3||8:30 AM-9:30 AM||Participant Check-In||Across from the Paddling School|
|Saturday, June 3||9:30 AM||Mandatory Group Meeting||Across from the Paddling School|
|Saturday, June 3||10:15 AM||Depart for trips||Across from the Paddling School|
|Saturday, June 3||5 PM -6 PM||Women's Paddlefest Gear Deals||NOC Outfitter's Store|
|Saturday, June 3||6:30 PM||Dinner||Big Wesser|
|Saturday, June 3||7:30 PM||Raffle Following Dinner|
|Saturday, June 3||8:30 PM||Bonfire||Gorgeous Stays|
|Sunday, June 4||8 AM - 9 AM||Yoga with Anna (Must Pre-Register)||Tennis Courts|
|Sunday, June 4||9:15 AM to 10:30 AM||Coffee Talk with Anna||Pavilion on Relia's Garden Lawn|
|Sunday, June 4||11 AM||Nantahala Community Paddle||NOC Adventure Center|
Paddlefest Scholarship — CLOSED FOR 2023, Thanks to All that Applied!
NOC and Mind Body Paddle want to make a more equitable outdoors for all. We would like to offer scholarships for this event to support a more accessible outdoor community where all are welcome. Three BIPOC women will be chosen to receive the following scholarship:
- Admission to the weekend of events
- Event T-shirt
- Group lake paddle with all equipment provided (if applicable)
- Saturday Evening Dinner
- Friday and Saturday Lodging Accommodations in NOC’s Basecamp
If you have any questions, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org