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Jun 2

Women's Paddlefest

Women's Event
  • Date & Time

    June 2, 7:00 PM – June 4, 2023, 2:00 PM

  • Location

    Nantahala Outdoor Center

  • Fontana Lake Paddle – Sold Out

    Nantahala Paddle – Sold Out

    Ocoee Paddle – Sold Out

    Tuck Paddle – Sold Out



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.

Day Time Details Location
June 2
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 nocevents@noc.com



Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 US-19
Bryson City, NC 28713

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