Michigan’s lakes and rivers will soon be bustling with a variety of paddlers. Kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard users traverse the state’s many waterways in search of tranquility or adventure. Michigan Sea Grant is enlisting those paddlers in a fight to protect the waters they love through the newly created MI Paddle Stewards program. More than 150 people participated in 2019 by becoming a certified MI Paddle Steward. You can help, too!

Trainings for 2020 are being planned around the state for those interested in learning how to identify and report invasive species they discover on their paddling excursions. In addition, Michigan State University’s Clean Boats, Clean Waters experts will demonstrate cleaning techniques so paddlers avoid spreading invasive species themselves.
Would you like to be a part of this program? Check back at this site to see the 2020 training schedule or contact Mary Bohling (bohling@msu.edu) for more information.

2020 workshops coming soon


Contact: mipaddlestewards@umich.edu