Oswego Paddlefest affords a singular canal expertise on July 16th

OSWEGO COUNTY – Oswego Paddlefest is back! The H. Lee White Maritime Museum is hosting its eighth annual event on Saturday, July 16th. Kayakers and canoeists are encouraged to enjoy and appreciate the unique beauty of the historic Oswego River Canal by “locking through” four canal locks.

The 2022 event is sponsored by Oswego Health, a 17-site healthcare system serving communities throughout Oswego County.

Paddlers start from points in Fulton or Minetto. Both courses finish in the town of Oswego at the newly renovated start of Wright’s Landing on Lake Street.

The long course, geared towards experienced paddlers, is approximately 13 miles long and starts from Indian Point Park on NYS Rte. 481 at Fulton. Paddlers start between 8:30am and 10:00am for the long course

The short course is approximately 5.5 miles long and starts at Minetto Riverview Park off NYS Rte. 48 between 8am and 10am

The full paddle tour can take up to six hours or more. Paddlers are asked to be at their preferred location 30 minutes prior to the start time.

Kayakers and canoeists are welcome to take part. Unfortunately, due to NYS Canal Corporation safety restrictions, stand up paddle boarders are excluded from the event. Life jackets and whistles are required.

Minors aged 4 to 11 must be in the passenger seat with an adult. For everyone’s safety, this event is recommended for paddlers aged 12+.

Space is limited to 400 paddlers. Registration costs $35 and is open now. It runs until July 15th or until the event is filled. Paddlers can register online at https://paddlefest2022.cheddarup.com or on site the morning of the event.

Transportation is provided thanks to a grant from the NYS Canal Corporation and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Participants must opt-in to the service when registering online. A separate fee of $10 per person is required.

Advanced check-in is on Friday, July 15 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the H. Lee White Maritime Museum, 1 W. First St. Pier, Oswego. The first 100 people to check in on Friday will receive a goody bag.

For more information about Paddlefest and other activities, visit the H. Lee White Maritime Museum’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hlwmm or visit the website at www.hlwmm.org.

Paddlefest qualifies for the Erie Canalway Challenge. For information on how to participate by earning miles along the canal, visit www.canalwaychallenge.org.

For information on area lodging and visitors, visit www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386).

For more information about Oswego Health, visit www.oswegohealth.org.

Oswego Health:

Oswego Health’s mission is to provide accessible, quality care and improve the health of residents throughout Oswego County. A not-for-profit healthcare system founded in 1881, Oswego Health is proud to continue to be one of the largest employers in Oswego County. More than 1,200 employees work at 17 locations for the Oswego Health System.

These include Oswego Hospital, a 164-bed acute care community facility; Lakeview Center for Mental Health and Wellness, a 32-bed facility offering inpatient and outpatient care and behavioral health services; The Manor at Seneca Hill, a 120-bed facility offering 24-hour skilled nursing, rehabilitation services and a day health program for adults; and Springside at Seneca Hill, a 57-unit self-contained retirement community.

The health system also operates Oswego Health Home Care, the only hospital-based certified home health care agency in the county, as well as outpatient medical centers in Fulton and Central Square. Both offer emergency care, laboratory, medical imaging and physical therapy, while Fulton also offers occupational health services.

In addition, Oswego Health includes Physician Care PC, a multidisciplinary medical group providing medical services in orthopedics, cardiology, ENT, gastroenterology, breast care, general surgery, bariatrics and primary care.

For more information about Oswego Health, visit www.oswegohealth.org.

Paddlefest (MEB) 2019 (15) rev

OAR IN! – Paddlers navigate out of Lock 6 on the Oswego River Canal during the 2019 event – the last time Paddlefest was held due to the pandemic. Paddlefest 2022 is expected to return to the port city on Saturday 16 July. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/hlwmm or www.hlwmm.org. Photo courtesy of Mary Ellen Barbeau.

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