Otsego Outdoors invites both beginner and experienced paddlers to join Paddlepalooza on Saturday, June 29, from 9 am to 2 pm at Brookwood Point Conservation Area, just outside Cooperstown on Otsego Lake. The event will feature guided paddles, live music by the Woodshop Project, information about Otsego Lake and local recreation, lawn games, a garden tour, and more. Please register in advance for the guided paddles.

At 9:15 am, Otsego 2000 will host a talk and paddle focused on the Glimmerglass Historic District, celebrating the 25th anniversary of its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Jessie Ravage, an architectural historian and the author of the Glimmerglass Historic District National Register Nomination, will lead the paddle.

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Due to limited space, participants must reserve their spot for the paddles in advance at otsegooutdoors.org or by calling Otsego 2000 at 607-547-8881. You can bring your own kayak, paddleboard, or canoe, or rent one ahead of time. Canoe and Kayak Rentals and Sales is offering a ten percent discount on rentals for the event with the code “otsegooutdoors”.

During Paddlepalooza, Canoe and Kayak Rentals and Sales will provide free 15-minute demos of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and canoes, along with rentals. CRISP will demonstrate boat washing techniques to prevent the spread of invasive species. Information tables will be available from the Otsego County Conservation Association, Otsego Land Trust, SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, Otsego Lake Association, Otsego Outdoors, and Otsego 2000.

Additional scheduled events include a Brookwood Garden Tour at 12 pm and an Otsego Area Rowing Pop-Up also at 12 pm.

“Otsego Outdoors Paddlepalooza is a chance to celebrate paddling and to enjoy the beauty of Brookwood Point and Otsego Lake,” said Peg Odell, program and communications manager of Otsego 2000. “We encourage people to sign up for the guided paddles in advance, as space is limited.” She noted that Paddlepalooza is a low-impact, pack-in/pack-out event. Participants are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle and a snack or picnic.

There is no cost to attend Paddlepalooza, but participants may need to rent a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe. If the rental cost is a barrier, please email outdoors@otsego2000.org or call 607-547-8881. A limited number of boats are available to borrow free of charge.

Brookwood Point Conservation Area, a property of the Otsego Land Trust, is located at 6000 State Highway 80 (West Lake Road) in Cooperstown.

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