Paddle the Shores moves to Oyhut Bay and canals Saturday

The event, open to human-powered watercraft of all kinds, launches at a new location: Oyhut Bay.

Paddle the Shores, an annual event open to human-powered watercraft of all kinds, will take place in Oyhut Bay this weekend, paddling new routes through Lake Minard and into the Ocean Shores canals.

The event begins Saturday at 9 a.m. with registration at the Oyhut Bay Water Recreation Area, on Marine View Drive at the bridge on Tonquin Ave. SW.

The event offers 2-mile or 6-mile human-powered boat races, the popular “Poker Paddle,” a rubber duck pond and race for kids, the wild and crazy cardboard boat building and race competition, a Quinault paddle exhibition, speakers, 16 vendors, skills demonstrations and more.

Live music will be performed 12 noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Amphitheater with the Chris Thomas Band and the Chris Gunther Band. Friday from 7 to 10 p.m., four area artists will play: Wil Russoul, Lisa Ramsauer, Geoff Hirschfeld and Jackie Mitchell.

The new race course begins on the Oyhut Canal, goes north through Lake Minard, through the southernmost Bell Canal, under the Pt. Brown bridge and onto the Grand Canal. The 2-mile race turns around at that point, while the 6-mile continues north up the canal for 2 more miles before turning around. There will be divisions for all types of boats.

Water participants are required to bring their own life jackets and whistles. The participant entry fee is $15 per person, or $27 with an event T-shirt.

Registration is available online at 3070613 or at the event.

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Event schedule

9 a.m. Participant registration

9:35 a.m. Race meeting

10 a.m. 6-mile race start

11 a.m. Quinault demonstration

Noon Poker Paddle start

Noon to 5 p.m. Live music at amphitheater

1 p.m. 2-mile race start

2:30 p.m. Cardboard boat building

3:30 p.m. Cardboard boat races

4:30 p.m. Awards and raffle at amphitheater