Clark County in Focus: Many make a big splash at Ridgefield’s Big Paddle

Event, as always, came complete with a festival-like atmosphere and a Chinook blessing and drumming

RIDGEFIELD — Clark County Today photographer and videographer Mike Schultz joined in on the fun at the Big Paddle in Ridgefield Saturday.

The daylong event was filled with vendors, food, live music, an obstacle course, games, a guided birding tour, a scavenger challenge and, as the name would imply, some paddling.

Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Maisie Weisenborn of Ridgefield with her dog Wyatt taking part in the Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., attendees aboard kayaks, big canoes and paddle boards launched for a 5-mile, two-hour interpretive tour along Lake River, through the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and to the confluence of the Columbia River before returning to the launch site.

There was a welcome ceremony with a Chinook drumming and blessing prior to the paddling.

An open recreation paddle began at 1 p.m. at the Waterfront. It began at the Boathouse where naturalist guides joined attendees for a 2.5-mile paddle along Lake River.

If you missed the event this year, you can learn more about it and begin to plan for next year by visiting ridgefieldwa.us/event/big-paddle/.

Have a suggestion for the next assignment for ClarkCountyToday.com photographer Mike Schultz and his Clark County in Focus feature? Send Editor Ken Vance an email at ken.v@clarkcountytoday.com.

Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose speaks during the Ridgefield Big Paddle Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose speaks during the Ridgefield Big Paddle Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Sam Robinson is seen during the Chinook tribal blessing at the Ridgefield Big Paddle Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Sam Robinson is seen during the Chinook tribal blessing at the Ridgefield Big Paddle Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield Big Paddle 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
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