Kayak around Kelleys Island while playing Poker

Intermediate and experienced kayakers are invited to try their luck at an annual poker party that takes place on the water.
Amanda Amsel
Sep 12, 2013

“Kayakers will paddle leisurely around the island and stop at five different beaches to find their playing cards,” said Lori Hayes, member of the Kelleys Island Kayak Club. “Once they have all five cards they will try their hand to win prizes.”

The event will start at Sandy Beach and end at the same location.

Want to Go?

WHAT: Kayak Poker Paddle 
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 14
WHERE: Launch at Kelleys Island State Park Sandy Beach
COST: $10 a person

The kayakers with the best hands will win a variety of prizes that have been donated by area businesses. Some of these prizes include gift cards, sweat shirts and kayak related equipment.

All kayakers have to be somewhat experienced and should not race from beach to beach. The real competiton is the poker game, not who finds their cards first.

“We expect 70 different kayakers to participate this year, so it should be a real fun event,” Hayes said. “This is one of the last weekends of summer, so you should come out and enjoy some fun on the lake before the weather turns cold.”

There are 17 miles of shoreline at Kelleys Island, so bring your strength because the event will be an all day affair. Kayakers should bring their own kayaks and pre-register before the event. To pre-register, visit www.kelleysislandnature.com/nature_events/kayak_poker_paddle.htm.