Paddlefest Test Paddling

April 27 & 28 in Saratoga Springs, New York
Test paddling hours: Sat: 9am - 5pm, Sun: 10am - 4pm

May 17, 18 & 19 in Old Forge, New York
Test paddling hours: Fri: 12-5, Sat.: 9-5, Sun.: 10-4

Hundreds of Canoe, Kayak and Paddleboard to test paddle!

Try before you buy!

At Paddlefest you can test paddle as many Canoes, Kayaks and Stand-Up-Paddleboards as you like. Test paddling gives you the opportunity to try out different models and brands of boats, and to compare them in real-world conditions. Manufacturers' representatives will be on hand to answer your questions and assist you.

There is a small fee ($20) for test paddling that allows you to test paddle the entire weekend. Life jackets (PFDs) and paddles are included. The test paddling fee is credited towards your purchase of any boat during Paddlefest. (We limit test paddling to 10-15 minutes per boat so that everyone gets the opportunity to try out the boats they want to.)

Old Forge Test Paddle Beach

Test paddling at the Old Forge store will take place at the beach on Old Forge Pond downtown, directly behind the Old Forge Visitors Center, 3140 Rte. 28, Old Forge, NY 3420. We will be running shuttles all day between the main show at Mountainman's store and the beach.

Test Paddling Rules

So that everyone may have a chance to try the canoes, kayaks , and SUPs in a fair and safe manner, please observe the following:

  • Check with sales representative before using any canoe, kayak, paddle, life jacket, or other equipment.
  • Wear a life jacket (PFD) whenever you are in a boat. (PFD and paddles are provided and are mandatory.)
  • Return the canoe/kayak, all paddles, and life jackets to the appropriate exhibit space after your test paddle.
  • Be sure you understand how the equipment works before launching (i.e. foot brace). Ask a sales rep or staff member for some basic stroke instruction before you launch if you need it.
  • Stay close to shore (within 50 yards) and within sight of the exhibitor whose boat you are using. Please stay near the paddling area and do not paddle outside the marker buoys or boundary lines.
  • Obey instructions of the safety boat.
  • Limit your trial to 10 to 15 minutes per boat model so others may try the canoes and kayaks that we have today.
  • Thanks for keeping our gear clean, and please respect the event area and keep it clean.
  • Test paddle sessions end one hour before the scheduled closing time for the festival.
  • If you bring your own paddle or PFD, have it tagged at the Information Tent when you sign up for the test paddle.
  • Kids under 12 must be accompanied by adults during a test paddle.
  • Test paddle fee is $20, which is good for all days, and is credited to a boat purchase during Adirondack Paddlefest.
  • It's a good idea to bring a change of clothing.

Old Forge Locations
Paddlesports, Outdoor Gear and Rental Store
2855 Route 28, Old Forge, NY 13420

Paddlesports Shop: (315) 369-6672 ext. 1
Moose River Trips & Boat Rentals: (315) 369-6672 ext. 2
Outdoor Gear & Apparel Shop: (315) 369-6672 ext. 3

Saratoga Springs Locations

Saratoga Outdoor Gear & Apparel Shop
490 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 584-3500

Saratoga Paddlesports Shop
251 Staffords Bridge Road on Fish Creek, Saratoga Springs, NY
(518) 584-0600

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