Saratoga Paddlefest

May 2 & 3, 2015 on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, Free Admission
Saturday: 9am to 6pm, Sunday: 9am to 5pm


The capital region's largest on-water canoe, kayak and stand-up-paddleboard (SUP) sale. More than 500 boats will be on sale for you to choose from, featuring models from the leading industry brands. Convenient to Albany and the surrounding capital region, Saratoga Paddlefest is like no other paddling sale! Come join us for a weekend of fun and savings!  Admission to Saratoga Paddlefest is free. There is a small fee for to test paddle that is credited to you purchase of a boat.

We are pleased to thank Subaru, Keen Footwear, Werner Paddles, Adventure Kayak Magazine, Canoeroutes Magazine, Kayak Angler Magazine, and Rapid Whitewater Magazine for sponsoring Paddlefest this year! Check the participants tab below for a current list of participating companies. Click the Saratoga Paddlefest tab in the left hand navigation bar for more details.

Largest Canoe, Kayak and SUP Sale in the Capital District (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Clifton Park, Saratoga Springs) and  Glens Falls, Queensbury, the lower Adirondacks, Lake George, the Catskills, eastern Massachusetts, and Vermont.



What to expect

Test Paddle


Subaru, Paddlefest Sponsor
Adventure Kayak Magazine, Paddlefest Sponsor
Keen Footwear, Paddlefest Sponsor
Canoeroots, Paddlefest Sponsor
Rapid Magazine, Paddlefest Sponsor
Werner Paddles, Paddlefest Sponsor
Kayak Angler, Paddlefest Sponsor

At Saratoga Paddlefest you will see literally hundreds of Canoes, Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, and whitewater boats. Dozens of different brands of paddling accessory companies will be at Paddlefest to answer your questions and demonstrate paddles, PFDS, rack systems, safety gear and more. Please check back for updates.


Organizatons & Non-profits


Capital District Kayakers

Northeast Parent Child


Canoes, Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards and Whitewater


Boardworks SUPs

Current Designs


Hurricane Kayaks

Mad River Canoe


Slipstream Watercraft

Wave Sport

Wenonah Canoes

Wilderness Systems

Paddles & Accessories



Bending Branches

Cascade Creek

Cascade Designs

Foxworx Paddles

Keen Footwear






Thule Racks

Werner Paddles

Yakima Racks

First off, you can expect to have fun! There will be plenty of paddling, browsing and demonstrations to keep you busy all weekend. But if that’s not enough, there will be live music, food, guest speakers, free clinics and family fun!

Here are a few things to know to help you plan your weekend at Saratoga Paddlefest.

Admission is free.


Test Paddle is $20 for both Saturday and Sunday. PFDs and paddles are provided. You can bring your own, but be sure to get them tagged at the Test Paddle check-in tent. (Bring appropriate paddlewear and a change of clothes.) Test fee is redeemable for boat purchase at Saratoga Paddlefest.


Demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend. Check the schedule inside this guide for details. It’s also a good idea to check for any last minute changes, and to print out a schedule.


Weather: there’s an old saying here in up-state New York, if you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes. Spring weather ranges from cool to warm, wet to dry. Dress accordingly and bring along a few layers so you can be comfortable. If you’re going to test paddle you may want to bring a change of clothes.


Saratoga Paddlefest Test Paddling

Try before you buy!

At Saratoga 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 both days. 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.)

Test Paddling Rules

So that everyone may have a chance to try the canoes/kayaks 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 both days, and is credited to a boat purchase during Saratoga Paddlefest.
  • It's a good idea to bring a change of clothing.

Directions to Saratoa Paddlefest

Saratoga Paddlefest is held at our Saratoga Springs Paddlesports store, at 251 Staffords Bridge Rd. on Fish Creek.

From the Northway, I-87

Take Exit 14 on the Northway and head east on Union

Rd. (Hwy. 9P) for 1/2 mile to Meadowbrook Rd. (Cty. Rt. 65).

Take a left on Meadowbrook Rd. and proceed for 2.5 miles.

Take a right at the end of Meadowbrook Rd. onto

Stafford Bridge Rd.

Go 1/2 mile to Fish Creek Marina and Mountainman

Outdoor Supply Company, driveway on the right just over the bridge.

Copyright Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company. 2014.

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

Paddlesports Shop: (315) 369-6672
Moose River Trips & Boat Rentals: (315) 369-6670
Outdoor Gear & Apparel Shop: (315) 369-2300

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

Prices are subject to change with out notice. Call us at (315) 369-6672 to verify prices and availability. Mountainman is not responsible for typographical errors.