Enjoy an afternoon kayaking the waters of the Pinnebog River during Port Crescent State Park’s free kayak demo day, taking place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.

Port Austin Kayaks will supply the kayaks, paddles and adult-size life vests free of charge for participants to try. Members of the East Coast Paddlers will be on hand to assist participants.

Kayaking is limited to those ages 8 and older; children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and parents are asked to supply child-sized life vests.

Port Crescent State Park is located at 1775 Port Austin Road in the town of Port Austin (Huron County). For details on the event, call the park, 989-738-8663. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicles entering the park.

The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking “YES” for the $10 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can experience real savings at businesses and retailers that participate in the Passport Perks discount program. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($29 annual; $8 daily) at any state park or recreation area or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.

Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan’s outdoor recreation and natural resources at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport. For information on Passport Perks shopping discounts or how businesses and retailers can enroll in the program, visit www.michigan.gov/passportperks.

More outdoor fun and exercise are available through the DNR’s Recreation 101 program, which provides expert instruction to budding outdoor enthusiasts by offering free, hands-on training in over 100 different activities. Learn about participating or becoming an instructor, at www.michigan.gov/rec101. The DNR also offers ongoing nature programming; check out the schedule at www.michigan.gov/natureprograms.

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