Big Island and Back

People paddling canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards will participate once again in the Big Island and Back event Saturday, Aug. 10 in Excelsior.

Get outdoors and make a difference during Big Island and Back

Big Island and Back returns for its sixth year in Excelsior at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

Tune up your canoe, kayak or paddleboard and head on over to Excelsior for a friendly 10K paddle race out around Big Island and back. The route starts near the swim area at Excelsior Beach Park. The goal is to get paddlers of all ages and skill levels out on Lake Minnetonka for a great community summer event and raise money for ICA Food Shelf and the Freshwater Society.

Don’t miss the after party at Excelsior Brewing Company beginning at 11 a.m. for refreshments from Joey Nova’s, music and of course, beer. Awards and door prizes will be announced around noon.

The cost is $25 for paddlers 18 and under and $35 for adults 19 and older. Visit to register.

Enterprise reporter

Meghan Davy Sandvold is a regional reporter covering the eight Southwest News Media communities. Born and raised in the Lake Minnetonka area, she now calls Eden Prairie home.