Canoers and kayakers will take to the Niagara River off Grand Island July 26 for the Ninth Annual Paddles Up Niagara. Highlight will be a 4.8-mile non-competitive paddle at noon from the Little Beaver Launch Site in Beaver Island State Park.

Activities kick off with a poker run at 7 a.m. from East River Marsh around Strawberry Island. A Paddle Fair, with vendors and paddlesport information, begins at 8:30 a.m. A paddle sprint competition starts at 9:30.

The program concludes with a 2:30 p.m. lunch fundraiser and a tour of the historic River Lea House, for which a $14 pre-paid donation is required. All the other activities are free. Normal state park entry fees apply.

For information and to register for the paddle events, call 773-5361 or visit Lunch reservations and payments by check should be sent to Niagara River Greenway Commission, Beaver Island State Park, 2136 W. Oakfield Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.