Frequently Asked Questions

How do I purchase tickets?

If you are registering for the Race and/or Paddlerama, please CLICK HERE

If you are purchasing a Tito's Beach Party / Concert ticket, please CLICK HERE

What experience is required to participate?

A:  To enjoy the event and Paddlerama no experience or vessel is necessary!  The 7-mile OABI Race event is challenging and for moderate to experienced paddlers only.


Do I need to bring my own vessel?

A:  No, but it is recommended if you have one to bring it.  A list of preferred rental SUP/kayak vendors coming soon!


How much is the ticket for children?

A:  The OABI Beach Fest is all ages.  Children 12 and under can come for FREE with a parent or legal guardian!

What does the Paddlerama entail?

A:  Paddlerama takes place on the beach at Belle Isle in the swim area and features classes, demonstrations, sprints, contests, and more!  Class and demo sign up ocurrs on-site at the festival.  Class space is limited and space reservations can be made when purchasing tickets.   Paddle vendors will have boards & boats for you to demo - "try before you buy."  For more info click here.


Do I have to sign a liability waiver to paddle?

A:  All participants wishing to paddle must sign a waiver.  It is required to purchase your ticket and can be done during the check out process.


Do I have to wear a PFD?

A:  All paddlers must have a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.  It is recommended that you bring your own PFD (especially for children).  If you do not have one, there will be a limited amount for your use during the Paddlerama.

Will I need a Recreation Passport to access Belle Isle Park?

Vehicle access
A Recreation Passport is required when accessing the island by vehicle.


Pedestrian access
The Passport applies only to vehicles – not individuals. Pedestrians, bicyclists and those using public transportation can enter the park for free and will not need the Passport.


Bus transportation
The Department of Natural Resources is working with the city of Detroit to re-establish a public bus route to the island. Although the bus will need a Recreation Passport for entry, those riding the bus will not.

Access now through January 2015

The Recreation Passport is directly tied to your Michigan vehicle license plate registration renewal. Throughout Belle Isle’s first year of the Recreation Passport requirement, a vehicle can access the island without a Recreation Passport until the owner’s next registration renewal date. For example, if a vehicle license plate registration renewal date is August 2014, then the Passport is not needed on that vehicle until August. Likewise, if the renewal date is December 2014, then the Passport is not needed until December. Once a full year has cycled (February 2015), all vehicles entering the park must have a Recreation Passport.

Some additional info on the perks of the Recreation Passport:

By purchasing the Recreation Passport when you renew your license plate registration, you’ll experience state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trails, boat launches and hundreds of Passport Perks shopping discounts from around the state. You’ll also support historic and cultural sites in state parks and grants for neighborhood parks.


How much does a Recreation Passport cost?

Michigan-registered vehicles: $11
Michigan-registered motorcycles: $5
Non-Michigan registered vehicles: $31
Non-Michigan registered vehicles daily pass: $9 (Daily passes are not available for Michigan-registered vehicles.)
Buses: $16


Can I bring outside alcohol into the event?

A:  Due to Michigan Liquor Control laws, no outside alcohol is permitted at the festival.  Plenty of tasty options will be available for you to enjoy!


What food options are there?

A:  Local food vendors & food trucks will also be on-site with a variety of local tasty fare.


We suggest:


-Coast Guard approved PFD (you will not be allowed to paddle without this)

-surf leash for SUPs (required)

-waterproof camera

-dry bag for any sensitive items

-wetsuit if cold weather is expected



-active wear

-rain gear (weather dependent)

-beach towel

-beach chairs


Can I bring a cooler?

A:  No coolers are allowed.


What if it rains?

A:  First off, it’s going to be 78 degrees and sunny!  Second off, the event is held rain or shine.


Are Dogs Allowed?

A:  Unfortunately, animals are NOT allowed on Belle Isle Beach.

Who do I contact if I want to be a vendor or sponsor?

A:  We’d love to hear from you!  You can email

Where can I park?

A:  Map is below.

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