Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe acquires Ridgefield Kayak
Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe, founded in 1986, has been a leading force in the Pacific Northwest paddle sports industry for many years. With two retail stores and now 4 rental/instructional centers, all of Alder Creek’s locations are positioned on the water. With the acquisition of Ridgefield Kayak Alder Creek will significantly expand their offerings into the metro/Vancouver region.
Ridgefield kayak employees will remain with the company into the future and Alder Creek and Ridgefield Kayak look forward to learning from each other and expanding the opportunities available at the great paddling location.
The sale of Ridgefield Kayak culminates a 10 year journey for Gail Alexander. Starting with the idea of connecting communities to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, she then partnered with others to bring recognition to 32 miles of water trail that would promote the natural environment and outdoor recreation. Sharing her passion for paddling, she built the business from scratch based on customer service and provided quality experiences. While Gail intends to retire from the business, she will still be involved. She plans to focus on two events she has been integral in developing over the years: National Trails Day ‘Big Paddle’, which occurs the first weekend in June and the Birdfest Bluegrass Celebration in October.