OLD TOWN, Maine — Those who want to paddle the waterways of the Penobscot River but don’t have the equipment or the guide experience necessary to do so can sign up for a number of “Stay & Play Paddle Adventures.”
The adventure packages place participants in canoes or kayaks made in Old Town and are offered through a partnership between the city, Old Town Canoe and other area businesses, Lloyd Hall of Old Town Canoe said Tuesday.
“The natural playground that exists here is phenomenal and we are proud to be giving people the chance to experience and enjoy it in the city that Old Town Canoe has called home for more than a century,” he said.
The five stay-and-play packages are available on Fridays and weekends throughout the summer starting June 24 and are geared toward beginners and those who like a moderate paddling adventure, Dan Cashman of Cashman Communications said Tuesday in an email.
The paddle adventures “promote healthy outdoor activities while inviting locals, tourists, individuals, and families to experience the great outdoors in Maine’s ‘Canoe City,’” he said. “The program began last summer and will be expanding this summer to become more available for residents and tourists looking to enjoy a healthy, outdoor activity.”
City leaders from Old Town and representatives from Old Town Canoe, Cyr Bus Line and the Black Bear Inn gathered Tuesday at the Old Town Canoe factory outlet store on Gilman Falls Avenue to announce the expanded stay-and-play paddle packages.
Representatives from the University of Maine, the Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Old Town Trading Post also were on hand.
Paddlers in the program will have the opportunity to row along the Penobscot River and Stillwater River and could tour Birch Stream and Pushaw Stream, the city’s website states.
Paddlers as young as 8 years old may participate and those who are younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The prices for the stay-and-play paddle adventures start at $39.95 per person for day trips, and overnight packages start at $139.95 per person.
“Old Town’s scenic waterways are always available,” acting City Manager Bill Mayo said. “This expansion will give folks a better chance to experience what they have to offer.”
Those who want more information about Old Town’s Stay & Play Paddle Adventure packages may visit stayandplay.org or call Irene Hayward at Old Town City Hall, 827-3965, ext. 6.