Word from the Woods: Canoe racers can expect big water

The crew of boat No. 9 reacts as they make it down the Six Mile Falls rapid during the 2013 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race.
The crew of boat No. 9 reacts as they make it down the Six Mile Falls rapid during the 2013 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race. Buy Photo
Posted April 16, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.

The first flower of spring bloomed in my backyard, its vibrant purple petals opening to soak up the sun. Then it was buried in snow. Thanks for the slap in the face, April. But that’s spring in Maine for you — the season that tests our patience and makes us appreciate the warm weather that much more when it does come. So here a few interesting outdoor stories, fresh from the press and born in the Maine wilderness — something to help you endure the April snowshowers.

— Aislinn

Kenduskeag raging as canoe race looms

Paddlers in the annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race never know what they’re going to get. Sunny and 70 degrees? Cold and snowy? Low water? A flood? this year, after wet recent weather, they’ll face some bigger than average water in the 48th annual event.

St. Clair pitches national park, invites crowd to use Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area

Lucas St. Clair told a Bangor crowd that more and more people seem to be in favor of a Katahdin Woods & Waters National Park.

1-minute hike: Old Pond Railway Trail in Hancock

Enjoy a slice of spring with BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki as she walks along a footpath that follows nearly 3 miles of the former Maine Shoreline Railway to Old Pond, a scenic spot that’s great for birders.

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Fly Fishing Film Tour Comes to Bangor, April 19th

Kevin McKay, McKay’s Fishing Adventures

Head over to the Seadog Saturday evening to enjoy some fishing adventures on film, an event hosted by Maine Fly Fish.

Sportsmen leading in bear referendum poll

George Smith, George’s Outdoor News

A recent poll indicates that those who oppose an effort to ban hunting bears over bait and with hounds or traps are far ahead of the pace they set a decade ago.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is offering a Spring Mini Session

Robin Follette, Robin’s Outdoors

Pick up a new outdoor skill this spring at the BOW’s mini workshops on May 18. The morning session choices are shotgun and sporting clays, archery, fly casting or kayaking in the morning. After lunch, the choices are rifle and marksmanship, primitive skills and fire building, fly tying and canoeing.

On the Horizon

In the market for another canoe or kayak? Well, this is your lucky weekend. Old Town Canoe is holding its popular spring factory sale at the company’s headquarters at 125 Gilman Falls Avenue in Old Town. Sale hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

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