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Trevor MacLean of Halifax, Nova Scotia won the 45th annual Kenduskeag Stream Race with the time of 1:59:35.

Halifax paddler takes first place in Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

By Andrew Neff on April 16, 2011, at 3:38 p.m.
KENDUSKEAG — He hardly does any paddling races any more, and it’s a good seven-hour drive — one way — just to get here, but the siren call of the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race is still irresistible to Trevor MacLean. The Halifax, Nova Scotia, paddler made it worth his effort …

Any luck finding paddling gear you stashed away during winter?

By Jeff Strout on April 16, 2011, at 2:34 p.m.
This column was first published April 16, 2011   Surprisingly, I’ve been able to lay my hands on everything I’ll need to get on the water this spring. I still have to dig into various nooks, crannies, bins and closets to get camping gear organized, but I plan to get …
Cliff Raymond, left, of Gorham, Maine and Jim Minner, right, of Summerville, South Carolina dump their canoe at Six Mile Falls in Bangor during the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

Favorite Places in Maine: Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

By Jeff Strout on April 13, 2011, at 8:35 p.m.
It’s not one place. It’s 16 miles of riverbank and cold water. It has attracted thousands of spectators every spring for 44 years. They turn out to celebrate the end of winter and the “official” start of spring, even though ice cakes often decorate its slippery banks. Kenduskeag Stream, from …
The Sunsets over Pushaw Lake after an evening paddle.

You’ve found your paddling gear, now what?

By Jeff Strout on April 08, 2011, at 10:17 p.m.
Warmer weather has inspired me to think about rounding up my paddling gear (well, until it snowed again last week). I started off doing a mental inventory of what I had to do. Continuing that thought process in the hopes of turning it into action, I began making a list …

Think spring — now where did I put my kayaking equipment?

By Jeff Strout on April 02, 2011, at 1:23 p.m.
It doesn’t look like it yet, but the real spring is right around the corner. If you’re a flat-water kayaker you’ve patiently waited for ice-out and somewhat warmer weather. (We’re not talking here about the die-hards who never put away their long skinny craft this winter. They’ve bundled themselves up …

Time for spring – now here’s my kayak?

By Jeff Strout on April 01, 2011, at 2:17 p.m.
This column was first published on April 1, 2011   It doesn’t look like it yet, but the real spring is right around the corner. If you’re a flat-water kayaker you’ve patiently waited for ice-out and somewhat warmer weather. (We’re not talking here about the die-hards who never put away …

THE GEAR BOX Adventure Medical Kits Core Lite

By Jeff Strout on Jan. 06, 2011, at 2:46 p.m.
This article was published January 6, 2011   Weight: 1.4 ounces Price: $25   During a stop at Lincoln Canoe & Kayak in Freeport early in December I happened on a small, lightweight mini survival tool that paddlers and hikers will find they must have – the Adventure Medical Kits …

Suwannee River Wilderness Trail draws adventurous paddlers

on Oct. 27, 2010, at 2:24 p.m.
MIAMI — The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail might be a bit of a misnomer.

Kayaks open up quiet, peaceful fishing areas

on Oct. 14, 2010, at 12:27 p.m.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Messick Point in Poquoson, Va., is as picturesque as any waterfront post-card can be. Watermen with small boats haul in crates of croaker while seagulls hang around the piers, looking for discards.

Keep items safe with dry boxes, cases, bags

By Jeff Strout on Sept. 04, 2010, at 3:34 p.m.
This column was first published September 4, 2010   I received a press release the other day pitching waterproof cases for personal electronics users who work or play near or on the water. I tried to find more information on the Web about the company but a search on the …

Girls group rescues injured Vt. kayaker

The Associated Press on Aug. 04, 2010, at 9:03 p.m.
QUECHEE, Vt. — A backcountry paddler from Vermont who has been making solo kayaking trips for more than 15 years has some girls to thank for rescuing him from a jam. Mike Backman of Quechee was setting up his camp on an island in Lake Umbagog on the Maine-New Hampshire …
paddles photo for Gearbox column. Photogrpahed in the BDN studio August 3, 2010. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)

Pick a paddle

on Aug. 04, 2010, at 7:04 p.m.
The popularity of kayaking has led to a wave of accessories for the recreational and avid kayaker. Choosing the right paddle can be as daunting as shopping for a car, but doesn’t have to be.
Robert Causey, with his cocker spaniel, Merlyn, paddles his Old Town Scout canoe beneath billowing cumulus clouds during a recent outing on Pushaw Lake. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JEFF STROUT)

Pushaw’s Gould Landing offers quick access urban paddle

By Jeff Strout on June 24, 2010, at 1:51 p.m.
For those of us urban paddlers trapped behind a desk in the Bangor metropolis during the day, Pushaw Lake’s Gould Landing offers an easily accessible escape, if even for an hour or so.

Frequent rain foils paddling efforts

By Jeff Strout on June 07, 2008, at 2:57 p.m.
This column was first published June 7, 2008   Whoever it was that asked for the rain, would you please send out a thank-you note and follow it up with a request for some sun on the weekend? I sure hope we’re not getting into the rain-on-the-weekend pattern again — …

Don’t let weather dampen spirits In rain, pleasant time still possible

By Jeff Strout on May 26, 2008, at 3:19 p.m.
This column was first published May 20, 2006 Despite a wet Friday start to last weekend, we dodged a soggy bullet, didn’t we? Most of the state languished in warm and sunny weather while parts south of the border were snorkeling. For us northerners it was a great weekend to …

Kayaking classes provide pivotal paddling lessons Safety on the water can save lives

By Jeff Strout on May 24, 2008, at 3:22 p.m.
This column was first published May 24, 2008   Sometime it would nice to turn your world upside down – introduce a little variety, some spontaneity, have dessert first, do what you want to do first rather than wait until after work – wouldn’t it? We get tied into life’s …

Coast Guard Auxiliary urges updating emergency radio beacons

By Jeff Strout on May 17, 2008, at 3:17 p.m.
This column was first published May 17, 2008     So far this spring has been slow starting as far as my getting time on the water, but even at that I’ve had a half-dozen launchings. And any time on the water is better than none, right? The weather around …

Pushaw Lake kayak venture signals spring

By Jeff Strout on April 26, 2008, at 2:38 p.m.
This column was first published April 26, 2008   It’s official, spring has sprung. I can so declare because I got out on the lake Thursday evening and was serenaded by red-winged black birds, a quartet of Canada geese, a couple of hooded mergansers and dozens of peepers. But the …

Craft maintenance is top priority now

By Jeff Strout on April 19, 2008, at 2:36 p.m.
This column was first published April 19, 2008   First off, here’s a big thanks to all of you who turned out for last Saturday’s Paddle Smart Safety Symposium at the Y on Second Street in Bangor. By all measures the evening was the best yet. Comments from some of …

Paddle Smart Symposium looms Safety tips could come in handy with streams running cold and wild

By Jeff Strout on April 05, 2008, at 2:20 p.m.
This column was first published on April 5, 2008   Last call! At least it’ll be the last one from me for this year. I expect I’ll see you next Saturday at the Y on Second Street in Bangor for this year’s edition of Paddle Smart. The doors open at …
 
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