BREWER, Maine — River-watchers who glanced out at the Penobscot River on Saturday may have seen an odd-looking craft float past: a 12-foot table lashed to a pair of canoes.
Volunteers for the Penobscot River Paddling Trail paddled the makeshift catamaran from a landing in Orono to a riverfront campsite-under-construction on land owned by the Penobscot Valley Country Club.
It’s part of the group’s effort to create a network of campsites that will stretch 100 miles from Medway to Bucksport.
“From our standpoint, the ideal site is hard to access from the road, and easy to access from the water, so that people aren’t always camping there [when a paddling group arrives],” said PRPT president David Thanhauser of Swanville.
In 2013, Thanhauser and Cloe Chunn paddled the Penobscot from Mattawamkeag to Bucksport, and realized that there was a basic piece of infrastructure missing: Campsites were hard to find, or unavailable. And any sites that did exist weren’t listed as part of an organized list of Penobscot River corridor assets.
John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their...
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