A brilliant Umsaskis sunrise on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

Umsaskis to Michaud Farm a wild, scenic trip on Allagash waterway

By Matthew Laroche on Aug. 02, 2013, at 11:37 a.m.
If you don’t have time to take a week-long canoe trip down the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, you have other options. A trip from Umsaskis to Michaud Farm will take you through some of the wildest and most scenic section of the waterway. This adventure covers 10 miles of lake and …
Andrea Reny of Round Pond paddles past Moose Peak Light on Mistake Island. The 72-foot lighthouse marks the entrance to Main Channel Way and Eastern Passage near Beals Island.

Paddle Smart to flood Bangor with presentations and prizes this weekend

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 26, 2013, at 3:02 p.m.
Believe it or not, spring is here, and soon, ice will melt away from Maine’s many waterways. It’s just about time to dust off paddles, clean creepy crawlies out of cockpits, and recall just where you crammed the life jackets last fall. The next step is to brush up on …

How to choose the right canoe or kayak

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 08, 2013, at 12:28 p.m.
Paddle your own canoe. The idiom means something like “act independently” or “decide your own fate.” But before you can paddle your own literal canoe (or kayak), you have to purchase one. And that is something that is best done with a little bit of help. Maine outfitters and sporting …

Schedule of 2013 Maine canoe and kayak races

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 08, 2013, at 12 p.m.
St. George River Canoe and Kayak Race, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at St. George River, Searsmont. Type: whitewater, 6 miles. Registration: 9 a.m., $20. Contact: 338-4598, director@waldocountyymca.org or waldocountyymca.org. 40th Annual Passagassawakeag River Race, 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Passagassawakeag Stream, Morrill. Type: whitewater, 8 miles. Registration: 8:30 …

Kenduskeag Stream paddlers share their stories

By John Holyoke on March 08, 2013, at 11:44 a.m.
For nearly a half a century, paddlers have flocked to a local stream in mid-April for an event that has captured the region’s imagination. And alongside that stream, throngs of “river vultures” have stood vigil, waiting for the carnage to begin piling up. At places like Six Mile Falls and …

Big water, big fun: Maine’s creek boaters go to extremes

By John Holyoke on March 08, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.
Mike McVey remembers his first reaction after learning that a very experienced, very talented group of people who shared his passion for white water paddling had decided to seek newer, bigger water to challenge. “I always watched the videos on the internet of people hucking themselves off 60-, 80-, 100-foot …
Perry Risley of Bethel kayaks down the Androscoggin River on Thursday during the Androscoggin Source to the Sea Trek.

A cleaner Androscoggin brings out paddlers

By Greg Kwasnik, Sun Journal on July 21, 2012, at 6:39 a.m.
The paddle was the eighth leg of the Androscoggin Source to the Sea Trek, a 170-mile journey from the river’s headwaters near the Canadian border to its terminus at Merrymeeting Bay in Brunswick.

Maine Island Trail now includes 200 places

The Associated Press on May 30, 2012, at 5:26 a.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Island Trail Association has reached a milestone. The association says it has added three islands to its coastal waterway, giving it 200 places that are now included in its “water trail” that links uninhabited islands and mainland sites on a 375-mile ocean trail from the …

Water levels can change Marsh Stream in a flash

By Gabor Degre on May 16, 2012, at 10:16 a.m.
WINTERPORT | If I had to pick a favorite whitewater run in the Bangor region, without hesitation I would say the Marsh Stream. The main reason why I like it is, that it’s like paddling on a different stream with every 6 inches of change in the water level. …

Couple on a 12,000-mile kayak expedition, connecting with students as they go

By Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune, Minn. on May 07, 2012, at 11:15 a.m.
The West Coast and the Canadian wilderness are behind them. The next leg of Dave and Amy Freeman’s North American Odyssey will be more civilized. The Grand Marais couple leaves Wednesday from Grand Portage on a 4,900-mile sea-kayak trip to the East Coast and down to Key West, Fla. “We’ll …
Kaitlyn McElroy

Maine paddler excels at Oklahoma City University

By Ed Godfrey, The Oklahoman on April 22, 2012, at 7:33 a.m.
A former cross-country skier in college, Kaitlyn McElroy has transformed herself into one of the best paddlers in the country.
The team of Adam Vedoni and Dan Cassaday runs through low water near the start of the 46th annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe race on Saturday, April 21, 2012.

Low water fails to deter Trevor MacLean in eighth Kenduskeag race victory

By Ernie Clark on April 21, 2012, at 2:14 p.m.
BANGOR | One of Maine’s rites of spring came face-to-face with mid-summer water conditions Saturday. “I’ve never seen it like this,” said Don Grant of Georgetown, who has served as the race starter for the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race for the past 43 years. “I’ve never seen it even …

Looking back: A winter paddle from Lincolnville to Camden

By Gabor Degre, BDN Staff on April 16, 2012, at 2:36 p.m.
If you have the desire to paddle on the ocean Lincolnville Beach is just about perfect for getting kayaks in and out of the water. On an early February day we decided to put in at the wonderful, sandy beach that was partly covered with snow and set out for …
Nicholas Wood waits in the eddy formed behind a boulder at the rapid paddlers refer to as "the corner" below the Valley Avenue Bridge drop on the Kenduskeag Stream.  The stream iced out unusually early making this March 13th run possible.

Early Kenduskeag rapids provide a thrill

By Gabor Degre on April 09, 2012, at 1:40 p.m.
My guess is that I’m not even in the first 50,000 people who successfully negotiated the rapids of Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor. That perception does not bother me the least bit. I consider myself one of the many who ran the rapids with some anticipation, eventually reacting with a huge …
A competitor drags his canoe over the top of another racer's boat at a portage during the Passagassawakeag Stream Canoe Race on Saturday, April 7, 2012. Low water had the racers doubling back and paddling upstream for the last half of the race.

Paddlers adapt to revised Passy route; kayaker Sands posts top time

By Ernie Clark on April 07, 2012, at 8:39 p.m.
WALDO | There was an unpredictable flavor to Saturday’s 39th annual Passagassawakeag River Race. Never before had what normally is a downriver trek from Waldo to Belfast also included some upstream paddling, but the need for race director Dale Cross to both shorten the route and make it an …
Participants in the St. George Canoe race struggle though low water on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

Low water, rocky rapids fail to deter St. George race paddlers; Houlton’s Ludwig earns 10th victory

By Ernie Clark on March 31, 2012, at 7:55 p.m.
APPLETON | Two related topics dominated the post-race talk at Saturday’s 33rd St. George River Race. One was what the paddlers described as “bony” conditions, which describes a paucity of water in what normally are rapids that forces canoeists and kayakers into a lot of maneuvering to avoid uncovered …
J.D. Burke, 7, enjoys his first canoe race with his father, Jake Burke of Newburgh, during the  St. George River Race last year. The 33rd edition of the race is set for Saturday, March 31.

Water level not ideal, but St. George River Race set for Saturday

By Ernie Clark on March 29, 2012, at 8:55 p.m.
BELFAST | The water level may not be ideal for the first event of the region’s competitive canoe and kayak season, but organizers of the 33rd St. George River Race are ready to go as scheduled Saturday morning. More than 60 watercraft already were pre-registered for the 6-mile trek …
Earl Baldwin scans the shoreline of Swetts Pond in Orrington while paddling one of the fastest kayaks he designed in this 2005 photo. The longtime kayak maker and paddler died on Monday at the age of 87.

Orrington kayak maker left a broad wake

By John Holyoke on Jan. 25, 2012, at 8:09 p.m.
During the spring and summer months, it’s virtually impossible to drive down a highway in Maine and travel more than 10 miles without passing a vehicle with a kayak or two on the roof rack. Earl H. Baldwin Jr. got into kayaking in an era when people would joke that …
The students in the Maine Outdoor Education Program practice their canoeing strokes on Upper Togue Pond in Baxter State Park this past Tuesday.

Maine Outdoor Education Program teaches students outdoor activities

By Brad Viles on Oct. 12, 2011, at 2:05 p.m.
BAXTER STATE PARK | This past Tuesday the woods around Upper Togue Pond in Baxter State Park were filled with the sounds of outdoor learning. Instructors with the New England Outdoor Center were explaining canoe strokes to their students. “OK, now you all have had instruction in the draw …

Time to think about colder water and paddling apparel

By Jeff Strout on Oct. 07, 2011, at 5:04 p.m.
While there’s still plenty of time this fall to get out on our lakes and bays, it’s time to think spring when it comes to dressing for the experience. As the water temperatures drop it is important to begin dressing for colder water. If you’ve been paddling on the ocean …