Category Archives: whitewater

Deep Enough to Swim in, Nearly Warm Enough to want to: 2016 Kenduskeag Race will be one of a kind.

Every Kenduskeag is unlike any other, and this year will be no different. The depth and flow rate of the Kenduskeag Stream will be lower than average for this time of year, yet there will still be plenty of water.  … Continue reading

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The Wildwater Kayak — Versatile, Challenging, and Cool

The wildwater boat is sometimes viewed as a specialty boat, but in many ways it is more versatile than most of the boats on the market.  Imagine you wanted to combine the speed of a surf ski, the buoyancy of … Continue reading

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Why Wildwater?

From my biased perspective, it’s hard to understand why wildwater kayaking is not more popular. Wildwater kayaking gets you outside, provides adventure, and takes you to beautiful natural places. Wildwater provides similar cardiovascular benefits as sports such as running, bicycling, … Continue reading

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Winter Paddling’s Best Friend — Toaster Mitts

NRS Toaster mitts are not a new product. In fact, they have been around for a long time and are now listed as an NRS closeout, but they are new to me. I’ve been paddling with Toaster Mitts since November … Continue reading

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Paddling the The Passy Gorge — Belfast’s Secret Heart

If the Passagassawakeag River is the main artery of Belfast, then the quarter mile stretch between Shepard Road and Route 137 is its secret heart. Paddlers typically take out above this section, partly due to the dam, partly due to … Continue reading

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Downriver with a Twist: An Initiation into Slalom Kayaking

Slalom, a race over a winding or zigzag course, isn’t just for skiers anymore. Canoers and kayakers get to slalom too. And they did — last Sunday in the annual slalom races at the Kenduskeag Stream Park in Bangor. Below … Continue reading

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A Kenduskeag Like No Other: This Year’s Race Will Present New Challenges

Some of us have literally spent weeks worrying about low water.  No sense worrying any more or complaining about it any longer because it sure looks like that’s what we’re going to get.   The hoped for rain simply isn’t going … Continue reading

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Cruisin’ the Union: Kayaking the West Branch of the Union River

Story has it that the Union River takes  its name from the fact that when the area was surveyed by Samuel Livermore  in the late 1700’s, the river ran right down the middle of twelve newly formed towns. Nowadays, the … Continue reading

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Melt Happens: Whitewater Races Soon to Follow

A week ago, the fact that the St. George River Race was just three weeks off seemed incongruous.  Snow was waist deep along the driveway, woodpile and picnic table were still hidden.  Small hills and gullies were beneath a uniform … Continue reading

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News Flash: Map & Territory Not Same

Three men dip their paddles into the calm waters of the remote lake and move their canoe up a relatively small inlet.  The year is 1903.  The lake is Grand Lake, a gateway into the unmapped and untraveled wilderness of … Continue reading

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