Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

Kenduskeag Roundup: Insights & Video

John Holyoke's recent "Kenduskeag Rages" post in the BDN pretty much says it all.
Compared with the runoff of recent years, it's safe to say that the Kenduskeag is raging. Truly. (Although 2007 seemed even "rage-ier" to me somehow, if that makes any sense.)

There's more.

Ray Wirth of Water Walker Sea Kayaks (Belfast, ME) paddled the Kenduskeag from Six Mile Falls to an area known as the Shopping Cart, and he shot an exciting helmet-cam video while doing so. Anyone who has (or will) sign up for the 2014 race should appreciate this.

During his stoke-worthy ride, Ray provides many insightful comments as he demonstrates what paddlers can expect on Saturday. It's an inspired way to preview some of the trickier parts of the Kenduskeag.

My own thoughts? Steer clear of strainers. Those overhanging or overreaching branches, brambles and bushes. You do not want find your boat snagged up in "the sticks" with such a forceful current. I always get a bit anxious when it comes to streams or rivers that have overflowed their banks.

Also, the mandatory portages require attention, especially Maxfield Mill. The rescue personnel will be on top of this, not to worry - and the mandatory portages are well-signed and managed. Still, if you aren't 100% sure what I'm talking about here, check out the mandatory portage points that I have mapped out on my website.

PS - I think Ray's paddle is best viewed in full screen. You can almost feel it:



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