Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

Flashback 2000!


Sadly, and for the first time in 53 years, there will be no 2020 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, but the program directors at WABI-TV5 in Bangor have figured out a nice way to provide many of us with some "rite of spring" entertainment in these crazy, socially distant shut-in times.

WABI will air an archived recording of the 2000 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race this Saturday, April 18th, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and YES, there will be a live stream at

“While we can’t make up for the loss of this year’s race entirely, we thought our viewers might enjoy a look at one of the past events” said Steve Hiltz, the Creative Services Director at WABI.

UPDATE: To accompany the WABI Flashback 2000 race coverage this Saturday, the 2000 race results have been pulled from the archives and posted on Mike's website as a downloadable/printable PDF file. Check it out here.

(With thanks to Bernie Levy and Brian Carle)


TV Coverage Of The 2019 Kenduskeag


WABI-TV5 in Bangor (CBS) will carry coverage of the 2019 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe race on Saturday, April 20th from 10am until noon. Rain is forecast for race day.


50 Years: A Golden Milestone


WABI-TV5 posted this video of the founders of the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, Sonny Colburn and the late Lew Gilman, in which the two discuss the origins of the race in 1967.

Over 30,000 paddlers have participated in the Kenduskeag since 1967. Canoe race decals and t-shirts have been spotted in Australia, Alaska, Kenya and the Philippines.

Bangor Parks and Recreation, along with countless volunteers and safety personnel, have put decades of hard work into making this dream come true - a dream that began with a phone call between these two gentlemen: Lew "Spook" Gilman (left) and Ed "Sonny" Colburn.

Congratulations to all involved on reaching this historic milestone.

In Sonny's words: "I wish (Lew) was still here...I want everyone to have a good time and smile. Even if they get wet!"


TV Coverage / Zip Kellogg Feature


WABI-TV5 will broadcast from the bridge at Six Mile Falls beginning at 10am this Saturday. (That's about the time the first paddlers appear at the rapids.)

Speaking of TV, Bill Green did a story on legendary paddler Zip Kellogg via WLBZ. Here's a link to the 2:40 video.

PS - one more friendly reminder that the deadline for preregistration is THIS Friday
(April 15) at 1pm
. So if you haven't preregistered for the race, go here.

If you decide to register on the morning of the race, it takes place at the park in the town of Kenduskeag from 6:30am til 7:30am.


TV Coverage Of The 2014 Kenduskeag


WABI-TV5 (CBS) in Bangor is delivering Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race goodness right into your home from the bridge overlooking Six Mile Falls.

Coverage is from 10am to Noon.

The race begins at 8:30am on Saturday, April 19th.
(The first paddlers usually arrive at Six Mile Falls around 10am-ish.)

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Kenduskeag TV Coverage


For those of you who were wondering:

WABI-TV5 in Bangor plans to cover the 47th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race from the bridge overlooking Six Mile Falls.

The race begins at 8:30am on Saturday, April 20th. (The first paddlers usually arrive at Six Mile Falls after 9:30am.)


Water Level Low, No TV Coverage For 2012 Race


WABI-TV5 will NOT be covering the Kenduskeag this year. Normally WABI broadcasts live from the bridge at Six Mile Falls, but with low water levels and the expectation that many paddlers will likely portage the area altogether, they've pulled the plug.

Reports are filtering in with regard to the stream today. Some are saying it's "runnable" but "bumpy". Prepare to scrape some rocks. Jumping out to pull your boat through certain sections seems unavoidable. And with little rain in the forecast there's little reason to think this will change before Saturday.

Which isn't to say that people won't find way to have a good time. They will!

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WABI-TV Bangor To Cover Kenduskeag

Kenduskeag on WABI TV5

WABI-TV in Bangor (CBS, Channel 5) will broadcast the 2011 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race on April 16th.

Programming times and notes will be added here as they become available.


2008 Kenduskeag TV & Internet Coverage


WABI-TV5 Bangor (CBS affiliate) will be broadcasting the race from the bridge at Six Mile Falls this year, and there will be a live internet stream available at for $9.95.

To get you stoked, there's a video clip of an Old Town Canoe advertisement combined with a short WABI-TV race promo here.


Kenduskeag TV Coverage & Internet Stream


Some of you may recall that WABI TV5 (Bangor) canceled their coverage of the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race last year due to low water levels.

This year sees the return of TV coverage from the bridge overlooking the rapids of Six Mile Falls. WABI is scheduled to cover the race from 10am until 12:30pm. (You might want to set the VCR or Tivo if you are doing the race.)

Do you live outside WABI's broadcast area?
You can still catch the race if you have internet access.

Apparently, the Kenduskeag will be streamed over the internet through Watch Maine Sports as a pay-per-view event.
($9.95 per stream).

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