Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

Kountdown to the Kenduskeag!


Less than 30 days until the big race! Have you preregistered?

PS - PaddleSmart 2013 begins on Friday, March 29th at the Bangor Boat Show (Bangor Auditorium). For more information, visit Castine Kayak.

And the following Saturday (March 30th) sees the first whitewater race of the year - the St. George River Race in Searsmont. Visit the Waldo County YMCA for more information.


Paddle Smart 2013


Paddle Smart 2013 will take place March 29th through the 31st at the Bangor Boat Show.

Always a sure sign of spring, Paddle Smart features workshops, information kiosks, door prizes and more (including a chance to win a sea kayak!) Visit Castine Kayak for more information.


Paddle Smart Symposium 2012


The 2012 Paddle Smart Symposium kicks off this Friday-Saturday-Sunday at the Bangor Auditorium.

The Bangor Boat Show is taking place at the same time, so now there's double the amount of fun!

There will be workshops, demos, Q&A sessions with paddlers (including Mackro, the Maine Canoe & Kayak Racing Organization) and more safety tips than you can shake a paddle at.

If you are new to the Kenduskeag this is a good opportunity to ask veteran paddlers about race prep and other nuggets of wisdom.

See you there!

PS - here's a downloadable/printable PDF file of the Paddle Smart poster.




Kendsuskeag Stream spring breakup and iceout, downtown Bangor, Maine - photo by Michael Alden

Aye, it's a bit early this year. This photo was taken about twenty minutes ago (3/9/12) in downtown Bangor.

In two weeks the 12th Annual Paddle Smart Symposium will kick off at the Bangor Boat Show (Bangor Civic Auditorium, March 24th & 25th).

And in three weeks? The first whitewater race of the season, the St. George River Race.

More to come....


Paddle Smart 2011

paddle smart or die sticker

It's that time of the year again!

The 2011 Paddle Smart Symposium (always fun and interesting) will be held this upcoming weekend, Saturday AND Sunday, at the Bangor Auditorium.

This is a change of venue for Paddle Smart; it is going to be held in conjunction with the Bangor Boat Show. So now you have TWO good reasons to attend!

MaCKRO (Maine Canoe & Kayak Racing Organization) will host a "Prep For The Kenduskeag" workshop once again, on Saturday from 1-3pm. If you'd like to have some tips from race veterans with regard to outfitting your boat or general questions about getting ready for the race, you'll want to sit in on this popular discussion!

Unfortunately I will miss out on Paddle Smart this year as I will be out of town this weekend. Bummer! I think one must be present at the drawing to win the sea kayak, but I plan to buy a couple of tickets to show a little support for the venue anyway.

Full schedule and info is available via Castine Kayak.


Paddle Smart Symposium 2010

Sticker courtesy of Castine Kayak. Yes, you too can buy one of these badass stickers for your own car or boat! Simply go to the event.

The 2010 Paddle Smart Symposium is something I look forward to every spring. Workshops, water demos, door's all good, and it's all about staying smart and safe on the water.

But wait...there's more! You can also pick up some very useful tips & techniques. Or learn about favorite paddling trips and trip planning. Learn how to put together a "plan of action" in case of an emergency. Or maybe you're new to paddling and you don't know where to begin when it comes to buying a boat, a paddle, or a life jacket. There will be on-the-water equipment demos and gear discussions to help you out with all of that.

Donate $5 at the door to support the event and you'll be entered into a drawing for a brand new sea kayak! Sweet.

And for anyone interested in doing the Kenduskeag, the good folks at MaCKRO (Maine Canoe & Kayak Racing Organization) will be hosting yet another "Kenduskeag Prep" session at Paddle Smart. This will be the third year they have put this popular session together; check it out.

(And be sure to check out the Kenduskeag tips section on my website. That can be found right

Choosing which session to attend can be tough! This year, I think I'll attend the "river reading" session presented by the Penobscot Paddle & Chowder Society in addition to a "what to do if you capsize" demo which is held at the swimming pool.

If you live within driving distance and you're into paddling, you really owe it to yourself to spend some time at this annual event. Veteran paddlers return year after year and there are many good reasons for that. It's informative AND fun.

When & Where:
Friday, April 9th, 2010
Husson University (Newman Gym)

Check out Castine Kayak's downloadable, printable schedule of events at Paddle Smart 2010.


Paddle Smart 2009 Safety Symposium


Learn how to stay safe on the water and win a sea kayak!

Karen at Castine Kayak Adventures informed me that the 2009 Paddle Smart Symposium will be held on April 10 at Husson University in Bangor, from 5pm to 9:30pm.

2009 Paddle Smart Event Schedule (PDF file)

Workshops, pool demos, interactive displays (and door prizes!) will round out this fun and instructive annual event. I've already picked up five sea kayak raffle tickets at Epic Sports!

Jeff Owen, President of MaCKRO, will present his "Preparing for the Kenduskeag" workshop which was very well received last year.


A Passel Of Race Prep Information


Jeff Owen of MaCKRO leads the Kenduskeag
sessions at the Paddle Smart event in Bangor
on April 12, 2008.

In case you were not able to attend Paddle Smart 2008 this past weekend which featured special Kenduskeag-related sessions, I took some notes and have posted them on the information page on my canoe race website. I hope you find this information helpful in prepping for the race next Saturday.

By the way, if you'd like to scout out the stream from Six Mile Falls to downtown Bangor in your boat, members of MaCKRO will be hosting an informal paddling event on Friday, April 18. Meet up with other paddlers near the finish line in downtown Bangor (near the Sea Dog) at 4pm. You'll go to Six Mile Falls and paddle (at your own pace and skill level) back to town.

Jeff Strout of the Bangor Daily News wrote a handy article about choosing a kayak that is right for you. So if you are in the market for a new kayak (heck, even if you're not) read Jeff's article here.

John Holyoke (also from the BDN) wrote an article a few days after last year's race - and his article is worth revisiting nearly a year later. "Sage Advice From a River Vulture" can be found here.


7th Annual Paddle Smart Symposium - 4/13/07


The 7th Annual Paddle Smart Symposium will be held on April 13 at the Bangor YMCA on Hammond Street from 5:00-9:30pm.

Admission is free, although donations are accepted and tickets will be sold for a sea kayak raffle. (The drawing will be held at 9:30). There are also free door prizes.

The symposium is chock full of interactive workshops and displays promoting education and safety on the water. An informed paddler is a safer paddler!

For more information and a schedule, visit the Paddle Smart website.

UPDATE 4/15/07: I attended Paddle Smart for the first time on Friday, and it was cool! I could sense a "buzz" throughout the venue; people are getting psyched about the upcoming paddling season. Make plans to attend next year if you've never been. It's an annual event worth supporting.

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