Kayaking / Canoeing

Peaks to Portland Swim


Any quesions please contact race director: Bob Dufney at bdunfey@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org

Must be a minimum of 16 years old to participate in the race!

Swimmers and Kayakers: all packets must be picked up the friday before the race (location and time will be announced) Try to be at the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal by 6:00am (leaving time to unload kayaks) Ferry will be leaving arounf 6:45am sharp!

First wave of races will begin at 8:30am and the next waves will begin 5 minutes after the wave before it.


Sat, Jul 28th,
8:30am to 2:00pm
Annual Event: 

Maine Whitewater Championship ~ The Kennebec

Kennebec Time Trial and Mass Start

This is day 1 of the Maine Whitewater Championships 2018
Time trial run from Harris Station to Carrybrook followed by a mass start of THE SAME LENGTH
Registration - 8:30am -10:15am
Safety Meeting - 10:15am - 10:30am
Time Trial - 11am - 12:30pm
Mass Start 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Awards - 4pm - as long as you can handle it!
Official technicalities are to come but here are the basics: First, all racers must be STOKED!
- This is a Class III - IV wave-train in a gorge type whitewater run
- Times tend to range from 11-14 minutes
- Boats must be accommodating to this type of whitewater and cannot exceed 9'4" in length
- All racers must have float bags, helmet, type III or V PFD, and a throw rope. WE WILL BE CHECKING! 
- All racers must be stoked!




Sat, Jun 23rd,
8:00am to 4:00pm
Annual Event: 

Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

Join us for the 52nd Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race!

One of the largest races in the country ~ Hosted by Bangor Dept. of Parks & Rec.

Since 1967 over 28,000 have paddled!

6:30 to 7:45 am ~ pick up your packets at Grange Hall3964 on Route 15 in Kenduskeag

First boats go in at 8:30 am (5 crafts per minute)

Registration information:

$25 until the end of March

$35 until Thursday before the big race

$50 day before and day of the race


Check out more specific information at the link below to prepare you for your 16.5 mile journey!


Good luck!



Sat, Apr 21st,
6:30am to 5:30pm
Annual Event: 

Smalls to the Wall - Steep Creek Race

Sponsored by Baxter Outdoors

Join us April 21st 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

SMALLS TO THE WALL is a challenging whitewater kayak race held at Smalls Falls near Rangeley, ME. Smalls Falls is a rest area with a beautiful steep narrow gorge that is comprised of rock slides and waterfalls. It is a popular spot for whitewater kayakers looking for an action packed day of park 'n huck style paddling. This event is designed to bring all you adventure seeking boaters out there together in a fun filled  day of racing and camaraderie! The race is based on a time trial format. The race was established in 2014 and has been running every April ever since.

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Sat, Apr 21st,
11:00am to 2:00pm
Annual Event: 

Maine Kayak Regatta 2017

Maine Kayak Regatta 2017
Thursday, August 3rd @ 6:00 PM until Sunday, August 6th @ 3:00 PM
Casco Bay, Maine

Join us for a paddling pilgrimage in the islands of Maine this summer; a journey of connection, regeneration and renewal over 3.5 days.

Beginning with dinner and gear prep in Gorham, ME on Thursday evening, we will spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday paddling, sharing good adventure, good food, great music, some thoughtful dialogue and silent paddle meditation.

Itinerary: This year’s itinerary will leave from Portland and end in Harpswell, Maine.

Accommodations: Overnights will be glorified tenting, paddlers provide tents unless specific arrangements are made.

Mileage: The Regatta typically covers between 25-35 miles over the course of the weekend (7-14 mi/day), and the event is intended for practiced paddlers with some experience, though now and again we have bold greenhorns step up.

Age: Regatta participants tend to be 18 and over. We will consider exceptions to this guideline…but please ask.oat type: We tend to be biased toward closed cockpit human powered vessels 16′ and longer equipped with a functional skeg or rudder.

Gear Needs: If you don’t have a boat, paddle, tent, sleeping bag, etc. we can likely help you find one.

Pricing: $500

Flow Fund: We donate 10% of proceeds to charities chosen by our paddlers. Since 2013, we’ve donated $3400 to 6 worthy organizations: The Maine Island Trail Association, Rippleffect, The Good Life Center, The Wooden Boat School and The Lovers Lane Council Treehut.
Mojo: The Regatta is prone to magical moments like: hot rock sunbathing, wild rainbows, post-paddle massage therapy, surfing otters, dawn yoga, lobster bake, council medicine, acoustic serenades, snacktician support vessels, crazy squalls, tidal zone discoveries, silent paddle meditation with eagles, bonfire belly dancing, seals and osprey, pre-meal poems, mermaids, geocaches and deep connections…

Please RSVP to hold one of only 10 spaces. We will ask a non-refundable $100 payment to any who wish to sign up, and hope you will join us!

Thu, Aug 3rd, 6:00pm to Sun, Aug 6th, 3:00pm
Annual Event: 

Maine Summer Adventure Race

Maine Summer Adventure Race ~ June 24, 2017

Midcoast's Conservancy's Hidden Valley Nature Center 

Jefferson, Maine 

This year's 10-hour race will be point-to-point (no circles!) involving trail running (or hiking) and off-trail orienteering through pristine forests, biking on Maine's bucolic roads (and optional mountain biking), and a sea kayaking route specially designed by our local partner Tidal Transit Kayaks. We will also be hosting a simultaneous 3-hour race for beginner racers and for those looking to get the entire family outside for a day in the woods. This is a co-ed team style event. 

Both races are hosted by the Midcoast Conservancy and designed by the members of Strong Machine Adventure Racing. All proceeds from the race benefit the Midcoast Conservancy. 

The Midcoast Conservancy is a nonprofit organization created when the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association and Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance combined into a single entity in 2016. More information can be found at the Midcoast Conservancy website: http://www.midcoastconservancy.org/​

The 2017 Maine Summer Adventure Race seeks to take racers on a tour of the incredible lands and waters preserved and protected by the Midcoast Conservancy and introduce racers to the organization's mission of supporting and promoting healthy lands, waters, wildlife, and people in the mid-coast through conservation, education, and recreation.

The race will be based at the Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, ME. Race check-in and start as well as the finish and post-race festivities will be held at the HVNC pavilion.

The event is presented by Strong Machine Adventure Racing. Cliff and Kate White of Strong Machine Adventure Racing are handling course design. Team Strong Machine is an experienced adventure racing team that has completed races all across the United States and internationally. We have competed in the past three United States Adventure Racing Association (USARA) national championships we are excited to make this year's 10-Hour Maine Summer Adventure Race a regional qualifier for the 2017 USARA National Championship, taking place September 21-23, 2017 in Lake Harmony,  Pennsylvania.

Use the following link to register for the 3-and 10-hour races: https://www.raceit.com/Register/?event=40061
Registration closes Friday, June 2.

For more information about the adventure racing and in-depth event details as well as registration information please visit:


Questions? Email us anytime at StrongMachineAR@gmail.comYou can also check out our team's website at http://strongmachine.weebly.com/

Sat, Jun 24th,
8:15am to 6:00pm
Annual Event: 

Kennebago River Guided Kayak Trips

The Kennebago River is a very popular, gentle flowing river that offers an excellent opportunity to see moose and eagles, particularly early in the morning.  We will all meet at the Oquossoc Grocery for introductions and payment. You will then follow us in your vehicle to the take-out location (3 miles), where you will leave your vehicle.  We will shuttle you in our vehicle to “Steep Bank Pool” where we will launch our kayaks.  [Note: there is an out-house at the launch site].

Once underway, we will enjoy a slow paddle down the meandering river, through a few sets of ripples, and glide over the beautiful, deep pools that hold native brook trout.  We will also paddle over gravel river beds where the brook trout spawn each fall.  There are two “oxbows” in the river that are excellent locations to spot our State animal, the Maine moose.  We will have a thorough discussion on the moose, its habits and habitat. As with all our trips, questions are encouraged! Depending on the flow of the water and experience level of the paddlers, we will enjoy a 2 – 2½ hour paddle to the take-out location where your car will be parked.  You can then leave your kayak, get into your car and head home – no hassle, no post-paddle worries.  The mid-summer water levels can be low and may require a drag across some gravel beds so bring water shoes.

Mon, Aug 8th,
8:00am to 10:30am
Annual Event: 

Paddle Baddle

Paddle Battle is The Nonantum Resort’s annual Kennebunk River race for kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, surfboards and any non-motorized vessels. Drawing both competitive and recreational paddlers, plus a kids’ race, the event is a fun-filled afternoon out on the water. Then enjoy BBQ, live music and family-friendly activities on the resort’s back lawn. Named a top Summer Fun event by Sports Illustrated Kids’ magazine 2015!


FMI: www.nonantumresort.com/about-the-resort/paddle-battle/

Sat, Sep 3rd,
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Annual Event: 

Three Day Casco Bay Traverse

This three-day guided expedition begins in Portland and ends all the way on the other side of Casco Bay in Phippsburg. Along the way, we’ll camp on two islands and experience the diverse environments found in the bay — from the exposed ocean-like conditions along the outer islands to the calm and peaceful estuaries of the inner waters. Our route will depend on the conditions and the group, but you can plan to do a significant amount of paddling as we traverse the bay. Sea kayaking experience is required. Portland Paddle will provide all meals and paddling gear. The group will be picked up at the end of the trip and driven back to Portland. Upon booking you will receive a packet with a more detailed itinerary and packing list. $358 per person.

FMI: portlandpaddle.net

Fri, Aug 12th (All day) to Sun, Aug 14th (All day)
Thu, Aug 25th (All day) to Sat, Aug 27th (All day)
Annual Event: 

Veterans No Boundaries Summer Camp

 Free to all veterans and active duty personnel with physical disabilities

Sporting camps are a Maine tradition and late August is one of the best times for outdoor recreation and relaxation.  Since 2006 Veterans No Boundaries has hosted dozens of veterans, active duty personnel, and their families each August for a weekend at camp filled with exciting and rewarding adaptive recreation opportunities.  The program often includes:

  • Fishing & Boat Tours
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Archery & Riflery
  • Cycling
  • Ropes Course/Zip Line
  • Pottery & Wood Carving
  • Evening Activities
  • Competition
  • Camaraderie
  • Relaxation

All activities, lodging, accommodations and meals are provided free of charge throughout the four-day event, and participants are free to choose activities based on their own interests and energy levels throughout the weekend.  While we can also help with local transportation between program sites and to/from the Portland Jetport and Transportation Center (bus and train), all travel to/from Maine is the responsibility and at the expense of the participant.


For more information, click here.

Fri, Aug 19th (All day) to Mon, Aug 22nd (All day)
Annual Event: