Kayaking / Canoeing

Skowhegan River Fest - Run of River Support Paddle

Run of River Support Paddle
Friday, 6:30 p.m., Kennebec River downtown

Paddlers from all over the state will paddle in support of Run of River, providing a preview of how people will use Run of River’s whitewater park.Be sure to check out the full schedule - there are two additional paddling events:

Thursday, Kayak Races
3 p.m., meet at the New Balance Factory parking lot by the dam

Join us for kayak races! We will have kayaks available for those who need one. Be sure to bring water! All ages welcome. Hosted by Main Street Skowhegan’s AmeriCorps members.

Saturday, Run of River Support Paddle, 6:30 p.m., Kennebec River downtown

Paddlers from all over the state will paddle in support of Run of River, providing a preview of how people will use Run of River’s whitewater park.

Full event and schedule details may be found at Skowhegan River Fest. Be a part of this growing community event! 

Fri, Aug 2nd,
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Annual Event: 

Smalls to the Wall - Steep Creek Race 2019


April 27, 2019 

2019 marks the 6th year of Smalls to the Wall - a steep creek 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 adventure seeking boaters together in a fun filled day of racing and camaraderie! The race is based on a time trial format. 

Racer registration begins at 9:00am, with a race start time of 12:00pm. Racers must have previously run Smalls Falls, or have experience on a similarly difficult section of water. 

Spectators are asked to stay behind the yellow caution tape for their safety, and the safety of our racers. 

For more information on the event, please visit www.smallstothewall.com.


Sat, Apr 27th,
9:00am to 12:00pm
Annual Event: 

Wildlands Adventure Challange

The Wildlands Adventure Challange will take place for the first time on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

The Strong Machine Adventure Racing team is excited to be putting on an all-new event in the Wildlands in Orland, Maine. It's a beautiful and remote part of the Pine Tree State, full of fun trails, pristine lakes, and mountaintops with amazing viewpoints. And the viewpoints will be even more stunning during the race, which will take place at the peak of fall foliage.

A beginners' race will give those new to adventure racing a fun yet gentle introduction to the sport. The beginners' race will last between one and three hours and will include hiking and kayaking in provided boats.

For those seeking a bigger challenge, an 8-hour race will including hiking or trail running, kayaking, and mountain biking. This race will be part of the U.S. Adventure Racing Association points series.

Both races will be hosted by the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and all proceeds from the race will benefit the trust. The course will be designed by the members of Strong Machine Adventure Racing, a nationally ranked adventure race team based in Portland, Maine and the organizers of the Maine Adventure Summer Race!

Prices for the beginners' race are $40 per adult and $20 per child, and the cost for the 8-hour race is $80 per adult and $40 per child. To register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/Orland/WildlandsAdventureChallenge.

For more information, visit the race website at: https://WildlandsAR.weebly.com/ or email us at StrongMachineAR@gmail.com

We hope you can make it to the race!

Sat, Oct 6th (All day)
Annual Event: 

Paddle & Pints Adventure

Come on out and meet up with Maine Yoga Adventures in Orono!

The adventure starts at Brownies Beach with your favorite watercraft - canoe, kayak or paddleboard or request one from MYA.

Come solo or bring a friend. Beginner paddlers welcome! Following the paddle is a yoga practice - gentle and accommodating to all levels. The adventure continues at The Common Loon Public House, a newly established Maine pub with an English beat. Enjoy a pint on MYA as well as appetizers.

Cost: $45. Kids are free. Please register online at maineyogaadventures.com  or call 207-299-0082

Sun, Aug 19th,
3:00pm to 7:00pm
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: