The iconic tradition continues!

Bangor Parks & Recreation are your hosts for this 16.5-mile race, that starts at 6 Mile Falls in Kenduskeag and wraps up on the Penobscot River in Downtown Bangor.

Where & When
One of the most fun and legendary events of the year is back. The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which is held annually on the third weekend of April, returns for another year on Saturday, April 20th. It is the biggest paddling event in all of New England and one of the largest in the country.

How You Can Register

Racers will be able to register online, or in person at the Bangor Parks & Recreation office. Registration typically opens in early March.

The Cost

Cost of registering depends on when you register:

$45 per paddler if registered by April 6th- register online/in person

$60 per paddler if registering April 7th through April 13th- register online/in person

$75 per paddler if registering on April 14th (Parks & Rec office only) or April 15 (Kenduskeag Union Church only)-cash or check and in person only, not online.

The Basics

The rules for the Kenduskeag Canoe Race can be broken down like this:

  • No alcohol is allowed, and if found, you are disqualified
  • No animals are allowed
  • No more than three boats can be registered from one household.
  • You must be at least 12 years of age, with an adult present.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age if no adult is present, but if you are under 18, you need parental consent .
  • Over-the-shoulder life jackets must be worn at all times.

At the end of this day of fun, awards will be presented between 2:30 pm - 3 pm. And, shuttle buses are available at the finish line to bring you back to Kenduskeag.

For more info, check out their website and Twitter page

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