News / Annoucements:

The MaCKRO April 2015 Newsletter is here.

--Rankings for the Downriver Point Series, including points for the Sou and Marsh races, are online here.

--Results of the 43rd annual Passy River Race are here.

--The flyer for the 2016 Downriver Point Series is now available. Download the pdf here.

Results of the season opening St. George River Race are now online.

--Check the MaCKRO forum for the how's and why's of joining the ACA (American Canoe Association) and making your paddling dollars go further. MaCKRO + ACA = Better Together!

-- The 2016 MaCKRO Race Schedule is now online.

-- The February 2016 MaCKRO Newsletter is hot off the press and can now be read online (or printed out and read at your leisure). The newsletter is a pdf file that can be downloaded here

--The MaCKRO 2015 annual meeting will be held on Thursday November 19th from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the Dysarts Broadway Restaurant and Flatbread Pub located on 1110 Broadway Street in Bangor.  The meeting will take place in the meeting/conference room located in back of the retail store portion of the overall facility.  Following is the basic agenda for the meeting;
6:00 – 7:00 - Gathering, socializing and eating (we will just order from the menu)
7:00 – 8:00 - 2015 summary, brief committee reports, 2015 flatwater series awards, business meeting, looking ahead to 2016
8:009:00 – Any leftover discussions and more socializing

Contact Dan Baumert (207-249-9238 with any questions regarding the annual meeting.”  

-- Low water, weeds, and shorcuts ensured there was plenty of scramble in the Muskrat. Results here.

--Results of the Tour de Verona and the Ebb Tide Marathon are now on the Results page.-- Paddlers made waves on the Stillwater again on August 20. Results are here.

--War canoes, kayaks, and canoes raced on the Stillwater River on August 13. Results are here.

-- Results of the 2nd Annual Bashabez Run are here.

-- Results of the weekend races of the Penobscot Whitewater Nationals Regatta are in a BDN listing here. Complete results (click "Results" and sort by class) of the four-day regatta are here.

--Results of the Thursday, June 25 edition of the Messalonskee Stream Race are here.

--Updated & corrected results of last Thursday's Messalonskee Stream Race in Waterville are now online. More racing action takes place this Thursday on the Messalonskee.

-- Information on the 2015 MaCKRO Flatwater Point Series is now online. The first race Thursday evening race takes place June 18th (this week) in Waterville.

-- Results of the 43rd annual Piscataquis River Race are here. Note that Irving Gilbert (OC-1 Racing) has paddled in this race in each of its 43 years.

--26 boats raced down the Machias last Sunday. Results are here.

-- Results of the 34-mile Baskahegan Stream Race as well as the East Grand Adventure Race are now up on the MaCKRO Results Page.

-- Union River Race results are here.

-- Meduxnekeag Results are available here.

--Kenduskeag Slalom
results are now online. Results of the Sandy River Race are here.

--Piscataquis Race postponed until Saturday, May 30.
Registration and starting time will be the same.

--Machias River Race - postponed until Sun. May 17. See race schedule for details.

-- Women's Canoe Clinic Part II is set for Tuesday, May 19 at 4:30pm in Orono. More details on the forum.

--The Spring 2015 MaCKRO Newsletter is now available online. (For MaCKRO members who have requested a paper copy, it should arrive soon in your mailbox.)

-- The flyer for the 2015 Downriver Point Series is now online here. To qualify for the Point Series, a paddler needs to compete in five or more downriver races and be a member of MaCKRO. Remember, more races = more fun!

--Soudabscook Race Results
are on a pdf file here and Marsh Stream results are here. Both races featured big water and great spring weather.

--The 2015 Passy was short and sweet. Personal best times were had by all. Passy River Race results are here. . Results of the St. George River Race are here.

-- A welcome sign of spring: the 2015 MaCKRO Race Schedule is now online. Details for a number of spring races have been made official by race directors, with more to be confirmed soon.

-- Coming soon to the MaCKRO site -- the ability to renew your annual membership online. In the meantime, you can renew the old fashioned way by printing out the membership form and mailing it in.

---4/17 Update: On eve of the Sou, race Director Rick O'Donald reports that the level of the Souadabscook Stream has dropped about a foot, resulting in a more manageable level for the race. A mandatory portage around Crawford's will be in place due to large pines in that area. Start will be at 12 PM at Vafiades Landing, Bog Rd, Hermon.  Registration starts at 9 AM. A short course is available that starts at the same time as the hero race. The short course will end upstream of the Manning Mill Bridge, avoiding all of the hairy WW. For those with an appetite for hair there will be plenty of good WW from Manning Mill to Hampden Waterworks finish line. See Race Schedule page for contact info and other details.

----The New England paddling scene has lost one of its pioneers in Sandy Martin, builder, paddler, and entrepreneur. A tribute to Sandy can be found on the MaCKRO Facebook page.

--- Results of the season-ending Muskrat Scramble are here and on the Results page.

-- Results of the Ebb Tide Race and the Tour de Verona are now available on the Results page.

-- The season-ending Muskrat Scramble Race is set for this Saturday, October 25 in Orrington. See the Races page for more information.

-- The MaCKRO 2014 annual meeting has been set for Thursday October 23rd at the Sea Dog restaurant in Bangor. We have the back room reserved from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. and folks can just order off of the regular menu. As in the past recent annual meetings the necessary business will be conducted with an emphasis on celebrating the past paddle season. Hope you can join us for a relaxing evening and sharing paddle stories from this year.

-- Results of last Thursday's C2/K2 Bragging Rights Championship races on the Stillwater are here.

--Thursday August 21 is the last Thursday evening races for 2014. and the last race in the MaCKRO flatwater series. Awards will be presented after the race for the C1, K1, C2, and K2 bragging rights races and the overall flatwater series. Vegetables could be included with the awards along with a special raffle prize for anyone who paddles Thursday night. Location is on the Stillwater in Orono, same as last week's race.

Saturday August 23rd is the Tour de Verona race around Verona Island. Start time is noon. This is a great open water marathon and the forecast calls for fair weather with relatively light winds which should make the ride not too rough on the south end of the island.

Saturday, Sept. 20 is the Ebb Tide Marathon on the Penobscot from Brewer to Winterport. Another good marathon on the Penobscot. Start time is 11:00 A.M. at the Brewer boat launch.
--Dan B.

-- Results of the August 14th Stillwater River Race -- including sprints, war canoe races, and C1/K1 bragging rights races are here.

-- 37 watercraft competed in the 1st Annual Bashabez Run. Results are here. Photos are in a Flickr album here.

-- The newly released rules for the 2013 Flatwater Racing Series are here.

-- Virtual Racing is now a reality. Find out how to participate here. The "Virtual Race Report Form" is now online here.

The Boats Available Lists have been updated. See the Boats page to see what's available to try and or borrow.

-- Photos of a practice run for ths Sunday's Bashabez Run have been posted to a Flickr album here. A 15-minute video of a recent run is here.

-- Results of the July 24 edition of the Messalonskee Stream Race are here. A new poster with additional information on the August 9 Bashabez Run (Penobscot River summer whitewater race) is here.

--Results of the Megunticook Lake Race are online here.--Results of the Chief Worumbo Race are available online here.

--Results of the Sheepscot River Race are now online.

--August 3 will bring a challenging new addition to the summer race lineup. The 1st Annual Bashabez Penobscot River Canoe and Kayak Race is a 15 miler including flatwater and whitewater up to Class 3. Race information is here. Information on paddling this section of the Penobscot River is here.-- The Kennebec 50 miler is scheduled for Sunday, July 27th.  The course for this race will run from the boat launch on Wyman Lake approximately 2 miles downstream from Caratunk and end at the boat launch in Norridgewock.  This is the course that was run years ago when the race was previously done.  There will be 3 pretty significant portages around Wyman Dam in Moscow, Caratunk Falls Dam in Solon, and the dam on Main Street in Madison.   Specific details of the course and portages will be provided on the MaCKRO web site and will be sent to the MaCKRO member email list. If you plan on participating in the Kennebec 50 please contact Bill Anderson ( ) or Dan Baumert ( or 884-8052).  This will not necessarily be a race but more of an organized group paddle (although racing is not discouraged) so we would like to know who plans on participating beforehand and know who to expect.

Results of the July 10 Stillwater River Race (FW Series #2) are online here.

NEW: Final results of the Downriver Point Series are now online here.

-- Results of the Fish River Race are online here.

Maine paddlers shine again on the national scene! Results of the WWOCD Nationals on the Nantahala River (North Carolina) are on the ACA site here.

--Results of the Bethel River Race and the Messalonskee Stream Race are now on the Results page.

--On Saturday June 21st is the Lions River Run on the Fish River in Fort Kent.  The race is a total of 13.5 miles with approximately 2 miles of flat water in Eagle Lake and Soldier Pond. The Fish River is comprised of class I and II rapids with one class IV rapid at the Fish River falls which is a mandatory portage. For more detailed information go to the following web site

--On Sunday June 22nd is the first event of the triple crown of Maine marathon canoe racing that is new for 2014.  The first race of the triple crown will be on the Androscoggin River starting in Bethel and ending just west of Rumford.  The start will be at the public access landing area in Bethel, between Hastings Island and Rt. 26. on the south side of the river at 11:00 A.M. The takeout will be a short distance west of the McDonalds on Rt 2 just upriver or west of Rumford.   The total distance is approximately 22 miles.  A map of the course is available.  This is a very informal event with the focus on getting folks to comfortably enjoy the Androscoggin River with other paddlers.  This section of the river is all flatwater where any type of flatwater boat could be used.  For more information contact George Fatula  at

-- Results of the Sebec River Race on now available.

--Re-reformatted results of the Meduxnekeag River Race (separated out by class) are now on site. Kenduskeag Slalom results are also now online.

--Results of the 42nd Annual Piscataquis River Race are online here. This year's race attracted 128 paddlers and 67 boats.

-- The Whitewater Point Series concluded with today's Union River Race. Results of the Union Race are here. Whitewater Point Series final standings to be listed here soon.

--Results of the East Grand Adventure Race (overall and by division) are here. Results of the Baskahegan Stream Canoe Race are here.

Three races, a clinic, and a chance to pitch in and help out are coming up this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Volunteers are needed Friday in Bangor to help set up for the Kenduskeag Slalom. Saturday morning features the Meduxnekeag River Race (Houlton) as well as a Slalom Clinic in Bangor. Saturday afternoon features the downriver portion of the Combined Race of the Kenduskeag Slalom. Sunday features the slalom competitions -- a great event to participate in or watch. More info on the Meduxnekeag Race is here and also on the race schedule. More information on the Kenduskeag Slalom is available here and also on the race schedule.

Results of the Machias River Race are online here.

-- Marsh Stream Race
results are now online.

-- Full results of the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race are online here.

-- Tallies for the first three races in the Downriver Point Series are online here. Thanks, Chris Dalton! A reminder, to remain in contention to be a Point Series Champion, racers need to have current MaCKRO membership, so please renew your membership (or join for the first time) if you have not already done so.

-- Results of the inaugural Kenduskeag Sprint and class winners of the 48th annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race are, respectively, here and here. Complete results of the Kenduskeag Stream Race are expected to be available soon.

--The Downriver Point Series format has been finalized for Spring 2014. Ten races will be included. Details are here.

--Souadabscook River Race results are available here.

--St. George River Race results are here and also linked from the Results page.

--The Downriver Point Series format has been finalized for Spring 2014. Ten races will be included. Details are here.

-- The December 2013 MaCKRO Newsletter hits the highlights of 2013 and gives some insight into what we can look forward to in 2014. The newsletter is available in pdf format here.

-- The Passy River Race scheduled for Saturday, April 5 has been cancelled for this year due to ice on the river. The Waldo County YMCA hopes to see everyone at the St. George Race on Sunday. The St. George is now free of ice and at a great level right now -- and should remain at a great level for Sunday.

-- Due to ice, the St. George River Race has been moved to Sunday, April 6. Registration will be from 11:00 to 12:30 PM. The race will begin at 1:00 PM. More information on the Race Schedule.-- The Muskrat Scramble had more than twice the number of participants as in 2012. Results are here.

-- Results of the Ebb Tide Marathon are now online.

-- Come one, come all for the season-ending War Canoe Races on Long Pond on MDI on Sunday, October 13. Information on this and related events (Belt Sander Races!) is here.

-- Results of the Tour de Verona are now posted.

-- Results of the C2/K2 Bragging Rights Champtionship Races are now posted. Congrats to the winners and to all who participated.

--Results of the August 15 C1/K1 Bragging Rights Championship Races are online.

The June Issue of the MaCKRO Newsletter is here.

--Virtual Racing
is underway with a total of 3 participants so far. It's easy to participate. Please join in.

--Lots of race results came in over the past week. War Canoes ruled the river at this year's internationally flavored Skowhegan Sundowner Race. Results of the "cruises" on the Lower Kennebec and Dead River are here. Results of of the West Grand Lake Race are here. Yarmouth Clam Festival Canoe and Kayak Race results are here.

-- Results of the July 25 Messalonskee River Race are now posted.

--The detailed race schedule and Google calendar have been updated to reflect the correct details of several upcoming flatwater races.

--Results of the race #3
in the Flatwater Series -- on the Stillwater River in Orono --are now posted. Results of week #3 in the virtual race series are also now online.

Maine paddlers put up some impressive performances at the recent ACA Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver Nationals.

The updated schedule and rules for the 2013 Flatwater Point Series is now online.----Results of the June 20 Messalonskee Stream Race (FW Series #1) are now online.

--The Bethel River Race scheduled for today has been cancelled and rescheduled (for Sept.) due to high water.

-- Final standings of the Downriver Point Series are now posted. Congrats to the winners!

--Results of the Aroostook Fun Run and Union River Salmon Run are now posted on the Results page.

Results of the East Grand Adventure Race are here

--Results of the inaugural Baskahegan Stream Canoe Race are now posted.

--A new whitewater / flatwater race has been added to the schedule, the Fort Kent Lions Club River Run. For more info. and to register, see

-- Results of the 47th annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race are here.

--A benefit of membership is access to a selection of boats. Two lists, MaCKRO boats available to members and Member Boats available to members are now up on this site. Some of these boats are available to be borrowed or for short term loan. Others are available for demo. Click the links above to view the boats!-- What is for many the paddling event of the year, the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race is set for Saturday, Arpil 20. More info. at KenduskeagStreamCanoe

Results of Sunday's Marsh Stream Sprint, Short Course, and Downriver races are online on the Results page.

Results of Saturday's Souadabscook Sprint and Downriver Race are now online on the Results page.----Results of the 40th Annual Passy River Race are here. Thanks to the Waldo County YMCA for their continuing support of this race.

Information on the 2013 Downriver Point Series is now online. The basic concept is more races = more fun!

-- St. George River Race results are in. Congrats to all paddlers of the record 132 craft that participated.

--The Passy Clinic
is this Friday, April 5, and the 40th annual Passy River Race is on Saturday April 6. A record turnout for last week's race plus great spring weather predicted for Saturday could mean another record will fall. Come be part of it! More details here.

-- Water levels are ideal for the St. George Clinic (March 29) and high enough for a great St. George River Race on March 30. We hope to see a strong turnout to kick off the 2013 race season. More info. here. ACA release forms for the clinic are here (adult) and here (minor).

--A correction has been made to the 2013 Race Schedule. Information on the May 11 Baskahegan Race is now updated.

-- Registrations for the St. George and Passy Races
now being accepted by the Waldo County YMCA. The registration form for the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race is online here.

-- The December 2012 MaCKRO Newsletter is now online in pdf format.

--Muskrat Scramble Race results are in.

-- Final Results of the Flatwater Series are now posted.

--Results of the South Side Tavern Canoe Race are now available.

--The MaCKRO Year-End Celebration/Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, October 24th at the Seadog Restaurant in Bangor. More info here. A new flatwater race, the Muskrat Scramble, is set for Nov. 10. More info. here.

The Flatwater Series finished with the C2/K2 Championships last Thursday. Full results are here.

--Bragging rights were earned at the Stillwater River C1-K1 Bragging Rights Race on Thursday. Full results here.
--Maine Paddlers Make Waves at Nationals: Maine was well represented by 5 paddlers at the 2012 UCSA Nationals.  Maine paddlers came away with one national champion (Bruce Weik, K1 Touring) and 8 medals overall. Full results are here.
--The Flatwater Series continues as results are now in for the Messalonskee Stream Race, the 7th race in the series.
--The West Grand Race results are now posted.
--Results of the Aroostook River Regatta are now available on the Results page. A direct link is here.
-- The latest edition of the MaCKRO Newsletter is now online.
-- Results of the Bowdoinham Round Robin Race are now posted. Some minor changes have been made to the detailed race schedule which is available in pdf format here.
Results of the Messalonskee Stream Race and the Sebec River Race are now in.
--Official reults of the Downriver Point Series are now online. Especial congratulations to those who competed in all races in the series.--The Aroostook Fun Run enjoyed a good turnout. Participants in the Union River Race enjoyed high water and a flow about twice the usual for that race. Results of both races are now posted.
--Races this weekend are the Aroostook River Fun Run on Saturday (check out their Facebook page) and the Union River Salmon Run on Sunday. The Union River race is the final race in the Downriver Series and will be followed by a potluck barbecue. Point Standings for the Downriver Series (thru the Meduxnekeag) are here.
--More than 2 dozen teams competed in the East Grand Adventure Race that featured everything from a tomahawk challenge to a canoe race. Results are here.
--Results of the Kenduskeag Slalom are now posted. News just in is that the Aroostook River Race has been cancelled for this year. The East Grand Adventure Race is still a go for Saturday, May 12.
--Results of fhe Meduxnekeag Canoe Race are now posted.
--Results of the East Machias River Challenge are now posted.
--Machias River Race results are now posted.
--War Canoes Make Waves on the Piscataquis (Results are in!). Point standings for the Downriver Point Series are also now posted. Remember, in order to be recognized as a Point Series Champion, you need to have an active MaCKRO membership. Also newly posted are details for the upcoming Kenduskeag Slalom Races.
--The March 2012 MaCKRO Newsletter is available in pdf format here.
--The retrospective slideshow shown at the annual meeting is now up on the updated Photos page of this site. Click here to view.
--Plenty of whitewater still ahead: The Piscataquis River Race, East Machias River Challenge and Machias River Race are are all coming up this weekend. See the Races page for more info.
--Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race results are online in pdf format here. Top 50 Overall results are here.
--The 2012 Detailed Race Schedule is now available online. Please see the Races page.
--The 2012 MaCKRO Membership form is now online. Please join!--Whitewater Weekend results now up on the Results page.
--Passy "Paddle Battle" Lives Up to It's Name. Results here and on the Results page.
--St. George a success! The water was low, but spirits were high as more than 100 boats paddled the St. George River in bright sunshine during today's race. Results are here and on the Results page.
--The November 2011 MaCKRO Newletter is online in pdf format. Click here to open.--
The October MaCKRO newsletter is now up in pdf format. Click here to view.
--Thanks to all who attended the MaCKRO annual meeting at The Sea Dog in Bangor on Oct. 13. Race season 2012 will be here sooner than you think!
--Overall Flatwater Series Results now in.
--Hillary Alger & Jon Hill come up big on the Tour de Verona
--Eric McNett sets course record at Bragging Rights Race.
-- Ludwig takes the Messalonskee. McNett takes the Muddy Rudder.
--Mark & Asa Berry set course record in the West Grand.
--Jeff and Susannah Owen fastest on the Machias . . . Team Owen nipped Team Deighan (Bill and Angus) by a mere 7 seconds on in the Machias Whitewater Canoe Race held on Sunday, March 24. Full results here.
--River Runs Faster . . . Trevor McLean wins Kenduskeag for 7th time -- and with the fastest winning time in the last 3 years. Jeff Owen and Steve Woodard finish 3rd as first canoe. Full results here.
--Owen/Woodard team up to take the Sou . . . Their winning time of 55:54 was the fastest time on that river since 2009. Results of the downriver race as well as for the Sprint and Short Race can be found here.
--St. George River Race Results now in . . . Fred Ludwig (K-1) takes first overall; Aaron Cross and Dan Wagner have the fastest time in a canoe. Complete results here.
.--Return of the Sandy River Fun Run . . . sponsored by the Rec. Dept. at UMF, this "oldie but goodie" is back on May 7 of this year. See the Race Details page for more info.
--Registration Forms Now Available Online . . . Most of the spring races now have Race Registration Forms available to printed and either mailed or brought to the race. See the Race Details page.

--Boat Repair Session--Saturday, March 12, 3:00pm until done . . .

Come lend your elbow grease to our annual repair and outfitting session.  Hosted by Gary at the Dysart's workshop across from the restaurant.  The more the merrier, and bring your own boat/materials if you've got work that needs attention.
--PaddleSmart!  Friday and Saturday, March 19th and 20th . . .
MaCKRO will have a booth for both days and will do an outfitting workshop.
--Experienced Paddlers Needed . . .
25 Orono High students signed up to paddle this spring, doubling our record setting participation from last year.  A few of these kids will be able to paddle together right from the get go at the St. George, but many will need an adult with them for the first couple races.  So, if you're willing to paddle with a teenager, and haven't got one of your own, PLEASE consider helping out the Orono High GoActive! kids.  In particular, experienced paddlers are needed for the St. George clinic and race combination and for the Passy clinic and race combination.
--Registration Now Open . . . the Aroostook River Race, the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race,.and the St. George River Race are among the races for which registration is now open. Note: The 30-mile Aroostook River Race now begins in Presque Isle and ends in Fort Fairfield -- just a dozen road miles away. This should make shuttling a snap!
--Site Updates . . . Recent site updates include updates on Flatwater Series (see # 1 and #5), and information on the Dead River WW Clinic on July 2, and additional information on the East Grand Adventure Race on May 14. The Contact page is now updated to reflect club officers for 2011.
.--Clinics Added to Race Schedule . . . New to whitewater racing? New to Midcoast Maine Rivers? You are in luck as MaCKRO has added clinics one day prior to the St. George, Passy, and Kenduskeag Stream Races. See the race schedule and detailed race schedule for more information.
--Support our Sponsors . . . Our 2011 sponsors are now listed on the Races page and About page. Check them out and support them for supporting us!
--Corrections made to Race Schedule . . . The 2011 Race Schedule is updated to reflect the following: (1) the June 30th FW Series event will be on the Messalonskee in Waterville; (2) there are now two Championship events in the FW Series-- a "C2/K2 Championship" on the Aug. 4th, and "C1/K1 Championship" on the Aug. 18th
--Corrections made to Race Schedule . . . The 2011 Race Schedule is updated to reflect the following: (1) the June 30th FW Series event will be on the Messalonskee in Waterville; (2) there are now two Championship events in the FW Series-- a "C2/K2 Championship" on the Aug. 4th, and "C1/K1 Championship" on the Aug. 18th.
--2011 Race Season Approaches . . . The 2011 Maine canoe and kayak racing season kicks off on March 25 in Searsmont, Maine. The St. George River is typically among the first area rivers to ice out in early spring. The river combines flatwater and Class I, III, and III whitewater and is a great way to open up the season.
--Friend Us on Facebook . . . Paddlers, would-be paddlers, and fans of paddlers now have a new way to stay caught up on the canoe and kayak racing scene in Maine. Click on the link to the right (and friend us) to stay in touch.


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