57th Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, held annually on the third weekend of April, is the largest paddling event in New England and one of the largest in the country. Happy 57th!

Hosted by the Bangor Dept. of Parks & Recreation, the 16.5 mile race begins in the Town of Kenduskeag and ends near the confluence of the Penobscot River in downtown Bangor.

Parks & Recreation website

647 Main Street, Bangor, ME 04401


8am-4:30pm M-F

Contact Information Here

The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race would not be possible without the dedication of numerous safety and support crews – most of whom are volunteers. They work hard to ensure a safe experience for race participants.

It is generally believed that it was Maine broadcaster Bill Green who popularized the term “river vultures” back in 1985. Then with WLBZ-TV, Green used this term to describe the race spectators at Six Mile Falls. But it seems likely that it was writer Larry Mahoney, then with the Bangor Daily News, who might have suggested the term ‘river vulture’ in a vivid article he wrote for the paper in 1977. So where are the best places to watch the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe race in person? Check the main site HERE.

How To Register

NOTE: registration by telephone is not permitted.

1. You may register for the race by downloading the 2024 registration form (available March 2024) and mailing/fax/emailing the form in with your payment.

2. You may register and pay online via Bangor Parks & Recreation online registration once the 2024 registration is open.

3. You may also register in person by visiting the Bangor Parks & Recreation office.

4. For your convenience and as sample reference, here is the 2023 information flyer for the race, as well as an overview map of the race course.

Registration fees for 2024:

To be determined. But for reference, the 2023 fee structure was as follows:

$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.

No refunds are issued after one week before the race.

Bib & shirt pickup options:

To be announced.

Please visit the event site for the following:

  • Start times – New in 2024 for tides
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Directions and Map
  • How to Dress 
  • Paddling School – How to Race Prep Your Boat
  • Other Questions You May Have


Event Details


April 20, 2024



Additional Information

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