Race Details

Races are hosted on Maine’s premiere whitewater rivers, the Kennebec and the West Branch of the Penobscot, offering intermediate and advanced whitewater.


Saturday, June 24 – Kennebec River

Award ceremony and after party at the Marshall’s featuring live music. The following day is the unofficial Huckfest, a gathering of boaters at Grand Falls on the Dead River. We would love to see you all there, however Huckfest is not associated with the Maine Whitewater Championship.

  • Time Trials
  • Mass Start

9:00 – 10:30 Racer Check-In at Put-in
11:00 – Mandatory Safety Meeting
12:00 – Time Trials Race Start
1:30 – Mass Start Safety Meeting
2:00 – Mass Start Race Begin
TBD – Awards at The Marshall

Saturday, July 22 – Lower West Branch of the Penobscot River

Award ceremony and after party at Abol Bridge Store featuring live music.

  • Giant Slalom
  • BoaterX

9:00 – 10:30am – Registration and check-in at TELOS BRIDGE PARKING AREA
10:30 am – Mandatory Safety Meeting
11:30am – Giant Slalom start at Telos Bridge above the Cribworks.
3:30pm – BoaterX start at Big Poc
7:00pm – Final awards at Abol Store and Campground Restaurant


  • Racers must be at least 16 years of age
  • Racers under 18 years of age require a parent/guardian signature
  • Racers wishing to compete in the competitive class, for prizes, must compete in boats 9ft or less. 
  • Registering for either race enrolls you in each format of that race (i.e.. time trials, mass start, etc…)
  • To compete for the overall “Maine Whitewater Champion” you must compete in every event (format) in both races.
  • We will post the times of every racer for every event, as well as points toward the “Maine Whitewater Champion”
  • The competitive class will highlight 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Men’s and Women’s
  • The “Maine Whitewater Champion” is the overall winner of all events at both races based on a points system
  • Please review the “Racer Safety and Responsibilities” below, you are obligated to know this info

Racer Safety and Responsibilities

The Kennebec River is a class III-IV and the Penobscot River is a class IV-V which requires advanced experience by the racer in order to compete safely.

All racers must wear a US Coast Guard Approved PFD type III or V Personal Floatation Device (PFD) in good working condition.  Racer must wear a proper fit/use helmet, whitewater specific kayak w/ float-bags, paddle and skirt all in good working order.

All racers must fill out an American Canoe Association(ACA) approved Risk Waiver and Liability form, and pay a $5 (NOT INCLUDED IN 25 DOLLAR REGISTRATION), day of event only, ACA Membership to comply with insurance and risk management procedures.

*The racer is responsible for personal safety and the safety of the other racers.  In the event of a swim, the racer is responsible for following the directions of the raft and safety crew explicitly.  Should a racer come upon another in distress, or swimming, that racer will stop their run to assist them, then coordinate and follow directions as directed by the raft of safety crew to complete a rescue.  Following these commonsense rules keep both you and other racers safe!

A swim will result in a “Did Not Finish” status (DNF)

A Racer who assists in a rescue will receive an “Assisted Rescue Finish” status (ARF)


  • Racer has demonstrated/documented class IV experience

Equipment: *Must be in good working order (i.e. no holes, un-patched cracks, rips etc.)

  • Whitewater Specific Kayak (9ft or under)
  • Stern Flotation Bags (2)
  • US Coast Guard Approved Type III/V PFD
  • Spray Skirt
  • Paddle
  • Helmet (with proper fit)
  • Throw Rope (stored in kayak and easily accessible)


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