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Aroostook River Spring Runoff Canoe and & Kayak Race


A 6.2 Mile Canoe and Kayak Race in the Crown of Maine

Aroostook River Spring Runoff Canoe & Kayak Race Saturday, May 5, 2024

Lower Lyndon Street Boat Launch to Forbes Pit, Caribou, Maine

Race Fees:

  • $5 per paddler 19 and over
  • $5 per paddler 18 and under
  • First 75 registrants will receive a t-shirt

Race Details:

  • 6.2 Miles
  • 2 boats will be released at 2-minute intervals beginning at 10am
  • Shuttle Service Back to Race Start at completion of race


  • 1pm Forbes Pit
  • Cash Prizes

All boats must be off river by 12:30pm, otherwise boaters will be responsible for their own safety. Race Director has ultimate decision making on classification of vessel. All Maine Boating Laws are applicable & Coast Guard approved life jackets must be worn.



About the City of Caribou,Maine

Caribou is the second-largest city in Aroostook County, and the most northeastern city in the United States. It is a favorite spot to venture from when heading out on Maine’s interconnected snowmobile trail system to access the 1,600 miles of trails in Aroostook County. Winter comes early to Caribou and stays late, so they celebrate it each year in February with a fun, family-friendly Winter Carnival.

Things to Do in Caribou

Besides snowmobiling, Caribou has plenty to offer. Just outside of Caribou is the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, which has more than five miles of trails perfect for hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. The Aroostook Valley Trail passes through Caribou on its 28 miles of multi-purpose trails from Presque Isle to New Sweden. An unexpected treasure is the Nylander Museum of Natural History where there are delightful displays from the archeology, paleontology and other natural sciences collections. The museum exhibits the collections of Swedish-born naturalist Olof Nylander, who spent years studying the fauna of Aroostook County. The Caribou Historical Society is another popular spot with more than 10,000 artifacts on the campus and a replica of an 1860s one-room schoolhouse.

Visit Goughan’s Berry Farm, open year-round celebrating each season with homemade ice cream, gifts, pick your own gardens, a corn maze, Christmas tree farm, and farmer’s market.

Don’t leave town without a bag of locally-grown potatoes you’ll find at many roadside stands.

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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