PWA Paddlers

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2017 PWA Paddlers

Our 13th Season for salt water paddles & 3rd season for flat water paddles

Check below for this year’s schedule of paddles sponsored by Pemaquid Watershed Association. The paddles are free, and the public is welcome. Most paddles commence at 10:00 a.m. (unless otherwise noted) on Saturday and Wednesday and generally last approximately 2 to 3 hours.

Equipment and Safety Requirements:

  • Paddlers must provide their own kayak or canoe.
  • Paddlers must wear a personal flotation device (life jacket).
  • Paddlers must utilize appropriate safety gear.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All paddlers participating in PWA trips are responsible for their own safety and each participant should determine in advance if conditions are suitable for his/her skill level.
  • All paddlers must have a written release form on file with PWA or complete one at the time of the paddle. The release form also may be obtained from the paddle leader.

Paddling on Your Own

Interested in venturing out on your own? See our list of put-in sites along the river.

Release Form

Important: PWA recognizes that there may be some element of risk in any outdoor activity, and requests that all paddlers have a signed PWA Paddlers Release Form on file in the PWA office. Please download and print the form (revised 2/14/2014) and bring it to the first paddling event that you attend. The trip leader also will have blank forms available. The release form does not expire, so it only needs to be submitted one time.

Kayak Rental Discounts for Members

Pemaquid Paddling in the News

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2017 PWA Paddlers Schedule

PWA Paddlers are  sponsoring 21 saltwater and 15 flat water paddles.  The paddles are free, and the public is welcome to accompany PWA. Unless noted, most paddles commence rain or shine at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and last 2 to 3 hours.  Paddlers are requested to arrive 30 minutes prior to launch time.  Paddlers must provide their own kayak, wear a personal flotation device (life jacket) and provide their own safety gear and drinking water.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  All paddlers participating in PWA trips are responsible for their own safety, and each participant should determine in advance if conditions are suitable for his/her skill level.  All paddlers must have a written release on file with PWA or complete one at the time of the paddle.  Releases may be obtained at the PWA Paddlers web site or from the paddle leader. Peter Lawrence may be contacted at 207-563-7663 (spring), 207-563-3104 (summer) or paddlers@pemaquidwatershed.org for additional information.

Usually there will be two leaders for each paddle. The leader at the front of the “float” will be in overall charge.  He or she will describe the route beforehand, and will have a map, a cell phone, a marine phone, a tow rope, and an extra paddle in his kayak. The leader at the rear will shepherd the group along.  Individual kayakers may want to carry similar safety gear as well. Sun screen and a hat are also highly advisable. Experienced paddlers Peter Lawrence, Diane Gilman, Chuck Ebert, Jean Smith, Denis McWhan, Nancy Kaake, Michael Lampman, Tom Hayden and Garth Welch will lead the salt-water trips while Jean Smith will lead the fresh-water.

Paddlers are asked to stay together during the trip, and if there is any reason to depart from the paddle to inform one of the paddle leaders.

In the event of adverse weather, the decision to cancel the paddle will be made at the start point at 10 a.m.  Cancelled paddles are automatically rescheduled for the next day, Sunday at 10 a.m.

This is the thirteenth year of the PWA paddlers.  Remember that all of the “regulars” were once new.  So we welcome all those who would like to join us on the water!

Weather Cancellations

For salt-water weather cancellation information, Peter Lawrence may be contacted at 563-7663, 563- 3104 or paddlers@pemaquidwatershed.org and for flat-water paddles Jean Smith at 790-8143 or jeansmith500@gmail.com. Click below to see the full schedules.

2017 PWA Flatwater Paddles

2017 PWA Saltwater Paddles

May and June Paddles

July Paddles

August Paddles

September Paddles


To see a short video about how PWA collaborated with DLWA (now Midcoast Conservancy) for the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend and other programs, click here.

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