AUGUSTA/WINSLOW — Anyone interested in exploring history, river wildlife and foliage, and the recreation connections between state and local partners are invited to take part today in a unique, guided Kennebec River paddle.

The trip entails paddling approximately 17 miles on a predominantly undeveloped segment of the Kennebec River from Fort Halifax State Historic Site in Winslow to Old Fort Western, according to a news release.

This trip entails paddling in wide quick water and occasional riffles (no paddling above Class I). Paddlers should meet at Fort Halifax for a 10 a.m. start.

Volunteer re-enactors from Old Fort Western will row a replica bateau like those used during the French and Indian War period during which these two forts were constructed. Paddlers will be able to “paddle back in time” along side this historic craft.

Participants should have their own canoes or kayaks, life vests, water, lunch and cameras and other personal gear. There is no fee for the paddle, but site fees may apply.

Several riverside breaks will include light snacks, though participants should bring a bag lunch in addition to drinking water. Shuttle services are not available, though carpooling connections may be made possible with advance communication.

This event is one of more than 80 events occurring this weekend as part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events lead by outdoor oriented organizations and companies to celebrate the how, where, and what of being active outside in Maine.

For more information, go to http://greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org/

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