Aroostook Outdoor News: 6.7.19 edition

In this edition: 1) Float the Aroostook River in Caribou. 2) Go skydiving in Presque Isle. 3) Paddle the boundary waters in Grand Isle. Plus lots more!



Saturday, June 8


CARIBOU: 1st Annual Living Water Apostolic Church Anything that Floats River Run. Caribou Boat Launch to Forbes Pit. Registration: 9:30 a.m. at Caribou Boat Launch, Lower Lyndon St. First Heat start: 10:00 a.m. Heat 1: Kayaks; Heat 2: Canoes; Heat 3: Anything that Floats. Prizes for 1st and 2nd place awarded in each heat! Contact Living Water Apostolic Church (207-408-0680) FMI


Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9


PRESQUE ISLE: SAD 1 Adult & Community Education Skydiving. Grab a breath taking view from over 10,000 feet while safely skydiving attached to your tandem instructor! Video services available. Must be 18 years old, in relatively good physical condition, weigh under 230 lbs. Cost: $249/person. Contact SAD 1 Adult & Community Education (207-764-4776) or visit FMI


Tuesday, June 11


STACEYVILLE: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Management Planning Meeting. 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Maine Outdoor Education Building, Grindstone Road. Public meetings to discuss the management planning process for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument! Hosted by The National Park Service. Contact KAWWNM FMI


Saturday, June 15


GRAND ISLE: 5th Annual Greater Grand Isle Canoe/Kayak Race. Flat water. 10 mi.; Madawaska to Grand Isle. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Madawaska boat landing next to Central Building Supply. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Beautiful scenic race along US/Canada border. Finish at Grand Isle boat landing. Over $650 in cash prizes! Cost: $15/adult, $7/youth 12 & under; free t-shirt. Contact Grand Isle General Store (207-895-3311) FMI


Sunday, June 16


AROOSTOOK: Maine State Parks and Lands Maine Resident’s Day. On Father’s Day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., all vehicles bearing Maine license plates are allowed free entrance to Maine state parks and historic sites; does not apply to Baxter State Park and some other facilities. Contact Aroostook State Park (207-768-8341) FMI


PATTEN: Patten Lumberman’s Museum FREE Father’s Day. Learn all about Maine logging history, including the use of bateaux on waterways to transport supplies, the stories of the fearless river drivers, what life was like inside a remote logging camp, and even the role of bean-hole beans. Cost: Free admission for all dads! Contact Patten Lumbermen’s Museum (207-528-2650) or visit FMI


Saturday, June 22


NEW CANADA: The FARM Ride: Maine’s Premier Gravel Bike Ride. Join us, and embark on an epic cycling adventure through the St. John River Valley: northern Maine’s growing potato, buckwheat, and wheat fields with vistas into neighboring New Brunswick, Canada. Celebrate your finish with a BBQ featuring local beef, beer and acoustic guitar tunes. Visit FMI


FORT KENT: Greater Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce Summer Fun Color Run/Walk 5k. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Riverside Park. Run/Walk start: 9:00 a.m. Cost: $10/adult, $5/youth. Pre-register by June 14 to guarantee a free t-shirt to have colored.  Visit FMI


Sunday, June 23


CARIBOU: SW Collins Co. 5k Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run. Aroostook Musterds Challenge Series Race #3. Registration: 8:30 a.m. at SW Collins, 6 Washburn Street. Start times: Kids’ Fun Run start: 9:00 a.m. Walk start: 9:45 a.m. Run start: 10:00 a.m. First 75 registrants receive t-shirt. Contact Leslie Jackson (207-496-6723) or FMI


Wednesday, June 26


MAPLETON: Mapleton Daze Bike Rodeo. 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Mapleton Elementary School. Kids receive instruction in bicycle safety, technique, on/off road riding, proper helmet wear, and will practice new skills on a special rider course. Sponsored by Bike, Board and Ski. Participants must bring own bicycle. Free hot dog combos for the participants, family. Visit FMI


Saturday, June 29


MAPLETON: Mapleton Daze Breakfast with a View. 7:00 a.m. at Haystack Mountain Trailhead, located approximately 4 miles west of Mapleton or 10 miles east of Ashland on ME-163. All ages invited to hike the mountain and enjoy breakfast at the top. Cost: FREE! Sponsored by ACAP. Visit FMI


Ongoing Programs:


CARIBOU: C.R.X. Outdoor Adventure Program Open Registration. Weekdays. Exciting outdoor activities for youth entering grades 5-11. Cost/age: varies by program. Open to all area youth. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


EASTON: Francis Malcolm Science Center Walk-in Tours. Weekdays; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Experience our planetarium’s full-dome, digital projection system, featuring a 30-minute activity; 15 minutes in the star theater, 15 minutes to visit the facility at large. Cost: $5/visitor; reservations requested. Contact FMSC (207-488-5451) FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Bike Board & Ski Group Mountain Bike Ride. Mondays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Welcome Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. Year-round, conditions permitting. All abilities, no-drop ride. 7-10 miles; 6-8 mph avg. Focus on technical riding skills, group riding, having fun. Contact Tom Chasse (207-694-5222) or FMI


CARIBOU: Bike Board & Ski Group Road Bike Ride. Tuesdays; 5:30 p.m. at SW Collins, 6 Washburn St. All abilities welcome; multiple groups/routes depending on abilities. Casual ride of 20-30 miles; 12-18 mph avg. Focus on improving group riding skills, safety, etiquette, having fun. Contact Andrew Bouchard (207-551-7027) or FMI


MADAWASKA: Four Seasons Trail Association Walking Group. Wednesdays and Saturdays; 1:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Bring lunch. Contact Jacqueline Soucy (207-728-7047) FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Women’s Trail Night. Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. May-June. Beginner and advanced groups depart from the parking lot at 6:00 p.m. sharp. Cost: FREE! Visit FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Bike Board & Ski Group Mountain Bike Ride. Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Welcome Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. Year-round, conditions permitting. Faster group ride for intermediate to advanced riders. 10-13 miles; 8-10 mph avg. Focus on shredding the trails, group riding, having fun. Contact Tom Chasse (207-694-5222) or FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Presque Isle Historical Society Guided Historic Fairmount Cemetery Tour. Second Friday of the month May 10-September 13. at 5:30 p.m. at Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce, 3 Houlton Road. 1.5-hour guided walking tour; discuss origins, Victorian influences, 30 local historic figures. Many hills on tour. Cost: $5. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or visit FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Presque Isle Historical Society Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour. Fourth Saturday of the month April 27-September 28 from 10:00 a.m.-Noon. Guided two-mile tour begins and ends at the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum, 16 Third Street, and covers over 30 historic sites and individuals. Reservations suggested. Fee: FREE. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or visit FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: County Strides Running Group. Sundays; 10:00 a.m. at various locations. Open to all abilities; be ready for an easy run of 30-45 minutes, and bring friends! Visit County Strides at FMI