Paddlers encounter gusty winds on Moxie Pond summer picnic trip

Each July, the Penobscot Paddle & Chowder Society celebrates summer with a weekend of paddling adventures collectively called the Summer Picnic. For many years, the event has been held at West Forks in western Maine.

The base camp for club activities is Webb’s Campground located on the Dead River in West Forks, just before it merges with the Kennebec River. Both rivers provide whitewater paddling opportunities that vary from Class I to Class IV.

Again this year, the most popular scheduled trip on the first day was a Class III excursion on the Dead, while a few members paddled the Class IV Kennebec Gorge.

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