The City of Westbrook has placed the emphasis back on the beautiful Presumpscot River and all that the river has to offer in terms of environmental benefits, economic potential and the revitalization of the downtown.
Kayaking and Rafting at Saccarappa Falls
Kayak and Stand-Up Paddle Board Rentals – Urban Paddling – now available through Portland Paddle
Portland Paddle Launches Second Location on the Presumpscot River in Westbrook
PORTLAND, Maine (June 18, 2014) – Portland Paddle, a sea kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) outfitter based at Portland's East End Beach, is partnering with the City of Westbrook to offer paddling opportunities on the Presumpscot River this summer. Starting on Saturday, June 21 at 11am, the company will rent out recreational and sit-on-top kayaks, as well as stand-up paddleboards, from Riverbank Park in downtown Westbrook. Paddlers can enjoy a beautiful stretch of the Presumpscot River between Saccarappa Falls and the historic Elms. The calm water of the Presumpscot makes it an ideal paddling location for all skill levels. It will also be possible to transport your rental boards and kayaks to Lincoln Street and enjoy the five mile splendor of the river from Westbrook to Windham.
Portland Paddle on the Presumpscot will be open from 11 am to 7 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and 12 pm to 7 pm on Wednesdays throughout the summer. On Wednesday evenings Riverbank Park will also play host to a variety of local musicians through Westbrook's Summer Concert Series, providing the opportunity to enjoy live music while exploring the river. https://www.westbrookcommunitycenter.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30032
On Saturday mornings Portland Paddle will share the park with the Westbrook-Gorham Chamber of Commerce, Maine Market, a weekly festival of local food, local crafts, music, street performances, family activities, and more. https://www.facebook.com/MaineMarket
About Portland Paddle
Portland Paddle offers sea kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals, guided trips, and lessons at the East End Beach on Portland's waterfront and now on Westbrook’s Presumpscot River. The company's goal is to make it easy and affordable for Greater Westbrook residents and visitors to experience Casco Bay and the Presumpscot River. Portland Paddle emphasizes the “three S's”: safety, stewardship, and service. It upholds the highest safety standards, and aims to encourage stewardship of Maine rivers, the Maine coast, Casco Bay, and its islands. The business also focuses on service – customer service for tourists and locals alike, but also service in the sense of giving back to its community – Munjoy Hill, the East End, and Portland and the City of Westbrook. Portland Paddle strives to foster partnerships with local community groups and plans to host many community events throughout the summer.
For more information on Portland Paddle, including our rates and schedule, visit portlandpaddle.net. If you have any questions, contact Erin & Zack at email@example.com or 207-370-9730.
This partnership was made possible in part by the generous financial support of the Westbrook Environmental Improvement Corporation. Stephen Noyes, President. firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn about an important environmental partner:
Riverfront Economic Impact Study
The City has commissioned an important economic impact study by noted USM economist Professor Charles Colgan to look at the impact of the City’s commitment to nature like fish passage, dam removal, habitat restoration and the enhancement of recreational amenities in the river.
Review this study available from the City Office on Business & Community Relations:
Economic Impact of Riverfront Development
View a video of Saccarappa Falls at high flow conditions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAjtA-Sw4zY
View an aerial video of a winter paddle on the beautiful Presumpscot River