Stillwater River

Put-in/Take-out:  Brown’s Beach, Bennoch Road, Orono

Known Hazards:  The Stillwater has many stone cribs filled with rocks, some clearly visible and others just below the water surface.  The cribs were used during the logging era.  They are generally about 20 ft. from both shores, with most in the area from Brown’s Beach to just upstream of the UMaine Steam Plant.

Training Loop

Brown’s-to-Brown’s. Start paddling down-stream, under Rt. 2 bridge, counter-clockwise for two laps around the island before the dam (not a place to swim!), then upstream, past UMaine, and two laps clockwise around the island just below the Stillwater Dam, returning to Brown’s Beach.  5.5 miles.


Personal Records

J. Owen, OC-1 Marathon: 53:25

E. Gallandt, OC-1 Marathon: 57:29


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Race Course

Brown’s-to-Brown’s.  Start at buoys set at Brown’s Beach.  Paddle upstream, passing on left of large orange buoy on river left;  head right of larger island to second orange buoy; turn clockwise around second buoy, returning to first buoy, and complete a second lap around the two buoys and then return to Brown’s beach.