FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington’s Fitness and Recreation Center has announced the launching of its new outdoor recreation program, “Mainely Outdoors.” Currently taking registrations for the summer programming that will begin in July, the program will offer members of the campus and local community year-round opportunities for participation in a wide array of activities to promote a fit and active lifestyle, to acquaint people with new recreation opportunities and to take advantage of the natural resources in the region.

Programming will encompass outdoor recreation clinics, workshops, trips and other activities. This summer’s schedule will include whitewater kayaking clinics, flat-water kayaking excursions, biking trips, hiking trips, whitewater rafting and a fly fishing clinic for women.

Whitewater kayaking clinics are planned throughout July featuring youth clinics (ages 10 to 17) every Tuesday, from July 6 to 27; and adult clinics every Thursday, from July 8 to 29. Guided flat-water kayaking excursions will include trips to: Wilson Lake, July 14; Porter Lake, July 28; Clearwater Lake, Aug. 11; and Belgrade Lake, Aug. 25.

Biking trips are planned to the Whistle Stop Rail Trail in Farmington, July 21; Carrabasset River Rail Trail, Aug. 4; and Kennebec River Rail Trail, Aug. 18. Hikes are planned to Bald Mountain in Rangeley, July 31; and Bigelow Mountain, Aug. 21. A whitewater rafting trip is planned on the Kennebec River, Aug. 15. A fly fishing clinic for women will run in August with specific dates to be determined.

The UMF Fitness and Recreation Center has a limited supply of outdoor recreation equipment available for rental, including water sport equipment, hiking and camping gear, biking equipment and winter sports items.

For detailed time, cost and location information, visit the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center website at frc.umf.maine.edu and go to “outdoor recreation” or call 778-7495.


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