Lamprey River Splash & Dash

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Kayakers, Canoeists, & Paddle Boarders young and old, expert and beginner, are invited to paddle in the Newmarket Recreation’s 2nd Annual Lamprey River Splash & Dash “Its a Jungle out There” Themed Paddle Palooza Parade held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the beautiful downtown Schanda Park on the Lamprey River.

This new annual tradition draws spectators by land and sea to the downtown area to watch competitors participate in our “costume themed” paddle palooza parade and the 3K & ½ K kayak/canoe races down the Lamprey River.

Each year there will be a new and creative theme for the paddle palooza parade portion of the event which will serve as the inspiration for the participants to dress and decorate their paddle craft in order to compete for the best-dressed prize.

This year’s theme – “Its a Jungle out There” Paddle Palooza Parade will take place at noon and is open to all ages and consists of a short paddle around the cove in a parade formation dressed and decorated in your best Jungle paraphernalia for the this crazy theme.  The 3K race will begin immediately following parade and the course will go to the mouth of Great Bay and back.  For the younger or less experienced paddler there will be a junior ½K Race as well.  This shortened race will consist of a short race to just around the bend of the river and back.  The finish line for all races will be marked in the Lamprey River cove in front of the mills.  Cash Prizes and Medals will be awarded to winners in all categories.

Both the parade and race will commence at Newmarket’s beautiful Schanda Park which is located at the end of Water Street along the Lamprey River.  There will be no parking at Schanda Park.  Vehicles can drop off paddle craft at the park and then park car at Newmarket Junior/Senior High School.  A shuttle will be available from 10:30am – 4pm to transport participants and spectators to and from the down town area.

It should be noted that this is still a relatively brand new community event as well as a fundraiser for the Newmarket Recreation Department.  It was initially brought to Town of Newmarket in part by a grant received from the Lamprey River Advisory Committee in 2016.  This year we are running the event solely on the assistance of other collaborators and sponsorship to help join in the fun of putting on this event.  Our current 2017 sponsors include: Kennebunk Savings Bank, Cheney Companies, Appledore, Newmarket Business Assn, 7 Rivers Paddling of Newmarket, and The Newmarket Conservation Commission.

It is our hope that this event will be a family friendly event for the entire Newmarket Community. There are several categories based on age and type of paddle water craft used for both the paddle parade and 3K and ½ K boat races they advise you to read all the details and rules for the event online on the website. (see below link)

NOTICE on unloading your paddle craft at Schanda Park:  Please note there is no parking down at Schanda.  The parking lot is reserved for participants to be able to unload and load their paddle crafts.  After unloading your boat/s. you will be given a map with directions to drive to the local HS and park your vehicle for the day.   We will have a shuttle bringing you to and from the HS to Schanda park.  Or if you would prefer to find your own parking in down town you are welcome to do so.  There is a public parking area behind the town library just a short walk away.

NOTICE on Renting Kayaks:  We also still have Kayaks available to rent for the day.  First come first reserve.  Don’t let the face that you don’t have a kayak keep you from enjoying the fun.

NOTICE on Theme Parade:  Regarding the Its a Jungle out There Theme Event Paddle Parade Portion of the event… we added the ability for you to choose your favorite jungle costume which we will play for you while you try to impress the judges!  Perhaps you know a special animal call!  Also we would be happy to play a song to fit your theme boat – Just let us know at registration the song you would like us to play.

NOTICE on Registration:  Advance Early Bird registration is going on now until July 31st!  However you can still register after that date and on the day of, please note participants registering on the day of the event will pay a slight increased entry fee.   THREE Easy ways to Register in Advance.

  1. REGISTER ONLINE by clicking the GREEN BUTTON on HOME PAGE of this website.
  2. CALL 659-8581 to register over the phone.
  3. For Printable REGISTRATION FORM Click Here:  SPLASH REGISTRATION 2017  Fill the form in and bring payment with you, we accept, check, cash or major credit cards.   If you can not print out the form above, that’s okay we will have some there are well.

Early Bird (extended until August 7th by 4pm)

  • Kayak / Canoe Races: $20 / boat (Note:  includes entry into paddle parade – optional participation)
  • Its a Jungle Out There Paddle Parade Only: $15 / entry (Note:  does not include race entry)
  • Splash & Dash T-shirt: $12, available up to July 31st for advance registration.

August 8th OR Same Day Registration (10:00 A.M.  – 11:30 A.M.)

  • Kayak / Canoe Races: $30 / boat (Note: includes entry into paddle parade – optional parade participation)
  • Its a Jungle Out There Paddle Parade Only: $25 / non-motorized water craft entry
  • Splash & Dash T-shirt: $15 (based on availability)

Registration includes the following: race entry, number bib, access to fill water bottle, & 1 raffle ticket (a (for various paddle sports items and gift certificates) just for participating and having fun!


If you would like to participate in the either race and/or the parade, but do not have your own paddling gear (PFD, paddle, kayak) we might be able to help. Newmarket Recreation will have 20 kayaks and safety vests to rent for the day, first come first serve.  Bring your Jungle decorations! Optional if planning to participate in the parade!

$25 for a kayaks (we have 20 to rent) or paddle boards (we have 3 to rent). 

$35 for a tandem kayak.  (we have 2 tandems to rent that day)

Reserve your kayaks today for this event date by calling 659-8581!

Seven Rivers Paddling Company also will be renting out kayaks or paddle boards for the day.  Call today at 603 969 5120.

If you are interested in reserving a kayak, please do this BEFORE you register to ensure that there are still kayaks available.

Note Newmarket 2017 Summer Campers participating in race will receive a $10 discount on kayak rentals.

For more details on information on each race the category, and for the entire day’s event schedule please follow the link below for full details.


If you would like to sponsor, donate or get involved in any way, or have any other questions, please contact the Newmarket Recreation Department @ 603-659-8581. Email questions at

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