Damariscotta Lake will be the site of the first “Love the Lake” Regatta, hosted by Midcoast Conservancy and Maine Farmland Trust on Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shores of Rolling Acres, the trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center on Punk Point Road in Jefferson, will be the starting site for the regatta, which will feature “people-powered” watercraft — namely kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards. 

Participants are welcome to bring their own boats or use one of Midcoast Conservancy’s fleet of paddle boats and boards. As part of its Outdoor Adventure & Learning Program, Midcoast Conservancy has dozens of canoes, kayaks and paddleboards that are trailered to sites across the midcoast area, bringing opportunities for outdoor recreation to anyone interested in exploring the waters and trails in their own community. 

The day will consist of a series of fun-first races for all ages and abilities; safety protocols will be reviewed and PFDs will be available to anyone needing one. After the paddling has concluded, everyone is welcome to have a bring-your-own picnic lunch. Midcoast Conservancy will provide drinks and dessert. To register, go to www.midcoastconservancy.org, or call Midcoast Conservancy at 389-5150 with any questions.