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Pandemic, drought affect area business

Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 7:09 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -

The drought and Covid-19 has had an impact on many County businesses this year.

Leo Freeman, owner of Perception of Aroostook, which specializes in kayak and canoe rentals, says between the pandemic and drought, business has been down. Day trips on the Aroostook River ended in June, due to low water and the need to social distance. There was no transporting kayakers to Washburn and picking them up in Presque Isle, after a day on the water.

“My real kind of clients became people renting boats, and picking them up and taking them to the lakes - a lot to Cross Lake, Madawaska Lake. The other thing I had going on was a connection with Aroostook State Park. They were not running their rental boat fleet at the park, so they were recommending people get ahold of me. So I was doing a lot of shuttling kayaks to Aroostook State Park. People would rent them for a day or two, or whatever they wanted it for,” says Leo Freeman, owner of Perception of Aroostook.

Freeman says with water levels up, he hopes people will take advantage and enjoy an outing on the river. He’s been out on the Aroostook in his kayak and says, with proper attire, others should be able to do the same well into November.

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