Where to Sea Kayak

Penobscot Bay

Rockport to Camden Day Tour
This is a classic local day tour.  Weather and tides will determine which way you travel, however, the most common direction is from Rockport to Camden Harbor.

Rockport Harbor was the home of Andre the Seal and has been the site for filming various movies.  It is also well known as a center for the lime industry back in the early 1900′s.

As you paddle out of Rockport Harbor on your way to Camden, you will see Indian Island Lighthouse.  The island is privately owned and the lighthouse is no longer in use, so don’t plan on stopping here.

Once you round Indian Island, this is the decision point to continue on to Camden based on weather and sea conditions.  You will be very exposed from this point on to Camden Harbor, so play it safe.

Paddle up to Curtis Island, located just outside Camden Harbor.  This island is owned by the town of Camden and is a great stopping point for a break or picnic.  If you decide to paddle into Camden Harbor, be aware of heavy boat traffic.

Your take-out is the public boat ramp off the Eastern Point.  This trip is approximately 5 miles one way.

Trip Highlights

Seals, Sea Birds and Scenic Views

Safety Concerns

High Traffic Area, Exposure to Open Water, Few Bail Out Points

Navigation

Chart #13307 Penobscot Bay

Western Penobscot Bay

Birch Point State Park Day Tour
Birch Point State Park is a great departure point for a variety of day tours, exploring the islands of Muscle Ridge Channel. Make sure you plan your trip properly for weather and tides as this area can develop heavy seas quickly, especially when the afternoon sea breeze opposes the outgoing tide.

If you plan to make the crossing to the outer islands, bring plenty of water, a cell phone or VHF radio, and of course your standard safety and rescue items.

Birch Point Beach (known locally as Lucia Beach) is a State park and will probably be busy with sunbathers in the summer. Take care not to bother them as you carry to the water. There is a parking lot that gets crowded in the summer, so arrived early. Don’t stay late though, because the sunset they close and lock the gate.

aAgreat paddle is to bear right around Otter Point and sneak around the back of Spaulding Island, tight permitting. If you time your trip to go up on the incoming tide, and paddle up the Weskeag River in South Thomaston and go under the Route 73 bridge to explore the marshes.

An alternate launch site is the boat ramp in South Thomaston. Be sure to check the tide charts before departing as this is a tidal river with many shallow spots.

Trip Highlights

Seals, Sea Birds, Many Islands.

Safety Concerns

Strong Currents, Afternoon Sea Breeze, Exposure to Large SW fetch

Navigation

Chart #13305 Penobscot Bay

Northern Penobscot Bay

Warren Island Overnight Trip
Paddling from Lincolnville Beach to Warren Island State Park is a great overnight trip, but requires careful navigation, an early start and prior experience making open water crossings.

Launch at Lincolnville Beach and paddle across to Warren Island (approximately 3 nautical miles). For camp site reservations, call 207 – 236 – 0849. After you set up camp, paddle over to Islesboro and do some exploring by foot. Be sure to check out Grindel Point Light, built in 1851.

This trip is not recommended for beginners due to the extensive open water exposure and shipping traffic. This is a major shipping channel, and the Islesboro Ferry travels back and forth several times a day. Fog can also develop very quickly.

An option is to take the Ferry across to Islesboro and make the shorter, more protected paddle to Warren Island from there. Kayaks must be transported on top of a vehicle when making the ferry crossing.

Trip Highlights

Seals, Sea Birds, Many Islands

Safety Concerns

Strong Currents, Major Shipping Lane, Extensive Open Water Crossing

Navigation

Chart # 13302 Penobscot Bay

Western Muscongus Bay

Bremen Long Island Day Tour
Paddling around Bremen Long Island is a nice day trip in an area less traveled by pleasure boats. However, keep an eye out for working boats. Lobstermen are hard at work in this area.

Put in at Broad Cove Marine and paddle over to Bremen Long Island. Distance to paddle around is about seven nautical miles. Take a break on Crow Island, near the tip of Hog Island or on Strawberry Island, next to Bremen Long.

Both of these islands are owned by the Bureau of Public Lands and are open to the public. When you get back to shore, check out the Cora Cressy, a five-masted schooner built in 1902 and towed to its present location in 1938. She is located between Oar Island and Hockomock Point.

Trip Highlights

Seals, Harbor Dolphins, Many Birds

Safety Concerns

Strong Currents, Working Harbor, Open Water Exposure

Navigation

Chart # 13301 Muscongus Bay

Eastern Muscongus Bay

Friendship Harbor Day Tour
Friendship Harbor is a beautiful area to explore. Put in a Garrison Point at the end of Bradford Point Road, and paddle over to Friendship Long Island. Paddle down either side – let the tide be your guide – and continue down past Cranberry to Black Island and back. All the islands in this group are privately owned, so unfortunately, you will not be able to land anywhere.

If you are a member of the Maine Island Trail Association, you can land on Black Island for lunch or to camp overnight.

Another option is to head east and poke around the Meduncook River area behind Crotch Island or go past Davis Cove and paddle around Gay Island.

Trip Highlights

Seals, Harper Dolphins, Many Birds

Safety Concerns

Strong Currents, Working Harbor, Open Water Exposure

Navigation

Chart # 13301 Muscongus Bay

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