The following is a trip report of our recent Maine Sea Kayak trip. I am
submitting this account to solicit comments, corrections and suggestion
for future trips. This was my first trip to Maine, an experience I hope
to repeat many times; we only got a small taste of the many great paddles
in the area.
One of the things that made this a such a successful adventure was the
many helpful suggestions and comments from the paddling `net' community!
Maine Trip Report
Dates: August 19 - 25, 1996
Destinations: Mount Desert Island, Deer Island, Casco Bay
Transportation: Car, Sea Kayak & Bicycle
Sea Kayaking Along The New England Coast
-Tamsin Venn ISBN 1-878239-04-X $14.95
-Most of our trips were base on some variation from trips
outlined in this book
Coastal Paddling Routes in Nova Scotia
-Coastal Adventures, P.O. Box 77,Tangier, Nova Scotia B0J 3G6,
-This book has many helpful suggestion; Haven't made to
Maine Island Trail Association (MITA)
-P.O. Box C, Rockland, ME 04841, 207-761-8225
-Helpful information on camping on public and privately owned
islands on the trail system
Trails Illustrated, PO Box 3610, Evergreen, CO 80439-3425,
303-670-3457 or 800-962-1643
-Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Isle au Haut #212
International Sailing Supply 1-800-423-9026
-Mount Desert island Area #105
-Eggemoggin Reach #104
-Casco Bay #101E
We drove from Rochester, NY to the Lake Placid area to camp on St. Regis
Pond. This got us north and a chance to work the kinks out of the boats
and camping equipment. Not to mention a spectacular sunset paddle around
Next day caught the ferry across Lake Champlain and a short paddle north
from the public landing in Burlington along the sheer cliffs and rocky
out croppings looking for Champ. Continued our drive across Vermont on
Hwy 2 with only one Ben & Jerry's stop.
Spent the night at Gorham, New Hampshire just outside White Mountain
National Forest. The next morning hiked up to Tuckerman Ravine
(hopefully a future Tele trip...Fred are you listening!).
Continued our road trip on Hwy 2 across Maine through Bangor and into
Ellsworth just north of Mt. Desert Island. Stayed at the Ellsworth Motel
($56) next to Cadillac Mountain Sports on Hwy 3. The Cadillac Mountain
Sports folks are very knowledge on paddling in the area and are a good
source for marine charts and outdoor/paddling equipment.
#DESERT ISLAND / ACADIA STATE PARK
For the next three days we explored Desert Island coastline and Acadia
park. This included Frenchmans Bay, Blue Hill Bay, Somes Sound and
Cranberry Islands. All day trips are outlined in Venn's book. Little
Cranberry island has a harbor with novelty shops and a restaurant for
a great rest stop. The weather was sunny in the mid 70's and the seas
One morning the fog rolled in and we opted to explore the Carriage Roads
of the park. These are roads that where built by John D. Rockefeller Jr.
1913 - 1940 with spectacular stone arch bridges. Now closed off to all
but hikers, horses and bikers. These roads connected the harbors and the
hiking trails of the east side of the island. Nothing technical and can
easily be ridden on a cross bike. After paddling we start biking these
roads exclusively to get from one eating establishment to another leaving
the car parked at the harbor.
After just a taste of Desert Island we continued our journey south to the
town of Stonington on Deer Island. Spending the night at a B&B run by an
artist Penny Parkinson $65, includes a good paddler's breakfast.
-Penny's B&B, PH 207-367-5933, PO Box 283, Stonington ME, 04681
-Located a couple of blocks from the Public pier
Off the coast of Stonington there are many islands that are measured in
yards, not miles apart. In short a paddlers paradise! We spent the next
couple of days exploring these islands and camping on Wheat Island just
north of Burnt island. After paddling sunny clear skies out to Wheat
Island a thick fog rolled in during the night. By morning one could barely
see the next island. The trip back to Stonington was hopping from one
island to the next in the thick fog...really cool on the perfectly calm
I have never seen so many lobster buoys in all my life! By now I am
getting proficient at the Lobster Buoy slalom. Judging from our
discussions with some of the locals there is a concern of over harvesting
lobsters. Most conversation revolved around the Sunday ban on fishing
doesn't have any impact on preserving the Lobster population.
Being originally from the Midwest I am not use to getting all the fresh,
inexpensive seafood...wow what a treat! Paddling back to the harbor
thinking about dinner, we made note of which restaurants on the piers
where buying and selling sea food right from the fishing boats. For $15
enough corn-on-the-cob, steamers, mussels and jumbo soft shell lobsters
to easily feed two hungry paddlers.
>From Stonington we continued our road trip south of Brunswick to Orrs and
Baily island. Where we did a day trip out of H20 Outfitters, fun and
enthusiastic paddlers. Their shop wares include boats, lessons and tours.
-H2OUTFITTERS 800-649-5257 at the tip of Orr's Island by the Crib
Paddled out to the Haskell Island area for lunch on a sand bar and explored
the adjoining islands. The day started out looking like rain but after a
couple hours on the water the skies opened up to some major sunshine. Even
got into some swells on the open sea side that could be surfed!
From a driving perspective it worked nicely to start at the northern end of
the coast and work down the coast to the southern bays. Never had to drive
for more than 5 hours at a time.
Caught the Turnpike to the Thruway and home :-(