Tidewater Canoe and Sea Kayak Camping Weekend. Easy paddling, good food and informal instruction available. This is a good introduction to a Tidewater Paddling area that is ideal for sea kayaking. We have the option of both introductory and advanced canoe or sea kayak day trips from Beal Island. Deposit required: $102 AMC members/ $117 non-AMC members (does not include boat rental)
Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
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Enjoy a weekend camping on islands in Casco Bay. We'll launch from Yarmouth, ME on Friday afternoon and paddle out to camp on one of the islands of the Maine Island Trail. Saturday we'll paddle out to Eagle Island to see Admiral Peary's summer house, and then explore other islands, and then return to Yarmouth on Sunday. We'll paddle 6-8 miles per day, spending 3-4 hours on the water. Otherwise we'll explore some of the islands, go swimming or fishing.
Cost for launch fees, parking, and trip are expected to be $21 per person.
Three days paddling in Muscongus Bay, Maine. This quiet bay is out of the way and offers much to explore. We plan on paddling 12-18 miles per day, including venture out to Eastern Egg to watch puffins (if conditions permit). This is level 3 trip and participants must have some experience packing, launching, and maneuvering loaded kayaks. There is open water crossings, so expect some swells. Camping does not mean we eat granola bars for dinner! Our boats can carry lots of goodies (and beer), so we live well on the islands.
Casco Bay near Portland can be a busy place during summer, but upper Casco (separated by Harpswell peninsula) is quieter and out of the way for most paddlers. We plan to camp on 2 different islands over 3 days, paddling 10-14 miles per day. This is a level 3 trip. Participants are expected to have some experience packing, maneuvering, and landing a loaded boat. There will be some open water paddling, but much of this trip will be on protected, tidal rivers (and tidal currents as well). See hyperlink below for description of level 3.
Tidewater Canoe and Sea Kayak Camping Weekend. Easy paddling, good food and informal instruction available. This is a good introduction to a Tidewater Paddling area that is ideal for sea kayaking. We have the option of both introductory and advanced canoe or sea kayak day trips from Beal Island. Deposit required: $92 AMC members/ $107 non-AMC members (does not include boat rental)
Labor day weekend of kayaking and camping in upper Casco bay in Maine. Upper Casco is much quieter than the area around Portland and offers mostly protected water for paddling. This will be a level 2 trip: 15 miles or less per day with some areas exposed to open seas, but mostly protected water. Our specific route will depend upon conditions. Dana and Jeff can accommodate some level 2 paddlers that are new to camping from kayak - please contact us for more info. Just because we're camping doesn't mean we eat granola bars for dinner!
From the swell of a wave along the rocky coast to the scenic vistas on enchanted mountains and coastal islands, MidCoast Maine offers a window into a world that has preserved, wild beauty. This two night, two day adventure will include a day trip (via ferry) to Monhegan Island. This small, rocky island ten miles from the nearest mainland is scarcely a square mile in area. It is accessible only by boat and there are no cars, bikes or paved roads on the Island.
Mahoosuc Notch is considered by a vast number of thru-hikers to be the most difficult mile on the Appalachian Trail. Old Speck Mountain, at 4,170 feet, is the fourth-highest peak in Maine. We will keep mileage low for both days of this trip in order to be able to take our time and not feel rushed as we traverse the difficult Notch and to enjoy some views along the way, weather permitting. The Notch itself, one mile long, takes at least two hours to get through and is followed by a difficult ascent to Mahoosuc Arm.
Tidewater Canoe and Sea Kayak Camping Weekend. Easy paddling, good food and informal instruction available. This is a good introduction to a Tidewater Paddling area that is ideal for sea kayaking. We have the option of both introductory and advanced canoe or sea kayak day trips from Beal Island. Trip cost: $81 AMC members/ $100 non-AMC members (does not include boat rental)
Paddle the MITA trail across Casco bay over Labor Day weekend. Starting from Portland, we will paddle, hike, and camp amongst the islands, working our way eastward into the quiet waters of eastern Casco. The plan is to cover 37 miles over 3 days and shuttle vehicles to skip the slog back. This is a level 3 trip, covering 12-16 miles per day with long (4-5miles) stretches of exposed water. We will modify itinerary/objectives based on weather, winds, and seas. Participants need to be familiar with camping and packing their boats as we will move camp each day.