Best Sea Kayaking in Maine

This list represents the most popular sea kayaking in Maine (learn more about Top Trails). Use this list to plan your next Maine sea kayaking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Acadia National Park: Southwest Harbor to Little Cranberry


The bays and harbors around Mount Desert Island provide dozens of options for dramatic sea kayak trips—so many you never have to cover the same ground twice. The backdrop is Acadia National Park’s mou…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Southwest Harbor, ME - Sea Kayaking - 13.8 miles BestSea Kayaking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Deer Isle Archipelago


The Deer Isle Archipelago offers the largest number of public-access islands and some of the best paddling on the Maine coast. The choices are often overwhelming— and the boat traffic and island use c…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking in Maine"
Stonington, ME - Sea Kayaking - 6 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. York River: Wiggly Bridge to Smelt Brook


The York River’s fast current runs you swiftly past some of the most interesting spots in New England history, as well as some great nature preserves. This scenic river in southern Maine is well worth…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
York Harbor, ME - Sea Kayaking - 9 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Bar Harbor and the Porcupines


With the Porcupines—Long, Burnt, Bald, and Sheep—sit just to the east of Bar Harbor and feature impressive and many-hued geological formations with fascinating shapes and textures that speak of glacia…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking in Maine"
Bar Harbor, ME - Sea Kayaking - 13 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. Cousins Island


It is always a pleasant surprise when you can find quiet places to explore close to a large population center. As you listen to the sounds of traffic recede with each paddle stroke, you can’t help but…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking in Maine"
Yarmouth, ME - Sea Kayaking - 15 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Harraseeket River and Maquoit Bay


These waters are amazingly quiet, because the abundant mudflats and shallow areas are not inviting to many other boaters. However, it does serve as an invitation to a wide variety of birds that feed a…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking in Maine"
Freeport, ME - Sea Kayaking - 19 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#7. Jewell Island


This is a destination paddle to the shores of Jewell Island, a popular public island about 8 miles out from Portland launch sites. There is lots to explore on this impressive island with its observati…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking in Maine"
Portland, ME - Sea Kayaking - 16 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#8. Exploring Portland Harbor


One of the most interesting sites to visit is Fort Gorges, which sits just over a mile from the Eastern Promenade. The fascinating remains of this fort, construction of which was begun in 1848, are ow…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking in Maine"
Portland, ME - Sea Kayaking - 4.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#9. Gerrish and Cutts Island: Circumnavigations


A circumnavigation of Gerrish and Cutts Islands from Kittery Point shows you the contrast between protected paddling in salt marsh and creek and open-ocean paddling. The trip is tide dependent. A good…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Kittery, ME - Sea Kayaking - 8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Muscongus Bay: Broad Cove Marine to Friendship via Crow Island


Muscongus Bay is the perfect getaway for two reasons: it is well protected and is not on the way to anywhere else. What this means for sea kayakers is a handsome bay that sees little use from many cra…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Bremen, ME - Sea Kayaking - 11 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Sebascodegan Island: Bethel Point to Quahog Bay


In northern Casco Bay, long, ragged peninsulas stretch to open ocean, punctuated by a few large islands and ledges. The paddling here is one of contrasts, intimate in the narrow upper bays, coves, sou…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Brunswick, ME - Sea Kayaking - 8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Eagle Island (Casco Bay)


Eagle Island was once the summer home of Arctic explorer Admiral Robert Peary. It is now a historic site maintained by the state and open to the public during daylight hours. There is a cottage furnis…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking in Maine"
Brunswick, ME - Sea Kayaking - 6 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#13. Seal Cove to Bartlett Narrows


This trip explores the western shores of Mount Desert Island, Bartlett Narrows, and Pretty Marsh Harbor. It is a very picturesque piece of paddling. Except for Bar Harbor, you’ll probably see more sea…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking in Maine"
Manset, ME - Sea Kayaking - 15.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#14. Blue Hill


Exploring Blue Hill Harbor and the surrounding waters makes for a full day or afternoon of relaxed paddling in a relatively protected area. There are pleasant views in every direction, and the shoreli…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking in Maine"
Blue Hill, ME - Sea Kayaking - 8.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#15. Roque Island Archipelago


The Roque Island Archipelago has long been considered one of the most beautiful areas to explore on the Maine coast. Cruising guides wax poetic about its magnificent headlands and the long crescent of…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking in Maine"
Jonesport, ME - Sea Kayaking - 12 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#16. Damariscotta River


Part of a rich and varied ecosystem, the Damariscotta River is a wonderful place to explore by sea kayak. On one trip we observed a pair of bald eagles, a nesting pair of ospreys, several species of g…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking in Maine"
Damariscotta, ME - Sea Kayaking - 7 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#17. Knubble Bay: Knubble Bay Camp to Maine Maritime Museum, Bath


The possibilities for sea kayaking and tidewater canoeing are limitless from Knubble Bay, literally a turntable of rivers giving access to commanding bays, lonely islands, secluded coves, and busy coa…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Bath, ME - Sea Kayaking - 12 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#18. Cobscook Bay: Cobscook Bay State Park to Seal Island


Quietude is Cobscook Bay’s great attribute. Sit still and listen. No cars, no boat engines, no voices—only the sound of the wind in the trees and the birds, maybe a loon’s gurgle, maybe a clammer in a…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Whiting, ME - Sea Kayaking - 10.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#19. Casco Bay: Portland Harbor around Orrs Island to Strawberry Creek


This is a leisurely four-day trip starting in busy Portland Harbor and traveling up to quiet Harpswell Sound and back, stopping on state islands. Overnight trips in the Casco Bay area cannot be treate…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Portland, ME - Sea Kayaking - 35 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#20. Casco Bay: Falmouth Foreside to Jewell Island


Jewell Island is easy to reach from the mainland, and the sense of accessible wilderness in a large urban setting is still a great lure. Over the years, however, it has gotten more and more popular wi…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Falmouth, ME - Sea Kayaking - 14 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books