Cobscook Bay Cobscook Bay State Park to Seal Island

Whiting, Maine

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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 an aluminum skiff, and no sense of imminent intrusion. You feel like you’ve dropped off the edge of the coastal waterfront into paradise. The entire area is as remote as you can get on the East Coast, short of going to the Maritimes. It is quiet, isolated, beautiful, and uncrowded, and provides a good base for several interesting and sheltered day trips. The bay’s cold, nutrient-rich waters, strong tidal currents, and extensive intertidal flats create critical breeding and feeding grounds for many different animals. It is home to a wide variety of marine species, bald eagles, migratory shorebirds, and waterfowl. A shallow 40-square-mile estuary with 200 miles of rugged, rocky convoluted shoreline, Cobscook Bay has avoided the heavy development experienced by most estuaries on the eastern seaboard and remains a relatively intact marine system. The bay provides prime habitat for sea scallops, sea urchins, and soft-shell clams.
Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast

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Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast

by Tamsin Venn (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

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 an aluminum skiff, and no sense of imminent intrusion. You feel like you’ve dropped off the edge of the coastal waterfront into paradise. The entire area is as remote as you can get on the East Coast, short of going to the Maritimes. It is quiet, isolated, beautiful, and uncrowded, and provides a good base for several interesting and sheltered day trips.

The bay’s cold, nutrient-rich waters, strong tidal currents, and extensive intertidal flats create critical breeding and feeding grounds for many different animals. It is home to a wide variety of marine species, bald eagles, migratory shorebirds, and waterfowl. A shallow 40-square-mile estuary with 200 miles of rugged, rocky convoluted shoreline, Cobscook Bay has avoided the heavy development experienced by most estuaries on the eastern seaboard and remains a relatively intact marine system. The bay provides prime habitat for sea scallops, sea urchins, and soft-shell clams.

©  Tamsin Venn/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Whiting
Distance: 10.5
Duration: Day Trip
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Cobscook Bay State Park, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: NOAA #13328 at 1:44,900
Driving Directions: Directions to Cobscook Bay: Cobscook Bay State Park to Seal Island

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