Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast
by Tamsin Venn (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
© Tamsin Venn/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.
We did not do this whole trip. Instead, we camped at the Orrs Island Campground, which was lovely (tenting sites have lovely views of Reeds Cove on Harpswell Sound). We launched right from the campground and headed up the Sound as the tide was coming in. We passed through the Narrows at the bridge connecting Orrs and Sebascodegan Islands and kayaked down Gun Point Cove to Ram Island and Pond Island. While paddling, we saw a couple of seals, many water fowl and some gull chicks. We crossed back to Bailey Island and landed on a beach to have lunch. Back in our boats, we kayaked down to the end of Bailey, traveling through Jaquish Gut and then back up the western shores of Bailey and Orrs Islands to return to our campsite.
The views were lovely in spite of the low cloud cover that threatened rain through the whole trip. Much of the paddle was on very calm water in Harpswell Sound and Gun Point Cove. The journey on the eastern side and around the end of Bailey Island was challenging, with some chop and swells. Our GPS recorded the trip as nearly 16 miles and took us between 5 and 6 hours, not including our stop for lunch.
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