Scarborough Marsh

Scarborough, Maine

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Preserved by the Wetlands Protection Act of 1972, Scarborough Marsh is a 3,100-acre estuary of fresh, brackish, and salt water filled with birds, mammals, insects, and crustaceans. Native Americans of the area called marshes owascoag, which means “land of many grasses,” and indeed there are endless acres of cordgrass, cattails, rushes, and sedges—and many other aquatic plants. Paddling against both the tide and the wind can be quite tiring, and it is almost inevitable that this combination will confront you on windy days, because the serpentine rivers double back on themselves every few hundred feet. This will not be a problem for strong paddlers, but families with children should be aware. We strongly recommend that all paddlers wear PFDs at all times in Scarborough Marsh.
Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition

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Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition

by John Hayes & Alex Wilson (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Preserved by the Wetlands Protection Act of 1972, Scarborough Marsh is a 3,100-acre estuary of fresh, brackish, and salt water filled with birds, mammals, insects, and crustaceans. Native Americans of the area called marshes owascoag, which means “land of many grasses,” and indeed there are endless acres of cordgrass, cattails, rushes, and sedges—and many other aquatic plants.

Paddling against both the tide and the wind can be quite tiring, and it is almost inevitable that this combination will confront you on windy days, because the serpentine rivers double back on themselves every few hundred feet. This will not be a problem for strong paddlers, but families with children should be aware. We strongly recommend that all paddlers wear PFDs at all times in Scarborough Marsh.

©  John Hayes & Alex Wilson/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Scarborough
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Scarborough Marsh nature Center, Maine Audubon Society
Local Maps: USGS Prouts Neck, Old Orchard Beach
Driving Directions: Directions to Scarborough Marsh

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