Jewell Island

Portland, Maine

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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 observation towers, old gun emplacements, and hiking trails. Jewell Island has served as a fortified site guarding the approaches to and from Casco Bay over several centuries. Exploring Jewell Island is a far cry from a wilderness experience. A typical summer day’s visit may mean landing among rafts of powerboaters lugging large coolers and grills ashore for a weekend party, and the anchorages along the northwest shore are usually crowded with small sailboats and yachts. But a visit in the off-season or during midweek can be quite nice, and there is plenty of room to spread out and roam. Jewell Island is also open for overnight visits (camping during a summer weekend can be a complete madhouse) and has several campsites, fire pits, and pit toilets.
Guide to Sea Kayaking in Maine

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Guide to Sea Kayaking in Maine

by Shelley Johnson & Vaughan Smith (The Globe Pequot Press)

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 observation towers, old gun emplacements, and hiking trails. Jewell Island has served as a fortified site guarding the approaches to and from Casco Bay over several centuries. Exploring Jewell Island is a far cry from a wilderness experience.

A typical summer day’s visit may mean landing among rafts of powerboaters lugging large coolers and grills ashore for a weekend party, and the anchorages along the northwest shore are usually crowded with small sailboats and yachts. But a visit in the off-season or during midweek can be quite nice, and there is plenty of room to spread out and roam. Jewell Island is also open for overnight visits (camping during a summer weekend can be a complete madhouse) and has several campsites, fire pits, and pit toilets.

©  Shelley Johnson & Vaughan Smith/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 16
Duration: Day trip or overnight
Season: Best in summer months
Local Maps: NOAA Chart 13290 Casco Bay
Driving Directions: Directions to Jewell Island

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