New Meadows River

Brunswick, Maine

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The New Meadows River flows along the eastern shores of Sebascodegan Island and offers plenty of paddling opportunities. The New Meadows is gentle unless severely constricted, as it is at Gurnet Strait and the entrance to the Basin. Gurnet Strait is best left alone except at slack tide—the current can fly through here at better than 7 knots during mid tide. The entrance to The Basin is more reasonable and can be paddled during the entire tidal cycle, though at mid tide you’ll need an all-out sprint to push through an opposing tide. There are plenty of places to duck behind for protection from the wind throughout the run of the New Meadows, but because the river runs along a north–south axis, a strong southerly or southwesterly wind can funnel down its course and make for some tough going.
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)

The New Meadows River flows along the eastern shores of Sebascodegan Island and offers plenty of paddling opportunities. The New Meadows is gentle unless severely constricted, as it is at Gurnet Strait and the entrance to the Basin. Gurnet Strait is best left alone except at slack tide—the current can fly through here at better than 7 knots during mid tide.

The entrance to The Basin is more reasonable and can be paddled during the entire tidal cycle, though at mid tide you’ll need an all-out sprint to push through an opposing tide. There are plenty of places to duck behind for protection from the wind throughout the run of the New Meadows, but because the river runs along a north–south axis, a strong southerly or southwesterly wind can funnel down its course and make for some tough going.

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

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

Recent Trail Reviews

6/26/2005
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best at mid-high tide. Closer to the coast the better.



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