Barters Island and the Lower Sheepscot River

Five Islands, Maine

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The Sheepscot River and its backwaters are picturesque and offer hours of exploring, though there are few public access points for a leg stretch or pit stop. You’ll need to avoid the strong tidal runs both into and out of Knubble Bay on the western side of the river, but the river current itself is manageable for sea kayakers. Both the Cross River and the Back River on the eastern side are well protected and offer numerous quiet spots for leisurely paddling. You will want to be careful when paddling through the area marked Oven Mouth on the Cross River. While it isn’t quite as intimidating as its name implies, it is a fast run of water and should be avoided during the middle of the tide.
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 Sheepscot River and its backwaters are picturesque and offer hours of exploring, though there are few public access points for a leg stretch or pit stop. You’ll need to avoid the strong tidal runs both into and out of Knubble Bay on the western side of the river, but the river current itself is manageable for sea kayakers.

Both the Cross River and the Back River on the eastern side are well protected and offer numerous quiet spots for leisurely paddling. You will want to be careful when paddling through the area marked Oven Mouth on the Cross River. While it isn’t quite as intimidating as its name implies, it is a fast run of water and should be avoided during the middle of the tide.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Five Islands
Distance: 12
Duration: Day trip
Season: Best in summer months
Local Maps: NOAA Chart 13293 Damariscotta, Sheepscot and Kennebec Rivers
Driving Directions: Directions to Barters Island and the Lower Sheepscot River

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