St George River from Thomaston to Port Clyde

Thomaston, Maine

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Unless you’re a brute of a paddler, you should take this trip as either a point-to-point paddle with vehicles spotted at either end, or as an out-and-back trip from Thomaston as far down the river as you feel like paddling and still have enough energy left to make the return leg a fun one. Paddling a tidal river is always fascinating, and this section of the St. George is particularly satisfying, both because of its gradual deepening and widening as you approach open water and because of the lack of obstructions along its course. There is only one place to pull out along the route, at Fort St. George, but there are places to duck into for protection from the wind if needed. The river is home to ospreys, great blue herons, kingfishers, cormorants, and several species of ducks. The tidal run carries alewives and other small bait fish and the stripers that feed on them. The stripers in turn bring fishermen working the river for the thrill of hooking into one of these big, boisterous fish.
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)

Unless you’re a brute of a paddler, you should take this trip as either a point-to-point paddle with vehicles spotted at either end, or as an out-and-back trip from Thomaston as far down the river as you feel like paddling and still have enough energy left to make the return leg a fun one. Paddling a tidal river is always fascinating, and this section of the St. George is particularly satisfying, both because of its gradual deepening and widening as you approach open water and because of the lack of obstructions along its course.

There is only one place to pull out along the route, at Fort St. George, but there are places to duck into for protection from the wind if needed. The river is home to ospreys, great blue herons, kingfishers, cormorants, and several species of ducks. The tidal run carries alewives and other small bait fish and the stripers that feed on them. The stripers in turn bring fishermen working the river for the thrill of hooking into one of these big, boisterous fish.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Thomaston
Distance: 6.5
Duration: Day trip
Season: Best in summer months
Local Maps: NOAA Chart 13301 Muscongus Bay
Driving Directions: Directions to St. George River from Thomaston to Port Clyde

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