Muscle Ridge Islands

Thomaston, Maine

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The Muscle Ridge Islands sit only a couple of miles offshore, between Spruce Head and Ash Point. The islands were the site of several quarries, and communities thrived on some of the larger ones like Dix and Hewett during the latter half of the nineteenth century. There are no public islands in this area, so you’ll need to provision accordingly. Since the water is shallow and calm on the interior of these islands, a kayak raft with sterns anchored within a mussel bed will make a fine picnic table and a stable platform to relax in without going ashore. Seals are plentiful throughout this area and are easily observed: Simply sit still and keep a sharp eye out for their curious reconnaissance of your group.
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 Muscle Ridge Islands sit only a couple of miles offshore, between Spruce Head and Ash Point. The islands were the site of several quarries, and communities thrived on some of the larger ones like Dix and Hewett during the latter half of the nineteenth century. There are no public islands in this area, so you’ll need to provision accordingly.

Since the water is shallow and calm on the interior of these islands, a kayak raft with sterns anchored within a mussel bed will make a fine picnic table and a stable platform to relax in without going ashore. Seals are plentiful throughout this area and are easily observed: Simply sit still and keep a sharp eye out for their curious reconnaissance of your group.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Thomaston
Distance: 6
Duration: Day trip
Season: Best in summer months
Local Maps: NOAA Chart 13305 Penobscot Bay
Driving Directions: Directions to Muscle Ridge Islands

Recent Trail Reviews

7/31/2005
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We could not have asked for a better day. I have paddled this group of islands before, but today was the best. We followed the coast south to Spruce Island and then paddled over to Graffam Island. From there we weaved in and out of the many shoals and islands and headed north. The old ship wreck off of Hewett Island was visible, but not much is left of it. We couldn't go under the bridge at Hewett because the tide was too low. I recommend that to paddlers. We lunched on Birch which has wonderful beaches and then paddled over to Birch Point by passing between Dix and High and passing Otter. As we crossed we got to watch the old airplanes doing tricks over Owls Head Transportation Museum. Although we didn't do the east side of Andrews Island, it is quite interesting and can be quite tricky when the wind is blowing. Also, the granite quarries on High Island are interesting.



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