Deer Isle Archipelago

Stonington, Maine

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The Deer Isle Archipelago offers the largest number of public-access islands and some of the best paddling on the Maine coast. The choices are often overwhelming— and the boat traffic and island use can be as well. The islands in this area are rounded and cracked granite topped with spruce trees; there are even meadows of wildflowers on the larger ones, like Harbor Island. Sea roses dot many of the shores. The “talking stone” beaches are a study in subtle hues and textures. The islands are more or less clustered, and all are within a reasonable day of paddling round trip from Stonington or Webb Cove.
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 Deer Isle Archipelago offers the largest number of public-access islands and some of the best paddling on the Maine coast. The choices are often overwhelming— and the boat traffic and island use can be as well. The islands in this area are rounded and cracked granite topped with spruce trees; there are even meadows of wildflowers on the larger ones, like Harbor Island.

Sea roses dot many of the shores. The “talking stone” beaches are a study in subtle hues and textures. The islands are more or less clustered, and all are within a reasonable day of paddling round trip from Stonington or Webb Cove.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Stonington
Distance: 6
Duration: Day trip
Season: Best in summer months
Local Maps: NOAA Chart 13313 Approaches to Blue Hill Bay
Driving Directions: Directions to Deer Isle Archipelago

Recent Trail Reviews

8/18/2009
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This is an absolutely Beautiful area. Great place to sea kayak around the islands. If you are kaykaing there, take the time to climb to the top of Russ island and look at the view. Go for a dip in the quarry on Green island. Stop at Hell's Half acre island (it is neither hell nor only a half acre) You can also either Paddlie to Isle Au Haut or take the a ferry out to it with your boats. You can then paddle around the island. Old Quarry Campground near Stonington has a ferry service. You need to contact them for this arrangments. I think we paid 35 dollars for a round trip with our boats. My only regret is that we didn't make it an over night camping trip. There is much to see on the island.


6/3/2004
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