The Sands

Jonesport, Maine

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This is an adventurous trip to a wild and lovely spot of land that is only barely exposed at high tide. In fact, this slip of land may be awash during storm surges and spring high tides. The views from its shores are spectacular as you look across Western Bay toward Great Wass or west to Cape Split and the islands outside Tibbetts Narrows. This small island, more sandbar and exposed ledge than anything else, sits just 100 yards or so south of Inner Sands, which is marked on the chart. Neither Inner nor Outer Sands Island is accessible to the public. This entire area is rich in wildlife, so please move quietly and avoid disturbing any nest sites or seal haul-out areas that you might observe. This is particularly true in the late spring and early summer—nesting and seal pupping season. For this reason, we suggest making this trip in the fall. You’ll make less impact, and the days are more likely to be clear and the visibility excellent.
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)

This is an adventurous trip to a wild and lovely spot of land that is only barely exposed at high tide. In fact, this slip of land may be awash during storm surges and spring high tides. The views from its shores are spectacular as you look across Western Bay toward Great Wass or west to Cape Split and the islands outside Tibbetts Narrows.

This small island, more sandbar and exposed ledge than anything else, sits just 100 yards or so south of Inner Sands, which is marked on the chart. Neither Inner nor Outer Sands Island is accessible to the public. This entire area is rich in wildlife, so please move quietly and avoid disturbing any nest sites or seal haul-out areas that you might observe. This is particularly true in the late spring and early summer—nesting and seal pupping season. For this reason, we suggest making this trip in the fall. You’ll make less impact, and the days are more likely to be clear and the visibility excellent.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Jonesport
Distance: 14
Duration: Day trip
Season: Best in summer months
Local Maps: Chart 13326 Machias Bay to Tibbett Narrows
Driving Directions: Directions to The Sands

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