Englishman River

Jonesport, Maine

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This short, limited jaunt from the Roque Bluffs beach can only be undertaken on the upper half of the tide, but it’s a very nice paddle nonetheless. It offers great wind protection and is rich in birds, which feed among the mudflats and gravel bars along its course. There’s little current to contend with and the going is always shallow; don’t push your luck with the tide, or you’ll have a nasty return leg to open water. This easy route makes a nice “Sunday drive” when combined with a picnic and swim at the state park. In late May and early June, this stretch of water can be very buggy on a day with no breeze. You can also paddle beyond the Englishman River and round the headlands into Little Kennebec Bay. Try this only if there is little swell running from the south and the wind is not offshore or particularly strong from any direction. There is a short but exposed stretch of paddling that can turn rough quickly because of the long fetch. You’ll find a couple of small coves to pop into for some protection, but a strong southwesterly breeze will make it tough to exit and continue on your course.
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 short, limited jaunt from the Roque Bluffs beach can only be undertaken on the upper half of the tide, but it’s a very nice paddle nonetheless. It offers great wind protection and is rich in birds, which feed among the mudflats and gravel bars along its course. There’s little current to contend with and the going is always shallow; don’t push your luck with the tide, or you’ll have a nasty return leg to open water. This easy route makes a nice “Sunday drive” when combined with a picnic and swim at the state park.

In late May and early June, this stretch of water can be very buggy on a day with no breeze. You can also paddle beyond the Englishman River and round the headlands into Little Kennebec Bay. Try this only if there is little swell running from the south and the wind is not offshore or particularly strong from any direction. There is a short but exposed stretch of paddling that can turn rough quickly because of the long fetch. You’ll find a couple of small coves to pop into for some protection, but a strong southwesterly breeze will make it tough to exit and continue on your course.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Jonesport
Distance: 2
Duration: Day trip
Season: Best in summer months
Local Maps: Chart 13326 Machias Bay to Tibbett Narrows
Driving Directions: Directions to Englishman River

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