Great Wass Island

Jonesport, Maine

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An enjoyable paddle along the rugged shoreline of Maine’s southernmost landmass with an excursion to a spectacular Nature Conservancy Preserve. The Great Wass Archipelago, a magnificent collection of rugged, windswept, ecologically important islands, lies at the heart of Downeast Maine, where the waters from the Gulf of Maine collide with the Bay of Fundy. The cool maritime climate produces a rich and unusual assortment of flora, including arctic and sub-arctic plants that reach their southern limits here. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have acquired and protected several sensitive areas, including TNC’s spectacular 1,500-acre preserve on Great Wass Island. For paddlers, the archipelago presents some major challenges. Fog is frequent in summertime, and much of the area is exposed to a beautiful but very rugged shoreline, as well as extremes of wind, waves, and tide. Nonetheless, this is one of the state’s most majestic settings and well worth the trip for experienced boaters.
Discover Maine

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Discover Maine

by Ty Wivell (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

An enjoyable paddle along the rugged shoreline of Maine’s southernmost landmass with an excursion to a spectacular Nature Conservancy Preserve. The Great Wass Archipelago, a magnificent collection of rugged, windswept, ecologically important islands, lies at the heart of Downeast Maine, where the waters from the Gulf of Maine collide with the Bay of Fundy. The cool maritime climate produces a rich and unusual assortment of flora, including arctic and sub-arctic plants that reach their southern limits here.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have acquired and protected several sensitive areas, including TNC’s spectacular 1,500-acre preserve on Great Wass Island. For paddlers, the archipelago presents some major challenges. Fog is frequent in summertime, and much of the area is exposed to a beautiful but very rugged shoreline, as well as extremes of wind, waves, and tide. Nonetheless, this is one of the state’s most majestic settings and well worth the trip for experienced boaters.

©  Ty Wivell/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Jonesport
Distance: 10
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 5–6 hours
Local Contacts: Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
Local Maps: USGS Jonesport Quad, USGS Great Wass Island Quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Great Wass Island

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