Machias Bay

Machiasport, Maine

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Enjoy bold grassy islands with great views, a lighthouse on South Libby Island, the potential for outstanding rock gardening, plus sheep and bird sightings.
AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in New England

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AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in New England

by Michael Daugherty (Falcon Guides)

Enjoy bold grassy islands with great views, a lighthouse on South Libby Island, the potential for outstanding rock gardening, plus sheep and bird sightings.

© 2016 Michael Daugherty/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Machiasport
Distance: 10-12 nautical miles
Tidal Information: 12.76-foot tidal range at Cutler Naval Base. It will be easiest to plan on going south on a falling tide, and north on a rising tide. The gravel bar between Starboard Island and Point of Main and the area to the north flat out at lower tides. A large gyre circulates counterclockwise around the mouth of the bay. Regardless of general tide direction, the current will most often be moving southwest from Machias Bay toward Ram Island and the Scabby Islands. It is not easy to predict.
Hazards/Cautions: Aside from the predictable conditions from exposure to the open ocean, the mouth of Machias Bay presents some less-predictable hazards from tidal currents. The least predictable is the gyre (see note in Tidal Planning) which results in a current that sometimes runs counter to and interacts with the usual tides, creating steep and confused conditions. Add wind and swell to that mix, and wild seas may ensue. Be particularly wary around the ends of islands, where currents converge and accelerate. Also, look out for the sheep. They are sometimes territorial, and you never know what they might want to eat. But if you don’t land, they probably won’t bother you.
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: NOAA chart #13326; Maptech #42
Driving Directions: Directions to Machias Bay

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