Eastern Frenchman Bay

Sorrento, Maine

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A beautiful chain of large islands stretches 8 miles along the northeast corner of Frenchman Bay, with views of Mount Desert Island’s mountains, choices of sheltered or bayside routes, the stunning cliffs along the southern side of Ironbound Island, and a few sea caves.
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)

A beautiful chain of large islands stretches 8 miles along the northeast corner of Frenchman Bay, with views of Mount Desert Island’s mountains, choices of sheltered or bayside routes, the stunning cliffs along the southern side of Ironbound Island, and a few sea caves.

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Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Sorrento
Distance: 8-16 nautical miles
Tidal Information: 10.56-foot mean tidal range in Bar Harbor. Current floods to the north, ebbs south. Stave Island Bar and parts of Flanders Bay flat-out at low tide.
Hazards/Cautions: Despite being somewhat sheltered from the open ocean by the mid-bay islands, the Sorrento-Dram-Preble area has enough fetch to the south to develop some big seas, and if the current goes against the wind, waves will steepen. An offshore wind (from the north) can be deceptively dangerous here. The Stave Island Bar develops mudflats at lower tides, and the Jordan Island Bar develops a strong current mid-tide. Watch for opposing wind and waves. Also expect strong currents between Jordan and Ironbound islands. Even on the calmest days, Ironbound Island is no place for the unprepared. Expect rough conditions and no bailouts. Paddlers here should have solid boat-handling and rescue skills.
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: NOAA chart #13312; Maptech #42; Waterproof Chart #105
Driving Directions: Directions to Eastern Frenchman Bay

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