Sebascodegan Island

Harpswell, Maine

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Enjoy a variety of environments in one trip—open ocean, rivers, finger-like coves—and the opportunity to use tidal current to your advantage. Good tidal planning is a must for a circumnavigation. Strong currents develop in the rivers and narrow areas—particularly in Gurnet Strait and Ewin Narrows—accelerating enough to make paddling against them impossible and developing steep waves if facing opposing winds or swell. Even if you do catch accelerated currents, allow enough time to complete the trip at your usual paddling speed; a little wind can counteract much of your current assist.
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 a variety of environments in one trip—open ocean, rivers, finger-like coves—and the opportunity to use tidal current to your advantage.

Good tidal planning is a must for a circumnavigation. Strong currents develop in the rivers and narrow areas—particularly in Gurnet Strait and Ewin Narrows—accelerating enough to make paddling against them impossible and developing steep waves if facing opposing winds or swell. Even if you do catch accelerated currents, allow enough time to complete the trip at your usual paddling speed; a little wind can counteract much of your current assist.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Harpswell
Distance: 18 nautical miles
Tidal Information: 9.12-foot mean range at Portland. Flood tides meet in Long Reach. Good tidal planning is a must for a circumnavigation. Strong currents develop in the rivers and narrow areas—particularly in Gurnet Strait and Ewin Narrows— accelerating enough to make paddling against them impossible and developing steep waves if facing opposing winds or swell. Even if you do catch accelerated currents, allow enough time to complete the trip at your usual paddling speed; a little wind can counteract much of your current assist.
Hazards/Cautions: The southern end of the island is exposed to open ocean conditions, which will likely be heightened near Gun and West Cundy points, as well as the shallows south of the islands where there are numerous, often submerged reefs. Be aware of changing conditions and how the currents will affect the seas south of the island: you will be committed to paddling these areas when circumnavigating.
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: NOAA chart #13290; Maptech #73 Casco Bay; Waterproof Chart #101E Casco Bay
Driving Directions: Directions to Sebascodegan Island

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