Best Sea Kayaking in Maine

This list represents the most popular sea kayaking in Maine. Use this list to plan your next Maine sea kayaking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Exploring Portland Harbor

    1 Reviews

    Portland, ME

    One of the most interesting sites to visit is Fort Gorges, which sits just over a mile from the Eastern Promenade. The fascinating remains of this fort, construction of which was begun in 1848, ...
    •  Day trip
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the most interesting sites to visit is Fort Gorges, which sits just over a mile from the Eastern Promenade. The fascinating ...

  • #2 Deer Isle Archipelago

    2 Reviews

    Stonington, ME

    The Deer Isle Archipelago offers the largest number of public-access islands and some of the best paddling on the Maine coast. The choices are often overwhelming— and the boat traffic and island ...
    •  Day trip
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Deer Isle Archipelago offers the largest number of public-access islands and some of the best paddling on the Maine coast. ...

  • #3 Portland Harbor/Casco Bay

    1 Reviews

    Portland, ME

    An enjoyable introduction to the multitude of paddling opportunities in Casco Bay. An excursion to historic Fort Gorges from the Eastern Promenade is a wonderful introduction to the many paddling ...
    •  2–3 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    An enjoyable introduction to the multitude of paddling opportunities in Casco Bay. An excursion to historic Fort Gorges from ...

  • #4 Eagle Island

    1 Reviews

    South Harpswell, ME

    A short paddle to a beautiful island and the former summer home of Arctic explorer Admiral Robert Peary. Long before setting his sights on the North Pole, famed explorer Robert E. Peary became ...
    •  3–4 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A short paddle to a beautiful island and the former summer home of Arctic explorer Admiral Robert Peary. Long before setting ...

  • #5 Casco Bay: Portland Harbor around Orrs Island to Strawberry Creek

    1 Reviews

    Portland, ME

    This is a leisurely four-day trip starting in busy Portland Harbor and traveling up to quiet Harpswell Sound and back, stopping on state islands. Overnight trips in the Casco Bay area cannot ...
    •  4 days
    •  35 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a leisurely four-day trip starting in busy Portland Harbor and traveling up to quiet Harpswell Sound and back, stopping ...

  • #6 Gerrish and Cutts Island: Circumnavigations

    0 Reviews

    Kittery, ME

    A circumnavigation of Gerrish and Cutts Islands from Kittery Point shows you the contrast between protected paddling in salt marsh and creek and open-ocean paddling. The trip is tide dependent. ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    A circumnavigation of Gerrish and Cutts Islands from Kittery Point shows you the contrast between protected paddling in salt ...

  • #7 Jewell Island

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    Portland, ME

    This is a destination paddle to the shores of Jewell Island, a popular public island about 8 miles out from Portland launch sites. There is lots to explore on this impressive island with its ...
    •  Day trip or overnight
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a destination paddle to the shores of Jewell Island, a popular public island about 8 miles out from Portland launch ...

  • #8 York River: Wiggly Bridge to Smelt Brook

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    York Harbor, ME

    The York River’s fast current runs you swiftly past some of the most interesting spots in New England history, as well as some great nature preserves. This scenic river in southern Maine is ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    The York River’s fast current runs you swiftly past some of the most interesting spots in New England history, as well as ...

  • #9 Cousins Island

    0 Reviews

    Yarmouth, ME

    It is always a pleasant surprise when you can find quiet places to explore close to a large population center. As you listen to the sounds of traffic recede with each paddle stroke, you can’t ...
    •  Day trip
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    It is always a pleasant surprise when you can find quiet places to explore close to a large population center. As you listen ...

  • #10 Deer Isle Archipelago

    1 Reviews

    Stonington, ME

    An island-to-island tour of Maine’s premiere kayaking destination. Boat traffic and fog are the principal safety issues to consider when paddling here. The Deer Island Thorofare is utilized ...
    •  6 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    An island-to-island tour of Maine’s premiere kayaking destination. Boat traffic and fog are the principal safety issues to ...

  • #11 Harraseeket River and Maquoit Bay

    0 Reviews

    Freeport, ME

    These waters are amazingly quiet, because the abundant mudflats and shallow areas are not inviting to many other boaters. However, it does serve as an invitation to a wide variety of birds that ...
    •  Day trip or overnight
    •  19 miles
    •  Guide

    These waters are amazingly quiet, because the abundant mudflats and shallow areas are not inviting to many other boaters. ...

  • #12 Muscle Ridge Islands

    1 Reviews

    Thomaston, ME

    The Muscle Ridge Islands sit only a couple of miles offshore, between Spruce Head and Ash Point. The islands were the site of several quarries, and communities thrived on some of the larger ones ...
    •  Day trip
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Muscle Ridge Islands sit only a couple of miles offshore, between Spruce Head and Ash Point. The islands were the site ...

  • #13 Acadia National Park: Southwest Harbor to Little Cranberry

    0 Reviews

    Southwest Harbor, ME

    The bays and harbors around Mount Desert Island provide dozens of options for dramatic sea kayak trips—so many you never have to cover the same ground twice. The backdrop is Acadia National Park’s ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  13.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The bays and harbors around Mount Desert Island provide dozens of options for dramatic sea kayak trips—so many you never ...

  • #14 Fort Point (Penobscot River)

    1 Reviews

    Stockton Springs, ME

    This pleasant trip can include exploring Fort Point State Park on foot and a picnic. Fort Point State Park is a well-maintained site at the eastern end of Cape Jellison adjacent to Stockton Springs. ...
    •  Day trip
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    This pleasant trip can include exploring Fort Point State Park on foot and a picnic. Fort Point State Park is a well-maintained ...

  • #15 Muscongus Bay: Broad Cove Marine to Friendship via Crow Island

    0 Reviews

    Bremen, ME

    Muscongus Bay is the perfect getaway for two reasons: it is well protected and is not on the way to anywhere else. What this means for sea kayakers is a handsome bay that sees little use from ...
    •  Day Trip or overnight
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    Muscongus Bay is the perfect getaway for two reasons: it is well protected and is not on the way to anywhere else. What this ...

  • #16 Cape Porpoise Archipelago

    0 Reviews

    Cape Porpoise, ME

    An exceptional coastal paddle and island tour. The Cape Porpoise Archipelago is an exceptionally beautiful cluster of small islands surrounding one of Southern Maine’s most picturesque fishing ...
    •  4–5 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    An exceptional coastal paddle and island tour. The Cape Porpoise Archipelago is an exceptionally beautiful cluster of small ...

  • #17 Casco Bay: Falmouth Foreside to Jewell Island

    0 Reviews

    Falmouth, ME

    Jewell Island is easy to reach from the mainland, and the sense of accessible wilderness in a large urban setting is still a great lure. Over the years, however, it has gotten more and more popular ...
    •  Overnight
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    Jewell Island is easy to reach from the mainland, and the sense of accessible wilderness in a large urban setting is still ...

  • #18 Eagle Island (Casco Bay)

    0 Reviews

    Brunswick, ME

    Eagle Island was once the summer home of Arctic explorer Admiral Robert Peary. It is now a historic site maintained by the state and open to the public during daylight hours. There is a cottage ...
    •  Day trip
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Eagle Island was once the summer home of Arctic explorer Admiral Robert Peary. It is now a historic site maintained by the ...

  • #19 Eggemoggin Reach

    0 Reviews

    Brooksville, ME

    The Reach is an impressive stretch of water that runs northwest–southeast from Cape Rosier to Naskeag Point. You’ll find very few places to pull out in the Reach itself, except for several islands ...
    •  Day trip
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Reach is an impressive stretch of water that runs northwest–southeast from Cape Rosier to Naskeag Point. You’ll find ...

  • #20 Mount Desert Narrows

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    Bar Harbor, ME

    Mount Desert Narrows is the northern route that connects Blue Hill Bay, to the west, and Frenchman Bay, to the east. This channel passes under the Route 3 bridge between Trenton and Thompson ...
    •  Day trip
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Mount Desert Narrows is the northern route that connects Blue Hill Bay, to the west, and Frenchman Bay, to the east. This ...