Machias Bay

Machiasport, Maine 4655

Machias Bay

Machias Bay Professional Guide

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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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
10-12 nautical miles
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.
Tidal Information
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.
NOAA chart #13326; Maptech #42
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Dec 2018