With so much open water to explore, kayaking in mid-coast Maine never disappoints. Ponds, rivers, streams, and endless open ocean means with every kayak excursion a new adventure awaits. Flat water lakes and serene mill ponds expose abundant wildlife on a tranquil morning or afternoon paddle. Or, if you take to the ocean in a sea kayak, be prepared to encounter harbor seals and marine birds while cruising past quaint summer cottages that dot the rocky shoreline. Here is your guide to kayaking in Mid-Coast Maine.
“Open water is a highway to adventure, best traveled by canoe or kayak.”
– Author Unknown
Sunset and full moonlight tours reveal secluded coves and starry, starry nights. In the quaint fishing village of Port Clyde, a guided trip will find you cruising around the local fishing fleet to Marshall Point, one of Maine’s most photographed lighthouses. And, as an added delight, most trips encounter a resident pod of porpoises feeding on the surface of the water. A whole world of adventure awaits you when you take the time to explore mid-coast Maine by water.
Kayak Launch Sites
Of course, if you’re an avid kayaker, you’ll likely bring your own equipment and set off in search of launch points. If that’s the case, you’ll need some guidance as to where to set sail along the coast. The Visit Maine website provides all the details you need for finding accurate information on local launch sites.
If you’re new to kayaking, however, the best bet is to sign up for a guided trip with a registered Maine guide. You’ll find plenty of reputable tour operators offering guided river and lake tours for a gentle, flat water excursion. Sea kayaking may be a bit more challenging for a novice. But if you do venture out with a guide for open ocean kayaking, you may find yourself island-hopping in search of wildlife.
Special Kayak Excursions
Most guided kayak adventures last anywhere from 2-4 hours, though you’ll also find full- and half-day outings. Specialty trips include sunset and full-moon tours, full-day paddles to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and off-shore island adventures. Most trips begin with a brief review of safety tips and helpful pointers for an enjoyable day on the water.
Mid-Coast Maine Kayak Outfitters
Several outfitters are within easy access of the Newcastle Inn. So, the next time you visit us in mid-coast Maine, be sure to plan some time to get out on the water. To help you decide which outfitter to choose for your kayak adventure, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites for your consideration.
- Mid-Coast Kayak, 47 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine
- H2 Outfitters, 1894 Harpswell Island Road, Orr’s Island, Maine
- Port Clyde Kayaks, 3 Factory Road, Port Clyde, Maine
- Sea Spray Kayaking, 209 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine
- Tidal Transit, 18 Granary Way, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
- Maine Kayak, 113 Huddle Road, New Harbor, Maine
We look forward to welcoming you to our historic country inn in mid-coast Maine, the perfect location for a kayaking adventure this summer or fall.