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Are There Sea Turtles In Maine?

These Beautiful Marine Reptiles Make Frequent Visits to the Maine Coast! Have you ever asked yourself, “what is that giant, dark shape in the water below?” Maybe it was a shark or ocean sunfish passing underneath, or maybe you were just paddling over a sinking driftwood log. There are a myriad of possibilities–and even a…

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May 14, 2024

Announcing our new MEMBERSHIP program!

Paddle as Often as You Like, All Summer Long, for a Flat Rate! Sign up by June 15th! This year we’re making it easier and more affordable than ever for locals to paddle regularly on Casco Bay. When you purchase a membership you get free rentals for four months – and lots of other benefits….

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May 3, 2024

Paddling the 2024 Peaks to Portland Swim

How to Rent a Kayak for the Peaks to Portland Swim on July 20, 2024 Every year Portland Paddle opens by 6:00 AM on the day of the Peaks to Portland swim so that people who are renting our kayaks have time to paddle to Peaks Island well before the race starts. (Each swimmer in…

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April 29, 2024

Science, Conservation, and Outdoors Events with our Friends and Partners

Upcoming Events in Greater Portland to Get You Excited About Paddling Season! Portland Paddle partners with a number of excellent non profit organizations around the greater Portland and Casco Bay region to preserve natural and open space, protect wildlife and ecosystems, and spread the joys of outdoor recreation. We are excited to share just some…

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April 22, 2024

Paddle boarding and SUP Racing with Cathy Nugent

An Interview with P2 Community Member Cathy Nugent This winter we’re sharing a series of conversations with Portland Paddle guides, each one focused on a specific topic related to paddling the Maine coast. Today we’re talking with Cathy Nugent on falling in love with paddleboarding and getting started in SUP racing. Comments have been edited…

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April 18, 2024

Six World War II Era Forts in Portland To See From a Kayak

See the Historic Sites of 1940s Casco Bay on a Kayak Tour Our recent post titled “Six Historic Forts You Can Visit By Foot or Kayak” covered some of our favorite forts to visit while kayaking on Casco Bay, including Fort Gorges and Fort Scammel. In this post we’re shifting our focus from these forts…

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April 4, 2024

Off Season Adventures: Rafting the Grand Canyon with Tall

Planning and executing the journey of a life time! Have you ever wondered what guides get up to in the off season? Many of us turn to winter sports like hiking, skiing, and ice skating. Others head south for more warm weather paddling adventures. While still others don the appropriate gear, brave the cold, and…

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March 21, 2024

Six Historic Forts in Portland You Can Reach By Foot or Kayak

Forts of Casco Bay: Part 1 – European Settlement to the Civil War We’ll follow up this post soon with another featuring the fortifications surrounding Portland harbor that were built after the Civil War.  The sites of Portland’s earliest defensive structures are all a short walk or paddle from Portland Paddle’s site by the East…

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March 12, 2024

Endangered Gray Whale spotted in New England!

An Exciting, but Potentially Troubling, First Sighting Gray Whales were once common in New England waters – photo courtesy of New England Aquarium The New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life aerial transect research team recorded a grey whale feeding 30 miles off of Nantucket this week, the first time this species has…

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March 6, 2024

Discovering the Intertidal Zone

The Joys of Tide Pooling and Beach Combing with Melanie Collins This winter we’re posting a series of interviews with Portland Paddle guides, each one focused on a specific topic related to paddling the Maine coast. Today we’re sharing a conversation with Melanie Collins about the intertidal zone! Melanie is a registered Maine guide, ACA…

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February 29, 2024

Paddle Hard, Paddle Fast: Reflections on Kayak Racing

An Interview with Sea Kayak Guides and Racers Erin Quigley and Joe Guglielmetti This winter we’re sharing a series of conversations with Portland Paddle guides, each one focused on a specific topic related to paddling the Maine coast. Today we’re talking with sea kayaking guides Joe Gugliemetti and Erin Quigley to learn about their experiences…

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February 22, 2024

7 Things you can do to help Seals, and 7 Seal Facts you’ll want to know – with Whitney

All of us at Portland Paddle love seals, and especially our flippered friends in Casco Bay who we encounter regularly.  We shared an introduction to the types of seals we see while paddling in our Guide to the Seals of Maine last year, but there’s a lot more to cover. In this post we’ll share…

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February 15, 2024