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The Joys & Risks of Winter Sea Kayaking

The Joys & Risks of Winter Sea Kayaking By Zack Anchors Zack paddling to the Le Comte Glacier in Southeast Alaska. Like many sea kayak guides in Maine, I kayak every month of the year. And my winter paddles are often my favorite. When the lakes and rivers freeze and the snow piles up, the…

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December 11, 2023

Want to Join Our Terrific Team? We’re Hiring for Summer 2024

Open Positions Include Sea Kayak Guides, Site Manager & Shore Staff Portland Paddle is staffed by a talented team of folks who are passionate about paddling. Many of our staff members return every summer, but we’re also seeking new members of our team for the 2024 paddling season. OPEN POSITIONS SEA KAYAK GUIDE: Spend your…

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December 5, 2023

Take Aways from the 2023 Maine Outdoor Economy Summit

Lessons and Experiences at MOES 2023! Some of the Portland Paddle team attended the second annual Maine Outdoor Economy Summit this past week where we got to participate in a number of interesting talks on the future of outdoor recreation in Maine. MOES is a forum for anyone who engages with outdoor recreation in Maine,…

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December 4, 2023

Announcement: Summer 2024 Multiday Trips Schedule is Live!

Check Out Our Schedule of Multi-Day Expeditions in 2024 Our trips range from 3-day journeys across Casco Bay to 5-day explorations of the Downeast coast.  Already thinking about the adventures you’ll have next summer? So are we! We’ve just released our multi-day trips calendar for 2024. It includes many dates for our classic two and…

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November 27, 2023

Announcement: Summer 2024 Lessons and Workshops Schedule!

Check Out Our Schedule of Lessons & Workshops for Summer 2024 We’re expanding our weekend skills workshops and offering our full range of sea kayaking classes for all skill levels Our 2024 lessons and workshops schedule is here! It might seem early, but we like to plan ahead and we thought you would too 😉…

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November 27, 2023

Six Reasons You Should Attend A Kayak Pool Session This Winter

Here’s Why You Should Paddle in a Pool This Winter And some tips on keeping your paddling skills fresh through the winter! It’s not easy to learn and practice kayaking skills when air and water temps are frigid. That’s why many kayakers head to their local pool in the wintertime. Kayak pool sessions allow paddlers…

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November 27, 2023

Fall Foliage Paddles on the Prescumpscot River

Paddling the Presumpscot River is One of the Best Ways to View the Spectacular Fall Colors We love canoeing and kayaking on the Prescumpscot River, so this fall we’ve created a guided trip to share the experience with anyone looking for a fun adventure. As the seasonal changes being less calm conditions on Casco Bay,…

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October 18, 2023

Why the Midcoast is one of our favorite paddling destinations!

Spotlight on: Midcoast Maine! Just a short drive from the greater Portland area, the midcoast is the home to two of our multiday trips, the brand new Midcoast Expedition and the perrenial favorite Muscongus Bay! Each trip is an approachable three days long (two nights of camping) and gives you a delicious taste of what…

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June 7, 2023

Our Weekly Group Paddles on Tuesdays and Thursdays Are Back

Kayaking on Tuesdays and SUP on Thursdays Once again we’ll be hosting our early morning group paddles during the summer of 2023! All kayakers and stand-up paddlers looking for a chance to get on the water with others are invited! Kayak on Tuesdays at 7:30am; SUP on Thursdays at 8am WHEN: June – August;…

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June 2, 2023

RACERS! TO YOUR MARKS!: Announcing the new East End Paddle Race Series!

Ready! Set! Go! Sample race course – one of several we will use throughout the season Portland Paddle is excited to announce the East End Race Series, a friendly competition on Casco Bay for kayakers and paddleboarders! Each Monday evening in July and August racers will be able to go head to head on a…

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May 8, 2023

How to Transport a Kayak – Useful Tips and Tricks

Every now and then you need to get some kayaks from Point A to Point B. Here’s a look at the best ways to attach those kayaks to the roof of your car.  What you’ll need: Two tie downs per boat (made of either webbing or rope) for the center area tie down. While…

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May 3, 2023

Opening Dates 2023!

It’s Paddle Time! Our site at the East End Beach officially opens for the season on May 20, though we’ll have some guided trips and lessons scheduled before then. Here’s the most up-to-date hours for this season: Monday-Friday: 8:30am to 7pm Saturday-Sunday: 7:30am to 7pm MAY (starting May 20th) Saturday-Sunday: 8:30am to 6pm Memorial Day: 8:30am to 6pm…

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May 2, 2023