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Updates from Portland Paddle

Community Paddles on Tuesdays and Thursdays Are Back for 2024!

Kayak on Tuesdays, SUP on Thursdays Once again we’ll be hosting our early morning group paddles during the summer of 2024! 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 7:30am WHEN: June – August, 7:30am…

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June 9, 2024

Portland Paddle Guide to Attempt Speed Record

Joe Gugliemetti will attempt to paddle a solo kayak from Boston to Portland in under 24 hours, a distance of 90+ miles Portland Paddle guide, and Maine paddling legend, Joe Gugliemetti is at it again. Having previously set the speed record for paddling the entire Maine Coast (in 4 days!) and having paddle from Portland…

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June 9, 2024

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