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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

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

10 Places Anyone Can Paddle in Southern Maine

Ten Spots to Take a Rental Kayak or SUP If you’re starting a paddling trip on Casco Bay, our site at the East End Beach is a terrific place to launch. But there are LOTS of other great spots to paddle nearby, and you can rent our kayaks and SUPs for as long as you…

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February 8, 2024

Paddling Long & Far: Reflections on Offshore & Long-Distance Paddling

An Interview with Sea Kayak Guides Joe Guglielmetti & Kyle Martin 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 longtime guides Joe Gugliemetti and Kyle Martin about two “extreme” forms of kayaking: …

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January 23, 2024

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

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

Getting to Know the Different Types of Kayaks, Canoes, and SUPs

Paddlers have more choices than ever these days when it comes to which vessel to paddle! With a myriad of different types of kayaks out there, not to mention stand-up paddlebpoards (SUPs) canoes and rowboats, it can be hard to know where to start, or why to choose one over another. Here at Portland Paddle…

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March 13, 2023