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Casco Bay Overnight

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Adult Ages 18+
Child Ages 13-17
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A Two-Day Adventure Camping on the Maine Island Trail

This trip offers a chance to experience the joys of kayak camping in the gorgeous and rugged islands of Casco Bay. Some of our favorite campsites on the Maine Island Trail are found in this bay, along with abundant wildlife, fascinating historical landmarks, pristine beaches, wave-battered headlands and sheltered coves. The Casco Bay Overnight is a shorter version of our three-day Casco Bay Traverse, making it a great way to get a taste of sea kayak touring on the Maine Island Trail for those who can’t commit to a longer trip.

Where You’ll Paddle

There are hundreds of islands in Casco Bay, creating endless options for exploration. The island you spend the night on will be determined by the sea and weather conditions, as well as by the group’s pace.  One common destination is Jewell Island, a wild island with gorgeous vistas and an extensive network of hiking trails. Other potential island destinations include Little Chebeague, ringed by sandy beaches, Whaleboat Island, a wild preserve beside the open Atlantic, or Bangs Island, a rarely-visited gem with gorgeous vistas of the open bay.

You’ll start out kayaking past fishing vessels as you leave the harbor and towards the exposed shorelines of the bay’s wilder islands. Along the way, you’ll pass hidden beaches and rugged, rocky headlands. As you paddle across the bay you’ll encounter abundant wildlife like seals and seabirds, and you’ll experience a diverse range of marine environments, from exposed ocean shorelines to the calm waters of coastal estuaries. You’ll also witness fascinating remnants of the past, like abandoned forts and centuries-old lighthouses, and glimpses of the working waterfronts that are the heart of Maine’s island communities.

The itinerary will depend on the conditions and the group. You can expect to paddle for several hours each day, with many breaks along the way. Your guide will choose a route that takes maximum advantage of the wind direction and tidal currents, while ensuring that the group moves at a pace that is comfortable for all participants.

More Info

CLICK HERE for a detailed packing list and tips on how to pack a sea kayak!

For an in depth sample trip itinerary, CLICK HERE!