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Midcoast Expedition

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Adult Ages 18+
Child Ages 13-17
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Explore the Tidal Rivers, Rocky Islands and Beautiful Beaches of Maine’s Midcoast

Maine’s southern Midcoast region, stretching from Phippsburg to Pemaquid Point, features a dense network of river estuaries, long peninsulas and rocky islands. One of the largest watersheds in the state, the Kennebec-Androscoggin river system, pours into the ocean here, creating long, sandy beaches, expansive marsh grasslands, strong tidal currents and a vibrant marine ecosystem. This complex system of waterways, along with plenty of island campsites, creates endless opportunities for exploration by sea kayak. This three-day trip involves camping on the Maine Island Trail while navigating through a diverse mix of these coastal environments.

Where You’ll Paddle

You’ll start this trip on the Kennebec River near Bath, Maine, a scenic town known for its long history of shipbuilding and home to both the Maine Maritime Museum and Bath Iron Works. From there you’ll paddle down the river towards the ocean. Tidal currents are strong in this area, so your guide will choose a route that takes maximum advantage of the tidal cycles. You may trace the flow of one of the tidal rivers that connects the Kennebec River to Hockmock Bay,  or you may follow the Kennebec all the way to Popham Beach, which faces the open ocean. Eventually, you’ll paddle along the exposed coastline and watch the swell crash against the basalt bedrock.

Finally, you’ll approach Knubble Bay and the Sheepscot River and will paddle into one of the region’s many scenic harbors, such as Wiscasset or Boothbay Harbor, where our van will be waiting to drive the group back to Portland.

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. There will also be plenty of time for exploring and relaxing on the islands. 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 packing a sea kayak!

For an in depth sample trip itinerary CLICK HERE!