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Kayaking the Maine Coast: A Paddler's Guide to Day Trips from Kittery to Cobscook

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The most comprehensive resource for sea kayak trips along the entire Maine coast.
Dorcas Miller explored every inch of Maine's rocky coast to produce what has become the indispensable resource for anyone who launches a kayak in Maine's coastal waters. In this completely updated edition, she has once again scoured the shore from south to north for the latest information on launch sites, mainland and island accessibility, historic sites, and natural areas. Paddlers at all levels ...

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Overview

The most comprehensive resource for sea kayak trips along the entire Maine coast.
Dorcas Miller explored every inch of Maine's rocky coast to produce what has become the indispensable resource for anyone who launches a kayak in Maine's coastal waters. In this completely updated edition, she has once again scoured the shore from south to north for the latest information on launch sites, mainland and island accessibility, historic sites, and natural areas. Paddlers at all levels will appreciate the detailed information for planning day trips and multi-day expeditions.
Here you'll find maps, diagrams, and photographs; trip suggestions; information on tides, currents, safety considerations and danger zones; tips on low-impact paddling; an overview of Maine's coastal flora and fauna; a list of salt-water campgrounds; and an inventory of guide services, rentals, and sea kayaking programs.
Forts and lighthouses, dramatic cliffs and stunning pocket beaches, granite-rimmed islands and half-tide ledges await your discovery.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881507058
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/5/2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 961,302
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorcas S. Miller has an extensive background in adventure education, environmental advocacy, and natural history. A former Outward Bound instructor, whitewater guide, Maine Guide, and director of Maine's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, she has been sea kayaking since 1983. Her books include Kayaking the Maine Coast, Backcountry Cooking, More Backcountry Cooking, and Constellation Finder.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Acknowledgments 11
I Read This First 13
Introduction 14
How to Use This Book 14
Onshore Threats: Poison Ivy, Insects, and Lightning 20
Low-Impact Paddling 22
Tides and Weather 28
Defensive Paddling and Planning a Trip 34
II From Kittery to Cobscook 39
1. The Southern Coast 41
Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor (Map 1) 41
York to Wells Harbor (Map 2) 49
Kennebunk to Goose Rocks Beach (Map 3) 53
The Saco River (Map 4) 58
Scarborough Marsh and Vicinity (Map 5) 63
2. Casco Bay 70
Western Casco Bay: Portland to South Freeport (Map 6) 70
Middle Casco Bay: South Freeport to Harpswell Neck (Map 7) 81
Eastern Casco Bay: Harpswell Sound to Cape Small (Map 8) 89
3. Western Rivers 97
The Kennebec River: Bath to Cape Small (Map 9) 97
The Kennebec River: Merrymeeting Bay (Map 10) 108
The Kennebec River: Augusta to Swan Island (Map 11) 115
Wiscasset and the Back and the Upper Sheepscot Rivers (Map 12) 122
The Lower Sheepscot River and Boothbay Harbor (Map 13) 128
The Damariscotta River (Map 14) 138
Western Muscongus Bay: New Harbor to Friendship (Map 15) 148
Eastern Muscongus Bay: Friendship to Port Clyde (Map 16) 156
Tenants Harbor to Owls Head (Map 17) 161
4. Penobscot Bay 168
Western Penobscot Bay: Rockland to Camden (Map 18) 168
Northern Penobscot Bay: Lincolnville to Belfast Bay (Map 19) 173
The Lower Penobscot River: Searsport to Bucksport (Map 20) 177
The Penobscot River: Bangor to Winterport (Map 21) 183
Northern Penobscot Bay: Castine and the Bagaduce River (Map 22) 187
Eastern Penobscot Bay: Little Deer Isle (Map 23) 192
5. Stonington and Mount Desert Island 198
Stonington and the Deer Isle Archipelago (Map 24) 198
Eggemoggin Reach and Blue Hill Bay (Map 25) 205
Upper Blue Hill Bay and the Union River (Map 26) 209
Northern Mount Desert Island and Frenchman Bay (Map 27) 212
Southern Mount Desert Island (Map 28) 226
6. Downeast 234
Winter Harbor to Petit Manan (Map 29) 235
The Narraguagus and Pleasant Rivers and Their Bays (Map 30) 238
The Great Wass Archipelago (Map 31) 245
Chandler and Englishman Bays (Map 32) 253
Machias Bay (Map 33) 257
Cobscook Bay (Map 34) 266
III Maine Coast Natural History 275
Glacial Geology 276
Birds and Marine Mammals of the Open Coast 280
The Rocky Shore 290
Estuaries 293
Salt Marshes and Mudflats 295
Sand Beaches 300
IV Appendixes 307
Appendix A Emergency Telephone Numbers 308
Appendix B Air and Sea Temperatures 310
Appendix C Wind Speed 312
Appendix D Stewardship Organizations and Government Agencies 313
Appendix E Saltwater Campgrounds 316
Appendix F Sea Kayaking Guide Services, Trips Programs, and Rental Businesses 319
Appendix G What to Do with Number Two 323
Appendix H Suggested Equipment for a Day Trip 325
Bibliography 326
Index 329
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