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

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

by Dorcas S. Miller


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881507058
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 06/05/2006
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

IRead This First13
How to Use This Book14
Onshore Threats: Poison Ivy, Insects, and Lightning20
Low-Impact Paddling22
Tides and Weather28
Defensive Paddling and Planning a Trip34
IIFrom Kittery to Cobscook39
1.The Southern Coast41
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 Bay70
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 Rivers97
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 Bay168
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 Island198
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
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
IIIMaine Coast Natural History275
Glacial Geology276
Birds and Marine Mammals of the Open Coast280
The Rocky Shore290
Salt Marshes and Mudflats295
Sand Beaches300
Appendix AEmergency Telephone Numbers308
Appendix BAir and Sea Temperatures310
Appendix CWind Speed312
Appendix DStewardship Organizations and Government Agencies313
Appendix ESaltwater Campgrounds316
Appendix FSea Kayaking Guide Services, Trips Programs, and Rental Businesses319
Appendix GWhat to Do with Number Two323
Appendix HSuggested Equipment for a Day Trip325

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