During the next year Portland Paddle will be offering a range of overnight trips throughout Casco Bay and beyond. The first of these, a two-day trip to Jewell Island, is coming right up. Read on for more details, and join our email list to hear more about our other trips.
Jewell Island is fairly short paddle from Portland Harbor, but the rugged island that lies on the boundary between the ocean and Casco Bay feels incredibly remote and wild. If you've never been there, you've got to check it out at some point. With its gorgeous rugged coastline, its extensive network of trails and its ample camping spots, the island is one of the best kayak camping destinations in Maine.
Join Portland Paddle for an two-day trip to Jewell Island on September 14 and 15. This is a great trip for anyone with some minimal kayaking and camping experience. We'll provide all the kayaking gear, a guide who will offer essential paddling tips and lead the group to the island and dinner on the island. We're keeping the cost relatively low for this trip by letting participants provide most of their own food and camping gear. Everyone will need to provide food for meals besides dinner, along with tents, sleeping bags and other camping gear. (We'll give everyone at least two dry bags for packing).
The itinerary looks like this: We'll meet at our location on the East End Beach at 9:30 AM on Saturday to get outfitted, pack boats, review the route and head out. We'll island hop across the bay towards Jewell Island, stopping on an island for a lunch break. Along the way, we'll have chances to observe wildlife, learn about the history of Casco Bay and work on paddling skills.
Once we reach Jewell Island, we'll set up camp and explore the island, including its many trails and the old military tower that provides a spectacular view of the bay. Portland Paddle will provide dinner. The next day, after a leisurely morning on the island, we'll aim to hit the water by 10:00 for the paddle back to Portland. We'll take a different route on the way home so that we can explore even more of the exciting waters along the outer islands of Casco Bay. Our plan will be to get back to the East End Beach by 3:00 PM.
The cost of the trip is $150 per person, and that includes all the necessary kayaking gear, including two dry bags for packing gear. If you are using your own sea kayak, the cost is $125. Call us at 207-370-9730 for more information or to make a reservation.