Sea Kayaking

Paddle Portland Harbor

Paddle Portland Harbor

TRIP LENGTH: Roughly 3 Nautical Miles
HIGHLIGHTS: Viewing Portland’s working waterfront by sea, checking out two lighthouses, all sorts of boats/ships, and many interesting historic landmarks.

A paddle through Portland harbor allows you to get a close-up look at the working waterfront and the many traces of the port’s long history.

Kayak to Fort Gorges

Kayak to Fort Gorges

TRIP LENGTH: 2.5 Nautical Miles (if you loop around the fort)
HIGHLIGHTS: Exploring the inside an amazing old fort, looking at interesting boats/ships along the way, watching harbor seals

Fort Gorges is just one mile from the Portland waterfront, and it has a few features that make it particularly unique and fun to explore. For one thing, the fort is practically an island itself. It was built on the low, rocky land mass called Hog Island, but it takes up virtually the whole island, creating the illusion that its thick granite walls are rising out of the ocean.  

 

Paddle to Whitehead Passage

Paddle to Whitehead Passage

TRIP LENGTH: 7 Nautical Miles
HIGHLIGHTS: Gazing up at the Cushing Island cliffs, reaching the open ocean, stopping on Peaks Island, watching guillemots land on water (it’s hilarious)

Paddling from East End Beach to Whitehead Passage is the perfect progression from sheltered beginnings to an open-ocean-horizon. Along the way, you’ll move through some of Casco Bay’s layered history, observe wildlife and island life, and breathe the open-ocean air.

JEWELL ISLAND OVERNIGHT

JEWELL ISLAND OVERNIGHT

TRIP LENGTH: 15 Nautical Miles
HIGHLIGHTS: Weaving between unique islands, crossing the open ocean, watching ospreys soar and glide, exploring the Punchbowl

Even though it lies less than 8 miles from the Portland waterfront, Jewell Island feels incredibly remote and wild. And it's a big enough island that there's a lot to see and explore. On a visit to Jewell, you’ll discover ecological wonder, military relics, miles of trails to explore and beachside campsites right on the edge of the vast Atlantic horizon. As her name suggests, Jewel glistens amongst the many shining islands of Casco Bay.