History

Paddle Portland Harbor

Paddle Portland Harbor

Paddling Portland Harbor

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. For this trip, we’ll describe the highlights of a paddle that begins at the East End Beach and continues up the Fore River past the Old Port towards the Casco Bay Bridge.

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.