Portland Paddle's main site is beside the East End Beach on the Portland waterfront...
Find us at the very end of Cutter Street, which crosses through the beautiful Eastern Promenade park. See directions below. For information about our Crescent Beach State Park location please click here.
Peak Season Operating Hours*
M-F: 8:30 AM to Sunset
Weekends: 7:30 AM to Sunset
*June, July, August, early September
Shoulder Season Operating Hours*
Weekends & Holidays: 9:00 AM to Sunset
Weekdays: Open only by appointment
*May, late September, October
Please Note: We may shut down or limit operations in some adverse weather conditions.
Directions to the East End Beach
We are located at the very end of Cutter Street, where the road meets the ocean. Our office is seasonal and does not have a street number. We're a short walk or drive from downtown Portland.
DRIVING: If you are driving from anywhere in the city, head north on Congress Street until the road ends and you can see Casco Bay. Take a right onto the Eastern Promenade and drive about 1/4 mile with the hillside park on your left before taking a left onto Cutter Street. Drive all the way down the hill until you find a good parking spot. All parking spots on Cutter Street are within a short walk our site and all are free of charge. Rather than driving all the way down Cutter Street to the very bottom of the hill it's usually best to park somewhere in the middle, since the parking spots at the very bottom are limited to two hours or less. We suggest you park in the all-day parking that you'll find in the big lots halfway down the hill. You are very likely to get ticketed if you park too long in a short-term space or in a space that's reserved for boat trailers.
WALKING: If you are walking from the Old Port or anywhere in downtown Portland, you can either follow the driving directions above or walk along the scenic Eastern Promenade Trail until you see us. It's roughly 1 mile from the Old Port waterfront to our site. A trail map can be found here.
ABOUT THE EAST END BEACH: The small city beach at the very eastern tip of the Portland peninsula offers an ideal launching spot for a paddle into the beautiful islands of Casco Bay or along the waterfront of Portland harbor. You can stay within the relatively sheltered waters along the shoreline or venture onto the Maine Island Trail for a day trip or multi-day expedition. The East End Beach is also a popular spot for dog-walking, swimming, picnicking and sunbathing. There are public bathrooms, picnic tables and lots of free public parking. The beach is part of the historic Eastern Promenade park that features walking trails with wonderful views of Casco Bay, tennis courts, a playground, a community garden and several historic monuments. Visit the Friends of the Eastern Promenade website to learn more about the park.
Mailing Address: 44 Waterville Street #1, Portland, ME 04101 (mail only)
Reservations are highly recommended, especially for tours, lessons and group rentals. Call us to make a reservation or click on the reservation buttons on our pages for tours, lessons and rentals. We typically take a 25% deposit to make reservations.