Paddle to Fort Gorges with the Portland Gear Hub’s GEO Program

a Guided Sea Kayak Trip for Women/Trans/Femme/Non-Binary Folks

WHEN: Sunday, June 2, 10:30am - 1:30pm
WHERE: Meet at Portland Paddle, by the East End Beach
COST: Pay what you can, or join us for free. Sliding scale: $0/$10/$20.
(This trip is normally $55 per person)

Fort Gorges, a 19th-century granite fort surrounded by water, is one of the most fascinating spots in Casco Bay, and it's only accessible by small boat. Sea kayaking is the perfect way to get there!

Our trip to Fort Gorges will begin at 10:30 AM sharp with a brief kayaking lesson and a paddle into Portland harbor. Then we'll venture onto open waters for the crossing to Hog Island Ledge, where we'll land on a beach and explore the granite halls, dark passageways and towering ramparts of Fort Gorges. Make sure you check out the gorgeous view of the Portland skyline from the rooftop! You're welcome to bring along a picnic to enjoy on the beaches or grassy parade grounds of the island.  The trip is for kayakers of all skill levels and will be led by one of Portland Paddle's licensed Maine guides. 


  • Starting off your trip with a brief lesson on the basics of sea kayaking taught by a kayak guide

  • Roughly two hours of slow to moderate-paced sea kayaking; appropriate for novices

  • A visit to historic Fort Gorges, where you'll spend 30-45 minutes exploring the site

  • Possible sightings of seals, eider ducks, guillemots, osprey, eagles and all sorts of seabirds

  • Possible splashing and dripping during the paddle -- you may get slightly damp or wet.

  • Double (two-person) sea kayaks that are stable, swift and perfect for beginners. Or, if you prefer, request a solo kayak.