Muscongus Bay Three-Day Trip

An Island-Hopping Expedition on the Maine Island trail


2019 TRIPS: July 12-14, August 9-11. And by request

COST: $455 per person


  • Visiting several islands on the Maine Island Trail in Muscongus Bay

  • Observing the abundant wildlife of Muscongus Bay, including seals and seabirds

  • Watching the sun set over the bay from oceanside campsites

  • Exploring the trails of Hog Island Audubon Sanctuary


  • Well-rounded, delicious meals

  • Kayaks and other paddling gear

  • Dry bags for packing your belongings

  • Licensed Maine guide

  • Tent(s)


  • Prior sea kayaking experience

  • Ability to paddle for several hours in one day (with many breaks)

  • Comfort with tent camping

Muscongus Bay is one of our favorite destinations for multi-day sea kayaking trips on the Maine coast. It offers a prime environment for viewing wildlife, and its countless small islands provide plenty of options for exploring the Maine Island Trail. Muscongus Bay doesn't attract many large boats due to its lack of major harbors and shallow ledges, but it's absolutely perfect for sea kayaking.

Where You’ll paddle

This trip starts with a roughly 90-minute drive north to the small village of Round Harbor on the south side of the bay. From there the group will island-hop east, with possible camping spots including Thief Island, Black Island, Hog Island and Crow Island. Along the way there will be lots of opportunities to observe seals and other wildlife; Muscongus Bay is especially well-known as a great place to view birds of all sorts. One of the islands we’ll visit, Hog Island, is home to a large Audubon Sanctuary with great trails that we’ll take time to explore.

Your guide will be customize the route to match the interests and experience level of the group. You should expect to paddle for several hours each day, but there will be lots of breaks and the group will travel at a pace that’s comfortable for everyone. Your guide will be happy to offer paddling instruction throughout the trip. 

Logistical Details

The group meets at 9:00 AM on the first day and will return by 4:00 PM two days later.  Portland Paddle will provide kayaking gear, dry bags, drinking water, tents and basic camping and cooking gear. You should bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping pad, or you can rent them from us for an additional fee. We are happy to store any of your belongings (luggage, bikes, etc.) during your trip.

Click here to view a detailed trip itinerary and packing list for this trip. 

If you have signed up for a multi-day trip with us every member of your party must fill out our our multi-day trip questionnaire by clicking on the button below.