Portland paddle guide suzanne blackburn in old port magazine

Portland paddle guide suzanne blackburn in old port magazine

Press Coverage of Portland Paddle

Old Port Magazine, Fall 2014

“'It isn’t easy to engage with Casco Bay if you don’t have your own boat,' explains Quigley. 'We believe strongly that having a positive experience in the outdoors—being on the ocean or in the woods—leads to better stewardship. That’s the biggest goal of our business.'” 

Innovation Maine, Summer 2014 

"In June, Portland Paddle was awarded an Entreverge award by PROPEL, the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce’s young professionals group that recognizes promising entrepreneurs and startups in the Greater Portland area. Four other startups were given awards out of the total number of nominees."  

MaineToday, Summer 2013

"Registered guide and Portland Paddle co-owner Zack Anchors led our tour and gave us a run-down of where we were headed: Out into the bay, past Fort Gorges, and on to Peaks Island. When the wind and waters are right, he said, the tours can even head out into open ocean. But before any of that can happen, we need some tips on proper paddle form (hands at shoulder width, and use your torso!)."

Portland Phoenix, Summer 2013

"Portland Paddle opened its hatches last weekend, right at the East End Beach. It’s a perfect spot to start a paddling trip — many owners already store their boats on the city-provided racks and launch from the beach. It’s a very protected little corner of the harbor with great views, and provides super-easy access to a wide range of destinations. You can take a relaxed excursion among protected inlets, (carefully) explore wildlife nesting areas, check out the rarely viewed seaward sides of lighthouses, and watch lobstermen do their work at close range — if you’re lucky, and have some cash on board, you may buy them fresh out of the trap!

Portland Paddle co-owners Zack Anchors and Erin Quigley are longtime East Enders who found themselves frustrated at the lack of paddling opportunities on the mainland hereabouts. So Anchors, a master Maine Guide who has led kayaking trips in many places for more than a dozen years, and Quigley, an experienced outdoorswoman who just got her Maine Guide license last month, teamed up to expand paddling opportunities in Portland."


On Saturday, nearly two-dozen people traveled to six different islands to clear out trash left behind by residents and tourists.

Portland Paddle teamed up with Maine Island Trail Association and event organizers say they couldn't have asked for better weather.  They do this every year, twice a year, to make sure Maine's islands stay pristine.

Celebrate Portland Paddle’s opening day, the Maine Island Trail Association, and National Trails Day with a Fort Gorges paddling clean-up. Rent a kayak from Portland Paddle, head out to the fort, and keep Fort Gorges looking good. It’s not called Fort Homely for a reason. The group will return by 2 pm.


 "The company, run by Quigley and co-owner Zack Anchors, will offer kayak and paddleboard tours, rentals, and lessons from their “mobile unit” at East End Beach. No doubt visitors from away will appreciate the chance to get up close and personal with Portland’s waters. But Portland Paddle also hopes to give locals the opportunity to experience their own watery backyard – maybe for the first time."

"Who doesn’t like a good paddle in the morning? And those evening paddles can’t be beat. Learn to paddle like a pro with Portland Paddle. New to the East End, they offer introductory lessons for novices and tips for the more experienced. Lessons include Intro to Sea Kayaking, Rescue Clinic, and Rolling Clinic and cost $40-$45. A Wednesday Night Skills Session is $20 or $10 if you have your own kayak."

“I’ve talked to a lot of people who would love to get out on Casco Bay, but live in apartments and have no place to store a kayak,” said Zack Anchors earlier today on Munjoy Hill. “We want to give Hill residents a way to access Casco Bay in a way that’s safe, convenient and affordable.”   That’s why Zack and his business partner, Erin Quigley, decided to bring this unique business to East End Beach – starting Saturday, June 1st."