Join a Guided Tour at Crescent Beach State Park
The waters off Crescent Beach offer an exciting environment for sea kayaking. While there are protected coves and marshes nearby, there's also plenty of open ocean. You can feel the swell under your boat and paddle near cliffs battered by waves. Within a short paddle there are lighthouses, estuaries, islands rich with history and lots of seals. A guided tour offers a chance to explore this environment accompanied by a licensed Maine guide with a wealth of knowledge about the sport of sea kayaking and the coast of Maine.
HOW TO BOOK: Click on the blue buttons below or call 207-37-9730 to reserve spots on a tour. You will be asked to pay a 25% deposit. You can read our cancellation policy here.
PARK ENTRANCE FEE: There is a small fee to enter Crescent Beach State Park ($6 for each Maine resident, $8 for each non-resident). As you enter the park through the main entrance you will be asked to pay this fee.
Richmond Island Kayak Tour
AT CRESCENT BEACH
$65 per person, $55 for kids 12-16
11:00 AM, Saturdays & Mondays
Richmond Island is a gorgeous, rugged island with a fascinating history. It's easily viewed from the protected shoreline of Crescent Beach, but much of its coast is fully exposed to the Atlantic Ocean, making it an ideal paddling destination for anyone who wants to get a taste of sea kayaking on open seas. The island is one of the first sites in New England known to be settled by Europeans. After being inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years, English fishermen set up camp there in the 1630s. Today the island is home to a domestic herd of rams that roam the meadows and coastline, along with deer, bald eagles, horned owls, blue herons, brown hawks and many other animals.
On this 4-hour tour we aim to reach the shores of Richmond Island and paddle along its coastline until we reach a view of the open ocean. After stopping on one of the island's beautiful beaches for a brief break we'll walk the seaside trail that circles the island, enjoying wonderful views from high cliffs and visiting a series of pristine beaches. We'll paddle back to Crescent Beach taking a different route, looking out for seals, working lobstermen, seabirds and diving osprey. This is a trip suitable for all skill levels. Your guide will begin your trip with a brief sea kayaking lesson and provide you with a kayak well-suited to your experience level and body type. $65 per person, $55 for kids 12-16
Custom group paddling adventure
AT CRESCENT BEACH
Rates vary by experience and number of people
We have designed hundreds of custom paddling experiences for schools, summer camps, wedding parties, corporate groups, big families, bachelor/bachelorette parties and all sorts of large groups. We can shape your group's experience to emphasize outdoor education, team-building, natural history, paddling instruction or just having fun on the water. Most custom trips include a mix of all those elements. Just let us know what you have in mind. Our guides are experts at facilitating memorable, fun experiences and they are prepared to offer instruction for all skill levels.
Crescent Beach State Park is a great place to bring a large group. It features one of the most gorgeous beaches in Maine along with plenty of parking, clean public bathrooms, picnic areas and food trucks.
Options for Custom Trips at Crescent Beach
Sea Kayak Tour to Richmond Island (3-4 hours)
We can adapt our standard kayak tour to Richmond Island (described above) to fit the needs and schedule of any group. Richmond Island is a rugged, forested spit of land with pristine beaches that are great for picnicking and trails that are great for exploring. Groups with less time can arrange a trip that takes a direct route to the island with only a quick beach stop, while groups with more time for adventuring may arrange for a longer paddle or opt to enjoy a guided walk around the island. As we paddle our guides will point out the area's abundant wildlife (seals, osprey, seabirds) and the views of the lighthouses at nearby Two Lights State Park. Once we reach the island we land on a beach and follow a trail to a view of the open ocean. One active farm remains on the island, which was first settled in the early 1630s as a base for English cod fishermen. Look out for the large rams that wander freely!
Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Lesson and Tour (1-2 hours)
Stand-Up Paddleboarding is a sport that's incredibly fun and fairly easy to learn, but it's still new to many people. Giving your group the chance to try it out in the beautiful coastline of Crescent Beach could be the perfect experience for them to share together. Our expert staff will start you off with a brief lesson and then take you on a brief paddle, pointing out wildlife and historic sights along the way.
Overnight camping trip to Richmond Island
Richmond Island is the perfect destination for an overnight camping trip for a small group. The island strikes a rare balance between rugged beauty, remote solitude and relatively easy access. The island is only about a mile from Portland Paddle's shop at Crescent Beach State Park, so it's usually a fairly quick paddle to reach the gorgeous, remote campsites along its shores. However, that mile is fully exposed to the open ocean and is scattered with breakers, ledges and unobstructed swells originating from the distant reaches of the Gulf of Maine. And even though the island is close to the mainland it feels like another world, with miles of wild coastline, expansive meadows, meandering trails and barely-touched beaches.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 207-370-9730 to set up a paddling adventure that's just right for your group. Ask about discounts for non-profit organizations.