paddle in maine

any one have any ideas for me. i am planning to to on vacation in august to maine and would love to go out for a paddle. and from what i hear i will be bringing my drysuit even in august. weather to rent and go on day trips or with a reasonable place that does tours for touring area. good with 10+ miles per day thanks

Maine has 6500 miles of coastline.
Help me please. To answer you now would be like giving advice to someone about Northern California when they will be staying in San Diego.

I live in Maine. Its not that small.

I would start here >>>

or here

Or Bar Harbor? Perhaps something in between, Maine has a long coast line as others have mentioned.

Get yourself Downeast to machias or lubec. Whitewater or flat water. Peaceful and rural. Big tides add to challenge!

maine paddle
thank you for some ideas. i was thinking down east also sea kayaking no rapids

maine paddle
sorry first time posting here. down east maine sea kayaking no rapids preferbably with outfitter that knows area. thanks since visiting by myself

Lots of
Good paddling around Mount Desert Island where Acadia NP is located. I am sure some others will offer there thoughts.

Cobscook Bay
I love the Cobscook Bay area - Lubec and Eastport. I know a good guide there. I am going back next week for 2 weeks of paddling.

Steve and Tess are great.

A few thoughts about Maine
For many years, my wife and I have been going to Stonington every September and have been using Stonington as a base for paddling trips in the area. When we are in Stonington, we stay at Boyce’s Motel (; also in Stonington is the Old Quarry campground ( where, in addition to providing camping, they can arrange for rentals and guides.

My wife and I are members of the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA), and I recommend that you investigate it ( As a member, you would have access to many islands for day use or camping.

Bring your dry suit? Definitely; the water is cold!

If I can be of further help, tell me.


Which are the best area’s to paddle around Deer Island and Stonington? It’s on my radar for next year.


Best to join MITA
Their guidebook replaces many other sources. Also the second edition of Kayaking The Maine Coast Dorcas S. Miller.

I am very aware of MITA and will join to get the guide book when I am ready. What I am looking for is personal experiences from people you have been there. I will not be camping on any of the islands and only doing day paddles.