Have you ever wanted to paddle the Maine coast but don’t have the gear, knowledge or paddling partner? North Star Adventures is excited to continue our Paddle Maine Monday series for 2021. Experience the tidal changes, biodiversity, marine life and coastal culture, twice a month, in July and August as we explore a different section of the Maine Coast by sea kayak. Each region has its own unique character and beauty. Known for an exceptional amount of lobster buoys, lighthouses, ship wrecks, beautiful islands, seal colonies, rocky cliffs, sand beaches, and sea bird populations Maine is a paddlers dream. We will explore the emerald green waters and remote wild islands. The smell of the ocean, sounds of the waves crashing on the rocks, seals barking, and birds communicating all contribute to a wild and remote experience. Experience coastal Maine the way it is meant to be…wild, beautiful and up close.
Your day will begin at 9:00 am with an overview of the route, safety check and brief instruction. We will paddle to the islands stopping for lunch on one of the many public islands made possible by the Maine Island Trails Association and the Maine Coastal Heritage Trust. As we progress through the weeks instruction will vary from basic stroke refinement to understanding tides and currents, and navigation using the chart and a compass. We will launch at 9:00 am and return by 4:00 pm. We provide, kayaks (both single and tandem), paddles, life jackets, and lunch. You may want to bring your favorite snacks.
Session 1: July 12th – Casco Bay – Launching from Merepoint in Brunswick we have many options for exploring this section of Casco Bay. Wind and tide will determine our destination. The Goslings, Little Birch, Crow, Little French and Whaleboat Island are all possibilities. Sand beaches on the Goslings and Little Birch allow for swimming and relaxing.
Session 2: July 19th – Boothbay Harbor – The opportunities in the Boothbay region are many. Depending on the weather we may choose to stay among the secluded islands or venture out into more open seas where we can paddle to the tip of the peninsula and check out one of three lighthouses.
Session 6: August 16 – Naskeag Point: Beautiful, almost tropical sandy beaches and blue water await you on this exploration of Naskeag Point. Peppered with lobster buoys we will experience the Maine lobster industry up close and personal. We will have the opportunity to land on several islands with beautiful sand beaches for lunch and swimming.
Session 7: August 23 -Machias – The farthest north we will travel on our coastal exploration. Jasper beach with it polished stones, and sea cliffs adorned with petroglyphs (if the tide is right) make paddling in this region a unique experience. Beautiful coastal island with their rugged granite ledges are plentiful. This is a less traveled section of the Maine coast and a paddlers dream.
We try and source meals from with local organic ingredients. Nancy specializes in outdoor cooking. She has been teaching students how to prepare healthy and delicious backcountry meals for over 25 years.