Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and Kayaking

The Place For Paddling

Canoeing and kayaking are some of our most popular water sports. We are surrounded by salt water, and full of fresh water. You can sit quietly enjoying the gentle swells of the ocean while watching curious seals watch you, or share a moment with loons or ducks in the warm fresh water shores of our lakes.

Many of our guests rent canoes and kayaks on the north end of Long Pond and spend a peaceful day enjoying this 3 mile long lake that has a tiny island, perfect for a picnic lunch. Often we see loons. The clear fresh warm water is great to swim in.

If you have your own boats, Seal Cove Pond is very peaceful and pretty. Not many know the way to the boat launch (I can tell you) so it is very quiet. Eagle Lake, Echo Lake and Jordon Pond are other great places with accessible launch areas and beautiful warm fresh water, abundant wild life and rocky shores.

There is a great Kayak Rental Shop in Southwest Harbor. ( They will take you on a guided tour on the west side of the island where you may see bald eagles, seals, porpoises, and have a wonderful time on the salt water. It is a great way to kayak without the hassle of bringing your own boat.

My favorite is kayaking on the ocean. I enjoy being on the other side of the waves and seeing the seals so closely that I can see their whiskers and mottled skin. There are many places to put in, and the harbors, marshes, islands, Somes Sound and open Ocean all offer different experiences to match your comfort level or challenge your skills.

Predawn mornings as seen from your kayak as you paddle through Bass Harbor are soft and quiet. You may hear a lobster boat ease out for the days catch, or you may only hear your paddle stroke through the water. As you pass the Bass Harbor Head Light House you will start to feel the gentle swell of the Atlantic, and, if you are early enough, you can feel the dawn of a new day as you watch the sun crest the horizon and bathe you in the soft golden light of dawn.

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