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Sea kayakers play in a cave on Calf Island

Stave Island Adventure

In northeastern Frenchman Bay you will find Stave Island.  The south end of this almost 2 mile long island in the waters of the Town of Gouldsboro is a preserve tended to by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.  There are multiple places to land and explore and even a campsite.  The shore of Stave island is a joy to paddle and weather permitting there are fantastic views of Mount Desert Island and Acadia Nation Park.  There portions of the journey that have open water condition with the potential for some excitement with plenty of options to lengthen or shorten the day as needed.  One of our favorite places to be on the water.

A sea kayaker paddles along Stave Island in Frenchman Bay
Stave Island Adventure

Here you can see the course of one of our Stave Island Adventures.  We paddled about 7.9 nautical miles(9 miles).  We paddled at a relaxed pace and made a couple of stops under mostly clear skies and calm seas.  The Google Earth image shows an approximation of areas that are possible to explore in a half day tour.  Weather and group abilities will determine that actual course that your group travel.  If you have a specific goal in mind let us know and we will try to make it happen.

What to Expect

  • 6 to 8 hours of comfortably paced Kayaking

  • Average distance of 7 to 9 miles

  • Possible harbor seals, grey seals and, harbor porpoise sightings

  • Possible bald eagle, osprey, common loon, black guillemot sightings, as well as other seabirds

  • exceptional scenery

  • A break on a beach to eat, stretch, and explore

  • A very good chance to get wet

What is provided

  • Sea Kayaks solo or tandem

  • PFD(life jacket), Paddle, spray skirt, spray jacket(if needed), and waterproof phone case

  • Basic sea kayaking lesson and safety instruction

  • Registered Maine Guide

Price for private charter

  • $350 for the first paddler  then $75 Per additional paddler

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