Thousands of miles of spectacular ocean coastline as well as thousands of pristine lakes and ponds make Maine a bountiful outdoor playground for kayakers seeking recreation and adventure, from half-day excursions to multi-day trips. Kayaking is a great way to see the Maine outdoors, get some good exercise and have fun with the whole family.
Sea kayakers will discover paddling opportunities to suit a range of ability and interest levels, from calm waters to challenging seas. Exploring among the rugged granite cliffs, quiet bays, spruce-studded offshore islands and long sandy beaches, paddlers will find the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife a suitable reward for the paddling efforts. Professional sea kayaking guides can help you be safe and responsible paddlers during your trip to Maine.
Countless lakes and ponds in the forested interior of Maine offer flatwater kayaking possibilities and a different experience from that of the coast. From amazing mountain panoramas to a big moose feeding at the lakeshore; from casting for native brook trout to photographing colorful wildflowers, a kayak trip on Maine’s lakes is a unique and satisfying outdoor experience.
Many outfitters provide equipment rentals, instruction, shuttles and guide services for day, overnight and multi-day trips for sea and lake kayaking enthusiasts. Maine guides provide a personalized kayaking trip that you can count on to be safe, enjoyable, fun and memorable.
Public and private campgrounds and campsites around Maine provide simple tent camping for kayakers, while a host of lakefront and oceanside cabins, cottages and lodges offer comfortable home-style accommodations complete with meals.