During a fall paddle on Chauncey Creek in Kittery, were greeted by marsh grass, an audience of trees, and the easy-going tidal waters of the salt marsh as we navigated through the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge toward Brave Boat Harbor.
The wonders of Rangeley. There are way too many to count - and certainly too many to experience in a five-day camping trip - but I did my best last month to cram in as much hiking, paddling, and waterfall-hunting as I could.
Sebec Lake is a big draw for visitors to Peaks-Kenny State Park. There's a sandy beach and swimming area in the park and you can launch your kayak (or rent one) and spend the day paddling all the scenic nooks and crannies. There are also a few hiking trails located within the park, so you don't have to venture far to get on trail.
Stunning views of coastal Maine (including the fort at Colonial Pemaquid) viewed from the wonderfully buoyant seat of a sea kayak during a tour with Maine Kayak.
Get out on the water early for this weekly morning SUP. Group paddles run all summer, from 7-8:30 am. every Thursday, leaving from Portland's East End.
Perfect for an easy-going spring paddle or a jaunt on a summer evening, Runaround Pond is a quiet, beginner-friendly place to put in a kayak.
Koan Wellness in York offers paddleboard yoga classes on the York River every weekend and some weekdays. Beginners welcome!
Put you SUP or kayak in the water at the Crescent Lake boat launch and explore Crescent Lake, Tenny River, AND Panther Pond. Threefer!
Whether you're new to paddling altogether or you've been paddling for ages and just like the idea of meeting up with new-to-you people, check out the Windham/Raymond Paddle Club.
Active ways to explore Maine, whether you're visiting Maine for a short time or you live here all year long. Hike, bike, paddle, and walk - and make brag-worthy memories along the way.