No matter your experience level, Mount Desert Island has some of the best kayaking options for anyone that wants to get out on the water. Of the different activities shown here, kayaking is probably the least tried. For some folks, it just doesn’t fit into their itinerary. But for many, they simply haven’t done it before and don’t know where to begin. Honestly, virtually any able-bodied person can do it and once you try it, it will be hard not to be hooked. Now there are a few ways to go about this type of adventure so we’ve made an effort to explain them here. We’ll show you the different options that await you on your next trip and how to safely enjoy paddling around the beautiful waters of Mount Desert Island.
If you want to paddle a kayak along the coast of Mount Desert Island, a guided tour is the only way we recommend. With the assistance of a professional guide, anyone can enjoy kayaking in the ocean. The guides will keep you safe and allow you to enjoy the natural beauty of coastal Maine with complete peace of mind. Below are some local companies that have been providing guided sea kayak tours for many years. They’re all a little unique in what they offer so look through them and see which one peaks your interest.
Most of these trips are done in small groups, approximately 12 people. If there is a particular trip you want to take, reserve it in advance. Because of the limited space available, these trips tend to book up fast.
Sometimes you just want to do your own thing. And if that’s the case, we’ve got you covered. The largest lake on Mount Desert Island is Long Pond. At nearly four miles long, it is the go-to place for locals who enjoy fun on the water. Boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and swimming can all be done at this natural treasure. If you’re visiting and want to partake in some of the fun, check out National Park Canoe & Kayak below…
If you’re a kayaking enthusiast or want to adventure on new waters, Mount Desert Island offers several lakes for you to enjoy. There are places where you can launch sea kayaks into the ocean but we don’t recommend sea kayaking without a guide. If you bring your own kayaks on your next trip there are several launch spots where you can drop your kayaks into some of the areas most pristine lakes. Along with Long Pond, Echo Lake, Eagle Lake and Jordan Pond offer serene waters to paddle along. Check out the map below where we’ve highlighted the different launch points for each of these lakes. If you’re interested in kayaking these spots but don’t have your own kayak, check out Acadia Outfitters below.
Sea Kayak Tours
Kayak Launch (note: points may not be exact)
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