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Free Guided Kayak Trips in Harpswell this August

The Helen and Walter Norton Preserve on Birch Island (Photograph © Jym St. Pierre)

Paddle to Helen and Walter Norton Preserve, HHLT’s Newest Preserve on Birch Island in Middle Bay

Sun., Aug. 13, 12:30-4:30 p.m. • Leaving from Lookout Point • Advance registration required. Click here to register or contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613.

Join Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) board member, kayaker and Registered Maine Guide, Alicia Heyburn, for a Sunday afternoon paddle to the Walter and Helen Norton Preserve, HHLT’s new island property on Birch Island in Middle Bay. Meet at Lookout Point at 12:30 p.m. to unload boats, aiming to be on the water at 1:00. We will circumnavigate Birch Island as the tide comes in, exploring its coves and shoreline, and pull ashore at the preserve on the northeast corner of the island, with a nice beach and gorgeous views down Middle Bay.

This is an intermediate level trip of approximately five nautical miles. Kayaking experience and endurance is required. Weather conditions can change quickly on a summer afternoon. Participants must have sea kayak at least 16 feet long (not sit on top) and appropriate paddle and must wear spray skirts and PFDs. Limited to 8 participants. Advanced registration required.

 

Paddle & Lunch in Cundy’s Harbor

Fri., Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. • Leaving from Bethel Point • Advance registration required. Click here to register or contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613.

Join Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) board member, kayaker and Registered Maine Guide, Alicia Heyburn, for a Friday paddle around outer Quahog Bay, including a lunch stop at Holbrook’s Lobster Wharf. Meet at the Bethel Point landing at 10:00 a.m. to unload boats, aiming to be on the water at 10:30 a.m. We will paddle around Yarmouth Island, with possible visits to Raspberry Island (part of the Maine Island Trail), HHLT’s new Little Yarmouth Island Preserve, and Jenny Island, a designated sea bird nesting island with a significant population of Common Terns and occasional Roseate and Arctic Terns. The tide will assist us up the New Meadows to Cundy’s Harbor where participants can purchase lunch at Holbrook’s Lobster Wharf. After the tide turns, we will return to Bethel Point, passing additional islands conserved by HHLT.

This is an intermediate level trip of approximately eight nautical miles. Kayaking experience and endurance is required. Weather conditions can change quickly on a summer afternoon. Participants must have sea kayak at least 16 feet long (not sit on top) and appropriate paddle and must wear spray skirts and PFDs. Limited to 8 participants. Advanced registration required.