It Shouldn't Come as a Surprise That Acadia is the Perfect Place for Kayaking. We Are on an Island, After All.
Those with equipment can begin sea kayaking around Mount Desert Island from Hadley Point, Bar Island Gravel Bar, Seal Harbor Beach, Northeast Harbor, Manset, Bass Harbor or Seal Cove.
Fresh water kayaking is also a beautiful experience in the part. Please refer to the Canoeing in Acadia for detailed information on launch locations. Equipment rentals are available locally.
When launching from any coastal area, please be sure to obey all posted signage regarding parking and other regulations. Respect private property. Remember to check the tide chart and remember that the difference between low tide and high tide in the Mount Desert Island area can reach twelve feet; if you start paddling from somewhere at low tide, it may be underwater when you return. Plan accordingly.
A Very Important Note on Safety: If you plan to head out on your own, always be aware of your personal safety. Kayaking in the ocean is for experienced paddlers only. It is VERY easy to get into trouble in the waters off the coast of Maine. The impact of tides, fog, wind and cold water temperatures (usually less than 55 degrees Fahrenheit) can quickly create difficult conditions. Know your personal skill level and consider always traveling with a partner. Knowledge about how to perform a self-rescue, nautical chart, compass and bilge pump are essential items for sea kayaking. You might also consider carrying a safety whistle and flare.