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The best way to explore Maine?

Posted on: 11 May 2016

Many would say by canoe, kayak or SUP. Seeing Maine from the water is one of the best ways to explore the state, and there are plenty of rental outlets as well as outfitters to help you explore.

The state has more than 5,000 miles of coastline to travel by sea kayak, such as paddling from Acadia east to the Bold Coast, or cruising among the many islands of the Midcoast region, from Penobscot Bay to Casco Bay. The most outstanding route is the 375-mile long Maine Island Trail, America's first water trail designed to protect the fragile coastal environment and provide an organized recreational route for sea kayakers, with more than 200 designated campsites along the way. 

Companies like Kayak Excursions, Port Clyde Kayaks and Midcoast Kayak offer guided day trips and overnights. Maine also has more than 2,500 lakes and ponds, ideal for kayaks, SUPS and canoes. For those who really want to explore some of Maine's legendary rivers, there are outfitters who can take you on the Allagash River Waterway, the St. Croix and the Penobscot. Check out Allagash Canoe Trips, run by Chip and Lani Cochrane, Maine's oldest continuously running guided canoe trip service, or Canoe the Wild, which offers multi day trips on the major northern rivers.

Go to Visit Maine for more info.