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Cobscook Bay Boat Tour

July 9, 2017 - 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Departing from (or event address): Eastport pier, 42 Water Street, Eastport

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Cost: $30 MCHT donors // $60 general public. Lunch is included

This trip is full


If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, please contact us at or call (207) 729-7366.

If you can't join us on our trip this season, there are other opportunities to get out on the water in Eastport and Lubec. Daily trips depart from Eastport with Eastport Windjammers aboard the boat we are chartering. You can find more information on other opportunities at

Join us for a picnic cruise and tour of Cobscook Bay and its many tidal inlets, deep coves, and wildlife-rich islands. We will witness the spectacular views and abundance of marine and wildlife in one of Maine’s great unspoiled coastal regions which sits on the border with Canada.

Our tour will pass MCHT preserves on Treat Island, Matthews Island, Lincoln Cove, and Sipp Bay as well as conservation easements on Crow Neck and the Straight Bay Islands. Over 200 bird species live here or migrate through, seeking out the protected coves and abundant food sources. In the late summer, minke, fina, and right whales are known to venture into the Bay to feed in the nutrient-rich waters.

The name “Cobscook” is derived from the Maliseet-Passamaquoddy tribal word for “boiling tides.” With an average 18-foot tide, strong tides flow in and out of the Bay, nourishing one of the most productive, unspoiled, and species-rich marine ecosystems in the state. Captain Butch Harris will share his extensive knowledge of urchin and scallop fishing in Cobscook Bay where he makes his living year-round. MCHT land steward Deirdre Whitehead will share her deep knowledge of the area including many fascinating historical stories that reach back over two centuries, and beyond.

What to Expect:

We’ll meet in Eastport (the easternmost city in the United States!) and board Capt. Harris’s comfortable 47-foot lobster-style boat. Lunch is provided.

We will spend the full three hours on board the boat. It can be significantly cooler on the water and the weather is changeable at this time of year. Please dress warmly. There are simple bathroom facilities on board.


Please contact us at or call (207) 729-7366

Land for Maine’s Future 30th Anniversary

On this field trip, we’ll see Sipp Bay Preserve, a Maine Coast Heritage Trust preserve that was conserved with funding from the state’s Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program. Established in 1987, LMF has been working for Maine over three decades by securing public access to more than 150 places on 600,000 acres. To learn more visit:

Cancellation policy and weather

We want you to have the best possible experience on this trip!

  • If we have to cancel due to weather, you will be contacted by email and issued a full refund.
  • If your plans change, you must cancel at least 48 hours before departure time to qualify for a refund, and to make room for others.
  • Last minute cancellations and no-shows will not be issued a refund.