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Black Island Paddle

July 29, 2017 - 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Departing from (or event address): 278 South Bradford Point Road, Friendship

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Cost: $42 MCHT donors // $85 general public. Includes lunch and all equipment

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Our kayak adventure starts at Bradford Point in the fishing village of Friendship. After an orientation and safety talk, the guides from Maine Sport Outfitters will lead us on a day of sea kayaking, stopping to explore two MCHT island preserves in Muscongus Bay.

We’ll start out paddling along the shore of Friendship Long Island to MCHT’s Ned’s Point Preserve, where we’ll stop for a break on a crescent beach with beautiful views down the Bay.

Back in the kayaks, we’ll proceed past Cranberry Island to 15-acre Black Island, where we’ll stop for a picnic lunch. This 15-acre island is an MCHT public preserve and a favorite destination for paddlers and small boaters. The island’s campsites are also listed on the Maine Island Trail, and organized groups and outfitters often use the island as well.

Though wild and scenic now, Black Island was once home to a local lobsterman and his wife, who built a small homestead on the island’s northeastern shore. A grassy clearing ringed with lilacs and featuring a collapsed stone foundation is all that remains of their island home.

This trip is appropriate for all levels of paddling experience. You will have your choice of a solo or tandem kayak when you sign up. In addition to two registered Maine Sea Kayak Guides from Maine Sport Outfitters, we will be joined by MCHT steward Amanda Devine. She will share her knowledge of the conservation history of Muscongus Bay as well as the region’s flora, fauna, and geology.

Included in this trip:

  • Kayaks (your choice of a Looksha 14’ single or Looksha Tandem kayak), paddle, life vest, spray-skirt, and all safety gear.
  • Lunch and a drink


What to bring:

Bringing proper clothing and equipment is essential for a safe and enjoyable sea kayaking experience. Pack your items in a dry bag if you have one or a small bag lined with a trash bag will also suffice.

  • Fleece or pile sweater (not cotton)
  • Clothing that can get damp and still remain comfortable
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Shoes that can get wet
  • Water bottle with plenty of water
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Brimmed hat
  • Camera and/or binoculars


Cancellation policy and weather:

We want you to have the best possible experience on this trip! We will paddle in the event of light rain or fog. If foul weather or high winds are forecasted, we will cancel the trip with 24 hours’ notice via email or cell phone.

If we have to cancel due to weather, you will be contacted 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 on the waiting list.

Last-minute cancellations and no-shows will not be issued a refund.



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Learn more about Ned's Point Preserve.