Kayak to Malaga Island Preserve
Hosted by MCHT's Next Wave
This event is sold out
Beautiful and wild today, Malaga Island was the backdrop for one of the more regrettable events in Maine’s history just over a century ago. MCHT’s Next Wave hosts a short kayak trip to this historically significant island and a guided history tour to explore the subtle remnants that remain of the island homesteads and the community that once existed here.
Beginning in the mid-1860s, Malaga Island was home to a community of mixed-race fishermen and their families. They lived there for almost 50 years. In 1912, the state of Maine forcibly evicted the roughly 40 residents in an act that was motivated by racism, eugenics, and Maine’s growing tourism industry.
Since conserving the island for public access in 2001, MCHT has worked closely with descendants of the islanders, community members, historians, archaeologists, and artists to share the story of what was done to the people of Malaga and how that story is still unfolding. Malaga Island is included on the Maine Freedom Trail.
The History Tour
Our tour will be led by Robert Sanford, professor emeritus of Environmental Science & Policy at the University of Southern Maine. He is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and has co-directed two field schools on Malaga Island with Professor Nathan Hamilton. His books include Practicing Archaeology (a picture of Malaga is on the cover), Cultural Resources Archaeology, River Voices, and Reading Rural Landscapes.
This trip is open to the public and suitable for all ages.
What to Bring:
- Wear shoes that can get wet (Teva-style sandals or watershoes are great) for kayaking. Packing a pair of dry shoes to change into at the island is a good idea.
- A warm extra layer or jacket
- Plenty of snacks and water
- Hat and sunglasses
There are no bathroom facilities at Malaga Island Preserve.
Kayak route suitable for all ages:
The guided kayak paddle with Seaspray Kayaking departs from Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg. The paddle takes approximately 45 minutes and is suitable for beginners. You have your choice of paddling a single or tandem kayak. Everyone receives a safety talk and paddling lesson before departure with our professional kayak guides.
Don’t wait! Space on this trip is very limited – reserve your spot soon.
If the trip is cancelled due to foul weather in the forecast, you’ll be notified 24 hours in advance and you’ll receive a full refund.
Cancellations made before September 18 will receive a full refund.
Cancellations made between Sept 18 and 21 will receive a 50% refund.
Cancellations made after Sept 21 and no-shows will not receive a refund.
MCHT’s Next Wave
MCHT’s Next Wave (donors 50 and under) is the group of young conservationists on a mission to keep the coast of Maine open, healthy, working, and beautiful. Come learn about important topics in conservation and make a few new friends while you’re at it!
This event takes place at Malaga Island, Phippsburg
Malaga Island was once home to a mixed-race fishing community forcibly removed by the state in 1912. Now a public preserve and important Maine historical site, we encourage all to learn the story of Malaga and those who called the island home. | Learn more