August 13 Sunday
1:00 pm—5:00 pm

Departure Location:
Mitchell Field, 1410 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell, ME

Contact Info:
Seaspray Kayaking and Paddleboarding

Cost: $65 per person. Includes instruction, PFD, and kayak

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Family Friendly Island Experience

Seaspray Summer Paddling Series: Little Whaleboat and Whaleboat Islands II

Explore Casco Bay with Seaspray Kayaking

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Little Whaleboat Island with Whaleboat Island in the distance

Maine Coast Heritage Trust has teamed up with Seaspray Kayaking to offer a series of 7 guided paddles to MCHT preserves in Casco Bay this summer!

These trips are offered by Seaspray Kayaking of Brunswick and managed and led by their experienced paddling guides.

Each trip will take you to an MCHT preserve for a one-of-a-kind Maine island experience and a close-up look at the positive impact of land conservation on the Maine coast.

Register for the trip and MCHT will keep you in the loop about more trips and events throughout the year and what you can do to help protect these special places.

Destination: Little Whaleboat and Whaleboat Island Preserves

This trip visits two MCHT preserves!

Departing from Mitchell Field in Harpswell, you’ll paddle to one of MCHT’s newest preserves, Little Whaleboat Island, conserved in 2021.

This beloved island features two beautiful campsites (popular destinations on the Maine Island Trail), three crescent cobble beaches, and flat rock ledges overlooking seal haul outs on the southern end of the island.

Just a short paddle away is Whaleboat Island. At 122 acres, it’s the largest wild island in Casco Bay with a classic rocky shoreline, pebble beaches, and an expansive meadow awaiting your exploration.

This trip is appropriate for adults and children (8 years old and above recommended) of all skill levels. Beginners welcome.

What to bring:

  • Water shoes or Teva-type sandals (no flip flops). Your feet will get wet!
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses/Straps and a hat
  • Water Bottle
  • A warm extra layer
  • Lots of snacks and plenty of water
  • A small plastic bag for your trash
  • Towel
  • Clothing made of quick-dry synthetic fabrics are preferable to cotton

Seaspray provides:

  • Life-jacket
  • Paddle
  • Your choice of a single or tandem kayak. If you don’t have a partner and want to paddle a tandem, your guide will pair you up with someone.


Every Seaspray trip begins with a safety and skills review on land. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to sign up!

What to expect:

  • Bathroom facilities: There are outhouses available at Mitchell Field. There are no bathroom facilities on the islands. Be prepared to be one with nature!
  • Each person is responsible for carrying out their own trash.
  • There is plenty of free parking at Mitchell Field. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to park, sign waivers, and get ready.

Cancellation policy

  • If the trip is cancelled due to foul weather in the forecast, we’ll notify you via email 24 hours in advance and you’ll receive a full refund.
  • If your plans change, please let us know as soon as you can so we can fill your spot from the wait list. If you cancel at least 48 hours in advance, you’ll receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the trip and no-shows will not receive a refund.

The partnership

We’re honored to partner with a local outfitter to support this special series of paddles that will take you to Maine Coast Heritage Trust preserves. With a high guide-to-client ratio, these trips offer safe, one-of-a-kind Maine island experiences!

These trips are run by Seaspray Kayaking. All trip details, registration, and trip fees are managed by Seaspray. Maine Coast Heritage Trust supports Maine small businesses committed to conserving and helping steward these special places on the Maine coast.

For more information and questions, call Seaspray Kayaking at (207) 404-1100, or contact Maine Coast Heritage Trust at (207) 607-4366.

This event takes place at Little Whaleboat Island, Harpswell

An aerial view of Little Whaleboat Island in Maine's Casco Bay.

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