Summer’s here, so we can’t say this enough: get yourself to the Maine coast and islands! Run don’t walk! Well, if you’re headed to the islands, probably take a boat. Here are some Maine coast adventures, from fly fishing, to sea kayaking, to rock climbing that will get you out enjoying the best of summer in the Pine Tree State.
1. Explore Penobscot Bay and Holbrook Island by sea kayak
Penobscot Bay is an absolute Maine classic. You don’t want to miss it. The huge bay features islands with granite banks and cliffs rising right out of the Atlantic ocean and is ringed by the tree covered mountains of Camden Hills State Park. Join sea kayak guide Nancy Zane and a local naturalist for a day of exploring the the bay and it’s incredible wildlife from harbor seals, to loons and osprey.
2. Fish for stripers on the Maine coast’s St. George River
The Maine coast is renowned for striper fishing, attracting anglers from far and wide. Whether you’re an experienced vet or a complete novice, we highly recommend trying your hand at catching (and releasing) a striped bass. The St. George River sits on a beautiful stretch of the Maine coast dotted with islands and tidal inlets, and is home to some of Maine’s best fishing grounds. Fishing guide Don Kleiner is one of the best in the business and a wealth knowledge on the wildlife, history, and culture of the region.
3. Rock climb above crashing surf in Acadia National Park
You might know Acadia National Park for its rugged shoreline of famous beaches and picturesque mountains, but it’s also an underrated rock climbing destination. The park’s sea cliffs make for great climbing at any skill level. You’ll also be climbing right above the crashing Atlantic, which adds an another exhilarating element to the experience. And talk about some great Instagram material! Do yourself a favor and get a guide; we recommend Atlantic Climbing School, who have a great reputation and have been guiding climbers in Maine for over 20 years.
4. Take a boat tour of Rockland Harbor and Owls Head Lighthouse
Let’s make a bold statement. You haven’t truly experienced the Maine coast until you’ve been out on a boat. We’re definitely not knocking any of the other amazing things you could do in the area, but Maine’s harbors and fishing communities are the driving cultural force for this rocky coastline, and we highly recommend experiencing that up close. Look no further than Rockland Harbor and nearby Owl’s Head Light to catch a glimpse of Maine’s nautical heritage in the most scenic setting imaginable. If you don’t have a boat, hop on a tour with Laughing Gull Boat Charters and let them give you the cook’s tour from historic schooners to commercial fishing vessels and local wildlife.
5. Fly fish for largemouth bass and trout on Camden’s Megunticook Lake
Last but definitely not least, take a quick break from all the ocean-based activities and hit Lake Megunticook to catch some largemouth bass on the fly. Located just outside Camden, this gem is slightly off the beaten path and a paradise for fly fishing. It’s also a great place to spot eagles, loons, and migratory birds, so bring your binoculars and camera. Tap into some local knowledge with experienced fishing guide Mike Kinney and you’ll be hooking huge bass in no time.