Inspiration for your Summer Getaway: Water Activities in Maine

May 18th, 2018 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

As the weather starts to warm up and more boats are visible in the Camden Harbor, one starts to long for the top water activities in Camden, Maine and the surrounding area.

Camden Harbor

The two most popular things to do when you visit Camden between May and October are hike Mount Battie overlooking the Penobscot Bay and get out in a boat on the Penobscot Bay.

Sailing on the Penobscot Bay

There are a multitude of ways to go out out sailing in the Penobscot Bay.

Schooners are large wooden vessels with two or more masts.  There are many schooners in the Camden and nearby Rockport and Rockland Harbors. Each run a variety of different types of sails. They each can accommodate between 16 and 50 people per trip. Our favorite schooners to go out on are the Schooner Olad and the Schooner Surprise. The captains and crew on both vessels are friendly, knowledgeable and happy to share their local and away stories.

Father and son enjoying water activities in Maine

You can be as involved in the sailing process as you would like.

 

Family enjoying a sailing trip on the water

Or just sit and enjoy the view….and pose for pictures,

A sail boat out on the water in Maine

and admire the other schooners.

If you prefer a more intimate experience, there are smaller, faster, sailing vessels that carry between 6 and 8 people. Check out Owl, Sloop Anjacaa, or Sloop Heritage.  Each experience has it’s own appeal.  You can surely find one to suit you.

If you think you might like a longer excursion try a multi-night cruise on a windjammer.  A windjammer is a large merchant ship propelled by sails.  The Windjammer Association consists of 8 ships that sail out of the Camden or Rockland harbors.

Other Options on Penobscot Bay

What if sailing is not your thing, but you want to get out in the Bay?  There are a few other alternatives.

Private boat docked in Camden, Maine

Private charters such as the Bertram from Osprey Island Yacht.

Or you can try the Stella  Di Mare,  a classic 1979 58ft Hatteras Motor Yacht, with multiple cruising and charter options.

You can also go out on a lobster boat tour and learn about the lobster industry in Maine….as well as seeing other wildlife or lighthouses.

lobstering; crew holding 5lb lobster in Maine

Crew explains about lobstering.

Grey seals of the shore in Maine

Viewing grey seals from the Lively Lady on the Eco-tour.

Beautiful Maine views

Another option is to take a ferry out to one of the many coastal islands such as Islesboro, Vinalhaven or Mohegan. Explore island living.

Oaring/Paddling/Rowing

So you are a “do it yourself”er.  You can rent a row boat and row out to Curtis Island with a picnic lunch and hike the island.

Fun water activities in Maine - kayaking

Opportunities to kayak on area lakes and ponds as well as in the harbor or harbor to harbor.

There are multiple guided kayak tours available in the Camden area. You can also rent sea or lake kayaks from Maine Sport Outfitters and kayak on your own. You can also rent a Stand Up Paddle Board from Maine Sports Outfitters.  This fast growing sport give you a full-body workout while enjoying any one of a number of local bodies of water.

Camden, Maine water activities - SUP Boarding

Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Station Maine offers Community Rowing for free throughout the summer to both midcoast residents and summer guests, at all ages and skill levels, with children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Megunticook Rowing also offers rowing lessons and opportunities for a fee.

Maine water activities - rowing

Rowing on Megunticook Lake

Swimming

Although the ocean along the coast of Maine stays quite cold for most, there are still some people who enjoy a refreshing swim. Laite Beach is located on Bay View Street in Camden

Laite Beach in Camden, Maine

Laite Beach is walking distance from the center of town.

Beach in Camden, Maine

Abandoned blanket,

Water views in Camden, Maine

as children are off playing on the rocks despite the chilly waters.

For a refreshing yet warmer swim, head to Barrett’s Cove Beach on Megunticoook Lake.  It is a 10 minute drive up Route 52 from Camden.

Barrett's Cove sign

Barrett’s Cove on Lake Megunticook

Lake Megunticook in Maine

Lake Megunticook covers 1,328 acres.

One can also swim

Shirt Tail Point sign

at Shirt Tail Point on Washington Street

Megunticook River in Maine

in Megunticook River.

After you have had your fill of fun water activities, come stay at the Hawthorn Inn.  You can sit by the firepit and enjoy watching the activity on the harbor.

Relaxing fire with beautiful views in Camden, Maine

Perfect ending to a fun-filled day

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