Kayaking & Canoeing
Water, water, everywhere! So many choices!
Maine has about 3,500 miles of coastline and over 4,000 lakes and ponds. Some of the loveliest coastal coves and jewel like lakes are right here in the Camden area!
From the Inn you can walk to Camden harbor and kayak. Daily adventures, under the leadership of a Maine guide, head out for Curtis Island where our resident Bald Eagles nest. Kayak adventures to the island bring visitors ashore to enjoy Curtis Island lighthouse and a picnic lunch. Keep a eye out for harbor seals along the way!
If you prefer a more remote adventure, you can canoe or kayak on one of our quiet lakes. Only a short drive from Blackberry, are dozens of lakes, some connected to each other, some totally uninhabited where you can see nature at its best. Loons, ducks, bald eagles, osprey … even an occasional moose … may be spotted.
We’ll help you with rentals or tell you where to launch your canoe orkayak. Guided tours happen daily; weather permitting. And just a bit further from the inn, are kayaking adventures along the coastal habitat for native puffins. Whatever your comfort and skill level, there is an adventure you will not want to miss!
- Picnic lunches are a favorite for guests heading out on an adventure. We’re happy to pack one up for you!
- Kayak rentals, guided tours and canoes are all available from June through October.
- Let us help you plan a real Maine adventure you’ll remember for a lifetime!
Sailing on Penobscot Bay on a historic Maine Schooner
The waters of Penobscot Bay are known in the boating world as among the finest sailing waters on earth. We’d have to agree! And once you’ve stepped aboard a Maine historic schooner for a sail, it will be one of your fondest Maine vacation memories.
Camden harbor is home to several of the Maine windjammers and while in port, these impressive three and 4 masted ships lend a stately presence. Enjoy watching the supplies come on board for the 3 to 7 day excursions past islands, through channels and along the rocky coast. Passengers of the Mary Day, Angelique and Mercantile feast aboard ship, listen to sea shantys and try their hand at the helm or trimming the sheets! All who come back to the inn for a bit of pampering after their voyage share memories they’ll take home and savor for a long time.
Midcoast Maine is also home to many Maine schooners that set sail daily for two hour or half day trips giving passengers a taste of the sea. It’s a MUST do while in Camden ! Enjoy Schooner Surprise, with Captain Jack and his first mate Barbara, in their 25th season of sailing this beautifully restored 57 ft. schooner. The Appledore is the largest of the day sail vessels. Lazy Jack and Olad also set sail several times a day. Don’t forget your camera! Leaving from Camden , you’ll sail past Curtis Island where you will have a great opportunity to photograph Curtis Island Lighthouse. And, you might get a glimpse of our resident bald eagles or friendly harbor seals.
Nearby Rockport and Rockland harbors are home to other sailing schooners. Trips from these harbors will take you past Indian Island Lighthouse, or past the Rockland Breakwater Light and the Owl’s Head light. Every harbor is different; every site a delight!
There’s no better way to see the coast of Maine!