I would like to hear from anyone who has paddled from the Owls Head area of Maine over to Vinalhaven. What was the trip like, difficulties ,concerns. opinion. Thanks
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Might that not be so dependent on |
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-12-13 2:39 PM (EST)
the particular conditions the day one took the trip as to limit the usefulness of other trip reports?
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-12-13 5:23 PM (EST)
have to do with the day. Its about a ten mile crossing.
Posted by: Celia on Jun-13-13 6:56 AM (EST)
My husband and I have spent time in that area each summer for over 20 years.
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Posted by: mwhussin on Jun-13-13 9:59 AM (EST)
This has been very helpful! Thanks so much for all the time. Was hoping to do it as part of a longer trip, stopping at vinal haven and then continuing on to deer isle area. we were not planning on doing a one day out and back so getting caught by weather late in the afternoon or evening wouldn't matter so much as we could just hang out having some time to play with. Anyway it still sounds a bit more dodgey than we want!
Yeah - Vinalhaven is not a stop-over|
Posted by: Celia on Jun-13-13 1:39 PM (EST)
Posted by: NateHanson on Jun-14-13 6:25 AM (EST)
Rockland, to Vinalhaven area, to Stonington area is a nice journey, but it's quite committing water. If you are not experienced with long crossings, tidal currents, and large boat traffic, then you might not want to start with that trip.
Posted by: jonsprag1 on Jun-14-13 8:11 PM (EST)
kayak medic suggested a trip from Lincolnville to Islesboro--Gilkey's Harbor--this is open water but a much shorter distance (3 miles) and can be a day trip or an overnight staying at Warrens Island State Park. You could also launch at Northport for a longer trip but less open water (about 1.5-2miles) but parking might be a problem. I've done both multiple times and it is not the epic that paddling to Vinalhaven is.
High risk crossing|
Posted by: gyork on Jun-14-13 1:16 PM (EST)
Given the length of crossing, I consider this potentially dangerous, and would never attempt it. Consider island hopping from Little Deer Isle.
kayaks must be on cars|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-14-13 1:27 PM (EST)
now if we could make kayaks look like bicycles..
I am sure you are right|
Posted by: Celia on Jun-14-13 1:53 PM (EST)
I did it in 2005|
Posted by: jonsprag1 on Jun-14-13 7:55 PM (EST)
with a friend to celebrate getting my Maine Sea kayak Guides license. We launched at the Rockland Harbor Boat Launch at about 8:30 and paddled the three miles to Owl's Head.
PS watch out for the lobster boats|
Posted by: jonsprag1 on Jun-14-13 7:59 PM (EST)
The stretch of Penobscot Bay between Rockland and Vinalhaven has more lobster traps then any other spot I've paddled on the coast of Maine and that includes Stonington.
From Deer Isle Option|
Posted by: eel on Jun-15-13 7:12 AM (EST)
If you are going to be in Stonington, you might want to explore going to Vinalhaven from there. Could be a loop by using MITA islands north of Northhaven. The crossing is shorter, but it is still something to think about.
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Posted by: mwhussin on Jun-18-13 12:46 PM (EST)
Again thanks for opinions and suggestions. I'm now thinking of crossing from further up the coast, Saturday Cove, and crossing over to Islesford. Seems a much more manageable crossing. I would then head up to the northern tip of the island and cross over to Deer isle area( this is being thought of as a multi-day trip so the possibility of needing to lay-over due to weather is built in). thanks all!
Posted by: jonsprag1 on Jun-18-13 8:47 PM (EST)
Posted by: natehanson on Jun-18-13 11:08 PM (EST)
Paddling Islesboro to Stonington is a pretty big day, and currents matter, but it is pretty. I've typically gone around the South end though, not the North. Far more Islands and interesting waypoints along the way if you go around Pendleton Point, then on towards Spruce, Butter, etc. There are some camping options along the way too.
Posted by: suzanneh on Jun-19-13 7:18 AM (EST)
Just rub it in... not all of us are as lucky as you to live in such a special place along the coast!
Posted by: natehanson on Jun-19-13 7:30 AM (EST)
Great Advice/Local Knowledge|
Posted by: eel on Jun-19-13 11:05 AM (EST)
You are getting some great local knowledge advice which is priceless when planning trips. Just want to add that there is a good deal of merit in starting early and being at your destination by 1PM when paddling in areas that are exposed on the Maine coast. Also, Nate pointed out the current between Eagle and Deer Isle. My limited experience is that there is often more current than expected in some areas on the Maine coast like the passageway between Eagle and Deer Isle and not planning for it, especially when the prevailing winds are against the flow, can make for a long day at best and a dicey time at worst.
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Posted by: gyork on Jun-19-13 1:40 PM (EST)
"(This message, by the way, typed on the north east end of Islesboro, where I happen to be visiting my folks tonight.)"
Posted by: NateHanson on Jun-21-13 7:42 AM (EST)
Just west of Hutchins Island.
Posted by: jonsprag1 on Jun-21-13 8:17 PM (EST)
My Dad comes from there and I spent every summer until I graduated from high school on the island--we used to stay in my uncle's cabin at Little Island--between Hewes Point and Charlotte's Cove--and Sprague's Beach on the northwest side (opposite of Coombs Cove and Hutchin's Island) is the site of the old family homestead. Beautiful place in the summer.