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York River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: June 24, 2012
Nearest City: York, ME
Difficulty: Easy
Submitted by: Michael Sullivan


Was dropped off at the town dock by my wife and put into the water at low tide, just as the tide was turning. Very surprised to see I was the only one on a Kayak for miles. Although going with the tide, it was into a pretty good headwind, so it may have been considered moderate.

River is very calm and easy to paddle. However, at mid-tide, the current can run pretty quick. Very peaceful and scenic paddle, with the exception of passing under Rte 1 and I-95, about a 100 yards apart. Saw some fisherman in a boat catch a nice sized Striper while going by. I have not had much luck Kayak fishing, but have only fooled around.

Passed under Scotland Bridge Road for the first time and went about another mile upstream into a marshy area. again very peaceful.

Paddle several miles all together and my wife picked me up at the Scotland Bridge Boat Ramp. Depending on the tide, you can go North or South. The area around Scotland Bridge can be somewhat of a lagoon and a good place to practice.

Love this trip!


Porto-let at Town Dock, Nothing at Scotland bridge.
Some parking along street at Dock, limited parking at Scotland bridge.




I-95, Get off York Exit, turn rt onto rte one, left at light onto York St, travel through town, Right onto Lilac Ln, after crossing river, turn left into town Dock area.

To Scotland Bridge- Rt onto Rte one, Rte onto South Berwick road (Rt after Hannafords), left onto Scotland Bridge Road

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