Kayaking Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Peninsula

December 31, 2018by Thomas Tash
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If you’re planning on kayaking Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Peninsula, then we’ve got you covered. With countless coves, never-ending narrows, and breathtaking bays, the greater Acadia National Park area is a kayakers dream. Here are some tips for having an incredible kayaking trip off the coast of Downeast Maine.

Kayaking Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Peninsula

What makes the waters off the Schoodic Peninsula different than other popular kayak destinations in Maine? The views, the wildlife, the privacy, and the freedom. The Schoodic Peninsula flanks Frenchman Bay on its east side, providing the greatest views of the mountains of Acadia and Mount Desert Island anywhere. From the water, this means unspoiled sunrises and sunsets against the mountains across the bay.

Where to Rent Kayaks at Acadia National Park and the Schoodic Peninsula | Including Acadia National Park Kayak Tour Guides

There are a number of options in the greater Acadia National Park region to buy or rent kayaks.

Schoodic Peninsula

On the Schoodic Peninsula, Seascape Kayak & Bike is the place to go. Seascape has been providing kayak and bike rentals on the Schoodic Peninsula, just across from the entrance to Acadia National Park, for more than a decade. They have also recently added a second location at the Schoodic Marine Center where the ferry to Bar Harbor docks. You can rent a kayak for 24 hours for $35 for a single kayak and $45 for a tandem. Give them a call at 207-546-1064, or email them at seascapekayaking@gmail.com

Mount Desert Island

Mount Desert Island is home to a handful of excellent options as well including Coastal Kayaking Tours, National Park Canoe & Kayak Rentals, Acadia Outfitters, Aquaterra Adventures, Maine State Sea Kayak, and National Park Sea Kayak Tours.

Kayak Put-Ins and Boat Landings at Acadia National Park and the Schoodic Peninsula

Now that you have your kayak loaded up and ready to go, where do you put in? There are plenty of boat landings for kayaking Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Peninsula and the surrounding area. The closest places to put in from Acadia East Campground are:

  • Freshwater – Jones Pond, Recreation Rd. Gouldsboro
  • Tidal – Bunker Cove, Gouldsboro

Here’s our comprehensive list of all of the boat launches in the greater Acadia National Park area.

Where to Camp Near Acadia National Park for Your Kayak Adventure

At Acadia East Campground we make it easy to get in and get out so you can enjoy more of the great outdoors and kayaking Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Peninsula. We’re a self-serve, book online tent campground, so there’s no need to waste time checking in. Just book your site online, show up, pitch your tent, grab your kayak and GO! Consider us your basecamp for adventure.

Located less than a mile from a the Jones Pond Recreation Area (freshwater boat launch) and minutes from the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park, Acadia East Campground puts you in the middle of the Downeast Acadia region.

Choose from one of our wilderness, backcountry-style tent campsites. Click here to Book your Kayak Camping Trip near Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Disctrict today at Acadia East Campground.

Thomas Tash

Tom Tash is the Founder and Co-Owner of Acadia East Campground and Pocket Parks Campgrounds. Tom began his career in Outdoor Recreation at the University of Maine at Machias before joining the City of Portland Recreation Department and becoming the Recreation Director for the Town of Bridgton. Tom became deeply invested in the national parks as the Marketing Director for a national park travel guide company. He co-founded Acadia East Campground in 2017/18.

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