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6 Tips to Paddling Deer Isle

Deer Isle and the surrounding islands have been described as the Greek Isles of Maine! There are many ways to paddle the area, whether you have lots of experience or very little, there is something to suit your skill level. Here is some info to help you plan your stay at Pilgrim’s Inn and get lots of paddling in.

Book your stay at Pilgrim’s Inn, in one of our coastal cottages, or in a room in the historic MainĀ  House. Then head out to the water to enjoy your day! The fresh air and open water is calling you!

  1. Do you need to rent kayaks? We suggest contacting The Activity Shop in Blue Hill. They rent gear and deliver boats to our site, for your use during your stay. Book in advance to ensure availability. We did a nice paddle in Blue Hill Harbor last season with friends. The Activity Shop met us at the launch to drop of gear for our friends. It was a great day! Guests of Pilgrim’s Inn have given great reviews of The Activity Shop, so we are happy to support them.
  2. If you have your own kayaks and are able to paddle in the ocean, you can launch just across the street from Pilgrim’s Inn, in the Northwest Harbor. You must pay attention to the Tide Chart though, as this harbor becomes mud flats that extend far out during low tide. Take a look at our video about Paddling from Pilgrim’s Inn.
  3. For those that prefer calmer waters, the Mill Pond, which borders our back yard is a great spot to paddle. You can stick to the perimeter and see lots of sea critters and birds. Or hit the middle to see sweeping views of our property. We can show you where to launch. This is also a nice spot for SUP’s. Please note there is no public launch on the Mill Pond.
  4. More experienced paddlers looking for a longer paddle can get to the Eggemoggin Reach and paddle out to the Pumpkin Island Lighthouse and back. We are happy to tell you where to park and launch, and provide some more details to make it a good day.
  5. Take a guided tour of the Stonington Archipelago, with a focus on history and culture. Osprey’s Echo Sea Kayaking, out of Stonington, offer multiple trip options to fit every need.
  6. The Maine Island Trail Association cares for and manages over 200 islands and sites all along the coast of Maine. Many are in the Stonington Archipelago, just south of Deer Isle. A stay at Pilgrim’s Inn offers a fantastic paddling getaway – paddle after a great breakfast at the inn, then return to hot showers and a great night’s sleep. They have a free app available that provides Trail information to interested paddlers. If you want more detailed information, we suggest becoming a member.
  7. For an after dark paddling adventure, we suggest The Bioluminescence Night Paddle with Castine Kayak Adventures. Their experienced guides fit you with gear, teach you the basics, then guide you out under the stars to see some amazing underwater sights.

Relax. Explore. Restore.

There are so many more paddling possibilities on or near Deer Isle. Feel free to ask us for more information. We are happy to help our guests plan their perfect Deer Isle adventure!

Paddle On!

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