Admiral Peary's Eagle Island From Harpswell Maine

PLEASE NOTE: You will be able to sign up for this paddle starting 2 weeks prior to the paddle. Signups begin August 2nd.

This event is open to Sea/Touring Kayaks 14' or longer with Watertight Bulkheads. A Spray Skirt is Required. Life Jackets (PFD's) Are Required When Paddling With This Group!

We will paddle from Bailey Island in Harpswell to Eagle Island. Eagle Island belonged to Admiral Peary when he reached the North Pole in 1909. It is now a Maine State Historic Site and is open to the public. Visitors to Eagle Island can tour Peary's house and enjoy the island's other amenities such as hiking trails, a beach, picnic area, and Mrs. Peary's flower gardens. 

This paddle will be approximately 6 1/2 Nautical (7 1/2 Statute) Miles in length. The short distance of this paddle will allow us plenty of time to explore the island. We can also paddle to some of the nearby islands on our way back to the put in.

The fee for Landing on Eagle Island is $5.00...  So Bring Some Cash! 

High Tide at Harpswell : 4:31 pm

Low Tide at Harpswell :  10:49 pm

Sunset at 7:46 pm

Click here for the State of Maine - Eagle Island information

Click here for the Peary's Eagle Island website

This Is Important:

This is a Level 2+ paddle. You must be comfortable paddling in open water, wind, waves, and strong current, as well as be able to paddle quickly to cross boat channels. Expect Power and Sail Boat traffic. Experience with self and assisted rescues is required. Guests are not allowed for safety reasons.

After the paddle we will go to a nearby local eatery for a "Debriefing", so bring some $$$ if you are interested in joining us.

Directions From The Seacoast:

Use A GPS! 

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Google Maps Directions To Bailey Island Mackerel Cove

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  • Carolyn

    It was so great. This was my first real ocean paddle and it was a blast. Thank you everyone, Mary, Neil, and everyone that helped when I cut my finger. I actually severed the tendon and surgery is scheduled for this Thursday. I'll be back on the water soon. I had a blast at the restaurant also. It was a great day, besides the finger thing.

    1 · August 18

    • Carolyn

      Thank you everybody.

      August 21

    • Carolyn

      Hey everybody, I'm taking the bandage off today.want me too post a pic of my finger?I don't know how but I'm sure Phil can post it for me....he's pretty smart

      August 25

  • Alice

    Wonderful location.

    August 18

  • Laura E.

    This was my first paddle with this group and I had a wonderful day. I hope to see you all again. Thank you for the great photos...fun to revisit the day.

    August 18

  • Frank P.

    Great paddle with a great group of people. Thanks Steve & Neil!

    August 18

    • Mary H

      And we didn't have to bail Frank out.

      1 · August 18

    • leah c.

      Why in the world would anyone want to ball out Frank? It was a great day with great people and lots of fun. Thank you Steven and Neil too!

      1 · August 18

  • jpjeep

    Loved this paddle! The wind and waves really kicked up my adrenaline; the conditions made this paddle so much fun! Thanks Steve and Neil for continuing to lead great trips and it was fun to be with everyone :)
    Joyce

    1 · August 17

  • terese

    Thanks for he information and for hosting the paddle...it was a real treat!

    August 17

  • Steve E.

    The "Monument" on what is really called Little Mark Island is not a monument at all. It was built in 1827 as a day marker for sailors. At some point a light was put on top so it is sorta a lighthouse... But not. The door we could see opens into a room that was intended as a refuge for shipwrecked sailors. Today, the room contains the batteries for the light. It is shown on the chart as a monument and as a fixed light flashing every 4 seconds. I didn't really look at the chart that closely while we were on the water, it was a little bumpy!

    3 · August 17

  • Steve E.

    It was a great day! Eagle Island was beautiful and we had a little breeze and some slightly bumpy water to make it fun paddling. It was good seeing you all. Thanks everyone!

    1 · August 17

  • Cindy

    Great paddle with wonderful group. Thanks Steve for organizing the event.

    August 17

  • Neil S.

    Steve you did an awesome job organizing this event especially with the hassle with the original launch site. Mackerel cove turned out to be a great launch. Great time and fun people Thanks Steve & everyone who participated. Dinner after at Cooks was fun too!

    1 · August 17

  • Mary H

    Thank you Steve for organizing this trip. It was LOTS of fun with great people. I loved the adventure especially with the waves and wind.
    Thank you everyone!!!!..... See you all soon.

    1 · August 17

  • terese

    Thanks to one and all for a nice paddle!

    August 17

  • Phil A.

    Great paddle, really loved the chop. Created a big thrill! My first surf launch...

    2 · August 16

  • Nancy

    Hi Steve,
    Sorry I had to cancel with short notice. Hop you all have a great time.
    Nancy

    August 15

  • John K

    hi everyone I was looking forward to attending this paddle but alas I just found out I have to work Saturday have fun everyone im looking forward to the pictures have a great day
    john

    August 14

  • terese

    so boats in the water at noon Saturday? (asking as this is a later start than most of the paddles I've been on...but then most of the folks I've paddled with were not driving from Boston or NH)

    August 13

    • Steve E.

      Yes, I am shooting for for a noon launch. And yes, many of us are driving 2 hours or more.

      August 13

  • Frank P.

    For those interested, there is a campground 15 miles North of of Orrs Island. Thomas Point Beach, 29 Meadow Road, Brunswick, Maine www.thomaspointbeach.com Tent sites are $29/night. l plan to stay there Fri & Sat night.

    August 13

  • Susan S.

    This is a great island to visit. I went from H2 outfitters place. Check out the pool they made in the ocean. Would be there but am paddling out in Lubec, going around Treat's Island tomorrow.
    Have fun,
    Susan

    August 11

  • Steve E.

    The Harpswell Harbor Master wrote me and suggested we launch from the beach at Mackerel Cove on Bailey Island He also said there is plenty of parking. I updated the launch location and Google Maps link.

    2 · August 11

  • terese

    Keep us posted re if launch and parking changes...two boats will be on our car..and is the launch really for noon? Seems late but maybe that is to accommodate driving distances...cheers!

    August 11

  • David L.

    2 alternate launch locations - never used either - Crib Works Bridge at H2O outfitters Longer and more exposed paddle (They don't have tons of room to park cars there) and Sandy Point Beach, Cousins Island – Located about 2 miles east of the junction of Route 1 and Route 1A in Stockton Springs. Don't know what that parking situation is there, Maine Turnpike to exit 9, Falmouth, follow the signs to continue on Rt. 95. Get of Rt. 95 at exit 17. Backtrack on Route 1 (south) then turn left on Route 88. Turn left on Princess Point Road, left again on Gilman Road. Cross bridge to Cousins Island, Sandy Point Beach is immediately on the left.

    August 10

  • Gene

    Was it the number of paddlers or just paddlers in general?

    August 9

    • Steve E.

      It was the number... But I contacted them twice (by email and in person) and told them 25 Paddlers. They were fine with it... Until today!

      August 9

  • Lindy M.

    SMSKN launched from there on Aug 2to paddle to Jewell Island. What is wrong with them? Southern maine sea kayak

    August 9

  • Steve E.

    Hi,
    This is just a heads up... This morning, I heard from the Dolphin Marina and they said that they cannot accommodate us for our Eagle Island paddle.

    I emailed them in April, and in early July, I drove 2+ hours up there to look at the launch and talk to them in person. I was told that we were good to go! I sent them a email this morning to remind them, as they asked, and they told me that we cannot launch there. They did say that they could accommodate us in their Restaurant after our paddle... Good luck with that!

    I sent a email to the Harpswell Harbor Master to see if there is another place to launch. If anyone knows of a good launch site close by, please let me know.

    That's all I have for now, I will keep you updated.

    August 9

  • Brenda C.

    Just did this paddle (although from a MITA island in the area). Beautiful spot--saw a couple of seals near Eagle Island. Peary's house is fun to tour and there are some gardens on the island as well. Recommended!

    August 4

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