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Marshall Island (MCHT) Kayak Camping Trip

MCHT preserves Marshall Island, an almost 1000 acre island, east of Isle Au Haut and south of Brooklin, Maine. 

We will be departing from the Wooden Boat school launch in Brookline ME. WBS have generously allowed us to use their parking lot and launch. 

The plan is to meet at the launch by 9am on Friday July 11th and depart soon after. We will be returning on Sunday morning. If you are so inclined we should be on Marshall early enough to set up camp and hike the trail around the island (~ 5 miles). We are booked for the sand cove campsite on the southern side of the island. 

Trail Map http://www.mcht.org/preserves/images/Marshall_WebMap.pdf

Saturday a circumnavigation and visit to Frenchboro is an option.

More Info:

http://www.mcht.org/preserves/marshall-island.shtml

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zLtfXDwI-5oQ.kZd1HuGNOypk

Map of area and possible routes.

http://bit.ly/1fyhVci

History of Marhsall Island

http://bit.ly/1iwS804


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  • Gene

    Super great trip-thanks so much Barry for the planning and bringing along someone with "local knowledge". I enjoyed everyone's wonderful company. Tech question-my gps computer shows 50k miles over three days. 13.5 Friday, 19.8 Saturday and 16.7 Sunday. Given that it was on during most of the portages up and sometimes down the beaches and lunches-still seems like a lot. Did anyone else have something similar or should I have Garmin rehab my gps?

    July 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Gene, I uploaded my track data to here. http://www.everytrail­...­ It says 46 miles, it's possible that I missed some sections but it looks pretty complete. Great pics BTW.

      July 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      July 16, 2014

  • Rene

    Nice shots Gene, Barry. My thoughts are still there. Hard to adapt to the daily grind.

    July 15, 2014

  • Barb Kraft T.

    I can't join this trip, unless immediate issues change ---- a family member is having health issues ………. really really disappointed.

    July 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to hear it Barb. Hope your relative is well soon.

      1 · July 5, 2014

    • Barb Kraft T.

      my mother - parkinsons… it is a long hard haul.

      July 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Folks, I am preparing the float plan for this trip which will be filed with the Wooden Boat School. Please message me with the following information ... Name
    Cell Phone Number
    Car Model/License #
    Boat Description
    Emergency Contact Name
    Emergency Contact Phone

    Thanks!

    July 1, 2014

  • Gene

    I'm excited about this trip-although this will be my first camping adventure in over 40 years and that was on a bicycle and sans cooking. To make things simple I'll be going the freeze dried route. What do folks recommend in the way of clothing gear? Dry suit or wet suit?

    June 14, 2014

  • Rene

    Friday High Tide is at 10:25AM, Low 4:30PM

    Looks favorable for our trip from Brooklin if we reach the Western side of Swan's by 11AM

    June 12, 2014

  • harley l.

    Is there a way I could paddle out solo and meet you at Marshall Island. I might be able to do it then.

    May 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Harley, is your concern primarily the 9am start time ? What time could you be there by ? My strong preference would be that we paddle as a group. However the trip is being run using the "Common Adventure Model" (http://www.nspn.org/p...­) meaning that we are individually responsible for our own safety.

      1 · June 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All, We are just about a month away from what should be an epic trip. There are several people waitlisted (we have a MCHT capacity limit on the campsite) so unless you are committed to be on this trip I'd respectfully ask you to give up your spot in favor of someone who can make it. Otherwise I look forward to paddling with you all. Expect updates on routes and final details in the next week or so.

    Barry.

    June 12, 2014

  • Gene

    Perhaps this is another option for staying the night before launch: campground opening up in Brooklin. This place is opening June 20: http://reachknolls.com/index.html

    June 9, 2014

    • Rene

      I made reservation at the campground for Thursday night.

      June 10, 2014

    • Gene

      Moi aussi, Rene, see you there.

      1 · June 10, 2014

  • harley l.

    Just checked the distance; this is FAR! No way I can get there even Thursday night at a decent hour to get some sleep before setting out; then a three hour drive back when done. I love kayak camping and open water but this is just a bit much. Darn!

    May 30, 2014

  • harley l.

    I'm game. Have to see about where to stay the night before. I'm coming up from Portland, ME. Any suggestions most appreciated.

    May 30, 2014

  • Gene

    I'm a 4 hour drive to Brooklin. Rene is about 3 hours. what are folks planning to do. I made a reservation for a B&B the night before. Anyone interested in car pooling or other alternatives for arriving the day before the launch?

    May 28, 2014

    • Rene

      I wouldn't mind leaving Thursday after work - that would be 4PM. I only have one kayak rack on my car (if we thought of carpooling)

      May 28, 2014

    • Catherine K.

      I usually work until midnight Thursdays but hope to get the night before off. Unless we camp in the area as a group I may just leave from Old Town Friday morning. It is 63.2 miles from there to the launch. It is a scenic back roads drive, but does take over an hour and a half to get from Old Town to Brooklyn. (Like I said, scenic). Old Town is out of the way for southerners but we have room for people to stay if you want to stay indoors the night before and leave from here. There is also room to camp.

      May 29, 2014

  • Gene

    I have a reservation at the Brooklin Inn for Thursday. Since I'm a newby to camping I'd rather get some advise from you folks. No need to change the launch time on my account since I'll be there. I just woudn't relish the notion of driving 4 hours the morning we launch. But if others want to change the launch time I'm OK with that also,

    May 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well this trip is coming together. The Wooden Boat School have generously allowed us to use their launch and car park. I have included the address above. You can drive down to the launch to unload and then park back up in the main lot. Lets plan to minimize our impact, and be sure to repay their generosity by picking something up in their great book store, renew your Wooden Boat subscription etc.

    May 1, 2014

  • A former member

    A former member changed the location to Wooden Boat School Launch

    May 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All, quick update ... I confirmed with MCHT the nights of Fri/Sat 7/11 & 7/12 so we are booked. Still mulling the launch and route and would welcome your input! I have reached out to the wooden boat school in Brooklin to see if launching (and parking) from there would be an option. The other options include Old Quarry in Stonington and Naskeag point in Brooklin.

    May 1, 2014

  • Gene

    I'm happy with the July dates, either one is fine.

    April 14, 2014

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time to Friday, July 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    April 14, 2014

  • Catherine K.

    So far I prefer the first two....middle weekend looking good?

    April 14, 2014

  • Rene

    I'm also good with the 2 latter options (July).

    April 14, 2014

  • Nananda C.

    We'd prefer the latter 2 options (July) at this time, but that might change.

    April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Folks, I spoke to a nice lady at MCHT this morning. Currently the island is wide open for the summer so dates are flexible. There are 2 sites, my preference would be for the southern site on a sandy beach. She said it would be suitable for up to 6 people. Here are some dates that might work. Please reply and state your preference. Sat & Sun 6/28 & 6/29, Fri & Sat 7/11 & 7/12 and Fri & Sat 7/18 & 7/19. Please also read the preserve information & guidelines, particularly around LNT http://www.mcht.org/preserves/marshall-island.shtml

    April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Ben! I prefer that launch to Old Quarry to avoid the longer open crossing. I hope to have some possible dates this week and will update.

    April 14, 2014

  • Rene

    I have launched from there before. Good advice.

    April 14, 2014

  • Ben F.

    Best bet for a launch would be Naskeag Point or WoodenBoat which may well allow parking; need to ask.

    April 13, 2014

5 went

  • Catherine K.
    Member at Large, Board of Directors; Trip Initiator
  • Rene
    Trip Initiator, Member at Large Board Member, Organizer
  • A former member

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