Birch Point to Muscle Ridge

  • June 15, 2014 · 9:00 AM
  • Birch Point State Park

Birch Point State park is in Owls Head just outside Thomaston.

Birch Point state park is here: http://goo.gl/maps/5AhPU

Here is a link to info on the park: http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/index.pl?search_radio=1&state_park=72&historic_site=&public_reserved_land=&shared_use_trails=&town=&distance=&submit=Go+%BB

Please note there is a small fee/drop box for parking so bring a few $$
Please be ready to Launch at 900. High tide is roughly about 1230a). Distance could 12nm or possibly a little more depending on route and expect to be out 5-7 hours.

The paddle leaves Birch Point and starts with an open water crossing under 2nm. It's generally protected once we reach Muscle Ridge.  The exact route through the archipelago will be up to the group, but I hope to include heading out to Two Bush Light if the conditions allow. We'll mostly likely stop at Birch Is. for a quick break on the way out and Nettle Is, but there are a few islands we can chose from to stop for a break or lunch as we explore. We should return late afternoon depending on the speed of the group, number and length of stops.  I expect this to be a smaller group and have limited the number, but hope some can join me for this beautiful paddle.    This is a level 2 paddle but could increase due to some additional distance, open crossing and the likley possibility of some wind and chop on return.
Remember to bring:
·         Your signed Participation Agreement
·         All the necessary safety equipment: PFD, cold water protection (neo, drysuit) spray skirt, whistle, etc.
·         Lunch, drinks and snacks

If you plan to come please RSVP or if you have questions, please feel free to ask.

I will post a note the week/day before regarding weather.

(The address is a bit off as it wouldn't let me add the correct address)

Join or login to comment.

  • Ben F.

    Sporty northwest day, wind at times 20 gusting 25 according to the Pen Bay Buoy. Meant some hard work and some challenges. But great clear cloud studded skies. Covered about 14 nm with wind challenged speeds. Ran almost the full length of the chain and poked under the Hewett Island bridge. Still plenty more to see. Fun group.

    2 · June 16

    • Rick

      As you know, the placement of the Pen Bay Buoy doesn't have it picking up the wind channeling/acceleration effect of coming up between islands. I think we had a total of at least five minutes where it was 28-30

      June 16

    • Jenna G.

      Thanks for coming along Rick and Ben! I don't think we had 30, but maybe.

      June 16

  • Jenna G.

    Glad everyone enjoyed one of my favorite places on the Maine Coast, which is always interesting :)

    I have no more weekend days until October, but maybe I can schedule something midweek. Eagle is pretty awesome, love all my trips there, that area is beautiful, exposed and so neat.

    Be safe out there!

    1 · June 16

  • Rick

    Exciting, challenging, sporting day on the water. Great fun with an excellent group. Real kudos to Jenna for being ready, willing, quick and able. Well done.

    Jenna, given your interest in the southern islands of the Casco Bay. Would you consider a paddle from the end of Harpswell, with visits to Jewel, Eagle, etc? That would be so great, hint, hint!

    June 16

  • terese

    what is the total distance we'll be paddling?

    June 12

    • Catherine K.

      Jenna put a description of the possible distance in her write up. It looks like we should all be prepared for at least 12 nm. The forecast I just checked is also predicting some fairly strong NW winds, so we may be working hard on the way back.

      June 13

    • Jenna G.

      I would get 10-12 NM give or take.

      Catherin is right as the forecast I looked at tonight says 10-15 knots NW and NNW

      June 13

  • Ellen B.

    Just an FYI for trip navigators..Whitehead Light (southern shore) is having an open hous/ tours of the light 10-2pm Sunday. NHappy Fathers' Day

    June 13

    • Ben F.

      That would add some length to the trip as one needs to get under the Spruce Head bridge while there is water. So you'd need to do Whitehead first and then the now longer crossing to Muscle Ridge islands.

      June 13

    • Jenna G.

      That would have been nice, had I known and planned to launch from a different location. Unfortunately, I don't think it is in the cards for Sunday.

      June 13

  • Rick

    I entered the following waypoints into my GPS for our trip: Birch Point, Birch Island, Nettle Island, Pleasant Island, Two Bush Light, RN-10 and RN-4. Range & Bearing to each location will be easy available. Though it seems the group has more than ample local knowledge.

    June 13

  • Jenna G.

    Please plan on being ON THE WATER at 9am

    Curren NOAA Weather forcast for Penboscot Bay:

    Sun...NW winds around 5 kt...becoming SW in the afternoon. Seas 1 foot or less.

    High of 71, winds up to 15 mph predictied on land, this is the coast of Maine, it will be windy in the afternoon.

    So far, so good!

    June 13

  • Rick

    While I live in Brunswick, does anyone know a scenic/lovely private campground pretty close to Birch Point? The state park there does not have camping. It would be fun to camp out and not have to drive in the morning. I appreciate any ideas. Thank you! Also, please feel free to join me there.

    June 9

    • Jenna G.

      Lobster Buoy isn't far, there are some good sites near the water for tenters, but the view is mostly blocked by car campers.

      June 9

    • Rick

      Thank you for the FYI. I reserved one tent site there for Saturday night and the cost is 28.60 cash or check. It has several positive reviews. Here's the info if others are interested: Lobster Buoy Campsites
      280 Waterman Beach Road, South Thomaston, South Thomaston, ME 04858
      (207)[masked]

      June 11

  • Andrew S.

    Only been to this area one time in lots of fog. Looking forward to getting to know Muscle Ridge better.

    June 11

  • Ben F.

    Jenna, Since I'm local and paddle that area all the time I can easily officially withdraw from the run. But I might paddle there anyway. I can't remember if Two Bush is an IF&W nesting island; if it is we are in nesting season. With a high tide departure you might be able to take the group through the gap in Hewett Island which is always fun.

    June 8

    • Ben F.

      The legal bit is what happens after you've been playing nice as a guide or MITA volunteer; about the only places I land if I don't have permission is tidal bars when I can't see a house. Nettle has lots of nice spots at half tide, and of course Birch is the best.

      June 10

    • Jenna G.

      I play nice and would never plan a non listed stop, but sometimes nature dictates, not me!

      June 10

  • Martin S.

    I may have guests who want to join. We can manage our own group opening spots for others, if there are space issues.

    June 10

  • Jenna G.

    2. I felt at 14 the group size was large for the channel crossing, which even early is busy with boat traffic, and has some decent currents & shoaling on the edge making it harder to keep a large group tight. I also think we could easily overwhelm the walkway to the beach, though, there is plenty of room on the beach to launch. A few of the landings have plenty of room for a bigger group, but some simply do not have the room and we would not be able to use them. Finally, the return trip is often bumpy and windy, making a larger group a bit hard to manage.

    3. I think Jim or Ben or Rene would be great to "lead" the 2nd group, leaving earlier would be PERFECT. Two independent groups 10 each would work very well. I had actually planned to contact Jim this morning about doing this, but he just cancelled, maybe Ben?

    I really prefer not to be in the earlier group as I have a 2.5 hour drive, but I would be willing to move if I had to.

    Thoughts?
    Jenna

    June 9

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi I am afraid my phone is a.bit touchy I was signed up and.then found.I was.unsigmed.up So.excited to see you may increase the group size. Mimi

      June 9

    • Jenna G.

      Mimi, because the group size was limited, it automatically waitlisted you when you signed up. I'm hoping someone steps up and is willing to help orgaize a "pod" so we can all go. Jenna

      June 9

  • Ellen B.

    My imput: Let's invite 20, meet at scheduled meet time & break into 2 groups based on skill/Level 2/3..the 3 group paddling outside, going to Two Bush/ lunching on Pleasant (I know the area, but would appreciate navigational help..charts/ GPS.
    The Level 2 group could stay on the inside, visiting Birch & Nettle.

    June 9

    • Rick

      Ellen, sounds very good. I'd be happy to help out with navigation.

      June 9

    • Jenna G.

      As I said below, I am ok with opening this up and as long as there was someone who is willing to organize (lead?) the other group, dealing with naviagation is part of this I suppose. Navigation to and from isn't too bad, as long as it isn' t foggy and you know your bearing on the way home :)

      June 9

  • Jenna G.

    I was going to say that I don't want to scare anyone away, this is a beautiful spot and generally not an overly difficult paddle. Ellen's idea is fine with me, as long as there is someone willing to "organize" the other group. Remember, SMSKN doesn't have trip leaders / guides, just organizers, so feel fre to step up and help!

    I then went an reviewed SMSKN published trip levels found here:

    http://files.meetup.com/4057492/Trip%20Levels.pdf

    It really does fall into level 3 based on this description.

    June 9

  • Carolyn E

    I would only want level 2 and later departure time given the drive and my schedule (out of state) this week - looks complicated at the minute so think best to cancel and reduce the numbers

    June 9

  • Jenna G.

    This is broken into multiple responses as there is a limit to characters I can post at once:

    Thanks for all the great comments.

    When I posted this, I couldn't limit the group size. I had planned to paddle out with a friend, and decided to open it up, but was surprised (in a good way) at the great response. I think 10 is a manage group size for this paddle (see #2 below)

    1. We definitely won't be able to land at Two Bush because of nesting, but I would love to go around conditions permitting. This part of the paddle would make it a level 3 to me as it's exposed and you either have to cut through the reef or go a longer way around.

    June 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone up for meeting/leaving from Birch Point around 7:30 or 8a.m.? Earlier start, earlier return?

    June 9

  • Rene

    Maybe creating a second trip on same date and lead the second string out to muscle ridge is a good idea.

    June 9

  • Judy B.

    My husband and I would like to come if there is room.

    June 9

  • Catherine K.

    Jenna - What was the limit you initially had in mind?
    Ben - I am fine with going with a "second string" or alternate location if anyone is up to it. One possibility would be to meet and break up into two groups. The park will be quiet in the morning, but may be busy in the afternoon, so it might be nice to stagger the return time if we do get two groups.

    June 9

  • Jenna G.

    Wow, what a great response! Iam excited so many have RSVPed so early for this wonderful trip to one of my favorite places on the maine coast. I have had the trip limited to less than the number currently RSVPed. If you wan't make it, please change your RSVP so we can keep track.

    If you have any questions, please post here.

    Thanks!
    Jenna

    June 6

10 went

This Meetup is community funded

$20.00/year

Member dues are used to:
  • Cover Meetup costs

14 day free trial

No credit card required

After the trial you must pay dues to be a member of this Meetup.

Cancel dues at any time.

Dues are billed each year.

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Imagine having a community behind you

Get started Learn more
Henry

I decided to start Reno Motorcycle Riders Group because I wanted to be part of a group of people who enjoyed my passion... I was excited and nervous. Our group has grown by leaps and bounds. I never thought it would be this big.

Henry, started Reno Motorcycle Riders

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy