Kayaking Narraguagus Bay, Maine

Tuesday, 4/14: If it’s Tuesday, I must be kayaking – but not with my ORFS friends this time! I, with my hosts, paddled out to Foster Island, in Narraguagus Bay. It was WINDY – much windier than forecast, and I really had to work to keep my inflatable kayak pointed where I wanted to go; I was pushing the limits of what it’s designed to do. Around the northern point of Foster Island, there’s a sandy point; we put in on the back side of it to stop for lunch.

View from lunch spot:

A UFO landing pad? Well, no – Matt pulled up a dead tire and moved it above the tide line for later removal.

Leaving out lunch spot. Across the way is Pinkham Island, where we headed next. It’s a preserved area, and has lots of eagles on it – we were looking for nests, although we didn’t see any there. We did see one on Foster, as we were leaving.

Taking off the skeg was a solution to the lack of turning; It was much better following the lunch break when I took it off!

Along Pinkham Island:

We watched a seal riding the falling tide between Pinkham and the mainland; I was focused on controlling my kayak, so didn’t get any photos of it – but it sure was cute!
Lupines along the way; further around the point, the hedge of roses appeared.

We settled in the sun on lounge chairs; Tasha the dog was freed from her prison in the house, and was very glad to come down to be on the beach with us!

5 thoughts on “Kayaking Narraguagus Bay, Maine

  1. Well, that’s an interesting question! Inflatables come in different designs, but mine (as you can see in the photo taken on the beach) has relatively high, rigid sides, so catches more wind than some others. It also is more efficient than many. The skeg is just too much – I’m going to cut mine down, as it keeps the kayak going in a straight line – and that makes it harder to keep it aimed anywhere that’s not up or down wind. I’d say it was blowing 10 – 15, maybe a little stronger. The forecasted 5mph would have been much more comfortable!


    1. The heat comes and goes – we had a few days that hit 90F a few weeks ago, and it’s supposed to be in the 90s this coming weekend. I’m keeping the house cool and hoping to ride it out without discomfort! Or maybe I’ll just go get wet…

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  2. That looks very fun! I remember when I was a camp counselor up in British Columbia and I had a hard time going against the tide in a canoe, or maybe it was a kayak 🤔. What a lovely way to spend a summer day!

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