The Stonington archipelago has many route options, so after a safety briefing, we'll have a look at the chart together, and keeping in mind the weather and tidal currents, come-up with a plan for the day. Usually we'll paddle some version of the 'Archipelago Arc' a route strategy that enables us to paddle an 8 to 12-mile loop among the islands, while staying within 2-3 miles from our launch. We'll paddle about an hour at a time and take breaks on islands along the way, looking for a good lunch spot. Some islands have idyllic pocket beaches, while others have great granite slabs, erratic boulders and hiking trails with stunning views. If the group is in the mood for a swim, we can stop at a freshwater quarry pond for a refreshing (warmer than the ocean) dip. If desired, we can pause to learn or refine paddling skills.
We've been guiding and teaching sea kayaking since 2010, mostly from Stonington. We're both registered Maine Sea Kayak Guides & ACA-Certified Instructors trained in Wilderness First Aid. Rebecca is an artist, specializing in painting and printmaking, drawing great inspiration from the places she paddles. Michael is the author of 'AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in New England,' as well as numerous paddling articles. We enjoy helping visitors learn new skills while discovering the hidden nuances of the Stonington archipelago.
Sea kayaks (singles or tandems) and all related gear, provided either by us or Old Quarry Ocean Adventures.
We'll start in Webb Cove at a campground that has a public launch. Webb Cove is home to a fleet of lobster boats as well as a loading area for an island granite quarry, but we'll soon head-out to the Stonington archipelago, a Mecca for sea kayakers with some 60-80 islands, many of which are public and part of the Maine Island Trail. We'll craft a route based on the group's interests and the weather; each island is individual as is every trip.
This trip is suitable for novices or more experienced paddlers. We provide any needed instruction. Tandem or single kayaks are available. We paddle rain or shine. In wind or fog we'll seek the most sheltered routes, but if winds or sea conditions are more than we want, we'll cancel the trip.
Sea Kayak the Stonington Archipelago