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Kayaking safely in Bass Harbor

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Kayaking safely in Bass Harbor

The rental cottage we will be staying in provides a kayak which we are looking forward to using. I would like your thoughts on the waters which surround this area with this information provided on the web page of the cottage:

"If you kayak to the head of the harbor and pass under the small bridge you will find your self in the marsh and small streams that go all the way to Western Mountain. This is all Park land; very quiet and usually deserted. Bring your fishing rod!!

Each kayak will have an adult (with some experience kayaking in salt marches and bays) and either a 9 or 13 yr old with marginal experience. Do you believe we will have any problems? Are these waters calm enough?

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1. Re: Kayaking safely in Bass Harbor

Additionally, our plan would be to kayak each morning, preferably.

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2. Re: Kayaking safely in Bass Harbor

The marsh and the small streams will be very safe. For other forays, i.e., in the harbor or out along the seashore, you might want to check to be sure that it is a sea kayak. There is considerable difference in the way sea kayaks and fresh-water kayaks respond to sea conditions.

Again, good judgement should guide you. If it looks like maybe you can't handle it, then probably, you can't

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3. Re: Kayaking safely in Bass Harbor

Be careful in the harbor, and only stay within the "inner" harbor------Bass is open to the prevailing winds and can be rough. I own a 39 foot sailboat but don't anchor there because it is uncomfortable.

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4. Re: Kayaking safely in Bass Harbor

You will want to watch the tide and I would visit the bridge first to get your bearings - it is at Tremont School. The tide change is dramatic and you can be left high and dry at low tide - or encounter considerable current as the tide changes. A tide chart will be helpful. Please remember that Bass Harbor is a working harbor - fisherman go out early and are usually back by 1pm. Staying close to the shore is great advice. The ease of this trip will depend on exactly where the cottage is located.

You can also set in by the little bridge that connects Southwest and Tremont. Tide change is marginal and you would not have to contend with the 'rapids' at Tremont School Bridge.

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