Paint & Sip a Beach Dream – Machias. An event by Expressions Art Gallery

Sip and Paint Machias

I don’t know about you but as much as I love winter right about now I’m dreaming about being on a warm beach. If you can’t go there why not paint it. Come have some fun and paint a Beach Dream.

Expressions has closed at 11 Main Street and will re-open in May. But the fun is still happening just re-located to the gathering room at Bluebirds Ranch Family Restaurant. All painting supplies will be provided,

You may purchase food and drinks from the menu (sorry you may not bring your own to this one.) The fee is $30 and advance registration and payment is required. Space is limited so sign up early.

For more information or questions call 207-271-0606. Hope you will join us .

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Saturday, Feb 23

1-4pm

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Machias River Canoe Trip – Sunrise Canoe and Kayak

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Truly wild from headwaters to the sea, one of the few completely natural flowing rivers in the eastern US. 4 days, $590pp

 

Machias River, Eastern Maine

**Guided Canoe Trip Info for 2019**

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The Machias (muh-CHAI-yus) river flows through the remote woodlands of eastern Maine 75 miles from headwaters to the sea. Regarded as an adventurous and challenging wilderness canoe trip, the Machias is also nationally recognized for it’s high concentration of valuable atlantic salmon rearing habitat.

In 1973 the last dam was removed from the Machias making the river and it’s tributaries one of the largest naturally flowing river systems in the eastern United States. Today, nearly the entire Machias watershed has been preserved through conservation efforts ensuring the river’s natural beauty, pristine wildlife habitat and recreational access for generations to come.

The word “Machias” is loosely translated as “bad run of water”. True to it’s name the river has a number of class III ledge-drop rapids spread throughout it’s course which are a source for many fireside tales. These class III drops are relatively short and easy to scout which is advisable since the nature of these rapids can change as water levels fluctuate in early spring. Holmes falls is the only mandatory portage but depending on our itinerary and water levels we may elect to carry or line some of the hairier class III’s.

Trip Overview

Dates: 4 days, May
Cost: 4-day $59/person
30% non-refundable deposit to confirm dates
Balance due 2 weeks prior to trip
Where: Trip meets in either Machias or Bangor, Maine
Included: all canoeing and camping gear, all food and meals prepared starting with lunch day 1 through lunch the last day, transportation arrangements to and from the river from Machias, guide services.
Not included: sleeping bags, personal items/clothing (a packing list will be provided), personal beverages, guides gratuities, fishing licenses.
Reservations: Sunrise Canoe and Kayak
(207)255-3375
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Our Guided Trips

Our canoe trips are led by Master Maine Guides who have worked as professional river guides for over 20 years. All of our guides started on the Machias river in the early 1990’s learning the basics of whitewater canoeing on the lower stretches then challenging themselves on the upper river and tributaries. Today, the Machias still remains at the top of the list for spring whitewater.

Before Your Trip

Our goal is to meet if not exceed your expectations while providing a river trip you will not soon forget. Your trip forms are very helpful to us in striving to meet this goal. Each individual should fill out and return a completed trip form to us at their earliest convenience.

Your guide will be in contact with you prior to your trip to answer any questions you might have concerning the trip or preparing for it. Your guide will also want your input in preparing the menu for the trip and may have specific questions for you after receiving your trip forms.

First Day Of Your Trip

Your guide(s) will meet you the morning of your trip and travel to the put-in. At the put-in, they will cover canoe packing procedures and conduct a basic dry-land canoeing/river orientation including a safety briefing. Then you will put in and head down river where you will encounter rapids on your first day!

Instruction

The Machias will challenge and strengthen your whitewater canoeing skills and your guides will be right there to help you get the most out of your Machias river experience!

Scouting wilderness whitewater and making decisions on how to best negotiate a rapid is a crucial skill for a wilderness canoeist. Your guides have been making these decisions for themselves and the parties they’ve led for over 20 years and they have run the rapids on the Machias at many different water levels with loaded and unloaded canoes. Even so, many of the rapids on the Machias need to be scouted first before making a decision on how to negotiate them because the water levels can change from day to day. Your guides will discuss and share their experience with you at each rapid helping you to make the best decision on how to negotiate them considering your skills and ability.

Solo canoeing is a specialty of your guides! If you have the basic skills and some experience solo canoeing in whitewater then the Machias will be a very rewarding experience for you! Your guide will coach and help hone your skills as a solo canoeist. Your guide will have individual conversations with you about how to negotiate each rapid while sharing their knowledge and experience with you as well as making recommendations for you based on your skill level.

Canoe poling is another skill your guides rely on and will be happy to teach you the basics. Many of the rapids on the Machias are difficult to pole with ledge and rock bottoms that are easy to get a pole stuck in but there are also beautiful stretches of gravel bottom river to pole as well especially at lower water levels.

Camping

Camp sites on the Machias river will have a fire ring, but not always a picnic table or privy. Other than these simple improvements, there are no other facilities available along the river corridor.

Meals

Morning and evening meals are prepared by your guide over an open fire. The entrees change each day. Typical morning meals include ham and eggs, french toast and bacon, and pancakes with sausage accompanied with fresh fruit, cereal, juice, coffee, and tea. Evening meals include chicken stir fry, breaded pork chops with green beans, marinated steak with rice, or pasta dishes with a hearty red or white sauce accompanied by appetizer, wine, and dessert. Lunches are buffet style with deli meats and cheeses, bread or wraps, fresh fruits and vegetables, pickles, chips, and cookies.

Your guide will go over the planned menu with you before your trip and welcome any input regarding personal preference or dietary requirements you may have.

Fishing

Fishing on the Machias river can productive for brook trout in the spring and generally decent action for smallmouth bass throughout the summer. The larger headwater lakes have healthy populations of white perch. Fishing licenses are required for anyone wishing to fish.

If you plan to fish, a Maine fishing license is required. 3-day, 7-day, and seasonal licenses can be obtained online through the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website (http://www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/fishing.htm) or at most fishing supply retailers.

Wildlife

Bald eagles are common sightings on the St. Croix and those with a keen eye may spot a couple nests along the way. Moose, white-tailed deer, black bear, and coyote also inhabit the St. Croix valley. Seeing a coyote or a black bear is extremely rare. It is possible to hear coyotes in the evening.

Bears along the waterway have not been a problem which may be an indication of how little use the river actually sees over the course of a year.

Last Day Of Your Trip

We will canoe to our take-out point on the morning of the last day planning to arrive there by noon. If your vehicle is parked in the Machias area this will ensure you are back at your vehicle and off to your next adventure by 2:30 pm. If we are transporting you party back to the Bangor area this will ensure we back at your hotel by 4:30 pm.

The Details

Trip Size

We typically run trips of 3-4 participants with 1 or 2 guides however if you have a larger group interested in running the Machias it’s not a problem for us. A second guide will be added to your trip if there are at least 7 participants or 4 boats however a second guide may be added to your trip regardless of the number of participants.

 

Pricing

Pricing for 4-day trips is $590/person, both require a minimum of 3 participants to run the trip. A 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your dates.

Included in the price: services of registered Maine Master Guide(s), transportation to and from the river, all meals on-river which is typically lunch the first day through lunch the last day, and all canoeing/camping/packing gear.

Not included in the price: sleeping bag s, personal items and clothing (a personal packing list will be provided to you), personal beverages, transportation round trip from Bangor, and fishing licenses.

Getting Here

If you are arriving by car, your Machias river trip will meet in Machias, Maine. If you are arriving in Bangor by plane we can meet you at your hotel and provide transportation for your party (up to 6 participants) round trip from Bangor for an additional fee of $240.

Reservations

Contact Sunrise Canoe and Kayak, Rob Scribner

Located At: Sunrise Canoe and Kayak
168 Main Street, Machias Maine
Toll Free: 1-877-980-2300
Local: (207)255-3375
Website: www.sunrisecanoeandkayak.com/
Email: info@sunrisecanoeandkayak.com
FB Page: facebook.com/sunrisecanoeandkayak/
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Postal Address: 68 Hoyttown Road, Machias ME 04654
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Kids Winter Survival Day – Grand Lake Stream

Maine hike
Do you know of kids who are interested in survival skills? Get them out of the house this February Break for a “Kids Winter Survival Day.” On Wednesday, February 20, join DLLT Deputy Director Colin Brown for a wintry excursion into the Downeast Lakes Community Forest.
Hands-on lessons will include:
snow shelter construction,
fire building,
navigation,
wild edibles, and more!
This class is intended for students in grades 4-8, and kids should bring a lunch, water, and dress warmly for the weather. Parents must pre-register their child(ren) for this unique opportunity.
To pre-register, please contact DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100, or email info@downeastlakes.org.
This program has an inclement weather date of February 21.
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The Stillwater’s Band and Benefit

Skywalkers Machias

Bring your sweetheart out for a night of fun!
Your favorite local band will be rockin until 1am and Skywalker’s will be hosting a benefit for a friend in need.

Joel Riggs is a veteran battling cancer. Joel just had surgery and he is facing tough chemo and radiation. He and his family could really use a hand at this time as he travels for treatments. We will be asking for volunteer donations, and selling 50/50 raffle tickets.

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February Family Frolic – Machias, Maine

February Family Frolic Machias Maine

ENJOY THE MAINE OUTDOORS!

SKI – Novice and experts alike are invited to enjoy the groomed ski trails along the Sunrise Trail and through the Downeast Conservancy properties.  Free introductory ski instruction.

SLED – Bring your own sleds, toboggans and saucers.  The sledding hill on Downeast Conservancy land will be open for all.

SKATE – Organizers are planning a skating rink for the day so bring your skates!

BONFIRE – Warm up by the bonfire and enjoy coffee, cocoa and munchies sold by the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce to support it’s programs.

 

WHEN:  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH  10AM – 2PM

WHERE: MACHIAS BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RAILROAD DEPOT AND VISITOR CENTER – RT 1 MACHIAS

 

Weather warning:  In the event of no snow, participants will be invited on a guided walking tour of the Downeast Conservancy properties.

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Bold Coast Charter Company – Cutler, Maine

downeast puffin tour

Probably the most anticipated activity for visitors to our area is a tour to see the adorable, elusive puffins.   There are a few different companies that offer boat excursions to Seal Island.  One is the Bold Coast Charter Company out of Cutler, Maine.

Below is information taken directly from their website.  But note!!!  They are already sold out for the summer 2018 season — in fact, they have been sold out since the end of February!  Book early and check out their website for information on wait lists.

From their website:

If you’re a birder or a nature lover, take a half day excursion to Machias Seal Island, summer home to spectacular nesting colonies of Atlantic puffins, Razorbills, Common murres and Arctic terns, among others. For close range puffin observation and photography, no other birding destination can compare, as Machias Seal Island is the largest puffin colony on the coast of Maine! In addition to the nesting seabirds, other species commonly spotted are guillemots, eiders, gannets, shearwaters and storm-petrels.

About the Machias Seal Island seabird watching tours

You’ll be cruising aboard the BARBARA FROST, a custom forty foot US Coast Guard inspected passenger vessel (heated cabin and restroom equipped), the fastest and best equipped tour vessel serving the area.

Trips depart from Cutler Harbor – a picturesque small fishing village, well off the beaten tourist path. Check out an area map for our location, and also where to stay and what to dowhile in the area. Advance reservations for our tours are required. Machias Seal Island trips conclude in mid August.

Whether you’re someone who’s interested in a one of a kind birding destination, or a visitor who wants to find out what Maine is really all about, I welcome you to experience Downeast Maine’s unique natural attractions and unspoiled beauty. You won’t be disappointed with what you find.

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Where To Buy Organic Food in Machias, Maine

Farmers Market Maine Vacation Rental

There are several sources of organic foods in the Machias area of Maine.  And that’s not even counting the myriad of farmer’s markets and roadside stands that dot the landscape during the warmer months.

 

Whole Life Natural Market

Although their produce selection can be a bit limited at times, they are an excellent source for organic and natural grocery products, cleaning products,  and pet products, as well as vitamins and herbs.  They also have a good variety of organic or sulfate free wines.

Some of the best kept secrets about Whole Live Natural Market

–They have an excellent selection of local gift items — need to bring home a small gift for your pet sitter?  You’ll find it here.

–One half of the store is dedicated to a small cafe which has excellent food.

–They have a ‘lending library’ of books

For folks that live locally, they have a co-op buying club.

4 Colonial Way, Store 3, Machias, ME 04654 (Address formerly known as 80 Main Street)

Phone: 207-255-8855 ~ Fax: 207-255-8866

Email: info@wholelifemarket.comhttps://www.wholelifemarket.com/

Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Closed Sunday

 

Machias Marketplace

This is a small space that holds, basically fresh-from-the-farm produce and local baked goods (and chocolates!).  It is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays year-round at 10am (winter hours close at 4pm).  Starting in the spring, hours will increase and Saturday mornings will be added.

If it corresponds with your vacation schedule, you can order online the week before your stay from their extensive special order list and pick it up on Thursday.  (email me for more details)

Bonus:  The space is used for Yoga and Tai Chi other days of the week!

291 Main Street. Behind Posh
Machias, Maine 04654

Hannafords

The main grocery store in Machias surprisingly has a good variety of organic and/or local produce, as well as a small natural food section (about 1/3 of an aisle).
149 Dublin St, Machias, ME 04654
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Sixteen awesome things to do with the kids in Down East Maine

Sixteen awesome things to do with the kids in Down East Maine

Planning a trip to coastal Washington County, Maine with kids this year?  Or maybe you live in the area, but have never ‘played tourist’ with your kids?  The Bold Coast region of Maine is known as the place where one goes to escape throngs of tourists.  You won’t find go-carts and mini-golf every mile.  Instead, you’ll be able to unplug and reconnect with nature.  Especially now, when kids are hooked on technology (face it, we all are), it is a good opportunity for families to get outside and just…well… to be cliche… commune with nature.  Always check an event calendar for the area — almost every month there is some festival or celebration weekend in some part of the county.

Here is a list of 16 things to do with kiddos — some/most are seasonal, with the season opening for most places sometime in May, so always check ahead if you’re visit is during a shoulder or off-season.

Maine Vacation Rental1) Head to Machiasport’s Jasper Beach for the ultimate in beach combing.  Jasper Beach is one of the most unique beaches in the world — instead of sand dunes, you will need to climb dunes made of ocean-smoothed rocks.  Listen to the singing of the waves as they gently crash, tumbling the rocks.  It’s a great place for every age for beach combing.  Learn more about Jasper Beach HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Sea salt Maine Vacation Rental2) Learn how they get salt from the ocean to the jar at a fascinating free tour of the Maine Sea Salt Company.  Have you ever thought about how salt gets from the sea to your salt shaker?  Learn the answer here in a free tour of the factory where salt is made.  It’s sourced locally, from Bucks Harbor in Machiasport and then evaporated in greenhouses.  Free tours are offered May through December.  

 

 

 

 

 

downeast puffin tour3) Hop aboard the Kandi Leigh and take a sightseeing trip to see the cutest little animals on the planet.   One of the highlights of any trip to Down East Maine is a boat trip to see the puffins.  The three hour boat tour is available May through August  to Petit Manan Island to see Puffin and other shorebirds.  These tours often fill up months in advance so plan early.  Robertsons Sea Tours also offer whale watch and other scenic tours as well.   

 

 

 

Bad Little Falls Park Machias4) Take a picnic lunch to any of the charming little pocket parks in the area.  This corner of Maine is beautiful and there are so many little parks tucked here and there, most will views and lawns — great places for picnics and romping.  Here are just a few in the area:

Mill Memorial Park, East Machias

Bad Little Falls Park, Machias

Middle River Park, Machias

Fort O’Brien State Historic Site, Machiasport

 

Roque Bluffs State Park5) Spend the day strolling and dipping your toes in the mighty Atlantic ocean at Roque Bluffs State Park.  At the end of one of the fingers that reaches into the Atlantic ocean is one of Maine’s most beautiful state parks.  There is a wide stretch of sandy beach — one of the very few sand beaches in this part of the world.  Across the lane, there is a fresh water pond.  The park also has restroom facilities and 182 miles of walking trails. 

 

 

 

 

Mustard Maine Vacation Rental6) Tour a historic stone mill and see where mustard is made at Rayes Mustard Factory in Eastport. Visit a shop and mill that has been around for four generations.  Sample different flavors of mustard and pick up some of the tasty condiments at their general store.  

 

 

 

 

 

Minion Maine Vacation Rentals7) Pack up a lawn chair and enjoy one of Machias’ free outdoor movies for children at the Boxcar.  Every other Friday in July and August, the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce offers free movies at their visitor center/boxcar.  Bring a blanket, chairs, bug spray and popcorn.

 

 

 

 

 

Ropes course Maine Vacation Rental8) Take a day trip to Wild Acadia Fun Park in Bar Harbor.  Enjoy the afternoon at this family fun park which includes an aerial park, zip lines, a water park, go carts, mini golf and more.  The Wild Acadia Fun Park is located on the road to Bar Harbor, just south of Ellsworth.  It’s open from June until Labor Day.   

If you are visiting the area a little earlier or later in the season, Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf in Bar Harbor is open from mid-April through October. 

 

Maine Vacation Rental9) Learn about sea life at the Mount Desert Oceanarium in Bar Harbor. Open from mid-May until late October, the Oceanarium is a lobster museum and hatchery.  While you are there, take the Marsh Walk to learn basic and important ecological principles.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10) Visit a local farm and learn to farm. Pet a goat.  Many farms in the area welcome visitors to learn about the farm.  Some through Open Farm Day, usually held in July.  Others with advance reservations.  Two nearby farms are Tide Mill Organic Farm in Edmunds and Hatch Knoll Farm and Garden Side Dairy in Jonesboro.  (As a side note, both sell products that are unbelievably delicious — head to their websites to see where you can purchase some yummy organic food).

 

 

 

Chainsaw Maine Vacation Rental
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11) See a show with Ray Murphy, the Chainsaw artist in Hancock, Maine.  Chainsaw Ray performs his show in the world’s first Sawyer Art Theater building. The audiance can not hear the noise from the chainsaws. Instead, they only hear gentle music.  Chainsaw Ray performs one of the most unique shows in the world and has been performing for over 50 years.  Shows start at 7pm nightly from Late June until the end of September.   

 

 

 

Child swimming Maine Vacation Rental12) Splash around in the indoor pool at the University of Maine Machias.  I remember when my kids were small — we lived surrounded by the ocean but all they wanted to do was go to the pool.  Daily passes to the pool at UMM can be purchased for $5.  Currently the pool is open for kid visitors on weekends from 10-2 on Saturdays and 10-3 on Sundays.  During the week, the open pool is shared with lap swimmers.  

 

 

 

 

13) Really enjoy learning about nature.  I have two vacation rental homes in Machiasport and I have both scavenger hunts and bird and wildlife identification books in both homes.  The scavenger hunts were easily printed from online hunts and I stapled the lists to brown paper lunch bags.  I have two different hunts for two age groups – kids can hunt from everything from “dispose of a piece of trash” to “listen to the sound of wind through the trees”.  Besides looking right in your own yard or neighborhood, there are so, so many good places to hike in the area.  The Bold Coast Trail in Cutler is breathtaking for older kids.  For younger kids, there are fantastic walking trails that surround the campus of the University (UMM).  Other great places to walk are can be found at mainetrailfinder.com/trails  – an invaluable resource for looking for outdoor adventures – where you can input location, degree of difficulty, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

biking on the downeast sunrise trail14) Bike on the Downeast Sunrise Trail.  The Downeast Sunrise Trail connects Pembroke, Maine (almost to the border of Canada) to Ellsworth (and the Appalachian Trail beyond). The trail is multi-use, so you might see walkers, horses, ATV’s, snowmobiles and dogsleds on the path, but no automobiles.  The trail is usually closed during ‘mud’ season in the spring but reopens sometime in May.  Check their website for maps and updated news. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milbridge Outdoor Theater15) Head to Milbridge every Friday evening.  The Milbridge Theater has a ton of great, family friendly entertainment every Friday in summer.  These performances range from puppet shows to live music to game show nights (interspersed with kid-friendly outdoor movies).  The evenings kick off at 5:30 and rain dates are on Sundays.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

16) Back to that scavenger hunt theme, what about geocaching?  Geocaching is something that can be done no matter where you are (my kids were interested in it and I was amazed that there were several hidden within a block from my house in Massachusetts).  Go to the website and sign up for a free account.  From there you can enter whatever destination that you want and it will give you a list of all of the locations in the area.  Find a geocache box, sign in and record your finding.  By this summer, there may be a few additional locations in the downeast area…wink, wink.

 

Feel free to email me or make a comment with other fun things to do with kids!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Recommended Day Trip in DownEast Maine – Roque Bluffs State Park

Roque Bluffs State Park Maine

As the owner/manager of several properties in coastal Down East Maine, I am asked often where the best place to swim in the ocean is in the area.  By far, my answer is always Roque Bluffs State Park.  Located about 10 miles from the town of Machias, the park is 274 acres of beach, water and walking trails.

We recommend that you download the brochure or stop by the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce to pick one up with all of the information about the park.

The below information comes directly from the Maine.gov website — please head there for even more information. 

Hours / Season Open 9:00 a.m. to sunset daily from May 15 to October 1. Fee Charged. Visitors may continue to enjoy the park during the off season by parking outside the gate and walking in during these same hours. Please be aware that facilities are closed during the off season.

Roque Bluffs State Park provides visitors with a great diversity of coastal landscapes to enjoy in 274 acres on Schoppee Point (south of Machias). A beautiful, half-mile crescent of sand and pebbles along Englishman Bay is backed by the shallow waters of 60-acre Simpson Pond – allowing for bracing saltwater swims and much warmer fresh water soaks; no lifeguards available. Between the beach and the pond are several picnic areas and a children’s play area adjoining the parking area. A 6-mile trail network just inland from the shore leads through old orchards, fields and woods, with paths that follow the rocky shores of Great Cove and Pond Cove. The town’s trailerable boat launch is adjacent to the park on Schoppee Point Road.

The diverse habitats at Roque Bluffs State Park support abundant wildlife, and bird watchers enjoy interesting sightings at all seasons. Bald eagles frequent the area year-round and many migrant species stopover during spring and fall. Birders occasionally spot less common waterfowl, such as Barrow’s Goldeneye, Redhead and Gadwall ducks, and Hooded Mergansers. During summer months, pipers, plovers and interesting species of gull (like ring-billed) frequent the beach.

Both Englishman Bay and Simpson Pond can be explored by canoe or kayak (with rental kayaks available for use on Simpson Pond). The pond is stocked so anglers can fish for brook trout in the spring and brown trout through much of the summer. Bait fishermen use the pond in fall and winter.

Directions and Parking

Get Google map and directions

From the south, turn right off Route 1 onto Roque Bluffs Road in Jonesboro. At the T-intersection in 5 miles, turn right and continue south on Roque Bluffs Road to Schoppee Point. From the north, turn left on Roque Bluffs Road approximately one mile south of the Machias town center and continue 8 miles to the village of Roque Bluffs (where there is parking for hiking trails) or continue down Schoppee Point to reach the beach and boat launch.

 

 

Activities

  • Boating (motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (trails)
  • Sea kayaking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Watchable wildlife

Rules

  • Carry out all trash.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the ocean beach. Elsewhere, keep pets on leash (less than 4 feet) at all times. Do not leave pets unattended and clean up after them (carrying out bags with waste).
  • Park rules prohibit use of intoxicating beverages.
  • Camping is not permitted.
  • Do not feed, touch or disturb wildlife.
  • Do not leave valuables unattended in your vehicle.
  • See Rules for State Parks and Historic Sites

Consider lending a hand. Contact us if you would like to help with stewardship or maintenance work.

Trails

The trailhead parking lot is a quarter-mile east of the beach parking lots (up the hill toward Roque Bluffs village). Five hiking trails (with the longest loop approximately 4 miles) allow visitors to meander through fields and woodlands bordering Pond Cove and Great Cove.

Visit the Roque Bluffs State Park trail map at Maine Trail Finder.

Pond Cove Trail (2 miles, approximately 1 hour) leads through meadows and woods (over largely flat terrain) and offers scenic vistas over Pond Cove.

Houghton’s Hill Trail (1.5 mile, approximately 45 minutes) provides a woods walk back to the trailhead from the western end of the Pond Cove Trail, passing over Houghton’s Hill (with moderate terrain suitable for fit walkers). A picnic table located halfway along the trail offers a place to rest or snack.

Blueberry Camp Trail (1 mile, approximately 30 minutes) cuts back from the coast to join Houghton’s Hill Trail, ascending that hill on the way back to the trailhead.

Mihill Trail (2 miles, approximately 1 hour) is the longest loop back from the end of the Pond Cove Trail, passing along the shore of Great Cove before turning inland. At the fork (Larry’s Loop), take the left trail for the most direct route back to the trailhead.

 

Tours and Programs

View the Maine Parks and Lands EVENT CALENDAR

 

Services and Facilities

Special Considerations

Please enjoy Roque Bluffs State Park during daylight hours: the main area is gated at night.

Bring potable water with you as there is none on site. Visitors are welcome to swim in Englishman’s Bay and Simpson Pond but no lifeguard protection is offered. Those who fish off the beach on Englishman Bay should be careful of nearby swimmers. For more on saltwater angling, consult the Maine Saltwater Angler’s Guide.

Kayakers can launch their boats from the beach on Englishman’s Bay, but the State does not own any nearby islands so public access is not guaranteed. Only experienced kayakers should paddle the open waters of Englishman’s Bay, given the potential for fog and wind.

History

The sand/pebble beach at Roque Bluffs State Park is an unusual geologic feature along the Downeast coast, much of which is marked by bold cliffs and cobble shores. It resulted from an accumulation of sediment that eroded from a prominent glacial moraine lying to the east. There is a bedrock outcrop at the eastern end of the beach where visitors can see glacial striations (deep groves in the bedrock left by the glacier’s movement toward the southeast). The evidence here of glacial history has made the Park stop #29 on Maine’s Ice Age Trail (to learn more, visit http://iceagetrail.umaine.edu/).

This unusual beach has long been popular with area residents and visitors. The Maine State Park Commission used proceeds from a public bond to acquire and protect the land in 1969.

Offshore, visitors can see Libby Lighthouse (formerly known as Machias Lighthouse because it marks the entrance to Machias Bay). This historic structure, built in 1817, is still an active beacon.

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