Meet at and explore Frazer Point in Winter Harbor to witness the return of songbirds and warblers. Learn identification tips, discuss conservation issues, and have fun in pursuit of as many species as we can find. Join Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program Director and enter the fray! Cost per date / per person is $15.00.
Please call Michelle at 207-288-1356 to register and reserve your spot today!
Birding Field Trip dates: May 17, 23, and 29. Choose one, two or multiple trips!
We ask that should you need to cancel, please call us.
These events fill quickly – Interested birders may be able to fill a vacancy.
Refunds will only be given in the event Schoodic Institute must cancel the trip.
Check our website for cancellation in case of inclement weather. Meet at Frazer Point on the Schoodic Peninsula in Winter Harbor. Dress for the weather. Bring Binoculars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Consider lending a hand. Contact us if you would like to help with stewardship or maintenance work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Susie had a killer vacation home in Machiasport, Maine.Because she wanted to offset some bills,Susie decided to make it available as a vacation rental.Since she loved her home and area, she was excited that she could play ‘virtual tour guide and innkeeper’ to the guests who stayed in her home. She paid upfront for an ad on a major online vacation rental listing site and happily answered questions about her home and many questions about the area from potential guests via phone and email. When the guest was ready to book, she made payment arrangements, usually through a check or credit card payment.
Once upon a time, Bobby wanted to go on vacation in down east Maine.He logged into a major online vacation rental site and clicked on the region – DownEast Maine.He was given a list of about 200 properties in the area.Bobby was able to narrow down with filters exactly what he was looking for —- and decided to choose Susie’s home in Machiasport.He had some questions about Puffin Tours and possibly ordering a custom cake for his wife’s birthday.He was able to contact Susie and she provided him with the information that he was asking for — phone numbers and websites of tour companies and local bakeries.She also gave Bobby information on how to pay the deposit and he mailed her a check.
Today in Vacationland…
Susie wants to offset some bills so she decides to make her wonderful vacation home available on an online vacation rental listing site (now known as an OTA for Online Travel Agency).Instead of buying an ad outright, she must now agree to pay a commission on every reservation (at a much higher rate than she used to pay for her ad). She must also agree that she will use only the OTA’s payment processing system for all reservations.
Bobby wants to take a vacation to down east Maine.He logs onto an OTA and starts his search.There are no regions in Maine and, in his first search attempt, he sees properties from Kennebunk to Houlton to Calais – thousands and thousands of them – vacation homes, rooms in people’s home, motel rooms and more.
So he decides to input just one town into his search – Machiasport.The results seem more manageable and he looks at a property and thinks it looks perfect.As he plans his trip and dates, he notices something odd.There is mention of a passport needed for Americans.At closer look, he sees that the property he is interested in is not in Machiasport at all, but in New Brunswick, Canada!
A closer look at his list of Machiasport rentals shows properties in Cutler, Addison and Blue Hill mixed in with Machiasport homes.So now Bobby has to start his search again and take a close look at just where exactly the property is located. Now he knows that a search for a property in Machiasport does not necessarily actually show properties just in Machiasport.But he perseveres. He comes across Susie’s listing which looks perfect.But he has some questions about puffin tours and bakeries.He looks for Susie’s contact info but there is no phone number and no email, but he can send a message through the OTA, which he does.
Susie is happy to answer Bobby’s questions.She knows a fantastic tour company to visit the puffins and knows of an excellent bakery to bake the birthday cake.But she doesn’t know Bobby’s phone number or email or even his last name.She can only respond to his questionsthrough the OTA system.So she takes the time to write about the fabulous things to do in the area and passes along the info that Bobby has asked for.
Bobby received the reply from Susie.Unfortunately it looks like this…
You can get more info about the company that provides puffin tours at their website: XXXXXXXX. The phone number to the bakery is XXXXXXX.
Unfortunately, the OTA system blocks out any and all identifying information.So Susie is forced to try again, with a cryptic message –
If you do a google search for Robertson Sea Tours their website should pop up. The phone number to the bakery is 2 zero 7 five 5/5 ninety one o 6.
Susie feels awful because she knows presenting information in this manner is just lousy customer service but it’s the only way that she can get the info to the traveler.Bobby decides to book her home.He must pay the rent via credit card through the OTA and is very surprised when there is an additional $250 fee added to the total amount.That, Susie, explains, is the service fee that the OTA tacks on to the traveler’s total.Unfortunately, that pushes Bobby’s vacation over budget, so he must keep looking for a less expensive house.(Overall, Bobby has spent about four hours on this rental search so far and still has no rental).
So what can Bobby do to make his travel less frustrating?
Book directly from an owner or small management or listing company!
Here are my four reasons to #bookdirect rather than through VRBO or AirBnB:
1) No Service Fees.Did you know that all of the major online travel agencies add on a service fee to the traveler?
*fees and terms subject to change – check the individual sites for the most up-to-date information.
That’s a heck of a lot of lobster and ice cream you’re giving up in order to stay at your rental house.And often, these fees are non-refundable if your plans change — even if the homeowner is willing to refund some of the rent, good luck getting that service fee back.Instead of searching on the big sites, look to smaller regional sites who usually don’t charge extra traveler fees or try to find the owner directly.
2) Communication between the guest and the owner.Traditionally, sites like HomeAway and VRBO and others were a way to connect owners with travelers who wanted to rent.It was an advertising platform — nothing more.Today, on virtually all of the OTA’s, all phone numbers, emails, websites and all identifying information is masked and direct communication between owners and guests is impossible.
3) Avoid Geographical nightmares. At one time, vacation areas were broken up into popular regions.Now, the geographic region has more to do with the secret algorithm of the OTA (reading between the lines — which homes and regions will bring them more money).The actual home location may be in very small print on the listing and a potential traveler may be looking at a home miles from where he may actually want to be.Again — look to regional sites to simplify your search.
4) Know that it’s really a home.The newest change to the listing sites are the addition of hotels, motels and B&Bs and inns to all of the listing sites (in addition to advertising spare rooms in occupied homes on AirBnB). Just to confuse your search more, there may be dozens of listings for motels and hotels on a site that claims to be “Vacation Homes By Owner”.You may see a photo of a beautiful pool and think you’re going to stay in a luxury home.Surprise!You just booked a room at a chain motel.
Did you know that you can take a short day trip from the Machias Bay area of DownEast Maine and have lunch on a Canadian Island. Campobello Island is just a short bridge over a channel of water and is part of the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Just remember, you now need a passport or passport card to enter Canada.
Admission to the park and the house and information center is free and there are tour guides to answer any questions that you may have.
2) Bike the many bike trails around the International and Provincial Parks
The trails and roads in the two island parks — Roosevelt Campobello International Park and Herring Cove Provincial Park – are very bike friendly and wind around the island highlighting beautiful vistas.
One of two provincial courses in New Brunswick. Located on the Scenic Campobello Island minutes from the late U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s cottage.
Golf on one of New Brunswick’s island treasures at the Herring Cove Provincial Park Golf Course. Situated on Campobello Island, this 9-hole Geoffrey Cornish design offers many challenging holes while providing a spectacular view of the Bay of Fundy. Golfers aren’t the only ones who have grown to love the plush landscape once enjoyed by the Roosevelt family. Bald eagles can be spotted flying overhead while moose and deer are often seen frolicking about as the morning mist rises from the fairways
After your game of golf, be sure to enjoy a leisurely snack or quench your thirst at the licensed clubhouse located upstairs from the pro-shop. For course conditions and information call the Pro-shop – 506 752-7041.
The Interpretation centre is opened from June until September from 10-5pm daily.
From the website:
The aim of the centre is to provide education on North Atlantic right whale biology, research and conservation, as well as local marine life on the Bay of Fundy shore. When open, the centre is hosted by 1-2 educational stewards who provide onsite interpretation. The site boasts an excellent view of the quaint town of Lubec, Maine, and harbour and gray seals as they congregate in the Lubec Narrows. Onsite is the Mulholland Lighthouse (an octagonal lighthouse built in 1885 to assist boats and ships through the Lubec Channel), a short walking path, and several picnic tables.
The oh-so-interesting phenomenon of reversing falls can be seen in the narrows between Dennys Bay and Cobscook Bay in Pembroke, Maine.
Because the tides in the area are among the worlds highest tides, that, combined with the large rock ledge, makes the falls appear to reverse several times per day.
Fun Falls Facts:
*Reversing Falls is a town park.
*Historically it was a farmstead.
*The cemetery remains (on the right side).
*Opposing currents create reverse waterfall at low tide.
*There are strong currents at all sides.
*There is an old shipwreck on the left hand shore.
*Check the tide table to be there at low tide.
From Machias, it is about a 45 minute drive north on Route 1 to Pembroke.
It is a right hand turn off of the highway just before the post office (if you pass it, turn around at the gas station).
After turning right off route 1 north, go to the end of the road, turn right then a quick left onto Leighton Point Road where there is a sign (well, sometimes not) that says “Reversing Falls”.
Go 3 3/10 mile up that road and take the right onto Clarkside Road. There is also a sign that says “Reversing Falls & Cobscook Trails” (high up on a telephone pole).
Follow that to the end and take a left at the intersection.
Follow that to the end (about 1 1/2 miles on a dirt road).
Are you looking for moose? I’ve been going back and forth through, around and in the state of Maine for almost 20 years now and I’m pretty convinced that moose are more of a mythical creature, like a unicorn, than an actual animal.
Nevertheless, I still have a goal of seeing and photographing a moose someday. I have, however, found an excellent place to continue my moose-sighting quest — The Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Baring, Maine.
Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge consists of nearly 30,000 acres of federally protected lands in eastern Maine. The refuge’s landscape is varied, with rolling hills, large ledge outcrops, streams, lakes, bogs, and marshes. A northern hardwood forest of aspen, maple, birch, spruce and fir dominates the upland. Scattered stands of majestic white pine are common. The Edmunds Division boasts several miles of rocky shoreline where tidal fluctuations of up to 24 feet occur twice a day.
This habitat diversity supports many wildlife species. The staff at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) manages the land to protect the Service’s “”trust resources””. which include migratory birds, endangered species, and wetlands. By improving habitat, the Service ensures that wildlife will thrive on the refuge.
Woodcock, ruffed grouse, moose, deer, and a variety of songbirds prosper only in a young forest. In the past, wildfires revitalized the forest, while farming maintained open areas. However, wildfire is a rare event today, and farmland acreage has decreased dramatically. Habitat management programs, including timber harvesting and controlled burning, mimic the effects of wildfire and farming by providing clearings and early growth forests.
Approximately one third of the refuge is designated as federal wilderness. The two Wilderness Areas (one in each division) are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. They are managed with a “hands-off” philosophy and granted special protection to maintain their primitive qualities. Internal combustion engines and mechanical means of transportation (i.e. bicycles) are not allowed. Habitat management is kept to a minimum to allow the areas to develop into old- growth climax forests.
Bald eagles, frequent both divisions of the refuge, feeding on fish in the streams, ponds, and flowages. In recent years, as many as three pairs of eagles have nested at Moosehorn NWR. Eagles are frequently sighted around Magurrewock Marsh on the Baring Division and along the shore of Dennys Bay on the Edmunds Division. Osprey nest in several of the refuge marshes with as many as four pairs using platforms along the Charlotte Road.
The woodlands of Moosehorn NWR are home to many songbirds, including neotropical migrants, species that breed in North America and winter in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. In mid-May, migrating warblers fills the forest with song. Twenty-six species of these diminutive birds nest on the refuge. In addition, northern forest species, such as boreal chickadees and spruce grouse, are present.
Moosehorn NWR has a mobile phone App that allows people to digitally explore the refuge. The App contains information about the refuge trails, Auto Tour Route, wilderness areas and other refuge related programs. The App can be found at Moosehorn.toursphere.com.
Besides hiking, there are several visitor options at the refuge including interpretation programs and wildlife education programs. There are programs and activities that educate visitors to things like invasive species and birding and they host the following annual events:
Downeast Bird Festival (Memorial Day Weekend)
Children’s fishing derby (June)
Warbler and amphibian walks
Two trails – the Woodcock and Charlotte trails are wheelchair-accessible.
More info on planning your visit can be found here.
Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge is located off Route 1 southwest of Calais, ME. It can be reached by taking Route 1 North from coastal Maine, Route 1 South from northern Maine, or Route 9 east from the Bangor area. Watch for the Refuge Office sign along Route 1
The Woodcock Trail
¼ mile paved, wheelchair accessible trail introduces walkers to the American woodcock. In April and May, the trail is a great place to view its spectacular courtship flights, for which it is famous.
The Habitat Trail
1¼ mile wooded trail stresses how important proper habitat is for wildlife. Markers point out signs of wildlife that might otherwise be missed.
The Bird Walk
¼ mile trail through forests rich in birds. Over 220 species have been identified on the refuge, including 26 species of warblers alone.
50 Miles of Dirt Roads
Refuge roads are closed to private vehicles. This makes them ideal for hiking and biking in the summer, snowshoeing and skiing during the winter. The roads allow access to almost all parts of the refuge, passing through the habitats of all kinds of wildlife. Maps are available at the office.
The Wilderness Area
Many people enjoy the solitude of walking through the wilderness area, where nothing mechanical is allowed. Trails through the wilderness areas of both divisions receive minimal maintenance. We strongly recommend hikers bring a topographical map and compass.
Fall Auto Route
Get out and enjoy nature in all of her colorful fall finery at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge! From October 1st to the 27th, a 3.3 mile route will be open to private vehicles at Moosehorn Refuge. Traverse a variety of wildlife habitats including blueberry fields, forests and wetlands and observe waterfowl, wading and songbirds and maybe even a moose or black bear! The auto tour route will begin at the Headquarters Road gate. Call (207) 454-7161 for more information.
So many visitors to the area want to fish (or hunt) but don’t know where to go. Why not consider a guided fishing trip?
Hunt East Adventures is based in Machias, Maine and offers fishing trips, hare hunts and moose hunts. The fishing trips are offered April through September and are run by registered Maine guide, Mike Congelosi.
Here is the information as described on their website:
Eastern Maine offers World-Class fishing for Trout, Salmon and Smallmouth Bass. Anglers find some of the best Spring Salmon & Trout Fishing in the state and Summer months offer arguably the best Smallmouth Bass fishing found anywhere. The areas we fish offer countless clean glacially formed lakes with trophy coldwater and warm water gamefish species. These waterbodies feature rocky shorelines, steep drop-offs, clear water and miles of undeveloped shoreline. In addition to the spectacular fishing, the scenery alone is worth the trip. We target Brook & Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon and Smallmouth Bass. Non-target species include Chain Pickerel, Largemouth bass, Perch.
Our guided Maine fishing trips are done from the comfort of our 16′ console boats or our cedar stripped 20′ Grand Laker Canoes, the perfect craft for getting into the rocky shoals where the fish hide. These vessels will keep you comfortable and safe while providing the true Maine Guide experience. We welcome all skill levels and encourage families with children to spend some time on the water. The safety of our guests is our top priority.
TROUT & SALMON FISHING
Spring Salmon and Trout fishing when waters are cool is unmatched in this area of the state. Directly after ice out trolling streamers, smelts and lures just below the surface is highly effective. Fish are actively feeding and the action can be fast, producing large fish. As waters warm and summer progresses, fish move to deeper cooler water. Downriggers are used to get the bait and lures down where the fish area. Action can be a little slower this time of year but with patience and the right technique, large fish can be found.
SMALLMOUTH BASS FISHING
Maine offers some of the best Smallmouth Bass Fishing available anywhere. Bass often get little recognition by trout fishermen, but this warm water species shouldn’t be ignored. A sizeable Smallmouth aggressively takes bait and offers a great fight, often leaping into the air much like a Salmon. Bass fishing heats up in June, lasting through September, with aggressive trophy Smallmouth making for action packed days during spring spawning. Effective fishing methods include casting topwater, crankbaits, and rubber worms.
GUIDED FISHING TRIP INFORMATION
We offer fishing trips from ice-out, usually late April, until the end of September. The Salmon & Trout fishing is usually best early in the season and later in the fall when waters are cool. Bass fishing is more productive during the summer, warmer water months. Rods and all gear is provided or you may choose to bring your own. A shore lunch and snacks are provided with Full Day trips and include delicious Guide Coffee. We never mix parties and you and your group will have our undivided attention throughout the day.
Maine and fish go together. Maine has hundreds and hundreds of miles of coastline. For trivia buffs, it has 3478 miles of salt waterfront coastline, longer than the coastline of California. It has ocean, it has lakes and rivers. People fish in the summer, spring and fall and ice fish in the winter. When it comes right down to it, it’s probably the biggest pastime in Maine.
Since I’m not a fishing expert myself, when asked questions on fishing, I inevitably refer our guests to various websites so they can gather more information. These are some of my favorite sites to refer folks to:
Your first stop should be to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. There you can browse the state’s most up to date laws and rules, fish stocking reports, rules on accessing private land, and maps. You can also purchase your fishing license directly through the website.
Here are the current fishing license fees, but check the website for changes:
Duplicate (obtained from agent who issued original)
Nonresidents and Aliens
Nonresident Season Fishing (16 and older)
Nonresident Combination Fishing & Hunting
Alien Season Fishing
Alien Combination Fishing & Hunting
Duplicate (obtained from agent who issued original)
Note: Fees listed do not include the agent fee.
* 1-Day fishing license may be exchanged by a Maine resident for a season fishing or combination fishing and hunting license upon payment of the difference between that fee and the fee for the annual license, plus the agent fee.
** Maine residents permanently stationed outside the state of Maine.
*** Nonresident 15-day fishing license may be exchanged for a nonresident season fishing license upon payment of $17 plus the agent fee.
A nonresident 18 years of age or older and under 24 years of age enrolled full-time in a college in Maine, may be eligible for a resident license for fishing, hunting and trapping. This license must be obtained at the main office in Augusta.
Note: All residents and nonresidents who operate any motorized watercraft or aircraft equipped with pontoons on inland waters must display a Lake & River Protection Sticker in addition to a current boat registration sticker.
Saltwater Fishing information can be found on the website of the Maine Department of Marine Resources. You MAY have to register (you may be exempt if you have a freshwater license). The terms if someone needs to register or not are confusing — but, currently it only costs $1 to register online. There is a link on the website to register to fish saltwater.
Access to the Downeast Sunrise Trail is just minutes away from most of our properties. It is a multi-use corridor connecting eastern Maine and the head of the East Coast Greenway
from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida. It is part of the ‘ice age’ trail.
That’s right. You could feasibly take the pup for a walk down the entire eastern seaboard.
The trail has a website and facebook page where they update trail conditions — very important with winter snows and spring muds.
One of their newest features is an app where one can enhance the appreciation of the ice age. This is what is written on the app’s website:
The Ice Age had a profound effect on the Maine landscape. This effect is very pronounced in the Down East region, where a vast sheet of glacial ice sculpted Cadillac and surrounding mountains, carved out the Sommes Sound fjord, and left spectacular sand barrens.
The Ice Age Trail is comprised of the finest and most accessible of these features. It follows the margins of the last great North American continental ice sheet and coincides with many Down East tourist attractions.
We invite you to use this interactive trail map and guide to enhance your appreciation of the Maine landscape during your next visit or to take a virtual tour. In either case, we hope the time you spend here will be both informative and enjoyable for you.