13Sep/160

Kennebec River Boat Trip with CAP’n FISH

In July, I finally went on CAP'n FISH's Kennebec tour, a 44-mile loop from the Harbor, through Townsend Gut (separating Boothbay from Southport Island), across to Bath, down the Kennebec and open ocean back to Boothbay Harbor.

kennebec-2Boothbay Harbor, East Side

This trip covers a lot of ground, but there's a lot to see. Unlike other boat trips, like the one to Monhegan, you are never too far from the coast--well, never except for about 30 minutes of the 3 or so hour trip--so there's no getting bored. (Monhegan is well worth it, but the ride there and back is less exciting than the visit of the island itself.)

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You'll see the Harbor, Townsend Gut, seven lighthouses, the historic Bath Iron Works, Popham Beach and Fort Popham, the Cuckolds, several ospreys' nests and a whole lot more.

kennebec-4Bath Iron Works

If you're lucky, you'll even see a few seals and porpoises.

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The commentary is a cut above the usual cheesiness; you'll learn a good deal about the region and the neighboring towns and ports.

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Again, don't pass up Monhegan if the weather is good. And Squirrel Island is also a must on a sunny day. But if I had to pick one boat trip for the boat ride itself, I'd definitely go with the Kennebec tour.

kennebec-7The Cuckolds

The tour runs 2-3 times per week in season, and costs $32 for adults and $17 for kids. Pretty reasonable, unlike the $20 dog fare? Huh?

kennebec-8Burnt Island Light, Boothbay Harbor

You can check the tour schedule and purchase tickets online.

kennebecBack in Boothbay Harbor


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