Maine Beaches On-the-Water Activities

There’s nothing like having unlimited access to the Atlantic Ocean; its vast beauty affixing your gaze to the horizon, its foamy surf at times crashing and at other times gently lapping against the shore.

Away from the shore, the region has a fair share of lakes and ponds, too. Head inland for summertime waterskiing or drop a line for exciting bass fishing on our perfectly situated ponds. Then once winter comes, these same lakes, like Great East Lake and Shapleigh’s Square Pond, offer up southern Maine’s best ice fishing with trophy-size togue and lake trout.

If deep-sea angling is your thing, book a charter. The offshore waters offer plenty of excitement as you seek out a perfect spot for striped bass, bluefish, mackerel, or haddock. Many outfits even offer family trips—making it easy for kids to gear up while catching sight of seals sunning on ledges and porpoise diving among the waves.

Sea kayaking is a great way to poke along the coast. Check out the Maine Island Trail, which connects an endless number of barrier islands. Make a day trip of it and relax in a cooling breeze on a hot summer day. Those into kite-surfing should try out Ferry Beach, while only slightly tamer riders can head to Old Orchard Beach for jet skiing and parasailing. Stand-up paddleboarding is easy to learn and offers a great workout with a unique view of sea life. As for boating, our cruising grounds are world-renowned, favored by luxury yachts, vintage sloops, and one-design racers flitting along in packs. Experienced sailors can charter a boat of their own or novices can hire a captain and just enjoy the views.

Whether sea kayaking in our coastal estuaries, stand-up paddleboarding with dawn’s first light, or charting your course for relaxation aboard a sailboat—you’ll find more to do on the water than you ever knew in The Maine Beaches.

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Fishing

Bunny Clark Deep Sea Fishing  | Perkins Cove, Ogunquit | (207) 646-2214

Captain Greg Metcalfe Charters | 117 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport | (401) 617-9265

Cast Away Fishing Charters | 4 Western Ave., Kennebunk | (207) 284-1740

Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop & Guide Service  | 1480 US Route 1, Cape Neddick | (207) 363-9269

Kayak Fish New England  | (207) 468-2274

Libreti Rose Sports Fishing Charters | 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport | (207) 432-4349

Nor’easter-Perkins Fishing | 4 Western Ave., Kennebunk | (207) 646-3758

Rippin’ Lips Charters | 5 Bay Ave., Saco | (207) 229-3845

Salty Lewer Charter Fishing  | Perkins Cove, Ogunquit | (321) 412-7949

Seafari Charters  | 7 Island Ave., Kittery | (207) 439-5068

Striker Charters  | 21 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport | (207) 590-9093

Canoeing, Kayaking, SUP & Surfing

Aquaholics | 166 Port Rd., Kennebunk | (207) 967-8650

Bare Knee Point Kayak Rentals | 45 Camp Ellis Ave., Saco | (207) 283-4455

Coastal Maine Kayak | 8 Western Ave., Kennebunkport | (207) 967-6065

Coastal Rentals, LLC | Pine Point, Scarborough | (207) 557-4256

Fun and Sun Rentals, LLC | 10 Snow Canning Rd., Scarborough | (207) 730-1926

Harbor Adventures | York Harbor (207) 363-8466

Kennebunkport Marina | 67 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport | (207) 967-3411

Liquid Dreams | 696 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit | (207) 351-2545

Little Miss Paddleboards | 173 East Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach | (207) 934-5680

Scarborough Marsh Nature Center | (207) 883-5100

Webhannet River Boat Yard | 345 Harbor Rd., Wells | (207) 646-9649

World Within Sea Kayaking | 17 Post Rd., Wells | (207) 646-0455