For an especially quiet experience, Seal Cove Pond
is a choice, seldom-used area. A boat launch area
can be reached from fireroads north of Seals Cove.
Salt-water canoeing can be treacherous. An exception,
however, is the end of somes sound north of the
Rte. 198 bridge. As withBass harbor Marsh, consult
the tide tables and plan to ride the high tide in.
Expert canoeists may want to choose a calm day
and paddle around the Porcupine islands off Bar
Harbor. Do not venture beyond the breakwater.
Tidal currents in Somes Sound can play havoc with
light craft, so those venturin out there should
stick close to the shoreline. Porpoises sometimes
frolic in the Sound. All ocean canoeing should be
restricted, however, to the very knowledgeable and
Law requires that Coast Guard-approved life jackets
be carried for each passenger. An idea better than
carrying life jackets is to wear them. It's accepted
Mansell Boat Rental, on Manset Shore Road
off 102A in Manset. (207) 244-5625.
National Park Canoe Rentals, Pretty Marsh
Road (Rt. 102). Mount Desert, (207) 244-5854.