Pepperrell Cove in Kittery, ME is one of several premier kayaking destinations for paddlers in southern Maine. Pepperrell Cove’s beautiful views, central location and all-tide boat ramp make it easy for paddlers of all experience levels to launch a kayak and enjoy a day on the water.
Located near the Atlantic Ocean on the Maine side of the mighty Piscatacqua River, Pepperrell Cove’s location lends itself to several paddling trips of varying lengths.
Depending on one’s experience and skill level, a kayaker may opt to paddle in the cove or venture down Chauncey Creek to Brave Boat Harbor. Other paddlers may choose a trip down the Piscataqua River and over to Little Harbor and some may choose to travel up the Piscataqua River to Spruce Creek or other locales. Several worth while trips originate from Pepperrell Cove making this a very popular launch site for kayakers in southern Maine.
WHY PADDLE HERE? – For harbor views, scenic beauty, coastal nature, a tidal water experience, or a combination paddle/beach day.
THE PADDLING ROUTE – We launched 1.5 hrs. before low tide and paddled across Pepperrell Cove then headed east along the northern side of the Piscatacqua River to access the beach area just west of Fort Foster. We ate lunch on the beach and then paddled in the waters adjacent to Fort Foster before returning to spend more time on the beach. We then reversed course paddling with the incoming tide back to the boat ramp.
CAUTIONS- Tides, waves, fog, rapidly changing weather conditions and frequent large boat traffic.
PARKING & LAUNCH – The town of Kittery, ME maintains a working pier with an all-tide boat ramp located at the end of Bellamy Lane. There are approximately ten free parking spots available to the public at the pier. The rest of the parking spots are either resident parking or limited to one hour. There is a $5 launch fee per kayak. Pay envelopes are located at the top of the boat ramp. The Harbormaster’s office is located at the pier and both the Harbormaster and the local police are frequently on-site at the pier.
RESTROOMS – Yes! There is a singular public bathroom located at the end of the Harbormaster’s office building.
WHEN TO VISIT – Avoid busy summer weekends and holidays if you can as public parking is limited at the boat ramp. Paddle 2 hrs. either side of high tide for the easiest paddling. If you love spending time on the beach, launch 2-3 hrs. before low tide for the best access to the beaches and return at least 1 hr. after low tide.
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