Sunrise Canoe and Kayak

Maine canoe trips, kayak tours, rentals and river guides since 1996.

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Great Wass Archipelago Day Trip

**Guided Kayak Tour Info for 2019**

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Island hop through one of estern Maine's beautiful archipelagos searching for wildlife, exploring pocket beaches, and maybe even hike to a lighthouse. The Great Wass archipelago has a few destinations worthy of a days exploration: the granite shores of Great Wass islands 1500 acre nature preserve, the contrasting rock formations of 1100 acre Head Harbor island site of the ghost village of Sea Land, and on favorable tides Mistake island with an overland walk to Moose Peak lighthouse with it's commanding view of the coast. The Great Wass archipelago is also an excellent area for viewing harbor seals and bald eagles.

Trip Overview

Length:6 hours
Where:Trip meets at the old Tall Barney's restaurant 52 Main Street, Jonesport Maine (across from Camden National Bank).
Included:All kayaking gear (tandem kayaks, PFD's, paddles, dry bags), guide services, basic kayak instruction
Reservations:Sunrise Canoe and Kayak

Friendly Knowledgable Guides

Each trip is led by a Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide who will brief you on safety and proper paddling technique before leaving shore and help you identify wildlife and points of interest during the trip.

Comfortable, Stable Kayaks

This trip is conducted in our comfortable, stable two-person kayaks which are perfect for enabling a group of mixed ability to experience the wonders of this coastal environment.

Our Theory on "Full Day Trips"

While we do paddle further on full day trips than our half-day trips we do not spend the entire time paddling! Our full day trips are centered around extraordinary destinations best reached by kayak that we will want to spend some time enjoying. We stop more than once during the day to stretch and take time to both relax and explore our primary destination for an hour or more.

Great Wass-Head Harbor Islands, Moose Peak Lighthouse, and Returning Customers

There are three itineraries we run in the Great Wass archipelago. All three are beautiful island hopping destinations with excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife. If you have a preferred destination your guide will make that request a priority however wind and tide conditions may dictate the final course of your Great Wass archipelago trip.

The Mistake island trip that visits Moose Peak lighthouse is an option on certain days of the month when the tides are favorable.

If you are a returning customer and interested in the other archipelago and coastal trips we may have discussed as options for your next visit (we're happy to discuss these options with first-timers too!) remember these specific trips can be tide and wind sensitive as well and they will meet at different locations.

What to Bring

For kayaking, we recommend wearing something on your feet that you don't mind getting wet, shorts or light pants, a seasonable top with an extra layer (fleece, jacket, etc.), and a hat that provides sun protection. Other items you may want are sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars, camera, snack, and water. We provide dry bags for you to pack items in.

Bring your favorite lunch to enjoy at our longer stop.


Our Great Wass archipelago day trips run from May through September except on very windy or stormy days. Foggy summer days can be very special days for viewing seals and bird life from the quiet of a kayak.

Scheduling, Group Size, and Pricing

Your activities can be planned according to the time you have to spend in Downeast Maine. We recommend that you plan your trip as early as possible in your vacation in case weather forces rescheduling. Trips to Moose Peak lighthouse must be scheduled around the tides so meeting times for this trip vary from day to day and there are several days a month when this trip in not an option due to the tides. Group size is limited to 12 participants. Great Wass archipelago day trips are $110/person and meet at the old Tall Barney's restsurant 52 Main Street, Jonesport Maine (across from Camden National Bank).


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Postal Address:68 Hoyttown Road, Machias ME 04654