Camden Harbor is, to me, the quintessential image of coastal Maine. It's a place we go to often for breakfast, shopping, and just because it's a nice place to be. While there is a public boat launch, the parking is quite a distance from it, and there are no facilities. But for kayakers, that's no problem; just go to the public beach a few minutes from the town center. There are restrooms by the parking area.
(Oh, and might it be appropriate to mention here that ever since we started kayaking, there's been a steady refrain of "I want to kayak in Camden Harbor"? -D)
Here are two views of the beach/launch area:
|It's a steep drop to the beach and for this reason we have to take off a half kayak in the rating.|
|The interior of the harbor is to the left which opens to Penobscot Bay to the right.|
|Heading into the harbor.|
|The outer harbor area.|
|That's the library in the background.|
|There are always 2 or 3 masted schooners at dock.|
|There are some massive yachts here.|
|Not a bad cottage!|
|The homes are are quite beautiful.|
|Heading out into the bay.|
|Better not start a fire in that fireplace!|
KAYAK RATING FOR CAMDEN HARBOR: 4.5
NOTE: The video is a little shaky. Waves will do that.