Join Maine Coast Heritage Trust for a picnic cruise and tour of Cobscook Bay and its many tidal inlets, deep coves, and wildlife-rich islands. We will witness the spectacular views and abundance of marine life and wildlife in one of Maine’s great unspoiled coastal regions.
The name “Cobscook” is derived from the Maliseet-Passamaquoddy tribal word for “boiling tides.” With an average 18-foot tide, strong tides flow in and out of the bay, nourishing one of the most productive, unspoiled, and species-rich marine ecosystems in the state.
This extensive tour will pass MCHT preserves on Treat Island, Matthews Island, Lincoln Cove, and Sipp Bay as well as conservation easements on Crow Neck and the Straight Bay Islands. We’ll make note of fish weirs and alewife runs in this ecologically rich area.
The Cobscook Bay area hosts the highest concentration in Maine of nesting bald eagles per square mile in Maine. Ospreys, seals, and otters are a common sight. Over 200 bird species live here or migrate through, seeking out the protected coves and abundant food sources. In the summer, minke, fina, and right whales venture into the Bay to feed in the nutrient-rich waters.
We’ll meet in Eastport (the easternmost city in the United States!) and join Captain Butch Harris aboard his comfortable 47-foot lobster-style boat for our picnic tour. MCHT steward and local resident Deirdre Whitehead will share her knowledge of the natural and human history of the bay, along with the extensive conservation work that has been completed here. Lunch is provided.