Cobscook Bay Boat Tour
Join us 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 Passamaquoddy 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 anadromous fish runs and their importance for commercial fishing in the Bay. .
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.
What to bring:
We will spend the full three hours on board the boat. It can be significantly cooler on the water. Please dress warmly. There are simple bathroom facilities on board. We recommend bringing:
• Appropriate clothing and extra layers (i.e. wind breaker, rain jacket, fleece)
• Hat and sunglasses
• Insect repellent
• Field guide
Cancellation policy and weather:
• We want you to have the best possible experience on this trip!
• If we have to cancel due to weather, you will be contacted by email and issued a full refund.
• If your plans change, you must cancel at least 48 hours before departure time to qualify for a refund, and to make room for others.
• Last minute cancellations and no-shows will not be issued a refund.
Contact us at or call (207) 729-7366.
Current donors receive a 50% discount on trip fees for themselves and three friends! To receive this perk, you must have made a donation in the past year. Or you can donate today!