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Knubble Bay Camp & Beal Island

2017 Knubble Bay Camp & Beal Island Kayaking Weekends

Several times a year, from May through November, the Knubble Bay Camp and Beal Island volunteer committee offers kayaking weekends based at the cabin or the island. The emphasis is on good company, good food, and good times. Weekends are organized around an all-day paddle Saturday and half-day paddle Sunday. Breakfasts and supper are provided by the committee, as well as guided explorations into some of the area’s most fascinating spots.

Though some trips are restricted to more advanced paddlers, others are open to all levels of experience. All weekends are led by volunteer AMC members, not certified guides. Advanced registration, health information and liability waivers are required.

SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) – April 28 – 30, 2017 (Fri – Sun)

Learn how to manage an emergency in the backcountry from a Solo certified instructor. This comprehensive two day course at Knubble Bay Camp is a fast paced, hands-on training program. It's designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you'll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. Instruction is Saturday and Sunday, but come up on Friday afternoon/evening and spend time in the beautiful Knubble Bay Cabin on the Maine coast.

Fee includes WFA instruction, Friday & Saturday night lodging, Saturday and Sunday breakfasts, a hearty dinner Saturday night. Additional optional fee of $35 (paid directly to instructor) for CPR certification. Limited slots, so register right away.

Leader: Cathy Mushok
$200 (AMC members)    $215 (non-members)

Beat the Bugs and go Sea Kayaking – May 19 – 21, 2017, 2017 (Fri - Sun)

Are you as ready to get back into your boat as we are? Experience the magic of coastal Maine before the season turns. We are a knowledgeable and friendly group who manage Knubble Bay Camp, Georgetown, ME. Stay overnight Friday and Saturday in our beautiful cabin, breakfast Saturday and Sunday, dinner Saturday. (We are known for our excellent food). Meet other like-minded paddlers. We'll spend the day Saturday on the water, and a half day on Sunday. Wet- or dry-suits required. Open to Level 2 paddlers and above. Don't wait. This will fill fast. Bring or rent kayaks

Kayaks/wet suits and other equipment can be rented/delivered from Seaspray Kayaking (207-443-3646 or email: They deliver right to our camp. Trip Rating: Level 2.

Leader: David Jordan
$95 (AMC members)    $105 (non-members)

Coastal Navigation and Trip Planning – June 23 - 25, 2017 (Fri - Sun)

Ever been lost in the fog? Cautious about paddling in new surroundings? Join us for an enjoyable weekend on the Maine coast to learn basic coastal navigation. Our experienced instructors will help you use a compass and nautical charts, plot courses, and understand the causes and effects of tides. You'll learn how to plan day trips: expected traveling speeds, effects of wind and current, how to adjust course. Foundations covered in "class time" on Saturday, but then we're out on the water. Small groups will follow student-plotted courses (Don't worry. You'll get back safely.) On the water again Sunday to plot a route and return by noon. You'll receive a packet of materials and a Small Craft NAV-AID course plotter to take home.

Cost includes instruction, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, Saturday dinner (our food is legendary), two nights lodging at beautiful Knubble Bay camp right on the Maine coast. Bring or rent kayaks. Kayaks and other equipment can be rented from Seaspray Kayaking (207-443-3646 or email: They deliver right to our camp. Hurry. This one fills fast. Trip Rating: Level 1.

Leaders: Dave Corbin & Steve Formisani
$135 (AMC members)    $145 (non-members)

Steaks & Steamers with Kayaks & Paddleboards – July 14 – 16, 2017 (Fri - Sun)

If you love our Lobsters & Kayaks weekend (it always sells out) you are sure to love this one too. We are offering a weekend filled with sea kayaking and/or stand up paddleboarding (SUP). Arrive on Friday night at beautiful Knubble Bay Cabin on the mid-coast of Maine, settle in, and spend some time meeting the group. Maybe go out to dinner at one of the local restaurants or hang out on the deck and enjoy the ocean. Saturday morning after a great breakfast (we are known for our food) we will head out on kayaks or SUPS. After a day on the water return and relax for happy hour with a bonfire on the beach (weather permitting), bring snacks and your favorite beverage to share. This is followed by local clams, steaks, and all the fix’ns. Enjoy another breakfast on Sunday. If you kayaked on Saturday you can do it again or maybe you want to try your hand at SUP. If you went out SUP’n on Saturday you can stick with that or go sea-kayaking instead. Either way you’re sure to have a great time. This weekend is geared for those with some experience on SUP and/or level 2 kayakers.

Cost includes two nights of lodging at Knubble Bay Cabin, Saturday and Sunday breakfasts, a great steak and steamers dinner on Saturday, a full day of sea-kayaking or paddleboarding on Saturday, and a half day on Sunday. It’s all on the mid-coast of Maine. Kayaks, paddleboards, paddles, wetsuits (optional), PFDs (mandatory), etc..can be rented from Seaspray Kayaking (207-443-3646 or email: They deliver right to our camp. Trip Rating: Level 2.

Leader: Pierre Erhard & Mary McCann-Baker
$125 (AMC members)    $135 (non-members)

Sea Kayaks and Lobsters – August 11 – 13, 2017 (Fri - Sun)

Imagine a beautiful day paddle in mid-coast Maine, a steaming lobster bake on the beach, and stories and s'mores around the campfire. We will guide you over to Beal Island Friday afternoon/evening, where you can set up your tent under the pines or in the grassy field, and check out the seals and osprey. Wake up to breakfast on the beach. Experienced and friendly sea kayakers will lead you on a day paddle Saturday, and serve you a meal to remember that evening. After breakfast Sunday morning, we will go out again for a half-day paddle. Our aim is to have fun, be safe, and eat lots. This is the weekend we are famous for, so sign up quickly.

Cost includes breakfast Saturday morning served on the beach, day paddle on Saturday led by experienced sea kayakers, a lobster bake to remember when you return, another breakfast served on the beach Sunday morning, followed by a half day paddle. Camping on Beal Island Friday and Saturday nights. Kayaks and other equipment can be rented and delivered from Seaspray Kayaking (207-443-3646 or email: Trip Rating: Based on group, Level 1 and Level 2 trips likely available on this weekend.

Leader: Mary McCann-Baker
$125 (AMC members)    $135 (non-members)

Transition to Sea Kayaking – September 15 - 17, 2017 (Fri - Sun)

This is one of our most popular weekends. If you have been mostly exploring flatwater in your kayak but want to try something a bit more challenging, join us for a weekend of ocean paddling where you'll get some exposure to tidal currents, waves, and open water along the Maine coast, all with the support of experienced and friendly sea kayakers. We'll spend a little time discussing traveling safely on the water, and will offer paddling feedback to those who are interested. Saturday afternoon will include an optional rescue practice session and gear talk. We'll cover roughly 7-9 miles on Saturday and 5-6 miles on Sunday.

Cost includes two breakfasts and Saturday dinner, two nights lodging at Knubble Bay Camp on the Maine coast, paddling on the Maine coast with experienced paddlers all day Saturday and half day on Sunday. Bring or rent kayaks. Kayaks and other equipment can be rented and delivered from Seaspray Kayaking (207-443-3646 or email: Trip Rating: Level 1.

Leader: Steve Formisani
$125 (AMC members)    $135 (non-members)

Knubble Bay Camp Trip Ratings

Level 1 - Advanced Beginner  Level 2 - Intermediate  Level 3 - Advanced

  Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Trip Distance (miles) 5-7 8-13 14-18
Time on Water (hours) 3-4 4-5 5-7
Time Between Breaks (hours) up to 1.5 up to 2 up to 2.5
Avg. Paddling Speed (knots/hour) 1.5 – 2.5 2-3 3-4
Wind Speed (knots) < 10 < 15 < 20
Waves (feet) < 1.5 < 3 < 5
Typical Current (knots) < 1 < 2 < 3
Distance from shore (miles) < .5 < 1 < 2
Minimum Rescue Skills and [desired] wet exit w/spray skirt [assisted re-entry] all Level 1 + [self rescue] [rescue others] all Level 2 + [in rough seas] [towing]

*All AMC KBC trips are lead by AMC Volunteers, not certified guides. Liability waivers are required to participate.

*Our cancellation policy is a full refund if alerted one week before the trip departure date (Friday). However, if we can fill the spot from the waitlist, a full refund will be given.

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