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Maine's Water Trails: The Variety and History of Recreational Boating Trails Around Maine


Maine has long been known for its outstanding boating opportunities – both coastal and inland. Recreational boaters from Maine and far beyond are drawn to Maine’s salt and fresh waters each year, following living traditions set by the Abenaki paddling rivers and Maine’s coast.

There are more than 570 water trails nationwide, and Maine has some of the most celebrated and historically iconic trails. The 30th anniversary of the Maine Island Trail this month provides an opportunity to look back at all recreational water trails in Maine and how they have influenced this national phenomenon. From its grassroots inception in Rockland, the notion of a “water trail” began in Maine and continues to thrive here, echoing tradition and evoking the grand trips of yore.



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