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Penobscot Bay is considered by many as one of the top cruising bays in the world. With its rocky coastline, lighthouses, seals, bald eagles, islands, lobster boats and hidden coves, Penobscot Bay offer some of Maine's most beautiful coastal scenery.

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Penobscot Bay offers some of Maine's most beautiful coastal scenery - secluded offshore islands and majestic hills rising above the scenic blue bay. A variety of boat cruises on Penobscot Bay leave from Camden Harbor each day.

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Penobscot Bay - Maine's best cruising bay

Schooner on Penobscot BayThe coast of Maine offers one of the ten best cruising venues for pleasure boaters in the world. More specifically, Penobscot Bay is considered to be the best and most scenic cruising grounds in the state of Maine. Originating from the mouth of Maine's Penobscot River, Penobscot Bay is the deepest body of water in the Gulf of Maine. Penobscot Bay is forty miles long by just twenty miles wide, and is populated with a few larger islands, Vinalhaven, North Haven and Islesboro, and hundreds of smaller uninhabited islands with secluded anchorages, working harbors, quaint fishing villages, and summer resort destinations. Penobscot Bay shelters Midcoast Maine, and is often recognized for its extensive lobster and fishing industry. It is also home to the Maine Windjammer fleet. Above all, Penobscot Bay offers people a view of secluded offshore islands, hills rising above the bay, and wildlife at every turn. It is a view that is unmatched by few other places in this world.

Penobscot Bay - a Maine Coast working bay

Lobstermen in Rockport HarborIn the middle to late 19th century, Bangor, Maine was once considered the "lumber capital of the world.” At this time, Penobscot Bay was the primary transportation channel. The history of Penobscot Bay, of course, goes back even further. The Penobscot Bay region was part of the traditional homeland of the Wabanaki Indians, in particular the Penobscot tribe, and was named after the major river that feeds it. These original inhabitants of the land hunted, fished, and gathered clams and other food in this area for thousands of years. In fact, ancient remains of their campsites have been found on the bay's shores and islands. Later in history, during the 19th and early 20th century, many of the bay’s islands became important sources for granite, and the islands' quarries provided materials for monuments and important buildings throughout the country. However, Penobscot Bay did not remain a granite producer for long. In fact, many historians say that this focus (that once attracted skilled labor from Europe and all over the United States) disappeared almost overnight. Although on many of the bay’s islands today, the abandoned artifacts of this granite production period are still visible.

Just like with everything else, towns and communities change in its competency and specialties. In today’s world, Penobscot Bay is largely known for its powerful lobstering and commercial fishing industries. In fact, here in Rockland, we are known as the “lobster capital of the world." Of all the Maine lobsters caught in this state, the majority comes from Rockland. However, there are many other towns in Maine like Rockport and Owls Head, where you can catch lobstermen hauling in their daily catch at the docks and actually buy fresh lobster right off the boat.

Taking a cruise around Penobscot Bay and surrounding islands

Boat cruise on Penobscot BayThe best way to enjoy Penobscot Bay is on the water. Luckily, you don’t have to own your own boat to see the sights. Rockland (and other nearby towns like Camden) offers a variety of cruises to meet your needs. There are both power boat day trips and sailing day trips that give visitors access to the bay and spectacular views of the Maine coast. You will be amazed at the variety of boats on the water. In just a short cruise along Penobscot Bay, you are likely to see sleek schooners, private pleasure craft, famous windjammers, working island ferries, powerful and massive yachts that may be owned by some local celebrities, as well as our hard working lobster fishermen.

When you cruise along the shores of Rockland, Camden, and Rockport, you will be astounded by the stunning difference between buildings. Not only will you see the weathered clapboard and wooded enclave estates you typically associate with coastal Maine towns, you will also see the newer homes with new landscaping and budding flowers. What else will you see? If it is a summer morning you will find the sun has made the bay “flat as a mirror.” You will also dive into the world of marine life sounds, listening to seals, birds sing, and fish jumping in the water. Ducks and gulls float effortlessly along the bay. In other words, when you cruise along the Penobscot Bay, you will encounter sights and hear sounds that you will never find on land. It is a must see spot in your vacation to Midcoast Maine.


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