|Bass Harbor at low tide. ( Bass Harbor is a section of Tremont)|
Bass Harbor Light, one of the most popular lights in Maine, is just around the corner. Maybe you've seen a photo like this somewhere?
Bass Harbor Lighthouse article at wikipedia.
There's a bar between the lighthouse and Great Gott island. It was fairly calm in the morning, near low tide with a still wind. In the afternoon, at a higher tide and more wind, the bar still wasn't a problem. Traffic over the bar was a concern, but it tended to stick to the narrow channel marked near the bell buoys.
I enjoyed low-tide ocean floor viewing in the harbor and by Great Gott Island. Mostly I saw kelp, but there was a patch of sand dollars and some bright orange sponges as well.
More interesting was watching an active lobster boat. Usually a working lobsterboat has a crowd of seagulls behind it, hoping to snare used bait. This boat had usual crowd of gulls, but also two adult eagles diving for old bait, or maybe thrown-back lobsters. This is the first time I've seen eagles tracking boats, and I'm not sure the lobsterman considered it as entertaining as we did. We tried to get a picture, but our cameras merely recorded smaller and larger blobs against a blue sky. You'll have to be content with this picture of the two culprits sitting on tree tops, waiting for the next lobsterboat to come by. They may have quite a wait, since many lobsterboats take Sunday off.
We stopped on Little Black for lunch, eating under the scrutiny of four or five seals. No fish in our lunches, but maybe they were fans of cheese puffs. Circumnavigating Little black on foot after lunch, we risked twisting our ankles, but came away with some lovely pictures.
|The bar between Black and Little Black is about to disappear|
|Debating jumping the canyon|
|Looking toward Great and Little Duck|
When we were by, there were already boats on the beach. Though there was more space, we didn't stop. We didn't see any other paddle craft on our trip.
|Bell buoy, lighthouse and cell tower|
|Harbor at high tide, still lovely!|
Summary: Launch Tremont Town Wharf, about 30 spaces, concrete all tides ramp, free. Launch 8:30AM, low was about 8:30AM. Finish 1 PM, one stop, about 13 miles.
Tremont Launch: http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/boating/sites/302.html
More on the Aquaculture: http://fenceviewer.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48050:DMR%20Schedules%20Frenchboro%20Hearing%20For%20Black%20Island%20Fish%20Farm%20Expansion&catid=39:maritime