Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. It's a big island, over 1,000 acres, close to shore, and we hoped circumnavigation would make for an interesting trip.
We began from the Steuben Town Launch just after 9AM, just before high tide. We decided to follow the island counterclockwise, guessing tidal effect was more keenly felt in the narrower west side waters.
We took a break in Seal Cove, by the available camping area (permission needed ahead of time from the USF&W.) We didn't inspect the camp area, spending our time admiring the variety of granite and other rocks on the beach.
Off in the distance the dark forbidding cliffs of Jordan's Delight towered above the water. On the high island top was a house, which appeared to be the perfect house to witness the power of winter storms, or avoid the zombie apocalypse.
|Jordan's Delight as seen from Seal Cove on Bois Bubert, House is to the right.|
So the remaining structure must be the smaller house, also two stories, available for the owner's use outside bird nesting time. It still must have an amazing view, but it seems to be a bit wanting in maintenance (sorry for the poor definition - photo taken with our new high-zoom camera from almost 2 miles away)...
|Mark by Douglas island|
All in all it was a good mix of wildlife, rocks and ocean, and it was certainly helpful to be able land at pretty much any beach we passed. We wouldn't have been able to capture the seal pictures if we hadn't been on shore. We hadn't been here before, but we'll go back to see the rest of the bay.
Details: Launch Steuben Town Landing, no parking on site, limited parking is about a quarter mile away at the Pigeon Hill Preserve. No facilities - either location. Camping is allowed on Bois Bubert with permission from USF&W, day use allowed without permission. (NWR areas only) Launch 9:10AM, high about 9:30AM. Finish 12:30, 8.8 miles including a pass between the Douglas Islands, two stops.