There are three areas within Rachel Carson NWR where non-motorized canoes and kayaks can launch and land in support of wildlife observation and fishing during daylight hours only.
These areas are designated by “Carry In Boat Access Only” signs and are located at:
- Chauncey Creek, on Seapoint Road in Kittery, Maine
- Little River, at the end of Granite Point Road in Biddeford, Maine
- Spurwink River, at the fish pier on Route 77 in Scarborough, Maine
Please be mindful that while traveling through the refuge we ask that you remain in your boats and do not venture onto land which is vital habitat for migrating birds and other creatures. Please plan ahead and know the tides, as much of the marsh is not navigable during low tide. Marine charts will help identify the main channels and prevent you from getting lost in the maze of creeks and channels. Public Fishing areas on the refuge are not car top launch sites.