Upper York River (NE Arm) tidal

  • Tim paddling upstream

    Tim paddling upstream

  • Looking out over the marsh

    Looking out over the marsh

A self-supported trip created by fssnowshoe

Trip Overview

A tidal paddle on the York River from the Scotland Road Bridge up the NE branch and back. We launched at 1230 just about one hour before the top of the tide at the mouth of the York River in York, ME. We paddled the entire length of the NE branch till the way was blocked by debris and we could see the culvert where ME Route 91 crosses. Despite our leisurely pace upstream we turned around before the top of the tide and paddled against the inflow for perhaps 15 minutes until slack tide. My estimate is that high tide at the far end is about 1 hour 40 minutes after high tide at the mouth of the river. It was pretty cool to be in the marsh at high tide. We had a quick return trip assisted by both the tide and a tail wind and took out at 1540. There is also a NW branch to the York River that looks a bit shorter on the map that's a possibility for another trip. While there are a few homes at the far end of the branch the marsh is remarkably quiet and serene. Encountered one other party consisting of a canoe with 2 people.

Safety Notes

There are few bailout spots on this stretch if one is needed. Near the far end a homeowner or two have made subtle channels in the marsh to access dryer ground otherwise there is a lot of mud even where the higher banks come close to the water.

Gear Notes

4 boats (2 ea Wilderness System 13', Necky Manitou '14, CD Vision 14)


Sunny, low 60's, NW wind 5-10 mph

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 9/28/2022
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water

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