About Us


Hello, My name is Brad Jordan and I am the Owner-Operator of Maine State Sea Kayak! This is my life’s dream, and I welcome you to the Quiet side of Acadia.

Since 2000, Maine State Sea Kayak has been delighting adventurers with wildlife tours on the remote western side of Acadia. We primarily utilize Tandem Sea Kayaks made here in Maine- This allows us an opportunity to cover larger distances in a safe and comfortable manner. We choose not to paddle in the more crowded Bar Harbor/Frenchman’s bay region, instead we opt for the “Quiet-side” of Acadia. Our more remote routes allow us to respectfully paddle through wildlife habitat, to feel alone on our excursions, and to focus on providing more Nature-Based paddling opportunities! We are so confident in the routes we paddle that we now offer a Wildlife Guarantee!


Why choose us?


“Closest to NATURE”

And we are Acadia’s HIGHEST RATED Sea Kayak outfitter!

Per-TripAdvisor, Yelp, Facebook, and Google reviews!

TOP RATED on TripAdvisor and Yelp!

Wildlife Galore!

“We went out on the 4pm-8pm, 6.5- mile tour with a group of 11 people, launching near Bartlett Island and ending at Clark Cove. Our guide, Brad, was fantastic. He has an uncanny and super human ability to spot wildlife from a quarter mile away. We saw harbor seals, 5 bald eagles (including a fledgling!), porpoises, osprey, crabs, sea stars, and more. The equipment was good and the tour very safe. It was a one-way trip, where they drove us to the start and back from finish. They strategically planned the paddling direction to have the current and breeze at our backs, making for a really pleasant ride.” – Erin R

Awesome Kayak Trip!

“My mom and I had such a great time with Maine State Sea Kayak! The staff were friendly and professional, and had very nice equipment for us and clear instructions on how to use the gear. We went on the 4 hour trip, and saw so much wildlife and beautiful scenery! It is incredible to be in the water right next to the seals and porpoises! Our guide was helpful and funny. We were taken in a van to our drop off point, and then picked up again in the van and taken back to the office/parking lot afterwards.” – jasmines328

Great day kayaking the quiet side of MDI

“Had a beautiful morning kayaking on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island. I have paddled all over the island and this is a favorite spot. There is hardly any boat traffic which makes it ideal for kayakers. Brad our guide was an excellent spotter for wildlife. During our paddle we saw harbor seals, eagles, loons and great blue herons. A great trip for beginners as well as experienced paddlers.” – SusieOSullivan