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We have been camping with Bill and company for years. The facility is beautiful and the showers and laundry facilities are a real treat on such a small island. We enjoy the ferry to Isle Au Haut, and the kayak rentals. The kids also love playing in the pond. We discovered the lobster bake two years ago and pulling your own lobsters out of the pound and enjoying them on the picnic table with melted butter is my favorite culinary experience.
  • Was the staff professional, friendly, and provide timely service?:
    - The staff are always helpful and friendly
  • Would you come back again? Would you refer us to your friends?:
    - We will be back each year
  • What other services would you like to see us have here & how could we improve our current services?:
    - We like the current mix of services and activites
  • Was the bathhouse stocked and clean?:
    - yes
  • Were things organized, neat and clean? If not, what was not?:
    - yes
Paul Garlinghouse, New Haven CT
Feb 13, 2014

Hi Bill,
Thanks so much, again, for your flexibility with our visit. The campsite was GORGEOUS - private, well laid out and comfortable ... for a camper - which, as we know now - Paul is not. But he thought the Bunkhouse was great. I will certainly be telling all of my kayaker friends about your fantastic set-up!
Steph and Paul Montgomery
Jun 21, 2013

I took your lighthouse tour that includes Matinicus. It was an absolutely splendid trip. The weather was gorgeous. The captain and his lovely first mate were most friendly and helpful. In addition to giving us plenty of time to photograph all the lighthouses, they paused whenever there was a photo op for wildlife. They also explained many interesting points about the sights we were viewing. Highly recommended!
  • Was the staff professional, friendly, and provide timely service?:
    - Very much so!
  • Would you come back again? Would you refer us to your friends?:
    - You bet!
Don Irons, Cape Canaveral FL
Sep 1, 2012

Dear Sir,

That lighthouse cruise this past Sunday was superb. The young captain and his "first mate" were professional, friendly, and helpful; and they seemed to go out of their way to think of ways to help each one of us to get the most out of our six hours. I cannot think of a thing that they could have done to make that cruise any more enjoyable and productive. Please thank them for both Esther and me.

Sincerely, Chick Rauch
Chick Rauch - Glenburn, ME
Jun 20, 2012

My 15 year old grandson and I (63) took a morning kayak tour with Mike as our guide around the islands...Millet, Rum, Devil's Half Acre. I had no prior Kayak experience but it was one of the best parts of our Maine vacation.

We got good instruction to start and used a tandem. I'm not a strong swimmer but any concerns took a back seat to the pleasure of rowing out onto the bay. We wore life jacket, of course. We had excellent weather, full sun, and very few lobster boats in the thoroughfare.

Even with that, the kayak rode the current changes and boat wakes with no problem...

It's an experience I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to others. A guide takes you places you might not get to...and you get info on the islands you visit and row near. Well worth the price.
  • Was the staff professional, friendly, and provide timely service?:
    - Yes.Our guide, Mike, was a must...
  • Would you come back again? Would you refer us to your friends?:
    - Yes.
  • Was the bathhouse stocked and clean?:
    - Yes.
  • Were things organized, neat and clean? If not, what was not?:
    - Yes.
MICHAEL
Sep 28, 2011

Old Quarry Ocean Adventures, Stonington, Maine: Best vacation ever, can’t wait to go back – August, 2011

Three friends and I signed up for multi day paddling and instruction with Old Quarry Ocean Adventures in Stonington, Maine. My friends had paddled before, but they had not done wet exits and did not have much paddling experience on the ocean. I have had a lot of instruction and done more ocean paddling.

The kayak instruction at Old Quarry was really outstanding. We felt confident that we could safely test our limits and advance at our own pace. The individualized lessons were perfect for our group. We were taught effective techniques, many of which were new to me and significantly increased my learning curve. Beginners to expert paddlers would benefit from this excellent instruction.

We had many wonderful hours paddling the archipelago. The site is part of the Isle au Haut Archipelago, a stunningly beautiful group of 60 or so islands in about 30 square miles of ocean just south of Mount Desert Island. This is a working lobster fishery and I was told it produces more lobster than anywhere else in Maine. We learned techniques for safely paddling with boat traffic. The granite is naturally sculpted into amazing soft looking folds. We paddled with seals and black guillemots and with ospreys, laughing gulls and eagles overhead. We saw graceful schooners and watched lobstermen and women at work. We learned to paddle safely in fog which has its own beauty.

We were there for the predicted hurricane so spent one windy day working indoors on navigation, currents, tides and trip planning. We spend a windy morning on the pond learning rescues and braces.

Breakfasts and lunches were provided and we had the use of a conference room for meals and instruction. The food was healthy and delicious.

Stonington is on Deer Island which comprises several connected islands. We had a chance to walk the Island Heritage Trail preserves around Deer Island. The Trust owns or co owns and manages eight and a half islands and seven preserves on Deer Island and there are pamphlets and maps for each preserve. The trails we found were magical with forest floors of soft mosses with multicolored mushrooms peeking through.

I can’t wait to return!!!!! Sherry V. Smith

Resources:
• Old Quarry Ocean Adventures – we stayed in the bunkhouse.
• “Meandering in Maine, paddling the Stonington – Isle au Haut Archipelago” an article by Michael Daugherty in Sea Kayaker magazine, December 2009.
• Michael’s blog: Stonington Sea Kayak Blog
• The Island Heritage Trust of Dear Isle – Stonington, Maine is also a great resource and has a link to Michael Daugherty’s kayaking blog.
• Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce
  • Was the staff professional, friendly, and provide timely service?:
    - Very well run facility. Staff was great.
  • Would you come back again? Would you refer us to your friends?:
    - Can't wait to come back, I would definitely refer my friends.
  • Was the bathhouse stocked and clean?:
    - Yes - very clean and organized
  • Were things organized, neat and clean? If not, what was not?:
    - Grounds are well maintained and lovely.
Sherry V. Smith
Sep 18, 2011

We got away for 5 days and had such a great time. Even though it rained three of the days, we didn't even care. We took the Puffin boat trip to Seal Island, had a sailing lesson, and kayaked with a guide to a remote island and took a dip in the freshwater quarry pond. We can't wait to come back and take some of the other trips they offer.
  • Was the staff professional, friendly, and provide timely service?:
    - Yes
  • Would you come back again? Would you refer us to your friends?:
    - Yes, absolutely
  • Was the bathhouse stocked and clean?:
    - Yes, clean and well-stocked at all times. I especially appreciated the warm shower!
  • Were things organized, neat and clean? If not, what was not?:
    - Yes
Nancy and Patrick, Wilmington, DE
Aug 21, 2011

took the eco-tour as an alternate to beginners kayaking last Thur. thanks to your suggestion. The capt. & his first mate wife couldn't have been more charming and the day was great! Loved the lobster fishing and quarry swimming, we'll pass along this experience to many!
  • Was the staff professional, friendly, and provide timely service?:
    - Yes, absolutely!
  • Would you come back again? Would you refer us to your friends?:
    - Yes absolutely
  • What other services would you like to see us have here & how could we improve our current services?:
    - Seems like you're one stop shopping, wouldn't change a thing except the temp of the wate
  • Was the bathhouse stocked and clean?:
    - never checked it out.
  • Were things organized, neat and clean? If not, what was not?:
    - The grounds were immaculate, welcoming and would definitely like to come back to camp there.
the Duggan family
Jul 18, 2011

Incredible kayak stroke clinic on Friday! We feel so much more confident after spending 2 hours honing our skills. Everyone who kayaks odd of Stonington should take this clinic. Nate was awesome!
  • Was the staff professional, friendly, and provide timely service?:
    - Perfect
  • Would you come back again? Would you refer us to your friends?:
    - Absolutely
  • What other services would you like to see us have here & how could we improve our current services?:
    - Clinics earlier in the week
  • Was the bathhouse stocked and clean?:
    - Yes
Karen & Ed Yaw
Jul 4, 2011

I have seakayed around Old Quarry and to the islands. Spent many nights camping there and once ran and education teachers workshop for five days from the OQ campground. There is so much to experience and share in this area and OQ is the perfect place to stay for exploring the islands on day trips. Capt Bill is a great host, whether on the grounds, the islands, out to Isle au Haute, or a sunset cruise. I will be back and this time with grandchildren. Thanks for finding and creating this wonderful campground.
  • Was the staff professional, friendly, and provide timely service?:
    - Great, friendly, supportive, knowledgeable.
  • Would you come back again? Would you refer us to your friends?:
    - absolutely.
  • Was the bathhouse stocked and clean?:
    - always
  • Were things organized, neat and clean? If not, what was not?:
    - always
Jo Eaton, Gorham, ME
May 9, 2011

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