Penobscot River

Penobscot River

Penobscot River

Bucksport, ME

Cruising the Penobscot River

A century ago, one in every 10 American shipmasters came from the small coastal towns situated along the banks of the Penobscot River. If you like history and enjoy scenic splendor, captain your boat into this picturesque region of Maine, and enjoy the wonderful combination of heritage, architecture and natural beauty.

To visit Bucksport, travel up the Penobscot Bay through a fisherman's paradise of striped bass and mackerel, where you can meet bay seals roving in the waters or catch a glimpse of a bald eagle gliding by. Bucksport Marina is located at the mouth of the Penobscot River, just ten minutes from open ocean but still protected from the weather, and is one of the most easily navigated ports of coastal Maine. Port Harbor Marine/Bucksport (207-469-5902) has 36 slips, both seasonal and deepwater transient, a 100-foot fuel dock, showers and a marine store. You can enjoy the recently renovated mile-long waterfront park and walking path with gazebo, as well as a variety of on-shore restaurants, seafood markets, ice cream shops and convenience stores.

The harbor is situated in the shadow of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge which took the place of the Waldo/Hancock Bridge with an impressive view of Fort Knox. There is a 447 foot observatory that gives one a 360 degree view of the Penobscot River and Bay, the Maine countryside and the distant mountains to the west. Fort Knox, Maine's largest historic fort, features stunning military architecture and master granite craftsmanship constructed between 1844 and 1864. Also check out and for more information.  Built during the mid-19th century to thwart a third British invasion that never came, kids of all ages can explore the cannons, climb granite stairways and roam the underground chambers (remember to take a flashlight). If your timing is right, you can attend the Annual Bucksport Bay Festival on the Bucksport waterfront, held the last weekend in July, featuring activities for all ages and fireworks over Fort Knox !

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For the shoppers onboard, the town of Bucksport offers boundless opportunities, including a fascinating mix of goods sold in Sebastian's Corner where you may find everything from furniture to a first-edition Hardy Boy mystery. Bucksport Golf Club has Maine 's longest 9-hole layout and is a pleasure to play. If your interests lie in local lore, trek over to the Bucksport Cemetery, home of the legendary "footprint" on the grave of John Buck -- legend claims that Buck was cursed by a witch who promised to return from the dead and dance on his grave!

Nautical history enthusiasts will want to make the trip to nearby Searsport, home of the Penobscot Maritime Museum. The museum is actually a village with 12 buildings, including sea captains' homes dating from the 19th century when more than 200 sea captains lived in Searsport, and offers visitors a glimpse into the daily life and vast enterprise of Maine 's maritime trade. If all this sightseeing works up an appetite, don't miss the sausage rolls and Death By Chocolate at Periwinkles Bakery! According to the locals, they alone are worth any journey !

Public Facilities

  • Port Harbor 's Bucksport Marina, a full service marina with seasonal and transient slips.
  • Secure dock and the area, patrolled by police at night.
  • Town owned dock providing short-term docking and water facilities, restrooms, showers, and telephones.
  • Mile-long waterfront walkway with gazebo and professional landscaping.
  • Public boat ramp with access to Penobscot River on Verona Island.
  • Ample mooring sites available at below-area prices (approximately $40 per season).
  • For more information: Bucksport Marina 207-469-5902.

Where can you climb a mountain, catch some saltwater fishing action, paddle a lazy river, listen to loons, visit an Atlantic salmon hatchery or an historic fort, all in one weekend? Try the Bucksport area!

Outdoor recreation is certainly one of Maine 's biggest attractions, and whether you're a hunter, angler, skier, hiker, boater, history or nature enthusiast, Bucksport, Orland and Verona, have plenty to offer.

Submitted by Onshore Magazine