Directions to Peaks

Sypnosis: I-95 to I-295 Exit at Franklin St.

Portland is 100 miles North, 2 hrs from Boston, approximately 1 hr from Portsmouth, NH. If you are arriving from the South take Rt 95 North, the Maine Turnpike. Approximately 50 miles into Maine, take Exit 44 (formerly 6A) onto Route 295 - a highway that takes you to Portland proper. In 3-4 miles you will see Portland on the hill on your right. You will take the Franklin St exit (after Congress and two Forest St exits). Turn right (toward the ocean) onto Franklin, a divided city street and then go 1/2 mile up the hill, then 1/2 mile down the hill. Franklin St will T onto Commercial St and you will see straight ahead the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal Parking Garage. Go around the North (left) side of this brick 4 story parking garage and you’ll see the terminal spread out on your right across from the whale wall. Go inside and make your arrangements for a ferry to Peaks Island. Leave yourself at least 15 minutes extra. Ferries leave on schedule. Map of downtown Portland

The Casco Bay Lines Ferry phone number is 207-774-7871. Their website is You want a ticket to Peaks Island. There are no reservations. People travel for $8ish RT, cars for $80ish RT depending on day and season. Your car is not needed on Peaks. Parking is available for a fee in Portland (see above) or can be arranged for on Peaks Island. If you are bringing your kayak over CBL will charge you freight and carry it on the ferry for you, if you arrive early enough.

We will meet all ferries that we know carry our guests - look for the guide standing *usually* to your left as you get off the ferry. If you arrive without our knowledge, MIKCO’s beach is just a short walk up the street from the ferry past the Peaks Island Cafe, turn left at the candy store, and then left again down the tarred driveway after The Cockeyed Gull Restaurant. Our office is to the right on Island Avenue 1 block north of the island library.

NOTE: Several of our Trips and Courses begin in other venues, Stonington, Penobscot, Jonesport, Downeast. See your Trip Details package for directions to the meeting spot.