Cape Porpoise, Maine

Goat Island Light has guided mariners into Cape Porpoise Harbor since 1833. Missing in this photo is the covered walkway between the house and the light tower that was reconstructed in 2011. Wikimedia Commons

By water or by land, Cape Porpoise is only about 2 miles from downtown Kennebunkport (the more popular and busier of the 2 harbors). On official maps, “The Cape” is part of Kennebunkport, but in personality and appearance it might as well be in Eastport.

Cape Porpoise Chart

By far the easiest and most convenient Kennebunkport-area harbor to enter during ordinary summer weather, Cape Porpoise is best known as a fishing port. The harbor is formed by a series of small, rocky islands arrayed to define what seems to be an unaccountable millpond in the middle of the North Atlantic.

SAT map

Other than the 4:00 a.m. rush of lobstermen headed for their boats and gear, there are few crowds on the Cape Porpoise waterfront, no marinas, only a handful of pleasure boats and very little room for anchoring. Yet it’s the security and ease of entry that make this quiet spot a favorite stopover for transient pleasure boats drawing up to 8 feet, and it’s usually possible to arrange for the use of a vacant mooring by contacting the harbormaster.

Read the story ## Cape Porpoise Fishing Information##
Cape Porpoise Harbor is a decidedly fishy place with a 4 a.m. lobsterboat rush. Photo by ## Joe Devenney##

Nightlife? Forget it. About the most exciting place in Cape Porpoise is the local grocery store, or possibly the post office. Those 2 businesses, plus the Wayfarer Restaurant of local BYOB fame, make up the heart of the village. And yes, there’s an art gallery here and gas pumps there, but the rest of the village is rural and quiet, mostly single-family, white clapboard homes and small yards.

Still, if you’re the type of boater who seeks peace and quite in a beautiful Maine port, The Cape will more than suffice.

Nunan’s Lobster Hut is a Cape Porpoise institution. Photo by ## Joe Devenney##
The brightly painted Cape Porpoise Lobster Company sign welcomes visitors. Photo by ## Joe Devenney##
Cape Porpoise offers excellent protection from ocean swells, but no transient moorings (yet) and not a lot of anchoring room. Photo by ## Joe Devenney##
An aluminum skiff lies anchored along a scenic marsh bank. Photo by ## Joe Devenney##
Cape Porpoise is primarily a working harbor. Photo by ## Joe Devenney##
A skiff rests in front of the Cape Porpoise Lobster Company, which offers seafood in the rough. Photo by ## Joe Devenney##

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