Update: I had originally posted, based on information I got from the people at the adjoining business that the ramp was accessible up to an hour or hour and a half before low tide. A blog reader attempted to kayak here recently, arriving two hours before low tide and found the ramp inaccessible. (The water was too low, leaving mudflats between the ramp and the water.) I am still learning about the best way to utilize the tide to my advantage when paddling in tidal rivers. This paddle is worth the extra effort it may take to figure it out.
Body of Water: Harraseeket River, Freeport, ME [Maine Gazetteer Map 6, 1/2 way between C & D and 1 & 2 ]
Directions (from Portland, ME): Heading North on 295, take Desert Road Exit, # 20. Bear right from off ramp, merge onto Rt. 1. Head into the center of Freeport. Across from the LLBean Flagship turn right onto Bow St. Turn Right onto South Street. Drive for about a mile and the boat landing will be on your left. It is a gravel/dirt turnout area that looks like private property, next to a garage, with a sign that reads "Falls Point Marine."
Boat Launch: The boat launch is a concrete ramp into the water. It is to the right of the garage.
Parking: There are spots for several vehicles along South Street. There was plenty of room to unload the kayaks between the parking spaces and the road. Parking is free at this boat launch.
Wildlife: We saw many birds including Osprey, Heron, Cormorants, an Egret (I think) and of course Seagulls. We had a few fish jump around our kayaks. We did not see any seals, but I have read that seals have been spotted in this area.
Notes: There are no bathroom facilities at this boat launch. (I suggest stopping at one of the businesses in Freeport, like Dunkin Donuts, to use their facilities and grab that extra bottle of water!) There is a lot of boat traffic in this river. There are many boats moored in the harbor. Once you get out into the main part of the river, you feel like you are on the ocean, complete with seaweed. We stayed in the protected cove of the river and did not venture out into the open ocean. If going beyond the cove, please ensure you are experienced and aware of the tides and currents. Also, be aware of the boat traffic. I really enjoyed seeing this cove from the water. I have eaten at the Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster Company and looked at the boats and thought about what kayaking on the water there would be like. It was great to get a chance to experience it. We kayaked when the water was calm. We did go in the opposite direction of the tide and needed some endurance.
Another important note... pay attention to the route you take as you enter the bay, so that upon your return, you know which turn to take. Find some landmarks, houses, etc., to remind you where to go.