Buckle Island

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I am hoping to visit this island on my New England/Quebec roadtrip, which would hopefully be in October. Does anyone have tips for accessing this island? My plan was to take the ferry from Bass Harbor to Swans Island, drive to the closest access point, and use a paddleboard to cross the ~1500 foot gap between Swans and Buckle. Obviously, I wouldn’t be standing on the board.

Could this strategy work? Are the ocean waters safe for light watercraft? Would it be safer to plan to go at low tide? These are the types of questions that cross my mind for such a venture.