Last year, a few of us were lucky enough to tag along with Norm, a seasoned kayaker, as he leisurely kayaked this route. We had a lot of fun that day, and Norm has graciously agreed to repeat this trip for us as our guide!
Open to all Sea and recreational kayaks longer than 12ft with bulkheads or floatation bags. Join us as we explore the tidal estuaries of the Essex River, paddling down the Essex River to the Essex River basin, passing Choate Island and then settling beachside at the Crane wildlife refuge for lunch before heading back.
The Essex River Basin is one of the most exquisite places to paddle north of Boston. Attractions: Thousands of acres of beautiful salt marsh; scenic island sandy beach for picnicking; and extensive bird life.
Approximate time; 4-5 hours (with a lunch break at a beach). Total distance will be between 9 and 10 miles. Those renting kayaks should be mindful of return time. It wouldn't be right to force others to cut short their trip because you need to return your rental kayak.
Important! You will need to be competent in Self and Assisted Rescues. PFD, required.
This is an Adult only , no pet event.
Note: we may encounter some boat traffic and or swells caused by wind, current or tide. We can try to avoid them as much as possible by staying in more protected areas.
This event has been classified as a Level 2 event . If you don't know what a Level 2 paddle is please refer to this web site:
Bring a lunch/ snack to eat and water/beverages to consume during the trip.
Location: Boat ramp behind Periwinkle's Restaurant, 74 Main St, Essex, MA (map)
Look for the Kayaks
Parking; Info will be supplied to those that have been RSVP confirmed.
DATE: Friday, August 16th, 2013
Time: 10:00 am.
Post Kayak options are: A visit to Down River Ice cream (or J.T. Farnhams Seafood) both are located in Essex.
Kayakers who sign up agree to the Casual Kayakers liability release and will be asked to sign a liability release at the event.
AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of the Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. Kayaking, camping, hiking, bicycling, and other activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. As organizers we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour. In the interest of safety, consuming alcohol before or during any Casual Kayakers event is not allowed. Wearing of Lifejackets (PFD's) is required when paddling with this group.
Additional details to follow.
If you have any questions please direct them to Heidi.