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NEW PADDLE Oyster Pond River through Stage Harbor, Chatham

  • Chatham town landing

    Vineyard Avenue, Chatham, MA (map)

    41.680420 -69.983879

  • We'll be at the landing at the very end of Vineyard Ave
  • Somebody who wrote a book on kayaking Cape Cod said this paddle is PART of his favorite kayak trip on the Cape. He describes a much more complicated paddle than I dare try, in which you paddle a loop and don't end up back at your walk to your car and drive it back to pick up your kayak. Knowing my limited sense of direction, I would have us wandering fields and marshes looking for our cars.

    So, let's try this. We'll launch at the Chatham town landing at the end of Vineyard Ave, a small dirt lot used by commercial clammers. We'll be launching at low tide which may be when the clammers go out. We'll paddle down the Oyster Pond River and down the back side of Harding's Beach. We'll cross the channel at Stage Harbor Light, which may have motor boats leaving Stage Harbor and going out into Chatham Harbor.  We'll hug the shore on our right to stay away from motor boat traffic and be close to land that is not full of houses, go along the north edge of Morris Island and along the causeway (dike) leading to Morris Island and then up Mitchell River and into Mill Pond (by going under the bridge on Bridge Street).

    That's the plan. This is not my kind of paddle because we will be seeing houses and mixing with motor boats, but at low tide there should be many shorebirds feeding on exposed mudflats and marsh...and it will be after Labor Day and not a weekend. The tide should be going out while we are heading out and will turn at Harding's Beach at about 1:30 PM.

    DIRECTIONS: From Rt. 6, take Ex.11 and drive Rt 137 south to Rt 28. Turn left/east on Rt 28 South and drive about 1.9 miles to Vineyard Ave. Turn right/south on Vineyard Ave and follow it about one half mile to the town landing.

    Much of the paddle is wide open, so high wind will cancel the paddle. Make sure I can contact you the evening before,  As always, no guests on paddles. If, like me, you have never been to the Vineyard Ave landing, leave plenty of time to find it, to unload your gear and be in the water by 11:00.



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  • Joyce

    As of 6:00 PM, the NWS forecast for Chatham is:" Tuesday - Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Southwest wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. " So, no change from this morning. Will post again this evening with decision. The trip is in wide open area, so we will feel the wind.

    September 9, 2013

  • Jim

    I am still planning on the trip. I may even go to recenoiter on my own if it is called off.

    September 9, 2013

  • Mike K.

    Hi Joyce,
    Planning on joining you; sounds like an interesting trip. Hope the weather cooperates. We were caught in a real howler out on Cape Cod Bay off Brewster on Sunday, it got so rough and the wind so strong in what seems like 2 minutes...just no warning! All made it to shore safe and sound, wet and tired, but fine! See you on Tuesday!

    September 9, 2013

  • Joyce

    Tuesday fore cast for Chatham is: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. South wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Am considering a later date for this trip.

    September 9, 2013


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