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MAY 8, 2014 Paddle Mashpee River, Mashpee

This is a gorgeous paddle. end to end, but parking is only possible prior to June 15 and after Labor Day. Parking at the ramp is by sticker only and there is no parking on the road leading to the ramp.

We paddle through the Mashpee Woodlands Conservation Area, perhaps seeing some birds along the shoreline and always osprey overhead. It is a beautiful paddle.

High tide in Poponessett Bay is predicted to be about 8:48 AM, so water should be going up the river when we launch and there might be enough water for us to paddle all the way to the end of the river.

DIRECTIONS:  Meet at town landing at the end of Mashpee Neck Rd. From US 6, take exit 5. Drive on MA 149 south, and then turn right onto MA 28 north. Go 3.5 miles and turn left onto Orchard Road. Drive another 0.5 mile and turn right onto Quinaquisset Ave. A quick left will take you onto Mashpee Neck Rd; it’s 1.5 miles to the town landing parking area...at the very end of the road. Do not be tempted to take a right prior to the end of the road.

Be in the water by 10:00 AM. The group never waits past the launch time for any paddle.

Cancellation forced by weather will be posted the night before and I will email all who have RSVPd. May and June on the Cape can be iffy for kayaking, so maybe we can postpone this paddle if the weather does not co-operate.

All paddles are for experienced and energetic paddlers. This is not a place to "get experience on the water"...you need that experience before paddling with this group. No exceptions.

 

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  • Anna B.

    Great paddle. Looking forward to future trips.

    May 8, 2014

  • Rudy K

    Swanology:

    I was a little confused.I can never keep my swans in a row. Let alone my ducks. What we saw were MUTE Swans, easily distinguished by their bright orange bills. "Whistling Swans" are an American race of Tundra Swans. They are native. As are Trumpeter Swans.

    Mute Swans are invasive. And if you Google "invasive mute swan" you will quickly see that they are a problem in Michigan, New York, Minnesota... They have been a HUGE problem in my home state, Maryland.

    For your edification, if interested:

    http://www.trumpeterswansociety.org/swan-identification.html

    May 8, 2014

  • Rudy K

    ALWAYS a good trip with Joyce.

    This was a beautiful paddle, and I'll keep it in mind. I want to go back! Thanks.

    And a pleasure to meet 3 new kindred souls.

    May 8, 2014

  • Joyce

    Beautiful paddle and the best possible group....Rudy came down from Natick, Stephen crossed the bridge, too and it was really good to welcome Wendy and Anna to the group.....hopefully, they will paddle with us frequently.

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • Joyce

    Anna, parking (prior to June 15) is right at the ramp...only about 6 places.
    See you in a few hours,
    Joyce

    May 8, 2014

  • Anna B.

    where do we park? The description mentions that there is no parking on the road to the landing and that you need a sticker to park at the landing. Or is that only after may 15? Thanks. Looking forward to it!

    May 7, 2014

  • Anna B.

    Hi Joyce

    May 7, 2014

  • Joyce

    The weather for tomorrow looks excellent...no wind, partly sunny and, like the past few days, cool in the morning....but with the sun, it should feel good.
    See you in the water at 10:00.

    May 7, 2014

  • Joyce

    As of Tues. afternoon, the NWS forecast for Mashpee for Thursday is "Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 6 to 8 mph..." So, it looks perfect for our paddle.

    Will be glad to welcome several people who have not paddled with us before >>>>we are always in the water and moving at the time given for a launch. I don't want to leave anyone behind : )

    Join us for lunch after the paddle,,,near the Mashpee Circle.

    May 6, 2014

  • Joyce

    So glad you will come down to paddle with us. The paddle is about 2 1/2 hours....not really a good place to get out to take a mid-point break.
    Definitely lunch. If you are headed back to Natick, we will eat very near the Mashpee Circle, so you won't have any extra mileage.

    May 4, 2014

    • Rudy K

      Sounds great, Joyce. Responded to your Gmail addr.

      May 4, 2014

  • Rudy K

    How long on the water, Joyce?

    Lunch after?

    May 4, 2014

  • Joan

    My knee is not quite up to paddling yet but I'm eager to rejoin as soon as I can.

    May 1, 2014

  • Mo

    I am sorry I will miss the Mashpee paddle - I have to be in NYC. I will be joining many others this summer!

    May 1, 2014

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