Sun, May 18- Oyster Pond River through Stage Harbor, Chatham

Very high winds, as well as rain, are forecast for Saturday. So, we will postpone to Sunday, 18th, same 10:00 launch time. The forecasts show no wind and nice weather for Sunday.

Lots of new people have joined since last September. They should know that we launch exactly on time....that the group waits for no one during the paddle (you said you were an experienced & energetic paddler when you joined)...that there are never guests on paddles (guests welcome on walks)...and that this is the most delightful, fun group of people on Cape Cod.

We'll do this paddle on a Saturday in May before things start hopping after Memorial Day. The launch is at the Chatham town landing at the end of Vineyard Ave, a small dirt lot used by commercial clammers. We'll be launching soon after 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).

We'll see some buildings (maybe that is a plus for some folks to view Chatham from the water) and we may be mixing with motor boats (last year, there were very few boats and they went very slowly along our route). At low tide there should be many shorebirds feeding on exposed mudflats and marsh.

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. When you think you have arrived in the parking lot, keep going down a little grade into a lower area, next to the water.

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  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 10:00.

 

 

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  • Dick M.

    Exceeded expectations!

    May 19, 2014

  • Joyce

    Dynamite group. Was concerned about the wind, but the speed went over the 16-17 mph red line for only about 20% of the paddle. Otherwise, it was mostly sunny with blue skies and lovely. First paddle this year when we got to take a break...always a plus. Excellent food at the Chatham Fish Pier "Restaurant" and we had our own picnic table : )

    May 18, 2014

  • Joyce

    The paddle is definitely on for tomorrow. There will be a bit of wind....maybe at 13 or 14 mph, with slightly higher gusts, so that's noticeable, but "doable".
    See you in the water by 10:00.
    (the pond in front of my house in Yarmouth Port at 9:00 this morning had little white caps)

    May 17, 2014

  • Joyce

    Jennifer, it will probably be about 2 to 2 1/2 hours on the water. Unlike so many of our paddles, there is a place where we can get out of the boats and take a short break (~10 min, unless people want to walk over to the other side of the causeway).

    May 17, 2014

  • Jennifer

    How long do you anticipate this paddle to take? Thank you.

    May 17, 2014

  • Jack M.

    Sorry, I could've gone today, but not Sunday.

    May 17, 2014

  • Debi

    Can't make Sunday, I hope to see you sometime soon

    May 15, 2014

  • Dick M.

    This will be my first paddle with this group and I am psyched!

    May 15, 2014

  • Stephen T.

    Sunday

    May 15, 2014

  • Joyce

    The wind forecast for Chatham on Friday is now also bad. So, Friday and Saturday both seem to be out. Almost no wind at all predicted for Sunday. Let's see how the forecast develops. Have heard from 2 people, both of whom can go on Sun or Mon.

    May 15, 2014

  • Joyce

    Or you can post your preferences on an alternate date for the paddle HERE.

    May 15, 2014

  • Joyce

    As of 6:45 am on Thursday, the forecast for Saturday in Chatham does not look good....forecasts don't agree on the probability of rain in the morning/noon this far ahead of time, but all seem to agree on the prediction of wind. The paddle is wide open all the way, so wind is a definite factor.

    I know that some of you can probably only paddle on the weekend, but I am open on both Friday and Monday and we could do this paddle on either of those days if most of you are also free. (I planned to bird on Sunday, but could skip it, if that is the only option for you).

    Please let me know by Thursday dinner time, if you think you can go on Friday, Sunday or Monday. You can always contact me by clicking on "CONTACT US" under my pix on the home page (or on my Profile page).

    May 15, 2014

  • Joyce

    Directions to Chatham Fish Pier restaurant:
    Go back up Vineyard to Rt 28. Turn right/east on 28 and drive 1.3 mile to the traffic circle. Stay on 28 by taking the 4th exit off the traffic circle onto 28/Old Harbor Rd. and drive 0.6 mile. Turn right on Barcliff Rd and drive to the end....at the intersection with Shore Rd, there is a parking lot or cross Shore Rd and go down Bar Cliff Extension to the Chatham Fish Pier and another small parking lot.

    Yelp gave #45 as the address on Bar Cliff, but Google Maps shows that as a house above the restaurant.

    May 13, 2014

  • Joyce

    Lunch after at Chatham Fish Pier, 45 Bar Cliff Extension, Chatham (used to be Nickerson's). Order at a counter and pick up at window. Will be busy on a Saturday. No indoor seating. Very little outdoor seating. Bring a chair, just in case. Super fresh fish. Great seafood market.

    May 13, 2014

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