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Friday, June 27 - Paddle Nauset Marsh, Eastham

Hemenway Landing is just north of Fort Hill, off Rt 6 in Eastham. We will paddle north through Salt Pond Bay and the vast marsh. There is new vegetation where we used to land, so we will probably not find a non-muddy place to get out of our boats for a break.

High tide on the outer beaches of Nauset Marsh is about 12:16, so we will launch at 10:30 and hopefully, there will be enough water to get over to the Coast Guard Station. Water depths were lower last summer than the previous year...who knows what this past winter caused.

Hemenway Landing requires a sticker for parking in the parking lot.  After unloading your kayak on the beach, you can legally park along the side of the road immediately above the parking lot.

LEAVE ENOUGH TIME FOR TRAVEL, UNLOADING AND PARKING.  WE'LL BE LEAVING THE BEACH AT 10:30.  If you are late and want to try to catch up with us, paddle to the left, stay along the shore on the left and paddle towards the left.

I will email you 2 days before and the evening before if I think weather may force a cancellation. This is not a good place for paddling in high winds.

All paddles are for experienced and energetic paddlers. This is not a place to "get experience on the water" need that experience before paddling with this group.

DIRECTIONS: From the Orleans Rotary, take Rt 6 north / east, go 2.1 miles (pass Fort Hill and Govenor Prence Rd on your right) and turn right on Hemenway Rd. This is NOT an obvious turn. Drive 0.3 mile, cross the parking lot and drive onto the beach where you unload your gear.

From the outer Cape, on Rt.6 driving south / west, pass the National Seashore Visitor Center (Salt Pond) on your left at the stop light..continue on Rt 6 for 1.2 mile. Watch for these 3 roads on your left: Christian Creek, Rabbit Run and Aeries, then turn left on Hemenway Rd.

The turn onto Hemenway Rd from either direction is not very obvious and the traffic on Rt 6 is difficult in that area.  If you miss the turn, please go to the next traffic light to turn's dangerous  to stop in the left lane of 6A, hoping to cross the road and make the U turn.

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  • Jim

    In any event, sorry I missed everyone but it was a beautiful day and a great short adventure.

    June 27, 2014

  • Jim

    I would have been on time if I went to Hemenway but, with the trailer, was too intimidated by the parking so I put in at the Orleans Inn and took much longer than hoped to row out to the marsh, rowing against wind and tide. I went all around the marsh as far as the inlet (where I could barely stem the tide) and into the Salt Pond but never found the group. I was back at the Orleans Inn at one. You were probably eating lunch.
    I noticed the oddity with the tide also. As I said, at the inlet where it was nearly high tide, the current was running hard but mostly in toward Nauset Heights. Once I got past the inlet heading north toward the old Coast Guard station, the current was fair but much less than what was going the other way. Tides do odd things. Have you ever seen a tidal bore? I wouldn't be surprised if the current running so hard past the marsh toward Nauset Heights, creates a sort of venturi effect and sucks water from the marsh into areas toward the head of the cove.

    June 27, 2014

  • Joyce

    The forecast for high winds was unfortunately accurate. The wind direction was as predicted, so we paddled hard on the way over towards the lighthouse and had an easy ride on the way back.
    Our 10:30 launch was planned later than usual because high tide in the area was not until a bit after noon...BUT, even though the water at the launch site was much higher when we returned than it was when we launched. the water in the marsh did NOT seem to be higher on the return trip. In one spot, it looked lower.
    Can someone who paddles there regularly shed some light on that? Maria?
    A couple of us turned back before reaching the lighthouse and had a lovely lunch at the Orleans Inn : )

    June 27, 2014

  • Johanne G.

    I'm game if you are. May have to head back a little early. See you soon

    June 27, 2014

  • Joyce

    As of 6:30 AM, the NWS has upped the wind prediction to include gusts to 21 mph. has done the same. has winds at 14 mph during the paddle.

    They all now have the direction out of the north, so we would be mostly paddling INTO the wind on the way out and not on the way, that's good.

    I'll be there about 10:00...not thrilled to see the forecast of high wind gusts : (

    June 27, 2014

  • Joyce

    The weather looks pretty good...NWS for Eastham predicts lovely sunny, not-too-hot weather with a bit of a breeze, 13- 15 mph.

    The Weather Channel ( agrees. forecasts higher winds BEFORE and AFTER our paddle, but winds only at 12-14 mph DURING the paddle.....seriously. So, unless things change, we should be OK. The wind DIRECTION is not agreed on by the various sites.

    If you are late and want to catch us, we will be going to the left/north from the launch, towards the lighthouse.

    Sadly, there has been no place to get out to take a break, at the mid-point, for the last 2 years....unless we paddle way over to the east near the cut.

    June 26, 2014

  • Glenn G.

    Sorry, can't make this one; got other plans. Coincidentally, I was just out there on Monday. It was a nice paddle, but it would have been more fun with a group (and a bit higher tide than I had...)

    June 25, 2014

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