THURSDAY, JULY 17 - Paddle the Punkhorn Ponds, Brewster

We paddled here once this spring and last summer and it is just beautiful. We explored all 3 ponds; two  are huge. Almost no houses. The launch is really easy and parking is plentiful.

There are three interconnected ponds, which form the headwaters of the Stony Brook/ Paines Creek watershed. The Town of Brewster owns much of the surrounding area, which preserves the pristine lake shorelines. Lots of birds and most of Cape Cod's native trees and shrubs are found here.

It is difficult to find a location on the Cape that combines parking for a group, with no sticker required, and a beautiful area to paddle, while not seeing many houses. This location is perfect.

The pix below shows the narrow, shallow connector between two of the ponds. If there has been some rain, we will make it through.

DIRECTIONS: Heading west on 6A in Brewster, pass Tubman on your left, then take a left fork OFF 6A onto Stoney Brook. Pass Paines Creek Rd, then take left onto Run Hill. Drive past the last road on your left which is Red Maple Rd. and see parking lot on the left.

Heading east on 6A, take right on Stoney Brook Rd. Pass Setucket/Satucket that comes in on your right.. take the next right onto Run Hill Rd. Drive to parking lot on left.

The parking lot on the left, with split rail fencing around it, is just past the last house on the road.  DRIVE PAST THE PARKING LOT a very short distance to find the kayak launch on the right. If there are no / few cars near the launch, you can drive down, turn around & unload....or back down this narrow road to the launch. There is a shed and rental kayaks there. Unload your kayak and park your car in the parking lot you passed on the way in. 

 Be in the water and ready to paddle at 10:00.

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  • Gigi

    We agree to accident waiver. We are experienced kayakers. Gigi & Ray

    July 17

  • Joyce

    Wed, 2:45 PM...weather forecast is still great for tomorrow's paddle.
    See you in the water and moving by 10:00.

    July 16

  • Joan

    I'm sorry that Betsey can't join us but Thursday makes more sense to me unless there's a change in the forecast.
    Thanks Joyce

    July 15

  • Joyce

    Monday, 2:40 PM. The NWS and The Weather Channel do not agree at all on the forecast. One has probably heavy rain on Wed. The other has 10% of rain at 10:00 AM on Wed, but winds of 18 mph.
    Two people answered my email asking if you could go on Thursday...one can, one can not. We'll see how the forecast shakes out.

    July 14

  • Joyce

    As of Monday morning, the forecast for Wednesday looks bad. No Tstorms predicted, but HEAVY rain probable at this time. I can postpone to Thursday, but not Friday...and we have a paddle scheduled for Saturday.
    When you RSVP, please leave a comment or email me if you can do Thursday. I'll wait until Tuesday evening to see how the forecast develops.

    July 14

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