Fort Point Channel / Boston Harbor Islands

PLEASE NOTE: RSVP's for this event will begin 2 weeks prior. (July 13)

 

We will be putting in at the new Floating Dock Kayak Launch at Fort Point Channel in downtown Boston.

We will paddle past Castle Island, then between Spectacle and Thompson Islands, out around Long Island and return to Fort Point, stopping on Spectacle for a break.  Distance will be about 11 Nautical Miles (12.6 Statute Miles)

After the paddle, we will walk over to the Barking Crab for an "After Paddle Pig Out" (a 10 min. walk)

High Tide at Boston Harbor : 3:43 PM

Low Tide at Boston Harbor : 9:23 AM

This Is Really Important! This is a Level 2+ paddle, restricted to Kayaks 14 feet or more in length, with Watertight Bulkheads and Functional Spray Skirts. We will likely encounter Wind, Waves, Boat Traffic, Commercial Ships, and Tidal Currents. You will need to be competent in Self and Assisted Rescues, Paddling in Large Waves and Boat Wakes, Quickly Crossing Boat Channels, Paddling in Currents, Paddling in Open Water, and Launching and Landing on Docks.

Click Here For More Information About The Fort Point Kayak Launch

$$$$ If you will be joining us at the Barking Crab, Bring some cash or plastic. $$$$

Click Here To See The Barking Crab's Menu

Fort Point Channel is a maritime channel separating South Boston from downtown Boston, Massachusetts, feeding into Boston Harbor. The south part of it has been gradually filled in for use by the South Bay rail yard and several highways (specifically the Central Artery and the Southeast Expressway). At its south end, the channel once widened into South Bay (Boston), from which the Roxbury Canal continued southwest where the Massachusetts Avenue Connector is now. The Boston Tea Party occurred at its northern end. The channel is surrounded by the Fort Point neighborhood, which is also named after the same colonial-era fort. (From Wikipedia)

Castle Island is located in South Boston on the shore of Boston Harbor. It is currently a 22-acre (8.9 ha) recreation site, the location of Fort Independence, and has been the site of a fortification since 1634. It is now connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land, and is thus no longer an island. (From Wikipedia)

Spectacle Island is an island in Boston Harbor, situated some 4 miles offshore of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The island has a varied history, and today is a public park, forming part of the Boston
Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. It is served throughout the year by ferries from Boston, and on weekends and summer weekdays by a shuttle boat to and from the other surrounding islands.
The island was initially composed of two small drumlins connected by a spit, with an approximate size of 49 acres. The name is believed to derive from its then-resemblance to a pair of spectacles. However, dumping of trash and dirt, together with subsequent landscaping, have resulted in a significantly larger island with a permanent size of 85 acres, plus an intertidal zone of a further 28 acres. The island is now composed of two artificial earth mounds, terraced with retaining walls, roads and newly planted vegetation. With a height above sea level of 157 feet, Spectacle Island is now one of the highest points on Boston Harbor. (From Wikipedia)

Long Island is situated in the middle of Boston Harbor, Massachusetts. The island is part of the City of Boston, and of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. Access to the island is via a road over a
4,175-foot causeway from the Squantum peninsula of North Quincy to Moon Island, and from there, over a 3,050-foot two-lane steel bridge from Moon Island to Long Island. The bridge is officially called the Long Island Viaduct. The island is 1.75 miles long and covers 225 acres. Access to the causeway leading to Moon Island and Long Island is controlled by police at a guardhouse at its southern end, and permission to enter the island must be obtained in advance since it is a restricted area. (From Wikipedia)

Thompson Island is an island in the Boston Harbor, some 4 miles offshore from downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The island is managed by the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, a non-profit education organization. The island is open to visitors on summer Sundays; otherwise access is by arrangement only. It forms part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.The island has a permanent size of 170 acres, and the highest point is a drumlin that reaches a height of 78 feet above sea level. The rest of the island comprises low rolling hills and a salt marsh. The island has a mixed vegetation, including hardwood tree stands, remnant pear and apple orchards, ornamental trees and shrubs, open meadows, sumac groves, salt marsh grasses, and lawns, including a soccer field. (From Wikipedia)

GPS Coordinates of Fort Point Channel: N42° 20' 56.61'  X W71° 3' 3.68"

Directions:

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1) Take I-95 South

2) Exit 46 to US-1 South Towards Boston (There is a $3.00 Toll at the Tobin Bridge)

3) Keep Left onto I-93 South / US-1 South

4) Take Exit 20B-A to I-90 West / Mass Pike. Then take Exit 20A towards South Station.

5) Turn Left on Summer Street

6) Turn Right on Melcher Street

7) Turn Right on Necco Street

8) Enter the Large Parking Lot on the Right. The launch is at the back of the parking lot along the water. There is a $6.00 parking fee.

Google Map Directions To The Fort Point Channel Kayak Launch

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  • James

    What a fun day with a great group. Thanks for organizing.

    July 29, 2013

  • Liz B

    What a great day with a fabulous group. There was something for everyone . . . meet and greet the harbor police, live bands, Zumba, kite making, hiking, and, oh yes, some challenging conditions!

    July 28, 2013

  • John K

    anyone know if we made the paper??

    July 28, 2013

    • Liz B

      I don't get the Globe, so if any of you do, could you check it out and let us know? Maybe we could check their online edition, too.

      July 28, 2013

  • Hao

    great trip. many thanks for all organizers!

    July 27, 2013

  • beth

    Wonderful day with some great people, thanks everyone! And a special thanks to the organizers for keeping us safe in the busy harbor

    1 · July 27, 2013

  • mary

    Really great day ! Thanks to the organizers. Well done! Good weather, great people, fun dinner, challenging kayak! Woohoo!

    July 27, 2013

  • John K

    BTW according to my GPS we did 10.5 miles today

    July 27, 2013

  • Bill V.

    :-(

    July 26, 2013

    • Bill V.

      Thanks. Doctor's orders, I'm off the water for 9 more days.

      July 27, 2013

    • Liz B

      Oh no! That's tough!

      July 27, 2013

  • Richard F.

    Great day

    July 27, 2013

  • Ed. O

    Awesome. Great day on the water, and the waves and wakes were thrilling for me.

    July 27, 2013

  • John K

    Thanks to the organizers for a groovy paddle on a beautiful day with fun waves and awesome people thank you everyone

    enjoy the photo's
    ;-)

    July 27, 2013

  • Joyce

    This was a great day -- despite one missing event host (ahem Steve ;-) )and one very late participant who caused the harbor police to get involved. People should be on time and stay with group. Huge thanks to Liz and Doug and Jeff and Dave for the great paddle. Huge thanks to Dick and Chloe for the boat and skirt

    July 27, 2013

  • Andrew R.

    Great paddle, and it was nice to meet everyone!

    July 27, 2013

  • Donna C

    Great day! Thanks everyone!! :)

    July 27, 2013

  • Debra

    Great challenging paddle. Thank you to organizers

    July 27, 2013

  • Steve

    Sorry for the last minute change, had to do some unexpected work this morning :(

    July 27, 2013

  • John K

    Awesome coming from western MA i'll be there early looking forward to a great day on the water

    July 27, 2013

  • Liz B

    Forecast is looking good this morning - winds have lessened to 5-10 kts. and seas are looking to be 1 foot or less. It will be a great day on the water!

    1 · July 27, 2013

  • beth

    I may not be able to make it; I won't know till after 8 am, so don't wait for me if I'm not there...

    July 27, 2013

  • Doug W

    Forecast for Sat: SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING S 10 TO 15 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WAVES AROUND 2 FT.

    Boat traffic adds to the unsettled water in the harbor and there's limited/ no take out spots until we get to Castle Island

    Will updated weather again in the AM

    July 26, 2013

  • Steve

    I will be coming from Portland, ME. Anyone interested in carpooling?

    July 26, 2013

  • Andrew R.

    There's a chance I will be unable to make it tomorrow, so please don't wait for me if I do not arrive at the launch site on time. Sorry about the late notice. Hopefully I'll be able to make it out.

    July 26, 2013

  • Joyce

    I have a problem! The foot peg in my boat broke last weekend. I doubt it'll get fixed in time for this paddle (aside to Bill Voss: I also won't have time to build one ;-) ). Is there any chance someone has an extra boat I could use? If not, I'll see about renting something from Charles River.

    July 18, 2013

    • Bonnie L

      Joyce, I can't make this paddle, so you are welcome to use my Tempest 165 if you can work out the logistics.

      July 24, 2013

    • Joyce

      Bonnie - thanks a ton for the offer!! I've gotten it covered (see the generous offers from Dick and Chloe below). Sorry you won't be there on Saturday. Hope to see you soon!

      July 25, 2013

  • Nancy

    Looking forward to it...

    July 24, 2013

  • Richard F.

    Hi Joyce, I have a Current Design 15 ft. Vision w/rudder and water tight bulkheads. No skirt though. You're welcome to use it if you thought it suitable.

    July 18, 2013

    • Joyce

      Dick -- I sent you an email through the meetup system. Let me know if you didn't get it.

      July 22, 2013

    • Richard F.

      No mail that I can find

      July 22, 2013

  • Nate S.

    Man ... has to be on the day of a wedding. Hope to see another trip like this sometime!

    July 22, 2013

  • Steve

    I'll be bringing a guest!

    July 21, 2013

  • Andrew R.

    Hi Everyone, I'm new to the group, but would love to join this trip. I'd be paddling from the Charles River, so I can meet the group at 11 at Fort Point Channel.

    July 21, 2013

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