Newcastle Island Circumnavigation

PLEASE NOTE: RSVP's for this event will begin 2 weeks prior. ( August 3)


Tides at Portsmouth Harbor:

Low - 2:13  pm

High - 8:39 pm

We'll launch at Pierce Island Boat Launch (locatlocat ed just across the bridge from Presscott Park in Downtown Portsmouth) and circumnavigate scenic Newcastle Island in a clockwise direction. We will stop and take a lunch break in Little Harbor, on the beach at Odiorne Point State Park. Then we will return to Pierce Island through the scenic back channel. This paddle will be approximately 7 nautical miles in length. (8 statute miles)

There is a $5.00 Fee to launch at Pierce Island.

This is a level 2 paddle and is restricted to kayaks 14' or more in length with watertight bulkheads or flotation bags. Expect to be paddling in Wind, Strong Currents, Large Boat Wakes, Waves, and Swell.


Lifejackets (PFD's) are required when paddling with this group.

All participants should have some experience with self and assisted rescue techniques, coastal paddling, and paddling in moderate currents.

Click Here For Directions Using Google Maps

The GPS Coordinates for the Pierce Island Boat Launch: N[masked] - W[masked]


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  • George P

    Great Job, Steve, as always. Janice and I enjoyed the challenge of the rougher water. We adhered to your advice to steer clear of the shoals and had no problems.

    August 18, 2013

  • jpjeep

    great day on the water!

    August 18, 2013

  • Norma C.

    I enjoyed everything but the traffic on the way up. Nice paddle with so much more potential for paddling the area. I consider Steve more family than friend and love paddling with him always. It is always so nice to meet new people as everyone is always so nice. Thank you Steve.

    August 18, 2013

  • Peter D

    Steve, Your laid-back attitude and smart planning combined with great weather and fun folks always make for an excellent time. Thanks again.

    August 18, 2013

  • Phil A.

    Great, really appreciated the pre-launch briefing on what to expect on currents etc.

    August 18, 2013

  • Phil A.

    Thank you for a beautiful day! This is what it's all about.

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Louise

    Great day and great people! Thanks Steve!!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Keith

    Great paddle, thanks Steve for putting this together. Nice to meet fellow enthusiasts.

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Ed. O

    This was a great trip. I took a few photos of the group. Enjoy. Thank you Steve. This was a new area for me to explore by kayak.

    August 17, 2013

  • Rick

    It was a great route. love the river speed. I have not been kayaking in the area before. I hope to be back soon. I had a lot of fun on the trip.;

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Heidi

    Thank you Steve

    August 17, 2013

  • Jim

    Heavy traffic. Start and I will try and find

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Cruzin d.

    neil, I will not be able to make it.I have to stay longer in conn. John

    August 15, 2013

  • aRLENE T.

    Have the opportunity to use my kayak ALL WEEKEND on big lake in Maine!! Wish I could do both. Do again soon!

    August 15, 2013

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