The Essex Marsh and Choate Island route, just one hour north of Boston, offers splendid paddling!
Join us as we explore the tidal estuaries of the Essex River, paddle down the Essex River to the Essex River basin and Choate Island, and then settle beach side at the Island for a lunch break ( and optional hike to the top of the island for a glorious view) before heading back.
The Essex River Basin is one of the most exquisite places to paddle north of Boston. There are thousands of acres of beautiful salt marsh; a scenic island for picnicking; and extensive bird life.
Open to all Sea and recreational kayaks longer than 12 feet with bulkheads or floatation bags.
Approximate time will be 4-5 hours (with a lunch break at the Island).
Total distance will be between 8 and 10 miles .
Gear: Bring your kayak and a spray skirt in case you need one.
If you need to rent, you can contact Essex River Basin Adventures (ERBA) note; you will need a car and kayak rack , 1 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929 [masked] www.erba.com
Those renting kayaks should be mindful of return time. It wouldn't be right to force others to cut short their trip because you need to return your rental kayak.
Important! You will need to be competent in Self and Assisted Rescues. PFD required.
We may encounter some boat traffic and or unexpected swells caused by wind, current or tide. We can try to avoid them as much as possible by staying in more protected areas.
This event has been classified as a Level 2 event. If you don't know what a Level 2 paddle is please refer to this web site: http://www.nspn.org/trip-levels/
Bring a lunch/ snack to eat and water/beverages to consume during the trip.
Location: Boat ramp behind Periwinkle's Restaurant, 74 Main St., Essex, MA
To Meet: at the Town Boat Ramp, next to Periwinkles at 12:00 p.m. With a 12:15 p.m launch. Look for the kayaks.
Parking: Parking is free. The parking lot is behind the Essex post office, 4 Martin Street, Essex, MA. Please park along the periphery of the lot, per the Town.
Please note that the GPS coordinates on these web pages are sometimes a bit off. Please take written directions with you as a backup.
Weather: The morning of the launch we will confirm the sea and wind conditions before heading out on the river.
Post Kayak Options: Farnums Restaurant, or Captain Dustys for ice cream, or ???
AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of the Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. Kayaking, camping, hiking, bicycling, and other activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. As organizers we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour. In the interest of safety, consuming alcohol before or during any Scenic Kayakers event is not allowed. Wearing of Lifejackets (PFD's) is required when paddling with this group.