The Annisquam River is a tidal estuary that separates Cape Ann from the mainland. This river offers beautiful sandy beaches, exquisite homes, interesting coves, and inlets to explore.
The plan is to paddle on the Annisquam River and in Lobster Cove, along with a visit to sandy Wingaersheek Beach. If conditions permit, we'll venture along the rocky coves along Gloucester’s northern coast before heading back.
Attractions: Scenic salt marsh; bird-watching; picnicking at Goose Cove Reservation or Wingaersheek Beach.
Open to all Sea and recreational kayaks longer than 12 feet with bulkheads or floatation bags.
Approximate Time: 4-5 hours (with a lunch break at the Island). Total distance will be between 8 and 10 miles.
Important! You will need to be competent in Self and Assisted Rescues. PFD required.
Note: We may encounter some boat traffic and or 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.
To Meet: Look for the kayaks in the parking lot. We will be nearby.
Parking: Long Wharf Landing, Gloucester. Parking is free. For GPS use 90 Atlantic Street, Gloucester as an approximate reference.
Please note that the GPS coordinates on these web pages are sometimes a bit off. Please take written directions with you as a backup (and also in case your GPS is not functioning).
Weather: The morning of the launch we will confirm the sea and wind conditions before heading out on the river.
Post Kayak Options: Lobsta Land Restaurant, located at Exit 12 off Route 128 to 84 Causeway Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 http://www.lobstalandrestaurant.com 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.