Located in northeast Massachusetts, Plum Island is a barrier beach sheltering the Plum Island River, Plum Island Sound, and the mouth of the Parker River. The area between the islands and the mainland is grassland laced with tidal creeks.
We will start our kayak adventure at the Newbury Canoe and Kayak and head downstream of the Parker River to Plum Island. The plan is to paddle past Dole Island to Plum Island River, Plum Island Sound, and then to settle beachside at Plum Island for a snack/water break before heading back.
Open to all Sea and recreational kayaks 12 feet or longer.
Approximate time: 4-5 hours (with a snack/ break beach side).
Total distance will be between 8 and 10 miles. Figure on an average paddling speed of 2-3 MPH.
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: at Newbury Canoe and Kayak at 11:45 a.m. for a 12:00 p.m. launch.
For those renting: Rentals are available at Newbury Canoe and Kayak Shop. A half day kayak rental rate is $35.00. Contact the shop in advance to reserve a kayak. Mike, the co-owner, has been kind enough to begin the start time for the half day rate when the group launches. Tell the shop you are with the Scenic Kayakers group. http://newburykayak.com/
Parking: Newbury Canoe and Kayak, 291 High Road, Newbury, MA . Parking is $10, payable to Newbury Kayak at the day of the event .
Note: Newbury kayak and canoes web site says 291 High Street, Newbury, but Google maps says its 291 High Rd, Newbury. Use 291 High Rd, Newbury.
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: Bobs lobster, 49 Plum Island Turnpike Newbury, http://boblobster.com/ or Agave Mexican Restaurant, 50 State St Newburyport http://www.agavemexicanbistro.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.