Request for Input and Ideas--Salem Sound to Boston Kayaking Guide

From: Joel
Sent on: Friday, October 28, 2011 10:15 AM
Hi Christine et al,
It's nice to see that this group is still active!   Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW) has obtained a grant to develop a web-based Salem Sound to Boston Kayaking Guide, and they'd like the input and assistance of the local kayaking community.  Here is an excerpt from the request from Barbara Warren, the SSCW Executive Director:
 
<<Currently, we have identified about 48 access sites and approximately 22 trails ranging from .5 miles to 6 miles. We also will include points of interest and publicly known fishing locations (we promise no “spot burning”!).

We would like your feedback in order to maximize the usefulness of this tool for recreational paddlers. Please share your thoughts with us about the following and anything else that might inform the quality and usefulness of this project:
· Is there any additional information you would like to have in planning a kayaking outing?
· Do you know of locations we may have overlooked?
· Have we included locations that should not be on the interactive map?

We will try to contact you directly, but please feel free to email or call us at your convenience.

Below are more details and here is a link to the site list and mock-ups of site/trails pages:
http://www.salemsound.org/KayakGuide/KayakGuide.html
(this is not live yet or linked from our website, but it will be in the navigation on the right side of each page eventually)

There are more instructions on the Kayak Guide first page, but we want to provide the following information: · Access: boat ramp, dock, rocky beach or sandy beach
· Boat traffic, if an issue
· Time of tide for best access and window of time for use based on tides
· Currents – strong, weak or moderate
· Parking – including fees and regulations
· Restroom availability
· Fishing potential
· Rental availability
The trails will include scenic routes with points of interest as well as routes to islands located in Salem Sound.

The project is based on the online “Kayakers guide to the Great Marsh” created several years ago by Eight Towns and the Bay. (
http://www.8tb.org/kayak.htm)>>
 
I encourage you and any other interested members of the group to look at the mockup of the guide on their website and provide comments to [address removed].  Thank you for your interest and assistance!
Best Regards,
Joel Higginson

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