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Paddle Lake Pawtuckaway, Nottingham, NH
Join us for a leisurely paddle down the lake with a stop for lunch, swimming, and relaxation on Lunch Island. This paddle is suitable for most kayaks 10 feet or longer, though a 12' to 14' boat is a good minimum size unless you're a very strong paddler. If you elect to do the full trip, expect to cover 10 - 12 miles for the day. From Neal's Cove, we'll head over to Horse Island and then make our way down to Lunch Island. After our break, we'll continue heading up the lake to Fundy Cove, where we'll stop to stretch our legs before the return trip back to the put-in. Folks looking for a shorter paddle can simply return back to the put-in after lunch (a round trip of approximately 6 miles). If returning on your own, just stay to the right all the way back to Neal's Cove. Plan to arrive early! We want to be BIB (butts in boats) at 10:00 am, ready to paddle. Map of Pawtuckaway Lake https://tinyurl.com/PawtuckawayMap Directions: • Take Route 101 West to Exit 5 “102/107/156 Raymond-Freemont” • Take a right off the exit. • Go ½ mile to the second set of lights & take a left. • Go about 1/10 mile & take the first right onto Route 156 North. • Follow Rt. 156 until you see the left turn for Pawtuckaway State Park. This is Mountain Road. • Follow Mountain Road until you reach the park entrance on the left. Note: There is a $5 per person entrance fee to the park. Upon entering the park, drive 2 miles and then take the first right to the Neal's Cove canoe launch. Arrive early to allow extra time for unloading and transporting your boat down the dirt road to the water's edge. We would like to launch promptly, so plan accordingly. Restrooms: There are restrooms up the hill at the pavilion at Neal's Cove; outhouses, up at Fundy Cove. After our paddle, some of us may retreat to a local pub for food and various libations. The Cork n' Keg (http://www.corknkeggrill.com/) is nearby, offers good pub food, and is not nearly as crowded as the Tuckaway. We'll have a good chance to be seated immediately here. Cork n' Keg 4 Essex Drive Raymond, NH[masked] 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. Consuming alcohol before or during any Casual Kayakers event is not allowed. Wearing a lifejacket (PFD) is mandatory when paddling with this group.

Pawtuckaway State Park

128 Mountain Rd · Nottingham, NH

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Based on the north shore, but with members from all over northeastern Massachusetts, southeastern New Hampshire and beyond, this is the group for paddlers who enjoy their kayaking adventures at a laid back, leisurely pace. For us, it's not how quickly we can get from point "A" to point "B" while on the water. If your idea of kayaking means sharing with friends, new and old, the beauty of our local flat-water lakes and rivers as you paddle, then this group is for you. Some of the places we paddle include the Squamscott, Essex, and Charles rivers; Plum Island; lakes Massabesic, Pawtuckaway, Gardner and Chebacco; and Country, Tuxbury, and Great ponds. We will also occasionally paddle some coastal areas that are suitable for intermediate level paddlers with an appropriate sea kayak (14' length, bulkheads front and back). Note that on our coastal paddles, you should have basic kayaking safety equipment -- a bilge pump, paddle float, whistle -- and know how to use these tools if the need arises.

Everyone is welcome to help suggest and plan adventure destinations for future activities, as this is what makes a fun and successful group.

We like to bike, too! Watch for rail trail bike rides before and after kayak season, and occasionally during the paddling season.

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 Casual Kayakers event is not allowed. Wearing of Lifejackets (PFD's) is required when paddling with this group.

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