• Mystic River Paddle

    Needs a location

    The Mystic River Paddle/ race is comping up May 18! I have registered to do the three-mile race (although I'm not in it for the speed, just for fun!). You can join me for the three miles or do a longer paddle if you would like. The cost is $25 and helps support the Mystic River Watershed Association. Board rentals are available if you do not have your own. This is not an official MeetUp rather you have to sign up below... Here is the link to register: https://mysticriver.org/herring-run-paddle

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  • Up on a SUP Social with the Appalachian Mountain Club

    Please join us for our next SUP social Thursday, May 16 in Davis Square. If you have not signed up yet you are still welcome to join us. Here is the link for the event, which will give you additional details about location: https://amcboston.org/trip/112380 In order to register, you will have to open the google document under “Registration” and write your name in. The document has been set up so that anyone can open it and sign up. This will help is confirm numbers so we can let the restaurant know in advance and allocate sufficient wait staff commensurate with numbers. Unlike some local brew joints, this is a full restaurant that serves dinner. Thus you can incorporate your social and dining plans all into one if you come hungry. The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is hosting regularly scheduled SUP events starting Thursday evenings in June throughout the summer. Early summer paddles will be aimed at beginners, and include instructions on paddling, board control, turning, and balance. We hope to have some fun practice exercises planned so you can get Up on a SUP this summer, and hope to have additional paddles in other locations for people who have been able to Get Up and Stay Up on a SUP over the summer. How to stay abreast on all the upcoming fun? Join this mailing list by clicking on the following link: http://eepurl.com/dOlK8f You will have successfully joined when you land back on the Boston AMC landing page. (Note- the AMC is a non-profit and we aren't in this to sell you anything, just to get people outdoors- and in this case- on the water. Being on this list will just make you the first to know about upcoming paddles).

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  • UP on a SUP Social Hour with Appalachian Mountain Club

    Mark your calendars! Spring is in the air and soon the weather will be warming up. It is never too early to start thinking about Stand Up Paddle Board summer activities. We are hosting our second AMC SUP social Thursday April 11 in Davis Square. The AMC will be hosting some activities this summer and we are looking to grow our community as we come together, train leaders, and offer events. Please click on this link to get details and RSVP for our social hour: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/111434/

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  • Stand Up Paddle Board Social with the Appalachian Mountain Club

    Come join us for socializing and planning for SUP events! This is hosted through the Appalachian Mountain Club and the official listing can be reviewed here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/109607 Can’t make it this time around but want to make sure you don’t miss out in the future? In order to make sure you don’t miss out on any SUP news and events, please join my mailing list by clicking on this link: http://eepurl.com/dOlK8f You know you will have successfully subscribed when you arrive back the AMC Boston website. The AMC is putting together a series of weekly outings next summer, some will be in conjunction with Charles River Kayak and Canoe. One agenda item is to have a regular Thursday night event near Boston, foreseeably at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville. Persons with boards are welcome to join and can park for free at this location. Members of the AMC often get discounts on events, and you can find all about the Boston chapter events at www.amcboston.com We intend to host several events conjointly with Charles River Kayak and Canoe, so if you don’t have a board and would like to come out over the summer you may want to consider getting a pass. The pass is good for all their locations and give you unlimited access to rent SUPS and kayaks all summer long. If you get an individual season pass by January 1, the cost is $169. If you are a first time season pass holder, you can get a pass for as low as $139. The deal is only good until January 1, so if you are a dedicated SUP fan without a board this can be your summer. Don’t delay! Here is the link to their website: https://paddleboston.com/rentals/season-passes/

  • Foliage paddle on the Nashua River in Groton

    Petapawag Boat Launch

    According to predictions this date should be close to peak foliage around here. Hopefully we'll have some nice weather too. We will start from the Petapawag Boat Launch in Groton and paddle about 1.5-2 miles downstream through the Pepperell Pond section of the river, which runs mostly through conservation land and is impounded by a dam in Pepperell. That brings you to the widest section of the river which usually has nice foliage and is a good area to spot large birds such as swans, egrets, and birds of prey. GB Heron are common, and sometimes there are 4-legged creatures along the way, from beavers to cows. We will see how things are - if we're tired or the wind picks up we will turn sooner. If it's a breezy day we could head upstream instead where it's a bit more protected. Lousy weather cancels, with Sunday as a possible "rain" date. There are 2 launches very close to each other each other. We will launch from the main Petapawag launch off Nod Rd, which has a concrete ramp with gravel areas to the sides. When it's not busy you may be able to park close to the water along the right side of the launch area. The left side is marked no parking to allow room for boat trailers to turn around, but it's ok to park there temporarily to drop off your gear, then find a parking spot a little further back along the entry road. (You may also spot a cartop-only launch right off 111/119, but it's a much more awkward spot to carry and launch a SUP so we'll stick to the main ramp.) Wearing an appropriate lifejacket (PFD) is mandatory when paddling with this group. Inflatable belt PFDs are fine, but if you are planning to push your skills (and get wet in the process), you'll be safer and more comfortable in a traditional PFD, with a leash to keep your board from blowing away when you fall off. As we get into the fall and it starts to get cooler, be sure to dress appropriately for whatever the temps are. Having a towel and change of clothes back at your car is always good just in case. Consuming alcohol before or during any West of Boston SUP event is not allowed. 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. Standup paddling and other activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. Each participant is responsible for evaluating all relevant conditions for the trip and determining if their skills and equipment are appropriate for those conditions. As organizers, we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour.

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  • Lake Gardner Amesbury- Let's Pretend Summer Hasn't Ended

    Beach parking lot entrance is opposite 80 High St. Let's pretend summer has not ended. I've put in an order for fabulous weather, but if it's bad weather I'm going to cancel. I believe this is about a five mile paddle with a spot to get off and grab a snack (bring your own snacks). We can have lunch afterwards in Amesbury if people would like to after the paddle. (This a a long paddle for the SUP people so there is a chance we will not go the whole way). I will be cross posting this on the Casual Kayakers. There is little to no boat traffic on Lake Gardner (http://www.amesburytrails.net/lake-gardner/) (interactive map (https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/[masked]/[masked])), so it will be a low-stress paddle that's suitable for paddlers of all skill levels. Here is some information I've copied and posted from someone else who did this paddle previously: We'll paddle the length of the lake past Battis Farm, then turn left to head up the Powwow River and into South Hampton, NH. As we paddle, we'll slowly navigate lots of twists and turns, and the river will narrow substantially as we eventually cross back over into Amesbury once more. We'll continue paddling until we reach Woodsom Farm, where we'll stop to stretch our legs and have a snack before heading back to Lake Gardner. Total distance for this slow, meandering paddle is about 5 miles or so. 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.

  • Paddle at Heart Pond in Chelmsford

    Heart Pond Beach

    I'm planning to attend a SUP Yoga class at Heart Pond which ends about 10:15am, then do a relaxing lap or 2 around the lake afterwards. (Probably one, unless someone is more ambitious than me.) It's about 2 miles around the lake. There is a parking lot across from the beach. You should come in from the southeast end of Pond St (Rt 27 end.) Some maps make it look like you can come from the northwest (Parkerville Rd end) but it's not a through road anymore. Launch towards the left end of the beach. You will probably see a bunch of paddleboards returning from the yoga class. My board is gray with a blue and white deck, and I have a blue-bladed paddle. 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. Standup paddling and other activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. Each participant is responsible for evaluating all relevant conditions for the trip and determining if their skills and equipment are appropriate for those conditions. As organizers, we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour. Consuming alcohol before or during any West of Boston SUP event is not allowed. Wearing an appropriate lifejacket (PFD) is mandatory when paddling with this group. Inflatable belt PFDs are fine, but if you are planning to push your skills (and get wet in the process), you'll be safer and more comfortable in a traditional PFD and a wetsuit or rash guard, with a leash to keep your board from blowing away when you fall off.

  • Labor Day Paddle Essex River Basin

    35 Dodge Street, Essex, MA

    Labor Day Paddle in the Essex River Basin- one of my favorite places to paddle. Okay for beginners and rentals available. You MUST sign up with the AMC- all information is in this link: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/107315/

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  • Jones Wharf/ Annisquam River

    Needs a location

    Note the address above may not be the *Exact* location, I had a hard time with an actual address for the launch. This link might be helpful: https://www.google.com/maps/place/42°38'32.9%22N+70°41'54.1%22W/@[masked],[masked],15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d[masked]!4d[masked] According to the internet, high tide is 11:45. The plan is to get out in the morning and then return around high tide. We can explore the area and possibly to to Wingersheak Beach. I'm estimating a casual 2-3 hours on the water and somewhere in between 3-5 miles. Since I just took a class in Coastal Navigation, maybe by this time I will have acquired a nautical map to track and gage a little bit more specifically what we will do. This group is open to paddle boarders and kayakers both. I haven't explored this area yet and I love being out on the salt water. I have a paddle board and if it is hot I might take a few dips in the water. I'm limiting the MeetUP to 5 on the Casual Kayakers MeetUp and 5 on the West-of-Boston SUP MeetUp. If we don't get enough SUP folks I will open it to more from Casual Kayakers. If you want to co-host and take a larger group for a longer paddle, I'm open to negotiation. With more people it might be helpful to have more than one leader. Be sure to bring snacks/lunch, water, etc. We will be launching at 10:00. According to a past kayaker (Hi Diane A), there can be traffic backed up on Atlantic Street for Wingaersheek, so you might have to leave earlier to get to launch on time. Please plan to arrive at 9:30 and be on your watercraft by 10:00. Coast Guard approved life jackets must be worn during the paddle. Optional to go to JT Farnham's afterwards for lunch in Essex- if this is the case you should plan to bring cash. Please rsvp with a picture of yourself. Check the posting the day before for any updates. Rain/ High Winds/ bad weather cancels AS 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 West of Boston SUP event is not allowed. Wearing a lifejacket (PFD) is mandatory when paddling with this group. .

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  • Coast to Coast Paddle Camp

    The Beach at Independence Park

    This is not officially hosted by me, but I will be attending. Coast to Coast Paddle is putting together a fun event and I'm spreading the word. The cost is $35 and you can sign up on their website: www.coasttocoastpaddle.com: They will supply the boards for this event (especially if you don't want yours getting scratched or beat up) You will need to contact them with any questions. Adult Paddle Camp Hands Down the MOST FUN you'll have on the water! We have a blast with the kids all summer long during our Kids Paddle Program... but when adults let out their inner child on Adult Paddle Camp- that makes for the best time! Your paddle-fun skills are put to the test while we teach you the tricks and play all the games that we play with the youngest of paddlers! Challenge yourself and your friends to a match of Tsunami, a run on Piano Keys, Pivot Turns, Rodeos, Paddle Limbo and so much more! Here is a YouTube Video they made: https://tinyurl.com/y7f8yomu