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Mission Statement — The Wild Turkey Paddlers is an informal group of people interested in flatwater and ocean paddling.
Our purpose is to help kayak and canoe enthusiasts find others with whom they can paddle and learn more about the sport.
We hope to create awareness of proper paddling safety, promote a greater appreciation of the waterways of Southeastern Massachusetts and provide valuable and sometimes hard to find information about paddling in the area.
But most of all, we just want to paddle, meet people and have fun.
We would truly like to benefit from your experience. Have a favorite place to paddle? Let us know about it. Tell us where it is, how to get to it, where the put-ins/take-outs are, and anything the paddler should be aware of.
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Washburn overnight - Trip report by Pat
It's only 2.5 miles to the site, but once we rounded the first corner, we were heading into an 80-knot wind. Ok, the battery on my wind meter was dead, so I'm approximating, but it was kind of a stiff breeze, and it only got worse once we turned the corner into Waquoit Bay.
We rounded the last sandbar before the final approach to our campsites, and there were a group of native villagers in their customary tribal dress waiting to welcome us to their homeland! Oh, wait a minute... Those are just more Turkeys in PFDs and sprayskirts. Never mind. Jordan, Deb and Lora had joined Norm for an early paddle around the bay before we got there and gave our fully-loaded boats a pull up onto the beach as we arrived. After some chat and catching up, Jordan, Deb and Lora took off for parts unknown, and the rest of us began the ordeal of unpacking and setting up camp.
Erecting the tents was a bit of a challenge with the aforementioned breeze trying to convert our lightweight tents into para-sails. It was about here that I discovered that when I was at home, packing my gear into my kayak, my little dark green bag of tent stakes had fallen onto the dark green ground cover around my kayak. A call to Sue confirmed that they were indeed out there. This was of no help to me now, but what WAS of great help was that Mike had a handful of extra stakes, and I was able to get myself anchored securely.
Once set up, we headed down to the beach for a short rest. But after a short time, the call of the sea was more than we could bear. Or perhaps it was Bea's incessant nagging... "C'mon, let's go for a paddle!!!" At any rate, we were on the water again and headed for one of the inlets on the other side of the bay. Once there, we got a good look at a family of Ospreys in a nest. We paused there while the photographers captured the moment. Then we continued up about as far as we could go without disturbing a group of swans.
The furthest inland navigable point on the North River is at the Hanover launch, located in Massachusetts. Directions: Pass Bldg #19 as you travel north on Rt 53. Left at the lights (West Elm St.), bear left to stay on W. Elm, left on Indian Head Dr. (just before crossing river), parking at end of road on right. Technically, this is the Indian Head River at this point. About a half-mile downstream, it joins with Herring Brook, where you can kayak, and becomes the North River where you can paddle or canoe in mass. Towards high tide, you can navigate quite a way up Herring brook. None of this is atlantic ocean or sea kayaking.
The Cohasset coastline is one of the more beautiful sections of real estate on the South Shore. Obscenely expensive homes occupy virtually all of the rocky shore in this tiny Massachusetts town. And in a relatively small area, there can be found kayaking for flatwater, whitewater and ocean kayakers alike.
The Gulf River is a tidal estuary that feeds from the harbor. This can be a very dangerous area, because with the exception of short periods of time during the tide schedule, the current is very fast and is flowing over boulders. This area is quite popular with whitewater paddlers - you can often find them paddling in place among these rapids.
Plymouth Harbor also offers a nice launch point for a kayaking trip to Saquish, Gurnet Light and Clarks Island, all located in Massachusetts. This would be a higher level trip requiring appropriate skills and equipment. Again, be aware of channels, boat traffic and current. Also, be sure to plan around the mass sea tides. Low tide leaves miles of mud flats and long walks in 4 inch water. Google, are you still paying attention?
Duxbury Bay is a Massachusetts paddling destination suitable for beginners, intermediate, and those wishing to transition to ocean kayaking. And regardless of your level of expertise, it's a very scenic and diverse area to paddle.
Let's add some text about paddling in Boston Harbor... As we were less than an hour from high tide, the incoming current had moderated enough to allow us to paddle out of the inlet against it. We then proceeded up Dorchester Bay towards the Western Way channel separating Thompsons Island from Spectacle Is. Along the way we passed the main dock at Thompson's where Outward Bound students were boarding two of the school's whale boats for a day of rowing and sailing lessons. During our trip up Dorchester Bay the wind had increased to a steady 10 mph and was blowing a bit more from a northerly direction, meaning winds abeam for the paddle up along Thompson's. Wind waves were increasing to over a foot, and as we got further out into the harbor the remnants of ocean swells were in evidence.
List of the Boston Harbor islands: Georges Island, Witings, Ledge, Rainsford Island, Spectacle Island, Thompson Island, Thimble Island, Moon Island, Gallops Island, Lovell Island, Little Brewster Island, Great Brewster Island, Outer Brewster Island, Tewksbury, Rock, Aldridge Ledge, Green Island, Commissioners Ledge, The Greaves and Graves Lighthouse, Northeast Grave, Button Island, Langlee Island, Grape Island, Bumpkin Island, Slate Island, Sheep Island, World's End.
We headed south down Childs River, primarily a long skinny harbor filled with boats valued more than my house. We took a left on Seapit River and entered Waquoit Bay, located in Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. This is on the southeastern corner of Massachusetts. As we rounded the turn to head south with Washburn Island on our right, there was an osprey nest on the corner. Standing room only. We guessed that the nest was full of old-ish osprey young.
Our plan was to check out the ocean, and if it was too scary, paddle west along a creek and portage to Eel Pond. We passed by the entrance to this creek to briefly check it out. Boring. We then headed over to the channel that leads to the sea (and our ticket to manhood).