For a few, fine hours of canoeing or kayaking, launch your craft from the ramp on Smelt Creek. Paddle to your left as you push off from shore. The creek is bordered by dense woodlots, and the beaches are deep rust-colored sand. Proceed up the creek and, depending on the tide, you can almost touch Route 12.
To get away from any highway noise, turn around and paddle past the entry ramp and proceed to the left into Ellis Cove, so named by William Ellis, who came from Bideford, Devonshire, England, in 1818.You will be able to paddle right or left up channels, as you desire.Turning around, paddle southward toward Bideford River. The bay, protected from the wind most of the time, is very pleasant, with few shoreline dwellings. In this rather compact area, you can experience several kinds of paddling conditions and landscapes. As a bonus, you can become well versed in the complexities of harvesting shellfish by visiting the Ellerslie Museum.
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