Westport River East Branch Hix Bridge to Head of Westport

Westport, Massachusetts

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The East Branch of the Westport River is a good option when 20-to-30-knot northwest winds tear up Westport Harbor and make a trip out the Lions Tongue to the great Atlantic and Halfmile Rock inadvisable. The East Branch of the Westport River turns around Westport Point, then joins the West Branch at Westport Harbor. The channel passes between Horseneck and Acoaxet (the Indian name for this river) and out into the Atlantic, not far from the Rhode Island border. The view is of Cuttyhunk Island, part of the Elizabeth Island chain. The East Branch travels inland for nearly 7 miles. A protected, bucolic paddle is the upper half from Hix Bridge to the town of Westport Head.
Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast

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Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast

by Tamsin Venn (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

The East Branch of the Westport River is a good option when 20-to-30-knot northwest winds tear up Westport Harbor and make a trip out the Lions Tongue to the great Atlantic and Halfmile Rock inadvisable. The East Branch of the Westport River turns around Westport Point, then joins the West Branch at Westport Harbor.

The channel passes between Horseneck and Acoaxet (the Indian name for this river) and out into the Atlantic, not far from the Rhode Island border. The view is of Cuttyhunk Island, part of the Elizabeth Island chain. The East Branch travels inland for nearly 7 miles. A protected, bucolic paddle is the upper half from Hix Bridge to the town of Westport Head.

©  Tamsin Venn/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Westport
Distance: 6
Duration: Day Trip
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Horseneck Beach State Park
Local Maps: NOAA #13228 at 1:20,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Westport River (East Branch): Hix Bridge to Head of Westport

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