Pavilion Beach to Plum Island Sound

Ipswich, Massachusetts

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The Agawam Indians called it heaven. In spring and early fall, kayakers will agree. A trip up Plum Island Sound provides access to a world of shore and sea birds, shimmering salt marsh, towering dunes, narrow passages, and abundant beauty. With Plum Island as its centerpiece, the 4,662-acre Parker River National Wildlife Refuge provides rich exploring opportunities. A haven for bird-watchers, the refuge is a major feeding ground for migrating waterfowl of Canada’s Maritime Provinces and northern New England. Peak numbers appear in the fall and early spring, when paddling is at its best in the quiet marshes. Attractions: Beautiful salt marsh, sandy beach at Sandy Point State Reservation, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, picnicking at Sawyer’s Island, superb bird-watching.
Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts

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Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts

by Lisa Gollin Evans (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

The Agawam Indians called it heaven. In spring and early fall, kayakers will agree. A trip up Plum Island Sound provides access to a world of shore and sea birds, shimmering salt marsh, towering dunes, narrow passages, and abundant beauty. With Plum Island as its centerpiece, the 4,662-acre Parker River National Wildlife Refuge provides rich exploring opportunities.

A haven for bird-watchers, the refuge is a major feeding ground for migrating waterfowl of Canada’s Maritime Provinces and northern New England. Peak numbers appear in the fall and early spring, when paddling is at its best in the quiet marshes. Attractions: Beautiful salt marsh, sandy beach at Sandy Point State Reservation, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, picnicking at Sawyer’s Island, superb bird-watching.

©  Lisa Gollin Evans/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Ipswich
Distance: 14.6
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day trip, camping available
Season: Best spring thru fall, weather depending
Local Contacts: Parker River Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: NOAA 13282, 13274
Driving Directions: Directions to Pavilion Beach to Plum Island Sound

Recent Trail Reviews

9/3/2005
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This started off as a pretty challenging paddle. We made it only as far as the Rowley River and then turned up the river and explored the salt marsh. Coming off Pavilion Beach we encountered a strong headwind and lots of chop, although we were helped a bit by the incoming tide. This was our maiden voyage on salt water in our own boats and, had we been able to communicate, we might have turned back! It pays to keep a close eye on the boats. We passed through a large marina before getting into the Sound and there were several boats travelling pretty quickly. Once we got into the Rowley River, the chop eased up, although the wind didn't! The salt marshes were beautiful--we saw several egrets and heron and an osprey (we think). We definitely plan to go back and explore further. This seems to be an area you could visit a dozen times and not see exactly the same thing twice!



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