Essex River to Hog Choate Island

Essex, Massachusetts

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The Essex River Basin is one of the most exquisite place to paddle north of Boston. Paddlers can lose themselves (quite literally) in the beautiful and intimate reaches of its tidal marsh. Kayakers also can visit the 680-acre Crane Wildlife Refuge and hike on the scenic trails of Hog Island. For picnicking kayakers, Crane Beach is only a few strokes away, and lunch is superb beneath the dunes. Paddlers, especially in late summer and fall, enjoy easy viewing of snowy egrets, great egrets, sandpipers, terns, and great blue herons, with the occasional dramatic flight of a hawk or harrier overhead. With changing seasons, skies, and tides, the beautiful Essex River Basin is never the same twice. Attractions: Thousands of acres of beautiful salt marsh; scenic island with hiking trails; sandy beach for picnicking; extensive bird life, especially in late summer and fall.
Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts

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Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts

by Lisa Gollin Evans (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

The Essex River Basin is one of the most exquisite place to paddle north of Boston. Paddlers can lose themselves (quite literally) in the beautiful and intimate reaches of its tidal marsh. Kayakers also can visit the 680-acre Crane Wildlife Refuge and hike on the scenic trails of Hog Island. For picnicking kayakers, Crane Beach is only a few strokes away, and lunch is superb beneath the dunes.

Paddlers, especially in late summer and fall, enjoy easy viewing of snowy egrets, great egrets, sandpipers, terns, and great blue herons, with the occasional dramatic flight of a hawk or harrier overhead. With changing seasons, skies, and tides, the beautiful Essex River Basin is never the same twice. Attractions: Thousands of acres of beautiful salt marsh; scenic island with hiking trails; sandy beach for picnicking; extensive bird life, especially in late summer and fall.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Essex
Distance: 8
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day trip
Season: Best spring thru fall, weather depending
Local Maps: NOAA 13282, 13274
Driving Directions: Directions to Essex River to Hog (Choate) Island

Recent Trail Reviews

8/5/2009
0

Beautiful paddle, but the far side of Hog Island is a confusing place - it's easy to get lost in all the small channels, and impossible to paddle out again once the tide drops. Stay close to the Hog Island shoreline, and you should be able to find your way around.


6/28/2005
1

I skipped the river and Launched from the small village near the sound. It was amazing and private. Make sure you look at the tide charts. The water drops 10' at low tide leaving a wasteland with no place to paddle.



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