Annisquam River to Lanes Cove and Crane Beach

Gloucester, Massachusetts

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Cape Ann is a kayaker's paradise, offering gorgeous, rocky coastline; challenging open water; marvelous bird life; and quaint, weather-hardened towns. Kayakers return again and again to Cape Ann, for the ocean’s moods are infinite. There’s a quality to the light and color of the water—an alluring harshness and wildness that is particular to Cape Ann. Think of a painting by Winslow Homer or Fitz Hugh Lane. Kayakers are drawn to Cape Ann’s elemental seriousness, to the gravity of its beauty, its challenges, and the freshness of its wind. For the best trip, paddle Cape Ann in the off-season. Harbor seals, shorebirds, and solitude then add to the area’s considerable charm. Attractions: Beautiful lighthouse; scenic rocky coast; long sandy beach and dunes; great bird-watching.
Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts

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Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts

by Lisa Gollin Evans (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Cape Ann is a kayaker's paradise, offering gorgeous, rocky coastline; challenging open water; marvelous bird life; and quaint, weather-hardened towns. Kayakers return again and again to Cape Ann, for the ocean’s moods are infinite. There’s a quality to the light and color of the water—an alluring harshness and wildness that is particular to Cape Ann. Think of a painting by Winslow Homer or Fitz Hugh Lane.

Kayakers are drawn to Cape Ann’s elemental seriousness, to the gravity of its beauty, its challenges, and the freshness of its wind. For the best trip, paddle Cape Ann in the off-season. Harbor seals, shorebirds, and solitude then add to the area’s considerable charm. Attractions: Beautiful lighthouse; scenic rocky coast; long sandy beach and dunes; great bird-watching.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Gloucester
Distance: 10.6
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day trip, camping available
Season: Best spring thru fall, weather depending
Local Maps: NOAA 13279, 13282, 13275
Driving Directions: Directions to Annisquam River to Lanes Cove and Crane Beach

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