Washburn Island and Waquoit Bay

Falmouth, Massachusetts

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A visit to Washburn Island by kayak is a must-do Cape adventure. For novices, shallow Waquoit Bay offers miles of protected paddling. For more-advanced paddlers, a circumnavigation of Washburn Island can include challenging conditions in Nantucket Sound. For nature-lovers, the trip visits three significant natural areas including Washburn Island, South Cape Beach State Park, and the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. It is nicest by far in the off-season, but it can also be heavenly midweek in summer when paddlers can swim in the inviting waters. Camp at one of Washburn Island’s eleven wilderness campsites for the ultimate experience. Kayakers who love to fish will also enjoy this trip. Attractions: Island for camping and picnicking; salt marsh; birdwatching; fishing; sandy barrier beach for picnicking; clean, shallow water for swimming.
Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts

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Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts

by Lisa Gollin Evans (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A visit to Washburn Island by kayak is a must-do Cape adventure. For novices, shallow Waquoit Bay offers miles of protected paddling. For more-advanced paddlers, a circumnavigation of Washburn Island can include challenging conditions in Nantucket Sound. For nature-lovers, the trip visits three significant natural areas including Washburn Island, South Cape Beach State Park, and the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

It is nicest by far in the off-season, but it can also be heavenly midweek in summer when paddlers can swim in the inviting waters. Camp at one of Washburn Island’s eleven wilderness campsites for the ultimate experience. Kayakers who love to fish will also enjoy this trip. Attractions: Island for camping and picnicking; salt marsh; birdwatching; fishing; sandy barrier beach for picnicking; clean, shallow water for swimming.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Falmouth
Distance: 6.75
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip
Season: Best spring thru fall, weather depending
Local Maps: NOAA 13229, 13237
Driving Directions: Directions to Washburn Island and Waquoit Bay

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