Gerrish Island

Kittery, Maine

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Varied paddling here includes rocky, wavepounded shores, winding creeks through salt marshes, placid Chauncey Creek, and historical points of interest including forts, lighthouses, and an old lifesaving station.
AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in New England

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AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in New England

by Michael Daugherty (Falcon Guides)

Varied paddling here includes rocky, wavepounded shores, winding creeks through salt marshes, placid Chauncey Creek, and historical points of interest including forts, lighthouses, and an old lifesaving station.

© 2016 Michael Daugherty/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Kittery
Distance: 7-8 nautical miles
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Tidal Information: Mean tidal range in Portsmouth Harbor of 7.8 feet; floods upriver, ebbs to the south. The creek between Chauncey Creek and Brave Boat Harbor is navigable only for an hour or two around high tide. Currents converge at the basin just north of the culvert joining the creeks.
Hazards/Cautions: The Piscataqua River has very strong currents that may result in increased conditions. The southern and eastern sides of Gerrish Island are exposed to open ocean and can turn very rough, with increased wave heights in the near-shore shallower waters, which are generally rock-strewn. The entrance to Brave Boat Harbor can be difficult to negotiate in bigger conditions.
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: NOAA chart #13283; Maptech #27
Driving Directions: Directions to Gerrish Island

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