West Island

Fairhaven, Massachusetts

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Circumnavigate an island with a variety of salt marshes and rocky shores. The shore of Sconticut Neck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, has three public landings that launch boaters into semi-sheltered Nasketucket Bay. The 350-acre West Island State Reservation allows a pleasant circumnavigation around a mix of salt marsh, beach, and a few rocks. Much of the bay is shallow and boulder-strewn, asterisks dotting the chart, which might help reduce the motorized recreational boat traffic, but poses little hazard to paddlers in calm seas. Buzzards Bay is known for its chop, which often increases with the afternoon sea breeze. Keep this in mind as you venture south, and be prepared to forgo circling the island if the winds and chop have picked up more than you would like.
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)

Circumnavigate an island with a variety of salt marshes and rocky shores.

The shore of Sconticut Neck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, has three public landings that launch boaters into semi-sheltered Nasketucket Bay. The 350-acre West Island State Reservation allows a pleasant circumnavigation around a mix of salt marsh, beach, and a few rocks. Much of the bay is shallow and boulder-strewn, asterisks dotting the chart, which might help reduce the motorized recreational boat traffic, but poses little hazard to paddlers in calm seas.

Buzzards Bay is known for its chop, which often increases with the afternoon sea breeze. Keep this in mind as you venture south, and be prepared to forgo circling the island if the winds and chop have picked up more than you would like.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Fairhaven
Distance: 8 nautical miles
Tidal Information: Mean tide range of 3.7 feet. Aside from the obvious flow in and out of Nesketucket Bay, current floods northeast into Buzzards Bay and ebbs southwest. Some areas flat-out at low tide, especially around the launch in Little Bay. Pass beneath the West Island bridge with the current or within an hour of slack.
Hazards/Cautions: Buzzards Bay can get choppy, especially when an afternoon sea breeze kicks up, and even more so when that wind opposes tidal current.
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: NOAA chart #13232; Maptech #5
Driving Directions: Directions to West Island

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