Best Sea Kayaking in New Hampshire

This list represents the most popular sea kayaking in New Hampshire. Use this list to plan your next New Hampshire sea kayaking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. New Castle Island: Circumnavigation


New Castle is not only one of New England’s oldest settlements, but also the only town in New Hampshire completely contained on an island. It is an interesting paddle because of the busy working water…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Portsmouth, NH - Sea Kayaking - 5.75 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Odiorne Salt Marsh


This easy paddle is great when you are up for a short paddle while visiting the area’s other attractions. The salt marsh surrounding Seavey Creek and Berrys Brook provides excellent opportunities to w…
From the guidebook "Discover Southern New Hampshire"
Hampton, NH - Sea Kayaking - 2.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Squam Lake


Classic Lakes Region paddling—loons, mountain views, and wooded islands with camping opportunities. Squam Lake is the kinder, northern neighbor of Lake Winnipesaukee. That is not to say this 6,700-plu…
From the guidebook "Discover Southern New Hampshire"
Holderness, NH - Sea Kayaking
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Portsmouth Harbor


A quiet exploration of the islands and wooded shoreline between Portsmouth, New Castle, and Rye. We have paddled this route countless times—it is only about a mile from where we live in Portsmouth. Th…
From the guidebook "Discover Southern New Hampshire"
Portsmouth, NH - Sea Kayaking - 4.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Great Bay: Adams Point to Exeter


Great Bay, surrounded by rural countryside, provides an entirely different coastal paddling experience. This wonderfully undeveloped place has a 360-degree view of low-lying land dotted with oak woods…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Newington, NH - Sea Kayaking - 10.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Rye to Portsmouth


A scenic paddle along the rocky New Hampshire coast. This trip explores the quiet stretch of the New Hampshire coast north of the hustle and bustle of Hampton Beach. Starting near Rye Harbor, you will…
From the guidebook "Discover Southern New Hampshire"
Hampton, NH - Sea Kayaking - 6.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Great Bay


A paddle along wooded shorelines and marshes with excellent wildlife-watching opportunities. While Great Bay is more than 13 miles upstream from the Atlantic Ocean, it is highly influenced by the chan…
From the guidebook "Discover Southern New Hampshire"
Newmarket, NH - Sea Kayaking
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Isles of Shoals: A Tour of Appledore, Duck, Smuttynose, and Lunging Islands


The Isles of Shoals, 10 miles off the New Hampshire coast, is one of New England’s more ambitious sea kayak trips. It’s a 7.5-mile open-water paddle from Rye Harbor; 10 miles from Portsmouth. Logistic…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Portsmouth, NH - Sea Kayaking - 4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Piscataqua and Salmon Falls River: Dover Point to South Berwick


This is a scenic trip up the historic yet built-up Piscataqua and is a good alternative if Portsmouth Harbor is too rough from a southerly wind. Beyond Dover Point as the river heads north, the tidal…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Dover, NH - Sea Kayaking - 14 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Isles of Shoals


The only islands around, full of history and bold, rocky scenery.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in New England "
Rye, NH - Sea Kayaking - 14-18 nautical miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Plum Island


This 7-mile-long barrier island is a refuge for more than 300 species of resident and migratory birds, including the endangered piping plover.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in New England "
Newbury, NH - Sea Kayaking - 17-18 nautical miles
Published by Falcon Guides