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.

  • #1 New Castle Island: Circumnavigation

    2 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    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 ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  5.75 miles
    •  Guide

    New Castle is not only one of New England’s oldest settlements, but also the only town in New Hampshire completely contained ...

  • #2 Odiorne Salt Marsh

    1 Reviews

    Hampton, NH

    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 ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This easy paddle is great when you are up for a short paddle while visiting the area’s other attractions. The salt marsh ...

  • #3 Squam Lake

    0 Reviews

    Holderness, NH

    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 ...
    •  1 hour to 3 days
    •  Guide

    Classic Lakes Region paddling—loons, mountain views, and wooded islands with camping opportunities. Squam Lake is the kinder, ...

  • #4 Great Bay: Adams Point to Exeter

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    Newington, NH

    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 ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  10.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Great Bay, surrounded by rural countryside, provides an entirely different coastal paddling experience. This wonderfully ...

  • #5 Portsmouth Harbor

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    Portsmouth, NH

    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. ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A quiet exploration of the islands and wooded shoreline between Portsmouth, New Castle, and Rye. We have paddled this route ...

  • #6 Rye to Portsmouth

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    Hampton, NH

    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, ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A scenic paddle along the rocky New Hampshire coast. This trip explores the quiet stretch of the New Hampshire coast north ...

  • #7 Great Bay

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    Newmarket, NH

    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 ...
    •  1 hour to all day
    •  Guide

    A paddle along wooded shorelines and marshes with excellent wildlife-watching opportunities. While Great Bay is more than ...

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

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    Portsmouth, NH

    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. ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

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

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    Dover, NH

    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 ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a scenic trip up the historic yet built-up Piscataqua and is a good alternative if Portsmouth Harbor is too rough ...

  • #10 Plum Island

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    Newbury, NH

    This 7-mile-long barrier island is a refuge for more than 300 species of resident and migratory birds, including the endangered piping plover.
    •  17-18 nautical miles
    •  Guide

    This 7-mile-long barrier island is a refuge for more than 300 species of resident and migratory birds, including the endangered ...

  • #11 Isles of Shoals

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    Rye, NH

    The only islands around, full of history and bold, rocky scenery.
    •  14-18 nautical miles
    •  Guide

    The only islands around, full of history and bold, rocky scenery.