Monomoy Islands

Chatham, Massachusetts 2633

Monomoy Islands

Monomoy Islands Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Thousands of seals and birds pack onto miles of sandy beaches here. The launch: A 100-foot carry from the causeway via any one of several paths to the very shallow water. Shifting sand and vast shallow flats can make navigation tricky, especially at lower tides; check at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge headquarters for updates, and allow plenty of time.

Open ocean conditions occur outside the bar; stop at Chatham Light to assess. Strong currents occur around breaches and off Montgomery Point. In recent years, the increased population of gray seals has drawn more sharks to the area."

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Trail Information

Chatham
Nearby City
17 nautical miles
Distance
Mean tidal range is 5.77 feet in Chatham. Vast areas flatout at lower tides; plan on paddling over them with adequate water. Two very different currents—both averaging about 2 knots at their fastest—converge at Monomoy Point and may produce very dangerous conditions. Just west of the point the flood moves south, while current to the south in Pollock Rip Channel floods northeast. If you’re going around the point, plan for slack tide.
Tidal Information
Shifting sand and vast shallow flats can make navigation tricky, especially at lower tides; check at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge headquarters for updates, and allow plenty of time. Open ocean conditions occur outside the bar; stop at Chatham Light to assess. Strong currents occur around breaches and off Monomoy Point. In recent years, the increased population of gray seals has drawn more sharks to the area.
Hazards/Cautions
Year-round
Season
NOAA charts #13248 and #13244; Waterproof Chart #64; Google Earth. Due to the dynamic nature of Monomoy’s shifting sands, it is prudent to rely more on local knowledge. Staff at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge headquarters can provide up-to-date information.
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Dec 2018