Essex River to Hog (Choate) Island Professional Review and Guide
"The Essex River Basin is one of the most exquisite place to paddle north of Boston. Paddlers can lose themselves (quite literally) in the beautiful and intimate reaches of its tidal marsh. Kayakers also can visit the 680-acre Crane Wildlife Refuge and hike on the scenic trails of Hog Island. For picnicking kayakers, Crane Beach is only a few strokes away, and lunch is superb beneath the dunes.
Paddlers, especially in late summer and fall, enjoy easy viewing of snowy egrets, great egrets, sandpipers, terns, and great blue herons, with the occasional dramatic flight of a hawk or harrier overhead. With changing seasons, skies, and tides, the beautiful Essex River Basin is never the same twice. Attractions: Thousands of acres of beautiful salt marsh; scenic island with hiking trails; sandy beach for picnicking; extensive bird life, especially in late summer and fall."