Pamet River

Truro, Massachusetts

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This picturesque tidal stream meanders like few others, almost to the point of creating oxbows; you often feel you’re moving north-south as often as east-west on this watercourse that nourishes a broad salt marsh. Of course, the tide can work for you: If you launch a couple hours after slack high, you can enjoy a pretty sweet ride out to the bay, with only occasional paddling required. Not far from the put in, a few inlets snake away to port. Be careful here. These fingers can lead you into a maze of false starts and dead ends, and if the tide is retreating, you can find yourself at low water, too shallow for even a kayak. What I most enjoy about this trip is the broad vistas that spread before you; the salt marsh is almost 0.5 mile wide for much of the journey to the bay. The sun runs along your left shoulder and, by the time you reach the harbor, is glistening across the bay from the southwest. As you meander westward, watch for great blue herons poking their heads out of the salt marsh. By September, this rich feeding ground, full of crabs and small fish, attracts the graceful wading birds in substantial numbers; they’re bulking up before migrating south for the winter.

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"This picturesque tidal stream meanders like few others, almost to the point of creating oxbows; you often feel you’re moving north-south as often as east-west on this watercourse that nourishes a broad salt marsh. Of course, the tide can work for you: If you launch a couple hours after slack high, you can enjoy a pretty sweet ride out to the bay, with only occasional paddling required.

Not far from the put in, a few inlets snake away to port. Be careful here. These fingers can lead you into a maze of false starts and dead ends, and if the tide is retreating, you can find yourself at low water, too shallow for even a kayak.

What I most enjoy about this trip is the broad vistas that spread before you; the salt marsh is almost 0.5 mile wide for much of the journey to the bay. The sun runs along your left shoulder and, by the time you reach the harbor, is glistening across the bay from the southwest. As you meander westward, watch for great blue herons poking their heads out of the salt marsh. By September, this rich feeding ground, full of crabs and small fish, attracts the graceful wading birds in substantial numbers; they’re bulking up before migrating south for the winter."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Truro
Distance: 4
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Pamet River

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May 2018