Herring River

West Harwich, Massachusetts

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This mid-Cape tidal river and marsh complex is one of the most beautiful in Massachusetts, nurturing myriad species of flora and fauna and protected by more than 200 acres of town conservation land. The main stem of the river is interrupted by two dirt roads and a dike, above which spread an expansive freshwater marsh and West Reservoir, itself a popular destination with birders, paddlers, and other outdoors enthusiasts. From the launch site, put in and paddle right, under the Route 28 bridge and upstream. Launch a little before slack tide; you won’t get much of an assist on your upstream passage, but you’ll still have plenty of water—and a nice outgoing current—on the return.

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"This mid-Cape tidal river and marsh complex is one of the most beautiful in Massachusetts, nurturing myriad species of flora and fauna and protected by more than 200 acres of town conservation land.

The main stem of the river is interrupted by two dirt roads and a dike, above which spread an expansive freshwater marsh and West Reservoir, itself a popular destination with birders, paddlers, and other outdoors enthusiasts. From the launch site, put in and paddle right, under the Route 28 bridge and upstream. Launch a little before slack tide; you won’t get much of an assist on your upstream passage, but you’ll still have plenty of water—and a nice outgoing current—on the return."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: West Harwich
Distance: 7
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Herring River

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May 2018