Gerrish Island

Kittery, Maine 3904

Gerrish Island

Gerrish Island Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Varied paddling here includes rocky, wavepounded shores, winding creeks through salt marshes, placid Chauncey Creek, and historical points of interest including forts, lighthouses, and an old lifesaving station."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
7-8 nautical miles
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Mean tidal range in Portsmouth Harbor of 7.8 feet; floods upriver, ebbs to the south. The creek between Chauncey Creek and Brave Boat Harbor is navigable only for an hour or two around high tide. Currents converge at the basin just north of the culvert joining the creeks.
Tidal Information
The Piscataqua River has very strong currents that may result in increased conditions. The southern and eastern sides of Gerrish Island are exposed to open ocean and can turn very rough, with increased wave heights in the near-shore shallower waters, which are generally rock-strewn. The entrance to Brave Boat Harbor can be difficult to negotiate in bigger conditions.
NOAA chart #13283; Maptech #27
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Dec 2018