Getting access to the water, having a safe place to park the car (that doesn’t cost a arm and leg) and decent conditions at low tide and high tide, I know the visitors to this blog are looking for this information. If you can find fun and interesting places to paddle to within range of your starting point, great! A lot of the areas I’ve been going on this blog have been in the nature of “getting away from it all”, looking for the quiet places with my camera where I can find the migrating birds, swimming muskrat and beaver, unobstructed views of spring flowers or fall foliage. On this trip I was traveling a busy commercial, sport waterway with many nearby boats, moored, under way, coming and going; Power boats, sailboats, rowboats kayaks, fishing trawlers and windsurfers. The piers and docks, the breakwater and the cottages. Private beaches, and public ones
The information I got from the Harbor-masters office is that parking for car-top boaters in the parking lot is good in the single vehicle spaces, do not use the double length spaces which are reserved for vehicles with trailers. Weekends are very busy in the summer and there may not be any single spaces available. At the end of the pier there is a gravel beach where kayaks can be launched at any time of the tide.
A life-jacket loaner rack, honor system. What nice people!
From the gravel beach at the end of the pier; to the right is a tidal salt water estuary and to the left is the channel out to the bay. If you head out the channel and into Cape Cod Bay, at the end of the breakwater you have the choice of going north to Marshfield or south towards Duxbury Beach. I headed north today.
Coming out from the shore is a natural rock formation, quite popular as a fishing spot since I was a teenager. As these young divers show, tall enough to dive from.More photos of kids diving.